Supervisor, Research Specialist (Lawrenceville Colony Management)

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory Primate Center
EPC: Colony Management
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Working with animals., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp.
Job Category
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
EPC Field Station

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Dedicated to discovering causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of disease, Emory National Primate Research Center (ENPRC/EPC) is improving human and animal health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, ENPRC conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at http://enprc.emory.edu


Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at ENPRC to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with previous supervisory experience and a good working knowledge of the management of animal breeding colonies, especially nonhuman primates, this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community. 


The Division of Colony Management within the Emory National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a highly motivated and qualified full-time Supervisor, Research Specialist to join our team.  This employee will work under minimal supervision, coordinate activities of the team while also balancing administrative duties. The ideal candidate will have previous supervisory experience, a good working knowledge of the management of animal breeding colonies (especially nonhuman primates), as well as data and analytical skills.


The Colony Management Unit is responsible for monitoring the social stability and social health of captive group-housed rhesus macaques and sooty mangabeys at the Field Station. The Field Station is a dynamic work environment where success is dependent on multi-unit collaboration.



  • Administers Colony Management programs/studies by hiring and supervising research personnel; participating in project planning; and developing, implementing and evaluating protocols, techniques and procedures associated with management of the colony and data storage/use/analysis.
  • Supervises Colony Management staff by orienting, training and providing performance feedback.
  • Assists in developing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Participate in planning meetings and schedule departmental procedures.
  • Develop efficiency plans and perform a wide range of procedures, including specimen collection and preparation and experimental procedures for routine and specialized studies.
  • Maintain colony records and monitor the quality of departmental data.
  • Selects or develops effective research methodologies.
  • Collect and assist with report compilation for grants and publications.
  • Demonstrate and train staff in behavioral observation methods, data organization and data analysis.
  • Recommend new equipment and supply purchases for the department.
  • Keeps abreast of safety procedures and monitors the handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous substances.
  • There may be opportunities for conference attendance, presentation, and co-authorship.
  • Perform related responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field and four years of research experience of which one year is in a supervisory role in a laboratory OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. 


  • Participation in colony planning meetings; thus, the most successful candidate will have excellent verbal and analytical skills.
  • Prior experience working in a research, clinical, or zoological setting is preferred.
  • Prior experience with behavioral observation methods and data analysis is preferred.


  • Work environment involves working with biohazardous blood and tissues.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Requires the ability to bend, kneel, and/or squat.


Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.



Emory NPRC in conjunction with Emory University conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which may include an INA and criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications, drug screening, requirement of various vaccinations, and health assessment. Employment is contingent upon a clear background screening.


NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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