Lead Research Specialist (Research Assistant/Technicians), The Emotion Cognition and Computation Laboratory at Emory University

November 28, 2022

POSITION TITLE: Lead Research Specialist (Research Assistant / Technicians)

The Emotion Cognition and Computation Laboratory at Emory University (PI: Philip Kragel) is seeking a Lead Research Specialist. Our lab combines computational modeling, neuroimaging, and behavioral experiments to understand cognitive and affective components of human behavior.


  • Under minimal supervision, handles administrative activities generally associated with the conduct of laboratory research.
  • Provides guidance to less experienced staff.
  • Manages research project databases, develops flow sheets and other study related documents, and completes source documents/case report forms.
  • Interfaces with research participants, determines eligibility and consents study participants according to protocol.
  • Approves orders for supplies and equipment maintenance.
  • Assists in developing recruitment strategies and conducting screenings for study participants including interviews and questionnaires.
  • Establishes case packages for study procedures, monitors scheduling of procedures and charges, and coordinates other services as needed.
  • Ensures compliance with research protocols, reviews case report forms and audits for accuracy with source documents, and attends monitoring meetings with sponsors.
  • Performs related approved responsibilities as required.
  • May assist in protocol design.
  • Investigates and proposes alternative experimental procedures for consideration by a principal investigator.
  • Analyzes and interprets non-diagnostic results of studies.
  • Demonstrates and trains others in the proper use/operation of laboratory techniques 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.
  • Monitors the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Performs related, approved non-clinical responsibilities as required.


  • Develop and conduct functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), behavioral, and online (e.g., Amazon Mechanical Turk, Pavlovia) experiments.
  • Preprocess and analyze neuroimaging data.
  • Develop and maintain analysis software.
  • Create and maintain lab documentation.
  • Provide technical support for lab personnel.
  • Help maintain software and computing infrastructure for the lab.
  • Assist with administrative responsibilities and financial documents.


  • 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 psychology, neuroscience, engineering, computer science, or related field.
  • 1-2 years previous research experience in a cognitive neuroscience lab (exposure to neuroimaging is preferred).
  • Experience with scientific computing (proficiency with GitHub, MATLAB, R, Python, JavaScript and experience with PsychToolbox, PsychoPy, and jsPsych).
  • Special consideration will be given to individuals with experience collecting and/or analyzing high-dimensional datasets.
  • Self-motivation, good organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively with others in a fast-paced environment.

This position is open until filled. For inquiries, please contact

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