Scientist, Assistant Bioinformatics - School of Medicine Brain Health

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Regular Full-Time
School Of Medicine
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Not Applicable
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Campus Location (For Posting) : City
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Executive Park-N Druid Hills

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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.


The Goizueta Institute @ Emory Brain Health (GIN) is building on Emory’s strengths in clinical and research neuroscience programs with the goal of developing a new, data-driven approach to understanding and treating the most common brain diseases. Its mission is: Sooner, smarter, personalized medicine for brain health and a long, high-quality life. This Research Scientist will be responsible for developing and supporting image analysis algorithms and pipelines to derive meaningful biomarkers from clinical and research images.


Responsibilities include:

  • Developing image processing algorithms and pipelines
  • Quality Control (QC) review of algorithm output
  • Work with a software engineer to package them and deploy them into the AWS data platform.


  • Under minimal supervision, the Assistant Scientist, Bioinformatics performs a wide range of highly technical and complex bioinformatics procedures.
  • Qualification for this position requires demonstrated expertise in designing and developing software, databases, and interfaces for analyzing and manipulating research data applications including expertise with simple programming using Perl/Python or Java, statistical programming, web-development, and database query through SQL.
  • This role collaborates with researchers to develop high throughput data processing and analysis capability.
  • Directs and guides database searches and the computational analysis of resulting data.
  • Provides direct technical support and helps guide, implement, and maintain further improvements to bioinformatics software, databases, and interfaces and works with the entire bioinformatics team to diagnose and fix related issues.
  • May assist in grant and other funding applications, as necessary and appropriate.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as part of a team. Performs other responsibilities as required.


  • PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, biological or physical science and three years of experience.
  • Experience prior to achieving the PhD will be considered.

• A doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a quantitative/computational field including mathematics, computer science, physics, and engineering.
• Previous imaging analysis working experience on 3D T1w volumetrics, white matter hyperintensity, diffusion imaging, resting state functional connectivity, and/or quantitative susceptibility mapping is desired.
• More than 5 years of experience in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisition, analysis and algorithm development is ideal.
• Demonstrated ability to develop custom image analysis algorithms beyond scripting level is needed.
• Experience and/or interest to develop or apply machine learning methods in MRI is desirable.
• The candidate should demonstrate independent research capabilities, and have good organizational and inter-personal skills.
• Excellent proficiency with C/C++, Matlab, or Python programming language is required.


NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University location as needed. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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