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The Yerkes National Primate Research Center (YNPRC) of Emory University has an immediate opening for a Lead Research Specialist/ Automated Feeder Technician in the Division of Animal Resources, with a background and/or interest in laboratory animal science.
The YNPRC is a major biomedical research institution dedicated to nonhuman primate research. This position is based at the YNPRC Field Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia, which houses approximately 2,200 nonhuman primates.
The successful candidate will assist in the management of husbandry, colony management and database activities associated with computer-controlled automated feeding stations installed on outdoor compound - and indoor/outdoor-run housing.
- Each automated feeder unit records individual calorie consumption of socially-housed nonhuman primates via RFID technology.
- The system runs in a Power over Ethernet (POE) configuration.
- Food intake data are stored and managed on a database server.
- Primary responsibilities of this position include training of animal care technicians in the sanitation and basic operations of the automated feeders as well as oversight of routine maintenance of each automated feeder station and related documentation.
- The person will also be responsible for automated feeder equipment maintenance including hardware/electronic repair, replacement, and software updates implemented by the manufacture.
- Additional ongoing duties will include: performance of biweekly calibrations on all automated feeders to ensure accuracy of feeding data; food inventory; review of automated feeder standard operating procedures (SOPs) and adequate documentation of all automated feeder incidents (i.e. repairs, updates, calibrations, and network issues).
- Working with colony management staff, the automated feeder technician also coordinates activities associated with RFID microchips.
- Microchip-related responsibilities include microchip ordering, placement, and feeder database microchip code entry and animal record updates.
- Other database activities include performance of queries to recognize trends and error in feeding data.
- May participate in research projects with colony management, animal husbandry, and veterinary outcomes related to feeding behavior.
- Duties for these projects may include collection and management of behavioral and clinical data.
- Participation in data summarization, statistical analyses, and manuscript writing for publication will be encouraged.
FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION:
- 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.
- Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and compiles findings.
- 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.
- Performs related responsibilities as required.
- 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.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS in addition to minimum:
- A candidate should be proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
- The most ideal candidate will have prior experience managing and summarizing large datasets.
- Other desirable skills include familiarity through prior experience with animal husbandry and behavior.
- Prior experience with electronics including ethernet cable installation and maintenance is desirable, but not required.
- The Automated Feeder Technician will work with many professional teams of veterinarians, managers, technicians and others and, as such, will require strong collaborative and communication skills.