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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Lead Research Specialist (Exposomics and Mass Spectrometry) - Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia

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  • 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.


  • The ideal candidate for this position must exhibit meticulous attention to detail, have excellent written and oral communication abilities, possess strong quantitative laboratory skills, and be familiar with good laboratory practices.

  • Candidates should have a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, mass spectrometry, engineering, or other analytical chemistry related fields.

  • Experience with LC- or GC-MS is preferred, but willing to train the right candidate.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to work independently, as well as in teams, to meet project timelines is preferred.

  • Candidates who may not have extensive experience but are eager to learn and highly organized are encouraged to apply.


The Comprehensive Laboratory for Untargeted Exposome Science (CLUES) in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health at Emory University seeks applications for multiple research positions that will involve untargeted profiling of microplastics, endogenous and exogenous metabolites, nutrients, and toxins in human biofluids and other matrices. We are an internationally recognized laboratory in the emerging field of exposome research and provide ample opportunities for training in cutting edge high-resolution mass spectrometry methods that explore exciting research questions at the interface of environment, multi-omics and human health. The position will support daily operation of liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) or gas chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS) platforms for research and service activities that apply omic-based metabolic phenotyping methods for precision medicine and exposome research projects. Candidates will receive extensive training and hands on experience in automated biological sample preparation, operation of LC-HRMS and GC-HRMS platforms, chemical identification and confirmation, processing of untargeted HRMS data, and method optimization. Areas of study include environmental determinants of non-communicable diseases (cancer and other metabolic diseases), measuring complex exposures of emerging concern, including microplastics, PFAS, and e-waste, and establishing OMIC-based strategies for universal chemical surveillance and bioeffect monitoring. The facility currently houses two LC-HRMS (Thermo Exploris 120 Orbitraps) and three GC-HRMS (2 Thermo GC Q-Exactive and 1 Thermo GC-Exploris Orbitraps) and has plans to strengthen its technology base further. The exposome provides a new paradigm for understanding how complex exposures drive adverse health outcomes, and candidates will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of technological and data science methods for this emerging field of research.

Responsibilities include:

  • Daily preparation of biological or environmental samples for analysis by LC-HRMS or GC-HRMS.

  • Assist with operation and maintenance of instruments.

  • Daily evaluation of instrument performance and QA/QC, with ability to troubleshoot if results do not satisfy pass/fail criteria.

  • Method development, verification, and establishing assay suitability criteria.

  • Perform chemical identification analysis, including MS/MS, running of standards, and creating confirmed metabolite databases.

  • Summarization and reporting of targeted and untargeted HRMS data.

  • Receipt, cataloging, and inventory of environmental and biological samples.

  • Contribute to preparation of grant applications, reports, and manuscripts.

  • Assist with oversight of research projects and meeting project deadlines.

  • Assist with ordering of laboratory supplies and consumables.

  • Contribute to method development and sample analysis on the GC-HRMS.

Our laboratory is located within the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. The Rollins School of Public Health is ranked 5th among public health graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report and ranked number 5 in the Blue Ridge Report amongst schools of public health receiving NIH support. The Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health houses researchers with interests spanning Environmental Health, including mechanistic and computational toxicology, genomics, the developmental origins of disease, air pollution, climate change, water, sanitation and hygiene, and environmental epidemiology. Within the department is Emory’s HERCULES Health and Exposome Research center, an NIEHS P30 Environmental Health Support Center and the first Exposome Research Center in the US. The team-science approach in this department provides opportunities to co-author publications with leading collaborators. We offer numerous opportunities for career advancement, including the ability to attend workshops on topics.

NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 106992

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Public Health

Department SPH: Environmental Health

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials.

Job Category Laboratory

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor