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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Lead Research Specialist - Yerkes Virology Core in Atlanta, Georgia

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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


The Virology Core at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Research Specialist, Lead to join our dedicated service core laboratory team. The Lead Research Specialist will primarily perform serological and molecular assays to identify viral pathogens in the Yerkes specific pathogen-free (SPF) rhesus macaque colony. Additionally, the Virology Core provides virological support (virus sequencing, titration, and growth) for experimental studies ongoing at the Yerkes Research Center, Emory University, as well as outside the University.

If you are someone with laboratory research experience who is familiar with molecular and biochemical techniques such as PCR, Western blotting, nucleic acid extraction, and gel electrophoresis, 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 will be highly motivated, organized, dependable, detail-oriented, and have a passion for virology. The ideal candidate will also have a background in biology, virology, or molecular biology. A solid understanding of Good Laboratory Practices and sterile technique, and previous hands-on experience with Western blotting and quantitative real-time PCR is highly preferred. This position reports directly to Dr. Thomas Vanderford, is considered essential, and requires some weekend and holiday work as part of a rotating schedule.


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


  • Hands-on experience with Western blotting, PCR, qPCR, and Luminex technologies

  • Experience working in a biosafety level-3 settingKnowledge of research principles, concepts, practices, and methods

  • Knowledge of scientific laboratory practices, research techniques, and sterile technique

  • Demonstrated computer literacy and strong mathematical, analytical, and research skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience in applied research or data management may be advantageous

  • The ability to manipulate large, complex data sets into manageable, understandable reports

  • Excellent problem-solving and team working skills

  • Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills

  • Experience working in a biosafety environment


  • Some exposure to hazardous chemicals and infectious agents, which require following basic safety precautions

  • Work is normally performed in a typical laboratory environment but may also include time working in a biosafety level-3 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.

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Job Number 53128

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Yerkes National Primate Resear

Department YRK: Virology Core

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

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta