Procedures for Potential Postdoctoral Fellows

The Behavioral Genetics of Addiction Laboratory (PI: Rohan Palmer, PhD) at Emory University is recruiting postdoctoral research fellows with interest in epidemiological and multi-omic and genetic analyses of the onset and persistence of drug and alcohol use and disorders. This post-doctoral position will focus on understanding the persistent and transient effects on the development of substance use and disorders as well as translating genetic findings for generalized substance use and disorders into a predictive toolset that can inform future research and intervention/prevention programs.

Candidates with demonstrated interest in the epidemiology of drug-related harms and health OR integrating multiple-omics data (e.g., DNA, RNA, microRNA, Methylation, Proteomics data) and/or developing genetically-informed predictive models of substance use and disorders are encouraged to apply. The lab also works on cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of addictive behaviors, as well as personality, cognition, and several environmental and familial factors associated with substance addiction.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to drive the development of novel hypotheses and lead statistical analyses of combined datasets and biobanks with the goal of the development of 3+ publications each year.

****A special note to postdoctoral fellow applicants: The BGA laboratory is primarily a computational/statistical laboratory that conducts and analyses population and community/survey/clinical samples. All wet lab components are outsourced. Consequently, Dr. Palmer provides training in behavior genetics which can be applied in multiple areas of addiction science.


Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical, Behavioral Neuroscience, Quantitative Psychology), Statistics/Biostatistics, Computer Science, or other relevant disciplines 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 statistical programming languages, e.g., SAS, C++,  Python, Perl, or R; experience working with large population or genetics data and high-performance clusters are desirable.

****A special note to postdoctoral fellowship applicants: The BGA laboratory is primarily a computational/statistical laboratory that conducts and analyses population and community survey/clinical assessments. All wet lab components are outsourced. Postdoctoral applicants with a background in addiction science and/or quantitative/statistical genetics who are interested in learning and conducting research on substance use disorders are welcome to apply.


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 Dr. Rohan Palmer via email with any questions. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.