Research Specialist (Lawrenceville, GA)

Job Number
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, prevention, treatments, and cures, Emory National Primate Research Center (ENPRC) is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, Emory National Primate Research Center conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at https://www.enprc.emory.edu/
Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at the ENPRC to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. The Colony Management Unit of Animal Resources welcomes individuals with enthusiasm for working with NHPs in a research setting. This is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.  
The Colony Management unit within the Emory National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full-time Research Specialist to join our unit. 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. This position will report directly to Monique Morgan.
The ideal candidate should be motivated, dependable, detail-oriented, and have a positive attitude and passion for research.  The Research Specialist will be a team player who is willing to learn on the job and collaborate with lab members and center members. The Research Specialist will work to ensure the highest quality of laboratory research support, and has good communication skills with co-workers, the management team, PIs, research staff, students, and other support services. This position requires working largely in an outdoor environment with animals living in social groups. Identification of animals by their physical characteristics and good animal handling skills is a must. Training will be provided on the job.
  • Under general supervision, performs a variety of defined procedures (e.g., assessment of social group stability and animal access) according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
  • May be required to participate in laboratory maintenance activities such as cleaning equipment, ordering supplies, and inventory.
  • Maintains records, files and logs of work performed in computer databases.
  • Compiles data for publications, grants and seminar presentations.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required by Colony Director.
  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Work is not normally performed in a typical laboratory environment.
  • The work environment is largely outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Requires the ability to bend, kneel, and/or squat.
  • Requires the ability to lift and carry heavy objects.

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

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