Senior Research Associate

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Posting NumberS03980PWorking TitleSenior Research AssociateDepartmentResearch CCRC AdministrationAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation, and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.

College/Unit/Department website TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

M-F some nights and weekends may be required

Advertised SalarynegotiablePosting Date09/17/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date12/01/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitleResearch Professional ADPay GradeFLSAExemptJob FamilyFTE1.00Minimum Qualifications

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD preferred

Position Summary

The position will entail performing a research program dealing with the preparation and biological evaluation of complex oligosaccharides of biological importance. New methodologies will be developed to synthesize HS-oligosaccharides of biological importance. Purified compounds will be analyzed by NMR and MS. The resulting oligosaccharides will be examined for binding to proteins and this knowledge will be used to design materials for tissue engineering. Support will be provided to management and coordination of an organic chemistry laboratory.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or CompetenciesPhysical Demands

Sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, lifting up to 20 lbs and carrying up to 20 lbs. ( laboratory duties )

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Synthetic organic chemistry for the chemoenzymatic synthesis of carbohydrates, structure characterization of complex oligosaccharides using spectroscopy methods, and bioconjugate chemistry. Top-level research on the development of novel chemoenzymatic synthetic methodology for highly complicated heparan sulfate oligosaccharides employing glycosyltransferases using naturally occurring starting materials.

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Development of cell-based assays to examine synthetic compounds with a focus on tissue engineering.

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Directing a research program, conducting literature searches, addressing scientific difficulties, supervision of graduate students and writing scientific documents, proposals and papers.

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Design and implementation of a microarray assay platform for the analysis of interactions of various biological relevant proteins with synthetic HS oligosaccharides.

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Management and coordination of an organic chemistry laboratory. Responsible for the coordination of maintenance and repair of instrumentation, chemical management, laboratory documents; Responsible for the ordering of specialized instrumentation, laboratory supplies and chemicals. Responsible for teaching new graduate students and postdocs about specific safety issues and making sure that the PI’s synthetic labs are up to par with all the safety regulations.

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        Posted: 9/18/2019
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