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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Research Specialist, Lead (Neuroimaging Analyst) - Developmental & Cognitive Neuroscience in Atlanta, Georgia

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A full-timeResearch Specialist, Lead (Neuroimaging Analyst)position is open at Emory University (Division of Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience, Emory National Primate Research Center – ENPRC/EPC) to do brain MRI research in nonhuman primates. The position involves processing and analysis of brain imaging data, including structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), resting state functional MRI (rsfMRI) and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) datasets using in-house pipelines as well as open-source software.

The position involves brain MRI data processing and analyses for longitudinal studies of development and aging of neural circuits involved in social and emotional/stress regulation and cognitive function in nonhuman primates. Brain MRI datasets include structural MRI, DTI, rsfMRI and MRS neuroimaging modalities.


  • Under minimal supervision, performs a variety of specialized and complex research and procedures.

  • This position involves specifically brain MRI data processing and analyses.

  • Uses independent judgment in applying or adapting scientific techniques.

  • May assist in methods/protocol design.

  • Investigates and proposes alternative experimental procedures for consideration by a principal investigator.

  • Assists in planning and scheduling research procedures.

  • Processes and analyzes brain MRI data and interprets results of studies.

  • Demonstrates and trains others in the neuroimaging techniques and proper use of servers, software and equipment.

  • Updates, optimizes, and troubleshoots neuroimaging pipelines, maintenance of software, servers and 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.

  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline including Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Neuroscience, MRI Physics or related fields.

  • Background in neuroimaging pipelines, data processing and analysis, as well as programming/scripting and computational skills.

  • Experience with brain MRI data processing/analysis (e.g. image registration, skull-stripping, atlas building), resting state functional connectivity MRI, DTI and/or MRS is preferred.

  • Additional neuroscience knowledge is valuable.

  • Strong computer programming/scripting skills are required.

  • Preferred languages are Unix/Linux scripting, shell, Python, Docker, MATLAB.

  • Experience using MRI software packages such as FSL, ANTS, AFNI, FreeSurfer, CIVET (and related programs), as well as with Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS) formatting are preferred.


  • Work environment may involve working sporadically with biohazardous nonhuman primate blood and tissues.

  • Work environment may involve some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions, such as sporadic access to MRI scanners.

  • Work is normally performed in a typical computer science and office desk environment with access to servers for data processing.

  • Sporadic work in a laboratory environment.


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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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Job Number 111373

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory Primate Center

Department EPC: Dev & Cog Neuroscience

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Working in a laboratory, Working with animals., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp.

Job Category Laboratory

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor