Research Assistant - Immunology Center of Georgia

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Job posting number: #7233076 (Ref:ej-5137705)

Posted: March 27, 2024

Job Description

Research Assistant - Immunology Center of Georgia

Job ID: 269951
Location: Augusta Univ. - Augusta
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. We are part of the University System of Georgia.


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

College/Department Information

The Immunology Center of Georgia (IMMCG) represents a new initiative by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University to leverage the ability of the immune system to combat disease. The IMMCG will accomplish this by assembling teams of biomedical researchers with strong records of scientific innovation and technological development. The IMMCG will be co-directed by world-class immunologists Drs. Catherine `Lynn' Hedrick and Klaus Ley, both of whom have made major discoveries linking immune cells to specific mechanisms of disease. The goal of the IMMCG is to produce novel and effective treatments for conditions that heavily impact the communities of Georgia and the United States. The new center is aggressively recruiting faculty and staff to lead projects focused on cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic disorders, autoimmune and infectious disease, neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

Job Summary

We are actively seeking a motivated, self-driven, and collaborative team member to join our research group. Our research efforts encompass both basic and translational immunology, aimed at addressing fundamental questions regarding T cell development and function. Our studies involve the use of samples from healthy individuals as well as patients, and we utilize preclinical experimental animal models.

The immune system possesses the remarkable ability to distinguish between self and non-self, a phenomenon referred to as immune tolerance or "immune consciousness." However, a breakdown in this tolerance mechanism can lead to a spectrum of autoimmune diseases, where the immune system initiates attacks on various organs within the body. In our laboratory, we are deeply interested in understanding the extent of the immune system's consciousness and how a loss of this awareness can contribute to disease development through intercellular communication, particularly among different T cell types. We have recently published a paper demonstrating that a specific subtype of T cells, activated memory T cells, can engage in cross-talk and modulate the behavior of another subtype, naive T cells


The duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Execute various cell culture techniques, including the preparation of stock solutions and reagents. Perform cellular and molecular assays on purified cells.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment, ensuring the timely replenishment of supplies when needed.
  • Effectively communicate scientific, technical, and administrative matters within the department, utilizing computer technology.
  • Maintain accurate records of conducted tests, results, collected data, and patient information.
  • Be responsible for inventory management at assigned laboratory benches, as well as the oversight of liquid nitrogen, refrigerators, and freezers by maintaining databases of reagents, antibodies, cell samples, etc.
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and revisions to policies and procedures.
  • Perform any other related duties as assigned by P.I.

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 a research, basic science or clinical setting particularly clinical trials research; OR Associate'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 a minimum of three years' experience in a research, basic science or clinical setting particularly clinical trials research.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases.


Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.


Ability to maintain confidentiality.


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

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 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: 269951.

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.

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