Lead Research Specialist (Emory Vaccine Center)

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory Primate Center
EPC: Emory Vaccine Center
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working in a laboratory, Working with animals., 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.


Emory National Primate Research Center:
Dedicated to discovering causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of disease, Emory National Primate Research Center (ENPRC/EPC) is improving human and animal health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, ENPRC conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at http://enprc.emory.edu 
The Emory Vaccine Center within the Emory National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Research Specialist, Lead to join our team. Our focus in the EVC is on infectious diseases and vaccine research. This position will report directly to Dr. Jyothi Rengarajan.
Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at ENPRC to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with laboratory research experience who is familiar with … with basic molecular biology, cell culture, immunological and microbiology techniques this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.  
The ideal Lead Research Specialist should be motivated, dependable, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude and passion for research. The candidate should be a team player who is willing to learn on the job and collaborate with lab members and center members as well as work independently. The Research Specialist will work to ensure the highest quality of laboratory research support, have good communication skills with co-workers, the management team, PI’s, research staff, students, and other support services. This is a great opportunity to learn essential skills in designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data and working in a multi-disciplinary, diverse and collegial lab environment. 
  • 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 a principal investigator.
  • Work with graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and staff scientists on multiple projects using state of the art technologies for various molecular biology, immunology and microbiology approaches, including flow cytometry, transcriptomics and microscopy.
  • Contribute to ordering of supplies, inventory and other lab-oriented duties
  • May be required to participate in laboratory maintenance activities such as sterilization and cleaning of equipment, and media preparation.
  • Maintains records, files and logs of work performed in laboratory notebooks and computer databases.
  • Involvement in data analysis and generating figures 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.
  • Assist with Biosafety and IACUC protocol writing and submission.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required by principal investigator.
  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field and two years of research experience OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Bachelor’s in Biology or related scientific field.
  • 2-3 years of laboratory experience is highly preferred.
  • Some experience in basic molecular biology, immunology and microbiology techniques and cell culture is preferred.
  • Experience with flow cytometry is highly desirable.
  • Willingness to work with mice is desirable.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe is highly preferred.
  • Additional computer skills, including familiarity with website software and bioinformatics analyses is a plus.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Evidence of good communication and trouble-shooting skills.
  • Ability to integrate into a diverse, collegial and interactive lab environment is important.
  • 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.
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.

Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required. For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

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