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Emory University Post Doctoral Fellow in Atlanta, Georgia


JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.

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The Behavioral Genetics of Addiction Laboratory (PI information:) located in the Department of Psychology at Emory University, is looking for self-motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellows to work on statistical genetics and epidemiological studies of substance use, psychopathology, and their relation to cognitive functioning. We mainly focus on whole genome and systems-based genetic studies that integrate multi-omics data (DNA, RNA, microRNA, Methylation, Proteomics data) into our models predicting complex traits and diseases. We also work on longitudinal studies that examine the development of addictive behaviors in the context of personality and cognitive differences, as well as, a number of familial and individual-level demographic characteristics.

The candidates will be expected to work on statistical/computational methods & tool development, real data analysis, and publishing in decent journals. The candidates will have opportunities to collaborate with members of other departments (e.g., Neurology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Psychology) at Emory University, as well as other institutions affiliated with the lab ().


Ph.D. in Statistics/Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Quantitative Psychology, or other relevant discipline with a strong quantitative research background. Individuals with extensive (2+ years) experience in GWAS and/or Gene Expression analysis are also encouraged to apply. Proficiency in one or multiple of the popular programming languages, e.g., C++, Python, Perl, R; experience working with large genetics data and high-performance clusters are desirable.

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Interested candidates should submit a Cover Letter, CV, Brief Statement of Research & Interest (less than 3 pages), one Sample Publication and Contacts for 3 references. Please contact Rohan Palmer (for any questions. Applications will be reviewed immediately after submission.

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Job Number 31619

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory College

Department ECAS: Psychology

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Inquiries about this statement should be directed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30322