• Research Specialist

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Emory College
    ECAS: Environmental Science
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
  • Description


    • Under general supervision, performs a variety of defined research and laboratory tests and experiments according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
    • Sets up experiments as prescribed by a principal investigator.
    • May be required to participate in laboratory maintenance activities such as sterilization and cleaning of equipment, ordering of supplies, inventory and media preparation.
    • Maintains records, files and logs of work performed in laboratory notebooks and computer databases.
    • Compiles data and records results of studies for publications, grants and seminar presentations. Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required by principal investigator.


    • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

    Additional Details

    The specialist will collect, analyze, and archive data on pollen, including collecting plants from field and living-collections scenarios as well as molecular biological analyses of pollen. The specialist will also be responsible for some basic research-related logistical tasks, such as purchasing research supplies, website maintenance, etc., and will work closely with all lab members, including supervision of several undergraduate researchers in the lab.



    • A BS or BA in environmental sciences or biology is required.
    • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques (DNA extraction, PCR) is preferred, as are experience identifying insects and plants and research experience in both laboratory and field settings.
    • The successful candidate will have leadership experience in a research setting (i.e., managing people involved in data collection); be highly organized; have excellent time management and written communication skills; have the ability to manage several different project components at the same time; and have research experience with multiple different research projects.
    • Strong computer skills are also required, including Excel and preferably the R statistical programming language.



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