Lead Research Specialist - Rollins School of Public Health

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Public Health
SPH: Epidemiology
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Laboratory Research
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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  • 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.



The Lead Research Specialist will work in the Sleep Epidemiology Research Group. This position involves working on several projects that are aimed at sleep measurement and understanding determinants and health consequences of sleep problems. Working evenings and weekends (3-4 hours twice a month) are a requirement for this position. The lead research specialist is expected to work under minimum supervision. The job responsibilities include maintaining research equipment in the office, calibrating and maintaining equipment, troubleshooting research devices as needed, enter data into databased (e.g., redcap), utilize online platforms to transfer data, process and score data from wearables using software on a provided computer, provide data summaries (in partnership with the study analyst), communicate with external teams, and represent the team at virtual meetings with internal and external researchers. The candidate will also be responsible for recruiting/scheduling research participants, completing research visits (data collection) in homes of participants, and processing participant incentives. In partnership with another team member, they will conduct the field visits which entail administering questionnaires, initializing air, light and noise monitoring devices, instructing participants on the sleep monitor and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and processing and mailing saliva samples. Several times a week, they will visit the homes of participants in the evenings and weekends to conduct the research visits, thus reliable transportation is required (mileage will be reimbursed). The candidate will review, produce quality control grades under the direction of PI or project manager. They will also oversee mailing the sleep and cardiovascular feedback letters to the participants, and to their physicians upon request from participants. The candidate will engage in other research-related tasks as needed. The candidate will have experience with research study recruitment and data collection among historically minoritized populations. Also, the candidate should be very detailed, meticulous about data, and be knowledgeable regarding technology (e.g., wearables). Because of the engagement with recruitment, having an outgoing personality and comfort with talking with people is a benefit. It is critical to be highly organized and have strong oral and written communication skills. Reliable transportation is required as this position involves data enrollment (with another team member) in homes of participants (mileage will be reimbursed).



  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field and two years of research experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

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.

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