Lead Research Specialist

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


The Nutritional and Reproductive Medicine Lab within the Emory National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Lead Research Specialist interested in nonhuman primate feeding, social, and breeding behavior. This position will contribute primarily to a NIH-funded study aimed to develop new methodology for social health surveillance and efficient reproductive management strategies for our specific pathogen free rhesus macaque breeding colony. The successful candidate will work with an inter-disciplinary research team of veterinary scientists, behaviorists, and data scientists. Using formal behavioral observational methods, this position will record and analyze feeding behavior as well as social and sexual dyadic interactions between nonhuman primates living in large outdoor enclosures at the EPC Field Station (Lawrenceville, GA). As such, the selected candidate should be able to conduct intensive behavioral observations (4+ hours per day, up to 4 days per week) in an outdoor setting and achieve inter-observer reliabilities on 2 social groups, each housing up to 80 adult monkeys. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, detail-oriented, able to work independently, and have a positive attitude and passion for research. The Nutritional and Reproductive Medicine Lab is led by Dr. Kelly Ethun, DVM, PhD, DACLAM.


Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at EPC to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with prior animal experience with an interest in nonhuman primate feeding behavior and/or social group management, this is an amazing opportunity for you to make a positive impact on the physical and social health of captive nonhuman primate bred for biomedical research.



  • Under minimal supervision, performs a variety of specialized and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures.
  • Uses independent judgment in applying or adapting scientific techniques.
  • May assist in protocol design.
  • Investigates and proposes alternative experimental procedures for consideration by a principal investigator.
  • Assists in planning and scheduling research procedures.
  • Analyzes and interprets results of studies.
  • Demonstrates and trains others in the proper use/operation of laboratory techniques and equipment.
  • Calibrates, troubleshoots and performs routine repair and maintenance of equipment.
  • Monitors laboratory processes to maintain quality assurance standards.
  • Records results of studies, compiles and analyzes data and prepares charts and graphs.
  • Monitors the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
  • Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and compiles findings.
  • Monitors the handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Performs other related responsibilities as required by the principal investigator.

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



  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field and two years of research experience or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. 


  • Experience utilizing formal behavioral observation methods and techniques to monitor and record social and breeding behavior of nonhuman primates or other highly social animals living in large groups.
  • Applied knowledge of the principles and practices of animal behavioral observation and data collection.
  • Skills to use handheld electronic devices to collect behavioral data.
  • Basic knowledge of nonhuman primate behavior and social structures.
  • Accustomed to working outdoors.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office and Office 365 applications.
  • Prior experience with database management systems is preferred.
  • Familiarity with the basic concepts of python programming is desired.
  • Prior experience with data analytical programs such as R/RStudio, Stata, SPSS, or SAS/JMP is desired.
  • Experience following research protocols with attention to detail.
  • Independent thinking and problem-solving skills for research and technical problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to act with integrity and professionalism.


  • On-site work hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  • Perform diversified tasks that may require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping, or standing up to 8 hours per day.
  • Work in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.
  • Wear protective clothing for extended periods of time including gloves, masks, face shields, goggles, sleeves, and head covers.
  • Work environment involves being outdoors and employees may be required to perform behavioral observations during high ambient temperatures (under shade coverage).


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 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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