Postdoctoral Fellow - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Job posting number: #7219530 (Ref:ej-5034480)

Posted: February 20, 2024

Job Description

Postdoctoral Fellow - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Job ID: 268776
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 than10,500 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

Established in 1829, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or BMB, is an academic home to interdisciplinary translational research for disease detection, prevention, and treatment. The research mission is focused on inventing better diagnostics and newer targeted therapies for the benign and malignant diseases of the bladder, brain, breast, eye, gastrointestinal tract, kidney, liver, and prostate. The research areas encompass biomarkers, chemoprevention, DNA damage and repair, drug resistance, the epigenome, immunotherapy, the microbiome, molecular signaling, natural products, protein modifications and targeted therapy. Our faculties are supported by major funding agencies, and the insight gained by their work has been published in reputable peer-reviewed journals.

Job Summary

A training position designed to learn through engagement in an advanced level of scientific technical and administrative work in support of research efforts in the laboratory, focused on diagnostics and targeted therapies for benign and malignant diseases. The duties include but are not limited to participating in research data collection and documentation within relevant guidelines and protocols; developing and evaluating new research techniques and procedures; publishing results in scientific journals; performing a variety of complex chemical, biological, microscopic, histologic, surgical, clinical, immunological, statistical/computational and dissection procedures; and other duties as assigned.


The duties include, but are not limited to:

Participate in project planning and development of research protocols while ensuring adherence to accepted scientific research principles and compliance with relevant federal guidelines.

Analyze results of experiments and procedures using manual or computer techniques and, if necessary, develop special computer programs to facilitate analysis. Teach and participate in complex bacteriological, chemical and/or radio-chemical qualitative and quantitative analysis, genetic, macro-, and micro-serological, histologic and cell culture procedures.

Coordinate and participate in research of scientific literature; summarize and evaluate findings; develop derivative applications of techniques developed by own research activities or reported by other research projects. Presents findings at scientific meetings locally, nationally, and internationally.

Compose articles for publication in scientific journals; review articles prepared by others.

Supervise and coordinate activities of students, graduate assistants and other research personnel engaged in research activities and/or related laboratory work. Advise principal investigators, other postdocs, students and other research personnel on research techniques, procedures, and other technological aspects of research activities.

Calibrate, troubleshoot, repair, and operate microscopes, computer-linked analytical equipment, dedicated computers, and other complex scientific equipment; instruct others in operation of equipment.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university

Preferred Qualifications

This position is for conducting translational research in cancer and benign diseases related to bladder, prostate, and kidney. The projects involve exploration of novel combination treatments for chemotherapy resistant bladder cancer, developing new biomarkers and tests to predict treatment response, and outcome. Another project is related to investigation of novel molecular drivers of inflammation-induced prostatic hyperplasia, fibrosis, and immune cell infiltration and a treatment for BPH. The position offers opportunities to conduct bench-to-bedside research that involves routine cell and molecular biology, preclinical models, RNA-seq, including single cell RNA-seq (immune cell profiling) and bioinformatics.

Accordingly, the ideal candidate must demonstrate:
  • Hands-on experience with several of the following techniques: animal models of cancer, including orthotropic implant, xenograft, PDX, and syngeneic mouse models, drug delivery, necropsy, and preparation for histology.
  • Hands-on experience in advanced molecular biology and cellular signaling techniques.
  • Experience with biochemistry routine techniques (real time PCR, primer design, cloning, DNA methylation, methylation PCR), ELISA, immunoblot, cell culture assays, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry.
  • Familiarity with RNA-seq, scRNA-seq, immune cell profiling and bioinformatics is highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in English is required.
  • Experience with writing/editing of manuscripts and research plans is highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

KNOWLEDGE: Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases. Knowledge of the following techniques: animal models of cancer, including orthotropic implant, xenograft, PDX, and syngeneic mouse models, drug delivery, necropsy, and preparation for histology; advanced molecular biology and cellular signaling techniques; biochemistry routine techniques (real time PCR, primer design, cloning, DNA methylation, methylation PCR), ELISA, immunoblot, cell culture assays, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry). Knowledge of RNA-seq, scRNA-seq, immune cell profiling and bioinformatics is highly desirable.

SKILLS: Proficient interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills in English.

ABILITIES: Ability to maintain confidentiality and to work independently.


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

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of 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: 268776.

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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