Senior Research Support Associate, Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Saxe Lab

Massachusetts, United States
Feb 10, 2021
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Apr 10, 2021
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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATEBrain and Cognitive Sciences-Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (Saxe Lab), to beresponsible for maintaining and improving the lab's processes for data acquisition, analysis, management, and sharing; and for making all of the lab's scientific activities more open and replicable. Responsibilities include collecting a variety of data, including responses to online surveys, videos of infants/children, and neuroimaging timeseries data from fMRI and fNIRS.  Each type of data provides unique challenges for anonymization, quality assurance, storage, analysis, and effective sharing. Will develop cookbooks, code, and checklists to improve the lab’s processes and support other lab members using these processes; provide technical support for innovation in data analyses; assist with writing descriptions of analyses for inclusion in preregistered analysis plans, grant proposals, and research publications; build on the lab's general technical capabilities; act as the lab's liaison for MIT's computing cluster; and maintain the lab websites. 

This position provides an opportunity to contribute to scientific projects and/or to pursue a personal project under the PI’s supervision and to earn authorship on publications. It is typically held for two years as a bridge to graduate school.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; initiative; flexibility; self-motivation; ability to develop and maintain complex organizational systems and work in a changing, fast-paced environment; fluency with Python; interest in cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, and/or development; and experience in some aspect of data analysis, data sharing, information systems, and/or software development.

PREFERRED: bachelor’s degree; experience with programming, social media/website development, or cognitive neuroscience research; experience in a research lab; and familiarity with R and/or MATLAB, the concepts and processes of Open Science, and neuroimaging data analysis pipelines.  Job #19292-4