Research Assistant - Vascular Biology Center

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Job posting number: #7247131

Posted: May 22, 2024

Job Description

Research Assistant - Vascular Biology Center

Job ID: 272257

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 make Augusta University an institution like no other.

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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

Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate blood vessel formation in ischemic cardiovascular diseases. The candidate will work with animal models relevant to a human disease, using multiple experimental techniques including cell culture, flow cytometry, real-time PCR, histological studies using transgenic and knockout animals. The candidate will present at laboratory meeting and interact with post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and personnel from core facilities.


The duties include, but are not limited to:

• Perform routine lab experiments including Plasmid expansion, Protein and RNA isolation, Western
blot analysis, PCR, ELISA, and Immunohistochemistry according to the research protocols.
• Animal Colony maintenance including genotyping of transgenic/knock-out mice, animal breeding,
assisting in animal surgery and post-surgical monitoring/recordings, and surgery log
• Perform routine cell culture experiments including Cell line maintenance, assist in isolating primary cells from mouse tissues, monitoring liquid nitrogen tank levels and filling as necessary.
• Maintain laboratory equipment in good working order, perform routine maintenance, and coordinate repairs, inventory, and shared use.
• Coordinate and participate in research of scientific literature, summarize findings, analyze results and procedures using manual and computer techniques.
• Cross coverage / other duties/tasks as assigned.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

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 or experience in a research, basic science or clinical setting; OR Associate degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other natural, life, health care or materials and a minimum of three years' experience in a research, basic science or clinical setting.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with cell culture, animal breeding, genotyping, routine lab experiments like flow cytometry, western blot analysis, RNA isolation/qPCR.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases.


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


Ability to maintain confidentiality. Willingness and ability to work with research animals. Ability to complete work, meet deadlines and work independently with only general supervision.


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

Salary: $15.00-$17.42 hourly.

Pay Grade: R9

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 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 the course of 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: 272257.

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:#7247131
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Augusta University
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