Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences invites applicants for a full-time Research Assistant position.
Our research: The Neuroplasticity & Development Lab investigates the contributions of nature and nurture to human cognition. Areas of interest include the origins of conceptual representations, the contribution of linguistic and sensory experience to knowledge and the neurocognitive basis of cultural skills (e.g., reading, programming). We use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and behavioral measures to investigate these questions. One line of research in the lab compares the minds and brains of populations with different visual experiences e.g., congenitally blind, late blind and sighted individuals. Working with people who are blind enables disentangling the contributions of sensory and linguistic experience to conceptual representations. We investigate visual cortex plasticity in blindness as a window into the mechanisms and timing of neural specialization in humans.
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Job Responsibilities: Assist in experimental design and implementation, data collection, neuroimaging data analysis and maintenance of fMRI analysis infrastructure. Administrative duties include: recruitment and scheduling of participants, preparation of IRB protocols and general lab management.
Job Requirements: An interest in cognitive neuroscience and/or cognitive psychology. Strong technical skills are preferred e.g., knowledge of Python, shell scripting, Matlab and/or Java, C++. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, organized and able to work independently. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are important.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should email the lab director . The email should include a letter of interest describing academic interests and career goals, and how working in the Neuroplasticity and Development Lab would facilitate these goals. Please include a CV, unofficial transcript and contact information for three references. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. The starting date is flexible however, we prefer no later than July 1st, 2021.