Research Specialist, Computational Memory Lab
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Job Description Summary
The Computational Memory Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking to recruit a full-time Research Specialist to assist with NIH-funded studies of human memory processes and their neural basis. The successful candidate will join a team of research scientists including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, to assist with both conducting experimental studies and analyzing data.
Major responsibilities include managing and expanding a pool of volunteers; carrying out experiments on human memory by means of high-density scalp EEG recordings; annotating vocal responses in memory tasks; assisting the research team in processing and analyzing these behavioral and electrophysiological data; supervising a team of undergraduate research assistants; and assisting in general lab administration (grants, progress reports, IRB protocols).
This position requires an individual who possesses excellent interpersonal, organizational, and scientific skills. This individual must be able to work independently with limited oversight to maximize the amount of high-quality data collected. The position requires familiarity with Python, MATLAB, or similar programming languages, and comfort working in a Unix environment, to facilitate data analysis using the lab’s tools. Exceptional candidates will have experience with design of psychological experiments and classification methods for data analysis.
A 2-year commitment is desired. Position is contingent on continued funding. Please see http://memory.psych.upenn.edu for more information about the lab and its projects
- Carry out experiments on human memory by means of high-density scalp EEG recordings.
- Assist Research Coordinator in managing and expanding pool of research participants. Duties include scheduling, maintaining database, participant correspondence, progress reports, and IRB protocols.
- Assist the PI and research team with the analysis of behavioral and electrophysiological data. This duty requires writing custom software using the Python programming language and other software libraries.
- General lab administration including ordering supplies, maintaining testing space, assisting lab PI, and conference planning.
- Annotate vocal responses in memory tasks.
- Perform additional duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, and 0 to 1 year of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Experience with administering cognitive tasks to research participants.
- Python programming skills.
- Experience analyzing behavioral data from cognitive tasks.
- Experience with using electroencephalograhy to record and analyzing brain signals.
- Familiarity MATLAB, R, or other languages, and familiarity with Linux environments.
- A two-year commitment is desired.
Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences
$35,568.00 - $57,600.00
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