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Scientist, Assistant, Emory Primate Center

Company: Emory Healthcare
Location: Lawrenceville
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

Discover Your Career at Emory University Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. Description 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 Nutritional and Reproductive Medicine Lab within the Emory National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Assistant Academic Research Scientist, interested in nonhuman primate feeding, social, and breeding behavior. This position will contribute primarily to a NIH-funded study aimed to develop new methodology for social health surveillance and efficient reproductive management strategies for our specific pathogen free rhesus macaque breeding colony. The successful candidate will work with an inter-disciplinary research team of veterinary scientists, behaviorists, and data scientists. Using formal behavioral observational methods, this position will record and analyze feeding behavior as well as social and sexual dyadic interactions between nonhuman primates living in large outdoor enclosures at the EPC Field Station (Lawrenceville, GA). As such, the selected candidate should be able to conduct intensive behavioral observations (4+ hours per day, up to 4 days per week) in an outdoor setting and achieve inter-observer reliabilities on 2 social groups, each housing up to 80 adult monkeys. Primary job responsibilities will also include tasks related to data management, statistical analysis, and scientific writing; thus, this position is a great opportunity for early career scientists. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, detail-oriented, able to work independently, and have a positive attitude and passion for research. The Nutritional and Reproductive Medicine Lab is led by Dr. Kelly Ethun, DVM, PhD, DACLAM. 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 prior animal experience with an interest in nonhuman primate feeding behavior and/or social group management, this is an amazing opportunity for you to make a positive impact on the physical and social health of captive nonhuman primate bred for biomedical research. JOB DESCRIPTION: Under minimal supervision, the Assistant Academic Research Scientist performs a wide range of highly technical and complex tasks necessary to advance basic and/or translational research programs. Responsible for working with experimental platforms specific to the hiring Program. Duties will include but are not limited to experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation and communication of results of basic and/or translational research. Will be required to reviews literature and apply advanced knowledge, skills, and input necessary for protocol development. Performs other related responsibilities as required by principal investigator.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PhD or MDMaster's degree and five years of professional level experience in a technical or research lab. Internship experience or experience prior to attaining the qualifying degree is not considered eligible work experience for this job classification. Laboratory experience will be based on area of assignment.NOTE: Applicants applying with a M.D. or equivalent degree must be eligible for a Georgia medical license to meet the minimum qualifications. PREFERRED/DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Prior experience with data analytical programs such as R/RStudio, Stata, SPSS, or SAS/JMP.Demonstrated proficiency with R and python programming Prior experience with PostgreSQL, MySQL, or other relational database management systems.Experience utilizing formal behavioral observation methods and techniques to monitor and record social and breeding behavior of nonhuman primates or other highly social animals living in large groups.Applied knowledge of the principles and practices of animal behavioral observation and data collection.Skills to use handheld electronic devices to collect behavioral data. Accustomed to working outdoors.Prior experience following research protocols with attention to detail. Independent thinking and problem-solving skills for research and technical problems.Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills.Ability to act with integrity and professionalism.WORKING ENVIRONMENT: On-site work hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.Perform diversified tasks that may require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping, or standing up to 8 hours per dayWork in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.Wear protective clothing for extended periods of time including gloves, masks, face shields, goggles, sleeves, and head covers.Work environment involves being outdoors and employees may be required to perform behavioral observations during high ambient temperatures (under shade coverage).PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING STATEMENT: Emory 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, requirement of various vaccinations, and health assessment. Employment is contingent upon a clear background screening. 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. Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required. For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) - 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.

Keywords: Emory Healthcare, Roswell , Scientist, Assistant, Emory Primate Center, Other , Lawrenceville, Georgia

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