Research Specialist (Yerkes)

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory Primate Center
EPC: Microbiology & Immunology
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp.
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Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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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, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC) is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, Yerkes conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at http://www.yerkes.emory.edu


The Center for AIDS Research Translational Virology Unit within the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Research Specialist to join our service core. The TVU is a service unit of the Virology and Molecular Biomarkers Core, which supports virology studies at all points along the spectrum of HIV/AIDS and SIV research for human and non-human primates. Learn more at:https://cfar.emory.edu/cores/virology-and-molecular-biomarkers-core/. This position will perform molecular biology and cell culture-based assays to quantify SIV/SHIV viral loads, cell-associated HIV/SIV/SHIV DNA or RNA, single molecular detection of SIV or HIV proteins, and other HIV reservoir assays. The position also requires preparation of data reports and direct communication with clients with a rapid turnaround time. This position will report directly to Dr. Kulpa.


Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at Yerkes to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with biomedical laboratory research experience who is familiar with molecular biology (PCR, RT-PCR, ELISA) and immunology/virology this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.


The ideal candidate should be highly self-motivated, dependable, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude and passion for HIV research. The Research Specialist will be a team player who is willing to learn on the job and support the research of lab 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, PI’s, research staff, students, and other support services.


• Under general supervision, performs a variety of defined research and laboratory tests and experiments according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
• Sets up experiments as prescribed by the core director.
• May be required to participate in laboratory maintenance activities such as sterilization and cleaning of equipment, ordering of supplies, inventory and media preparation.
• Maintains records, files and logs of work performed in laboratory notebooks and computer databases.
• Compiles data and records results of studies, prepares data reports and communicates results to clients.
• 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 core director.


• Bachelor's degree in a scientific field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training


• Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
• Recent molecular biology experience including qPCR, RT-PCR
• Familiar with fee for service research environment

• 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 normally performed in a typical laboratory environment
• Requires the ability to bend, kneel, and/or squat


Yerkes 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, 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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