Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Data collection (30%) Duties include development of comprehensive, large-scale research questions and the task design as well as the subsequent sequence parameter selection, optimization, testing and the eventual acquisition of presentation and publication quality data that advance our understanding of the human brain. This will frequently include the use of novel sequences, for which there is not a known collection of optimal parameters. This will also require contacting and consenting participants as well as performing safety screening, explaining study procedures, uploading data, passing along forms to appropriate parties.
Data analysis (30%) Following data acquisition, the data will need to be converted to a suitable format for analysis from the DICOM format produced by the MRI. Then the applicant will pre-process the data using conventional fMRI analysis software, perform general linear modeling and other, more advanced analyses to generate informative maps, produce segmentations, etc. In addition, there is an expectation of using custom, in-house scripts from MatLab or python as needed to analyze the data. Collectively there is the requirement that these processes will be performed independently from the PI and tweaked as needed for each project/research question in order to improve results, increase efficiency and provide interpretable results.
Development of software tools geared towards analyzing submillimeter fMRI data (5%). The use of custom code will also extend to development of, or contribution to, specialized, more widely used software that has a lifetime beyond a single project or dataset.
Preparation of manuscripts and conference papers (30%) Responsibilities include the full lifetime of a publication, entailing the preparation of the figures, drafting and editing of manuscripts and conference abstracts, submission of manuscripts to various journals and handling reviews and resubmissions. These processes are expected to be complete in close collaboration with the PI, Dr. Vizioli, as well as the other authors and contributors to the papers. If abstracts are selected for poster or oral presentations, the researcher will be responsible for presenting these, if possible.
Maintaining adherence to local IRB guidelines (5%) The researcher’s duties here relate to steps surround data acquisition. This includes updating records, including consent and subject compensation logs, as well as printing and scanning of forms
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Researcher 4 - Masters Degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related field with 2 years of related experience or a BA/BS degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related field with 4 years of related experience.
Researcher 5 - Advanced Degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related field with 1 year of research training experience.
Either position: Prior experience with functional MRI data collection and analyses is required, as it is prior experience with analyzing resting state data. An emphasis on advanced spatial and temporal analyses, task designs including visual stimuli would be desirable. Strong commitment to team science, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Strong quantitative and technical skills Excellent spoken and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications: Significant record of scientific publications and conference presentations commensurate to the career stage as well as experience using preprint servers to raise visibility Proficiency in MATLAB, or an equivalent programming language is essential; Experience in pushing the spatio-temporal limits of functional MRI to study the human brain is highly desirable; Proficient with at least one (ideally two) of the following software: BrainVoyager, Freesurfer, FSL and AFNI is also desirable.
Internal Number: 340426
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