Assistant Academic Research Scientist, School of Medicine: Pathology

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Emory University
Closing Date
31 Aug 2022
$45,800 - $65,000
Emory University 1462 Clifton Road Room 440 Atlanta, GA 30322 USA
1-3 years

The Gordon Laboratory seeks a motivated Assistant Scientist to spearhead cutting-edge mass spectrometry studies. Our lab focuses on de-novo pathway mapping, utilizing functional assays and mass spectrometry to systematically dissect pathways impacting pathogen infection and immunity.

With our focus on high prevalence pathogens (including HIV and SARS-CoV-2) and fundamental questions of immunity, this is a superb opportunity for a sharp scientist to explore key mechanisms of human disease and contribute to therapeutic strategies. We pursue diverse projects spanning both academic and industry collaborations, and offer publication opportunities on questions pertaining to both basic and translational research.

We believe that the best science emerges from an environment of generous collaboration, reinforced by a culture of learning, curiosity, and the sharing of advice and skills. In considering new members of our group, we value a positive can-do attitude, evidence of previous success in laboratory environments, attention to detail, and cultural fit.


  • Under minimal supervision, the Assistant Academic Research Scientist performs a wide range of highly technical and complex tasks necessary to advance basic and/or translational research programs.
  • Responsible for working with experimental platforms specific to the hiring Program.
  • Duties will include but are not limited to experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation and communication of results of basic and/or translational research. Will be required to review literature and apply advanced knowledge, skills, and input necessary for protocol development.
  • May assist in grant and other funding applications, as necessary and appropriate.
  • Performs other responsibilities as required.


  • PhD or Master's degree and five years of professional level experience in a technical or research lab.


  • Utilization of cutting edge mass spectrometry platforms, including time-of-flight (TOF), ion trap, and orbitrap-based instruments.
  • High-pressure liquid chromatography and nanoLC instrumentation.
  • Experience preparing mass spectrometry samples for proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, or glycomics analysis.
  • Analysis of mass spectrometry data to identify biological macromolecules, utilizing state-of-the art software tools (e.g. Spectronaut, Proteome Discoverer, MetaboScape, MaxQuant, etc.).
  • Experience using command line and data analysis tools (e.g. R, Python, Perl, etc.).
  • Integrative analysis of orthogonal / high dimensional datasets.
  • Structural analysis of protein-protein and/or protein-ligand interactions.

An ideal candidate should have a strong background in one or a combination of the following areas: biochemistry, analytical chemistry, computational biology, bioinformatics, statistics, mass spectrometry, immunology or virology. Preference will be given to candidates who have a solid understanding of biochemistry, have prior experience in -omics data analysis, and those who have structural biology experience.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location. Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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