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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Lead Research Specialist, Emory Primate Center in Atlanta, Georgia

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Dedicated to discovering causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of disease, Emory National Primate Research Center (EPC) is improving human and animal health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, EPC conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at

The Paiardini laboratory at the Emory National Primate Research Center (ENPRC) and Emory School of Medicine is currently seeking full-time Research Specialist, Lead to conduct NIH-funded studies on HIV immunology. Our research consists of utilizing non-human primates (NHPs) as a pathogenic model of HIV infection to characterize cellular and anatomical niches of viral persistence amid antiretroviral therapy (ART). Based on these data, using the NHP model we apply novel immunotherapeutic strategies to limit viral persistence and achieve durable viral remission upon ART cessation. Recent publications related to the available projects with open positions include Pino et al., Nat Commun , 2022; Harper et al., J Clin Invest , 2021; Harper et al., Nat Med , 2020. Candidates for this position will have the opportunity to test novel hypotheses while collaborating with a group of well-known experts in the HIV immunology field. Interested candidates are encouraged to directly email Dr. Paiardini ( ) with a cover letter, their CV, and contact information for three references. The position title and pay will be commensurate with related experience.

Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at EPC 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 HIV immunology in animal models, this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.


  • 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 by principal investigator.


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


  • Master's degree in virology or immunology

  • Fundamental expertise in HIV/SIV immunology; NHP or mouse models; and BSL-2/3 experimentation, including high-parameter flow cytometry, tissue processing, and cell culture.

  • Knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices, and methods, including experience in independently designing and executing experiments

  • Excellent problem-solving and team working skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrate attention to detail and organizational skills.

  • Proficiency with data visualization tools (GraphPad Prism, FlowJo, and/or RStudio)


  • Work is performed in a BSL-2 or BSL-3 laboratory environment and requires work with blood and tissues.

  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which requires following basic safety precautions

  • Requires the ability to bend, kneel, and/or squat


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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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Job Number 103981

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory Primate Center

Department EPC: Microbiology & Immunology

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working in a laboratory, 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

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor