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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Research Specialist 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 Gourley lab in the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders within the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Research Specialist to join our lab. Our research consists of behavioral testing in mice, aimed at understanding how organisms make choices, to seek or not seek reward. The applicant will test the mice daily and take responsibility for the health and care of the organism during the experiment. Prior to testing, intracranial surgery will be involved to manipulate proteins of interest, and following behavioral testing, post-mortem analyses of brain tissues will be required to confirm that manipulations acted as expected.

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, non-human primates, and non-primate model organisms. An ideal candidate will have existing knowledge and expertise in behavioral testing in mice. The candidate will be able to independently maintain Excel datasets and present their findings to the lab lead in weekly one-on-one meetings. The applicant should have existing expertise in multiple statistical approaches and should be proficient in using statistical software like SPSS. Familiarity with intracranial surgery and viral-mediated gene silencing will be viewed highly favorably.

The ideal candidate should also be motivated, dependable, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude and passion for research. The Research Specialist will be a team player who is willing to learn on the job and collaborate with lab members and center members. The 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 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.

• May be required to participate in laboratory maintenance activities such as sterilization and cleaning of equipment, ordering of supplies, inventory, and media preparation.

• Maintains records, files and logs of work performed in laboratory notebooks and computer databases.

• Compiles data and records results of studies 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.

• Performs related responsibilities as required by principal investigator.


• Bachelor's degree in a scientific field


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 91136

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory Primate Center

Department EPC: Behav Neuro & Psych Dis

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with animals.

Job Category Laboratory

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor