Full-time Research Assistant Position at the University of Maryland, College Park

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Full-time Research Assistant Position at the University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay (www.dscn.umd.edu) and Laboratory of Cognition and Emotion directed by Dr. Luiz Pessoa (www.lce.umd.edu) are jointly seeking a full-time research assistant (called Faculty Assistant at UMD) starting this summer 2018. The research assistant would assist with projects that examine the temporal evolution of brain network organization during dynamic, multimodal social and emotional processing. These studies include investigating effects of social (e.g., joint attention) and emotional (e.g., mood induction) context on network organization. This is an excellent position for anyone who would like to pursue graduate work in cognitive, developmental and/or clinical neuroscience. We encourage applicants with a background in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or related fields to apply.

The research assistant will split time between the DSCN and LCE labs on the UMD campus. The research assistant will be responsible for participant recruitment and consent, managing IRB protocols and data archiving. Responsibilities will additionally include data collection and analyses of MRI and behavioral studies with children and adults and development of stimulus presentation scripts. The position may involve MRI operator training on the 3T Siemens scanner on the UMD campus. There may be opportunities for presenting data at conferences and co-authoring publications.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably from psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or related fields. Applicants must also have strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience with MATLAB (and other programming languages), neuroimaging analysis software (e.g., AFNI, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), and Linux is a plus.

Salary will be competitive commensurate with experience and includes health benefits. Application review will begin immediately. This is a 1-year position with the possibility of renewal for an additional 1-2 years, contingent on performance and funding. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email your application materials to Anastasiia Khibovska (celab.umd@gmail.com). Application materials should include: a cover letter detailing qualifications and interest; CV (with GPA); relevant coursework or transcript; and (at least) 2 references who can provide letters upon request. For best consideration, applications should be received by May 31st, 2018.