Emory University Senior Research Specialist - LAWRENCEVILLE, GA in Atlanta, Georgia


The Ericsen laboratory, which is located at the Field Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, seeks a self-motivated and pro-active individual to join an interdisciplinary team working to characterize the role of microbial commensals in shaping the host immune response to infectious disease. The successful candidate has a working knowledge of basic molecular and cellular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, DNA/RNA isolation, ficoll-separation, and primary cell culture) and is prepared to demonstrate technical competence during a pre-employment assessment. The successful candidate appreciates the “sink or swim” nature of modern research programs, and possesses the confidence and integrity to independently drive projects forward.

The Ericsen Laboratory is a new laboratory focused on understanding the role of host genomics and environmental exposures in manipulating adaptive immune responses. The laboratory incorporated modern molecular approaches to characterizing host resident microbes. The lab utilizes ELISPOT and flow cytometry to monitor adaptive immune responses to simian immunodeficiency virus.

Intellectual fulfillment:

We are looking for an in individual to take on a lab manager type role in my immunology and microbiology focused research laboratory. I am looking for a partner to assist in planning and coordinating animal studies. This individual will have access to automated liquid handling robots to aid in day-to-day sample processing and assay preparation. This individual will have the opportunity to carryout studies, interpret results, and write manuscripts.

Basic technical and administrative needs:

Seeking an individual that is proficient in PCR, ELISPOT, Flow Cytometry, and both blood and stool processing. I am looking for an individual that is communicative, but works independently with minimal oversight. The ideal candidate will manage day-to-day administrative responsibilities, such as purchasing, receiving shipments, managing inventory, and paying bills.


  • Independently performs a wide range of highly technical and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures.

  • Devises highly specialized research procedures by applying a knowledge of advanced research techniques and equipment.

  • Provides input to protocol development.

  • Serves as a technical resource for other research personnel.

  • Analyzes and interprets the results of studies.

  • Investigates and recommends alternative approaches to improve the quality of results.

  • Trains research staff in specialized procedures and theoretical concepts for unique tests.

  • Recommends new equipment and supplies needed for specialized procedures.

  • Provides input into the development of departmental goals and objectives.

  • May assist in grant and other funding application preparation. Review literature for related research developments and techniques.

  • Prepares written materials, charts and graphs on specialized techniques and research results for publication or presentation.

  • Oversees quality assurance of research performed by others. 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

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

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Job Number 32753

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Yerkes National Primate Resear

Department YRK: 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

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