Research Assistant - Pharmacology & Toxicology

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Job posting number: #7244427

Posted: May 13, 2024

Application Deadline: July 12, 2024

Job Description

Research Assistant - Pharmacology & Toxicology

Job ID: 271862

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

Pharmacology and Toxicology was established as a department at the Medical College of Georgia in 1943. Originally developed to discover how remedies and poisons effected man, modern pharmacology lays the groundwork to discover and develop future generations of therapeutics. Pharmacology's scope has broadened to include computer-assisted drug design; genetic screens; protein engineering; and new drug-delivery vehicles like viruses and artificial cells. The department's history of accomplishments includes the discovery of the adrenergic receptor subtypes-alpha and beta which led to developing several drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular and neuroscience studies are the focuses of the department's research programs. Raymond P. Ahlquist, working in this Department, first defined and ß adrenergic receptors in 1948. This discovery eventually led to the development of ß blocker drugs for hypertension and heart disease.

Job Summary

The Research Assistant's responsibilities include the daily performance of complex chemical, biological, and animal / tissue preparation and testing in the research laboratory. This position will assist the PI and Postdoctoral Fellows with procedures and data collection of research as well as general maintenance of laboratory resources and equipment.


The duties include, but are not limited to:

• Provide strong technical and intellectual input to the laboratory and performer a variety of complex basic science laboratory functions in support of research initiatives; develop and evaluate new techniques and procedures; coordinate and/or supervise activities of support staff.
• Perform the experiments designed by the PI in the laboratory using biochemical, radio-chemical, and histologic assays and using cell imaging by confocal microscopes.
• Perform breeding, maintenance, glucose, and blood pressure measurement of animals and maintain the database for animals.
• Schedule all treatment protocols and treat animals.
• Analyze results of experiments using manual or computer techniques; Summarize and evaluate findings; Generate figures for publication.
• Participate in project planning and development of research protocols.
• Order supplies and stock lab, photocopying, clean and maintain laboratory and equipment.

Perform all other related duties as assigned by the PI.

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. Ability to use sound judgement and work independently.


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 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: 271862.

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:#7244427
Application Deadline:2024-7-12
Employer Location:Augusta University
United States
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