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Emory University Colony Genetics Lead Research Specialist (Lawrenceville, GA) in Atlanta, Georgia


The Yerkes Colony Genetics Laboratory (Yerkes Field Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia) seeks a motivated individual to join our team. The mission of the Laboratory is to maintain the genetic health of the rhesus macaque colony by establishing genetic relatedness amongst breeding groups, and to screen for desirable/undesirable genotypes for planned vaccine studies.

The position activities will include: assisting in planning and conducting non-human primate genotyping experiments; working to develop improved genotyping methods; preparing RNA/DNA from NHP samples; maintaining laboratory equipment (i.e. routine cleaning, and scheduling calibration/maintenance). This position also will involve analyzing genotyping datasets and assisting with creation of reports and presentations. Administrative responsibilities will include purchasing, invoicing, and budget preparation.

Our preference is for the successful candidate to have >2 years previous laboratory experience with molecular and cellular biology techniques (e.g. DNA/RNA isolation, blood processing, cryopreservation, and strong PCR experience). The successful candidate should have strong writing, speaking, and presentation skills. Training in genetics, genotyping or genetic data analysis will be provided and is not a prerequisite.


  • 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

  • Two years of research experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

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Job Number 33824

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Yerkes National Primate Resear

Department YRK: Colony Management

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 Laboratory

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Inquiries about this statement should be directed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30322