Research Professional

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Research Professional


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About 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.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm but hours could vary based on research.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

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Open until filled:


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Location of Vacancy:

Athens 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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Research Professional AD





Minimum 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.

Position Summary:

This position will be responsible for planning and managing all aspects of research design related to carbohydrate-protein studies. The incumbent will have responsibility for project personnel and management of related research projects, including approvals and reporting. The position serves as liaison with external research partners including collaborative institutes and granting entities. The position is accountable for research quality, management of research materials, documentation of research data, development of project reports, presenting findings to research partners and sponsors, and drafting of manuscripts, research reports, and funding proposals. The individual will lead, execute and support studies in BSL1 bio-containment.

•Supervise undergraduate students, graduate students, research technicians and postdocs in the performance of their respective duties. Review the work and reports generated by the technician and postdocs and make corrections and recommendations. These reports are issued to external customers of the Analytical Service lab.
•Optimize analytical protocols for the BLI instrument and developing robust methods for analysis and maintenance of BLI instrument.
•Train incoming employees and graduate students from CCRC, other colleges/departments of UGA and other universities on analytical protocols, data analysis, and use of various analytical instruments.
•Responsible for waste management of analytical service laboratory.
•Laboratory management-making sure chemicals are ordered and good lab practice on chemicals inventory.
•Perform structural characterization of carbohydrates using BLI and FPLC.
•Maintenance of FPLC. Train scientific staff on use of FPLC.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

• Familiarity with BLI instruments, Red96 and Red384.
• Capable of designing, performing, and analyzing BLI experiments and data.
• Expert knowledge carbohydrate/protein interactions.
• Predicting, designing, and analyzing experiments and plans.

Physical Demands:

•Lift and carry up to 20 pounds, both assisted and unassisted.
•Communicate effectively via telephone, email, and in person to varied stakeholders.
•Utilize computer technology for all applications in a manner that meets performance expectations.
•Remember, organize, and consistently focus on a large amount of detail and come to appropriate conclusions.
•Sit or stand for long periods of time and use of repetitive actions during the entire workday.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit 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.


Design and implement experimentation for carbohydrate-protein interactions using BLI. Execute, monitor, troubleshoot and analyze data.

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Project management: Interface with corporate and other external partners along with UGA administration to manage grants and contracts. This will include study design, reagent sharing and management, and research reporting under the guidance of the PI. The individual will also be responsible for development and maintenance of laboratory standard operating procedures, biosafety protocols, animal protocols (as needed) and other documentation needed for completion of projects. The individual may also need to coordinate ordering laboratory supplies and coordinate use of research space.

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Train incoming employees and graduate students from CCRC, other colleges/departments of UGA and other universities on analytical protocols, data analysis, and use of various analytical instruments. Supervise students, technicians, and postdocs to perform duties.

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Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 4/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time