Research Specialist, Lead (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.
Job Category
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 Genomics Core within the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Lead Research Specialist to join our lab. If you are someone with laboratory research experience who is familiar with molecular biology this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.


Our group provides next generation sequencing services for scientists at Yerkes and the Emory Vaccine Center, in addition to the wider Emory and external research community. We currently support disease etiology and vaccine development research in a variety of infectious disease systems, including SARS-CoV-2, HIV, and malaria. The successful candidate will receive training in a broad array of techniques such as the preparation of RNAseq libraries, single cell sequencing via droplet capture on the 10X Genomics platform, use of advanced liquid handling robotics, and sequencing on the Illumina MiSeq and NovaSeq6000 systems. Prior educational background in biology, immunology or molecular biology is required, and previous lab experience, particularly in molecular biology or NGS techniques, would be a plus.


• Under general supervision, performs a variety of defined molecular biology laboratory techniques according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
o Main work areas include DNA and RNA isolation, RNAseq, whole genome/exome sequencing, single cell RNAseq and ATACseq, and operation of liquid handling robotic systems.
• Sets up experiments as prescribed by a principal investigator.
• 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 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 principal investigator.


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


• Two years laboratory experience, particularly molecular biology or immunology
• Prior molecular biology or next generation sequencing experience
• High attention to detail and problem-solving capabilities
• Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to function as part of a team


• Work environment involves working with biohazardous blood and tissues
• Work is normally performed in a typical laboratory environment


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 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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