Senior Research Assistant - Vascular Biology Center

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Job posting number: #7239637 (Ref:ej-5210833)

Posted: April 25, 2024

Job Description

Senior Research Assistant - Vascular Biology Center

Job ID: 271404
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time


About Us

Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 10,500 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today. Our mission and values make Augusta University an institution like no other.

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found online at

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found online at


Augusta University - Health Sciences Campus: 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

College/Department Information

Researching Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke, Hypertension, Diabetes... With the increasing frequency of obesity and diabetes, especially in Georgia, cardiovascular disease is reaching epidemic proportions. The Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University knows the demand is high for new and better treatments. Our internationally recognized team of research experts have one goal - to make breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of disease so that we all may live longer, healthier lives.

Job Summary

The position requires the daily performance of complex chemical, biological and animal tissue preparation in the setting of a basic science research lab. Perform research on mouse models of human disease: Managei a moderately-sized mouse colony comprising some 20 unique strains derived primarily from CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing. A deep understanding of mouse breeding practices, PCR-based genotyping, and tissue isolations is required. Careful record keeping and database management of the mice is also an integral component. Help direct postdocs and students with their own mouse studies. Engage in cutting-edge genome editing technologies the lab is developing and performing molecular biology assays (eg, Western blotting, qRT-PCR).


The duties include, but are not limited to:

Breeding: Setting up cohorts of mice for breeding and maintaining an orderly colony room for foundation mice. Breeding involves both 1:1 (male:female) and harem breeding (up to 1:3, male:female). In addition, timed matings for embryo collection will occasionally be needed. Tamoxifen administration is needed for specific strains used to conditionally delete a gene or activate a reporter used in fluorescence microscopy.

Wean/Genotype: Weaning, ear punching, and genotyping foundation colony mice, which includes PCR, gel electrophoresis, and documentation of gels with accurate labeling and upkeep in notebook. Euthanasia of mice to keep mouse census low is of critical importance.

Records: Maintaining, on a daily basis, database of foundation colony of ~20 unique strains of mice. Updating the `white board' for real time visualization of strain numbers, age, etc. Maintain daily notebook for use in breeding and setting up cages in colony room.

Experiments: Assisting postdocs and students with experimental mice held, including assistance with genotyping, euthanasia, and tissue harvesting for downstream applications.

Applications: Assist postdocs and students with downstream applications of mouse tissue harvesting, including Western
blotting, qRT-PCR, and immunostaining of sections of tissues.

Ordering/Maintenance: Cross-coverage ordering, and lab maintenance as needed.

New Protocols: Develop new PCR protocols and 'Genotyping Schematics' for facile genotyping and training purposes.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other natural, life, health care or materials science directly related to the research area to which the position is assigned and experience in research, basic science, or a clinical setting particularly clinical trials research and minimum of two years of applicable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong experience in mouse work, including mouse surgery, tissue isolation, and physiology measurement such as ultrasound and blood pressure measurement. Background in molecular biology and/or clinical medicine is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases.


Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Detail-oriented with strong multi-tasking, prioritization, and organizational skills.


Ability to maintain confidentiality. Willingness and ability to work with research animals.


Shift: Days; Monday - Friday (Work outside of normal business hours may be required).

Pay Grade: R11

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of the selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position.

Recruitment Period: Until Filled.

Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.

Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.

Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

Conditions of Employment

All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

Other Information

This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."

Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply

Consider applying with us today! Search for Job ID: 271404.

Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university.

Select University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee.

If you need further assistance, please contact us at 706-721-9365.

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Job posting number:#7239637 (Ref:ej-5210833)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Augusta University
United States
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