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Research Associate II-Atrium Health Microbiome Research Laboratory

Date Posted: Apr 16, 2021
Charlotte, NC, United States
Job ID: 4177
Job Family: Research Services
Status: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Details: Regular
Department Name: 55541005033051-Oral Medicine
Location: AH CMC Main - 1000 Blythe Blvd


Job Summary

Responsible for conducting translational research for biomarker discovery for various diseases. The individual will use molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, and microbiology investigation methodologies in bench research. The individual undertakes research studies in areas defined by the lab directors or designee. Responsibilities will include all aspects of research from protocol and experimental design, study implementation in the laboratory, data analysis and interpretation, grant writing, abstract and manuscript preparation, and presentation at meetings. All work will be conducted with minimum of direct supervision as defined by the director of the laboratory. 

Essential Functions

  • Assist in developing, designing, and implementing basic science and clinical translational research projects related to areas of focus. Work directly with the laboratory principal investigators regarding selection of research objectives and procedures. The research will be performed in conjunction with other internal and external collaborators.
  • Organize work according to priority of the experimental studies and assessment of the time necessary to complete procedures. Keep careful and accurate records.
  • Generate data necessary for creation of abstracts, papers, presentations, and applications for extra- and intramural funding.  Present summaries of results at meetings of the lab group and elsewhere.
  • Assist in preparing applications for external funding and help to prepare grant proposals.
  • Be responsible for manuscript, poster, and seminar preparation, under guidance of laboratory principal investigators.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all laboratory information and experimental results.
  • Assist laboratory principal investigators in training laboratory technicians, students, postdocs, residents, etc. as needed.
  • Be familiar with and adhere to all regulations of inspecting bodies regarding occupational health and safety (OSHA).
  • Perform minor troubleshooting on equipment and procedures.
  • Provide support of scientific research, publications, presentations, and teaching activities, as requested by the laboratory principal investigators or designee.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by laboratory principal investigators or designee, including backup role for lab priorities-related tasks.

Marginal Functions:

  • Develops research protocols for collection, handling, processing, and analysis of human and  bacterial specimens and writes or updates SOPs
  • Works closely with clinical coordinators to plan for timely collection and processing of the biological samples
  • Practices proper safe techniques in the handling and processing human biological materials and bacterial cultures          
  • Manages compliance with safety standards and GLP by working closely with QA/QC officers
  • Manages day to day activities of the laboratory staff
  • Ensures maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment


Physical Requirements

Performs most work under normal laboratory and office conditions. May be required to travel. Requires close, personal contact with patients, handling of blood and body fluids, walking, sitting, standing, lifting, handling of charts, supplies and equipment, and operation of a keyboard and computer. Responsibility to work in a safe manner.

Education, Experience and Certifications

High School Diploma or GED required. Bachelor's Degree preferred. Previous medical experience a benefit. Prefer a BS,  MS, or PhD with appropriate research experience in genetics, molecular and cellular biology/Microbiology. Demonstrated knowledge in contemporary biomedical research approaches. The ability to participate in novel research projects and implement them into laboratory is essential. Excellence in oral and written communication skills is required. Demonstrated prior experience in preparation of abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts is desirable. Prior experience in writing/reviewing of grant applications is preferred. Organizational, time management, and planning capabilities needed. Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, energetic, and to work effectively in a team environment.