Lead Research Specialist

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Regular Full-Time
Emory College
ECAS: Psychology
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
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Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
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The Behavioral Genetics of Addiction Laboratory, “The BGA Lab”, at Emory University’s Department of Psychology is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a Lead Research Specialist position.


The BGA Lab is directed by Dr. Rohan Palmer, an Assistant Professor in Emory Psychology. The Lab is composed of post-doctoral fellows, graduate research assistants, and master’s-level students. Research in this group is currently funded by numerous NIH grants, and the majority of this work centers on the genetics of substance use behaviors and comorbid conditions (e.g., mood disorders and stress) and are conducted in large population-based samples.  


The Research Specialist, Lead will work on projects related to cognitive functioning, substance use, and emotional well-being in a college student population. We are hiring for projects focused on identification of neurocognitive risk and protective factors for substance use/misuse, disordered eating, sleep disruption, and disrupted mood states. One such project is the MAPme Project (https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/mapme/about/). MAPme is a multi-campus research and educational research study that studies how genes, life experiences, and personality traits relate to lifestyle behaviors, cognitive abilities, and mental well-being in college students, with a specific interest in substance use. The project uses repeated web assessments to understand the role of genetic, cognitive, and sociocultural factors in the stability and change of health behaviors. 



  • Under minimal supervision, performs a variety of specialized and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures 
  • Uses independent judgment in applying or adopting 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



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



NOTE:This position is available to start immediately and will be primarily on campus.  Applicants must be able to travel and have a clean driving record as this position will require some travel around the Emory and Kennesaw State University (KSU) campuses with the possibility of more campuses in the out years. A vehicle will be provided by the Lab for this purpose. Please visit the Emory Forward site (https://www.emory.edu/forward/ ) to learn more about the university’s COVID-19 safety guidelines and resources. 


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 employees.

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