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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Research Specialist, Lead 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 Division of Microbiology & Immunology within the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Lead Research Specialist to join our lab. Our research is focused on studying mechanisms of HIV persistence during ART -treated infection, with an emphasis on identifying mechanisms that promote HIV latency for development of therapeutic interventions. Our laboratory uses in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo (Non human primate) platforms to characterize these mechanisms. This position will report directly to Dr. Kulpa.

Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at Yerkes 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 mononuclear cell isolation from whole blood, primary lymphocyte cell culture, handling of infectious agents, flow cytometry, qPCR, BSL2+ and BLS3 laboratory practices 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 should be highly self-motivated, dependable, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude and passion for HIV research. The Lead Research Specialist will be a team player who is willing to learn on the job and collaborate with lab members and center members. The Lead Research Specialist will work to ensure the highest quality of laboratory research support, and has good communication skills with co-workers, the management team, PI’s, research staff, students, and other support services.


• 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


• Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills


• 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


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 91539

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 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