The Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, has an immediate opening for a faculty position of Asst. or Assoc. Research Professor (internal title of Colony Director) with a background and interest in social behavioral management and biomedical research in one or more relevant nonhuman primate species as well as managerial experience. The Yerkes Center is a major biomedical research institution that is rapidly expanding with its main facilities at Emory University’s Atlanta campus and 117 acre Field Station in Lawrenceville. This position will be based at the Field Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Working within Yerkes Division of Animal Resources, the qualified candidate will provide leadership to the Colony Management department consisting of the Colony Manager, Project Coordinator, and Research Specialists. This is a senior level management and research position (50% management/ 50% research). The candidate will be expected to develop and implement a productive research program and provide mentorship to junior associates and colleagues. Will report to the Associate Director of Animal Resources and liase with the Assistant Director of Animal Resources at the Field Station for all animal resources and colony management issues.
The successful candidate will provide oversight for resource management related to nonhuman primates: monitoring production, morbidity and mortality, developing statistical metrics for animal production colonies to sustain colony size while simultaneously providing animals to meet Center-wide research programs. Will take a lead role in departmental planning, enhancing productivity and the collection of high-quality, systematic data. The individual will have principal management responsibility for the Colony Management personnel. Will be Key Personnel on the Yerkes Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) rhesus macaque breeding colony grant, and will assist with oversight of the SPF program. Will contribute to grant writing for resource grants related to the Field Station. Works with the Yerkes geneticist to develop and implement genetic based management strategies to enhance the rhesus macaque and sooty mangabey colonies. Meet with principal investigators to coordinate research needs and serve as a primary contact for study planning and implementation. Develop metrics to assess and report on unit performance and goal achievements to support growth and promotion of personnel. Responsible for departmental budget: monitoring expenditures, developing budget proposals, and preparing necessary documentation for supervisor review/approval. Provide recommendations to management regarding breeding colony policies and activities such as SOP development or modification. In consultation with the Colony Manager, will be responsible for hiring, evaluation, training and promotions for all direct and indirect reports.
Will also develop and implement a research program congruent with Field Station and colony management research goals. Degree and /or post-doctoral training should be in an area that is compatible with existing resources. Strongly prefer research background in areas such as social behavior in nonhuman primates species, reproductive medicine or epidemiology with strong writing skills. The candidate’s interests and background will determine the research focus of this position.
The ideal candidate will have a PhD or DVM degree in a relevant field, plus 5 year’s experience in social behavioral management or biomedical research in one or more relevant species, and extensive managerial expertise. Working knowledge of statistical forecasting methodology strongly preferred. Salary negotiable based on qualifications and experience.
For questions regarding this position, please contact: Dr. Joyce Cohen, Associate Director for Animal Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.