Associate Academic Research Scientist - Pediatrics

Emory University
North Decatur, GA
Closing date
Jan 24, 2022

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Science, Doctors, Pediatrics
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We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to join our team as a staff scientist in Dr. Wrammerts laboratory, at the Emory Vaccine Center, and the Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Disease. The laboratory is focused on translational studies aimed at understanding the generation and maintenance of humoral immunity. We study several human pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, Dengue, Zika and Influenza virus, as well as bacterial pathogens like Vibrio Cholerae. The successful candidate will receive training in a broad array of cellular and molecular techniques, such as single cell expression cloning, 10x analyses, various protein expression and purification approaches, ex vivo B cell assays, flow cytometry and single cell sorting. Prior experience with any of these approaches are a major plus. The Associate Academic Research Scientist performs a wide range of highly technical and complex research duties and has documented scientific achievements and increasing technical, management, leadership, and professional expertise necessary to advance basic and/or translational research programs. JOB DESCRIPTION: Demonstrates knowledge of research and experimental platforms for analyzing, design and interpreting results Investigates and recommends potential alternative approaches to improve the quality of results of basic and/or translational research. Demonstrates increased responsibility through management of teams and leadership of scientific projects by applying advanced knowledge, skills, and input necessary for protocol development, as well as facilitating in some training aspects of other team members. Aids in writing IACUC, IRB, Biosafety and other approval documents. Oversees quality assurance of research conducted by other team members. May assist in grant and other funding applications as necessary and appropriate, or with approval of the responsible faculty director, may have their own research projects and/or have full responsibilities for specific areas of instrumentation or methodology development and user support. With the approval of the responsible faculty director, may be principal investigators on funded proposals. Performs other responsibilities as required.ADDITIONAL JOB DETAILS:This position will lead studies of B cell immunity against SARS-CoV-2 and/or influenza, in the context of infection or vaccination. Reporting to the PI, this position will coordinate and carry out activities including, but not limited to:Lead development and conduct of molecular and immune assays to assess antigen-specific B cell responsesMethods include single cell antibody expression cloning, molecular biology and biochemical assays (protein gels, western blots, affinity measurements and ELISAs), BCR repertoire analysis, high-dimension multiparameter flow cytometry, FACS sorting, isolation and culturing of antigen-specific primary B cellsSupervise, mentor, and train research technicians to conduct assaysCoordinate analysis of data to inform clinical trial decisions and for scientific publicationsEstablish new technologiesPrepare and/or review experimental procedures, assay plans, reports and other related documentsInterface with collaborating researchersContribute to grant applications, progress reports and manuscriptsPresent data at meetings and conferencesOther duties and projects as assignedMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PhD or MD and five years of professional level experience OR Master's degree and ten years of professional level experience in a technical or research lab. Laboratory experience will be based on area of assignment. Internship experience or experience prior to attaining the qualifying degree is not considered eligible work experience for this job classification. NOTE: Applicants applying with a M.D. or equivalent degree must be eligible for a Georgia medical license to meet the minimum qualifications.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Ph.D or M.D. in Immunology (or related field) and five years of experience.Experience with molecular biology/biochemistry.Multiparameter flow cytometry and/or B cell immunology experience is preferred.Knowledge of clinical trials and/or GCLP/GLP experience a plus.Proficiency in relevant computer programs is preferred, for example FlowJo and/or other flow analysis program, Prism, Illustrator , Excel, and R.Excellent communication (oral and written) and problem-solving skills.Motivation and adaptability are essential, as is a keen interest in the vaccine or infectious disease fields.Willingness to work with biohazardous materials.NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required. For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.

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