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Research Assistant II

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This position is a 24-month term position. Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Assistant II
Department Psychological and Brain Sciences
Position Number 1125877
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he Robertson lab at Dartmouth is seeking a Research Assistant with strong coding skills to become part of a collaborative neuroscience research group. Working with brain-imaging experiments, a qualified applicant will contribute to studies of the functional and molecular architecture of the human brain and act as a lab manager to a growing research group. Candidates must be creative, organized, and able to work independently. Target start date is August 1, 2018.

Position Purpose

To contribute to the understanding of the functional and molecular architecture of the brain by setting up and conducting research studies in human brain imaging and behavior.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment.
  • Highly organized, reliable, and able to manage time effectively.
  • Self-motivated to learn new skills and take on new tasks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills interacting with different types of people.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • High competency in one or more of the following programming languages: MATLAB or Python. Experience with shell scripting, C+, and Unity are a plus.
  • Communicates respectfully with a diverse community.
Minimum Experience
  • One year of relevant laboratory/research experience is highly desirable.
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer Science, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Non-Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time w/end date
Department Contact for Cover Letter Caroline Robertson, Assistant Professor
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is a 24-month term position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Research/Experiments:

  • Works as a member of a collaborative group to accomplish projects in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Independently designs and sets up laboratory experiments/tests, utilizing a range of established and novel methods, procedures, and techniques (e.g. functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, eye-tracking, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, etc.).
  • Identifies, troubleshoots, and corrects or recommends solutions to problems associated with experimental design, procedures, equipment, and facilities.
  • Recruits participants for research studies.
  • As necessary, develops and/or implements new or modified research methods, procedures, and techniques to meet the unique requirements of assigned research problems.
  • Supports, manages, and adheres to laboratory standard operating procedures, to ensure Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP), including careful documentation and strict protocol adherence.

Coding:

  • Programs and runs behavioral experiments using eye-tracking and virtual reality.
  • Programs and runs brain-imaging experiments using electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) techniques.
  • Analyzes behavioral and brain imaging experiments using statistics and computational approaches (e.g. machine learning).
  • Maintains lab website.* Coordinates version control of lab code.

Administrative activities include:

  • Assists with general lab management under direction of PI.
  • Coordinates activities of undergraduate research assistants.
  • Assists with maintaining and updating lab webpage.
  • Schedules and monitors utilization of laboratory facilities, equipment, and supplies.
  • Monitors equipment and instrument performance; obtains necessary maintenance and repair.
  • Orders and maintains stock of lab supplies.
  • Maintains laboratory records or procedures.
  • May assist in preparing laboratory reports.
-- Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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