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Lead Research Specialist - Biology

Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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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 Jaeger lab (url removed) in the Department of Biology is looking for a Lead Research Specialist. Our lab provides an exciting federally funded research program in the area of neurophysiology of motor control. The position involves maintaining smooth lab operations and carrying out neuroscience experiments with behaving mice and mouse brains. The successful candidate will be able to commit to this position for at least 2 years with satisfactory performance and will have prior experience in rodent handling and rodent brain surgery, as well as basic research administration. Computer skills to maintain databases are also important. Pay level will be commensurate with prior experience. Will 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.


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.


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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