Research Specialist A
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Job Description Summary
The Jenkins Lab at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a Research Specialist to begin in Summer or Fall 2020 (start date flexible). The Research Specialists will work closely with the Principal Investigator and other lab personnel to contribute technical expertise to all aspects of the lab's research.
The Jenkins Lab studies the cognitive and neural bases of social and economic behavior using a range of approaches including functional brain imaging (fMRI), computational modeling, natural language processing, and laboratory and online experiments. Research Specialists will work closely with the Principal Investigator and other lab personnel to contribute technical expertise to all aspects of the lab's research, including [i] designing and programming behavioral and fMRI experiments, [ii] using computational modeling and other approaches to analyze behavioral, fMRI, and text data, [iii] developing laboratory pipelines for data analysis and storage, including advancing the lab's efforts toward open, reproducible science, and [iv] assisting in recruiting, training, and mentoring students in the lab. The Research Specialist will also have ongoing opportunities to engage with the Psychology Department and the broader intellectual community at the University of Pennsylvania. Competitive applicants will have superb technical abilities and an interest in applying those abilities to questions about the mind and brain in an interdisciplinary, collaborative research environment.
The ideal candidate(s) will contribute creatively to the lab’s research program, resulting in opportunities to present research at conferences and co-author manuscripts resulting from the research. This position is especially well suited to individuals interested in pursuing an academic or industry career in one of the fields mentioned above. Visit https://jenkins-lab.weebly.com/ for more information.
Please include your current resume/CV along with a brief cover letter outlining:
(i) your background, including any past research experience
(ii) an honest assessment of your competencies in statistics, computational modeling, and programming
(iii) the basis of your interest in joining our lab
(iv) your current sense of what you hope to do after working in the lab
(v) one or two ideas that currently excite you (on whatever topic you wish)
(vi) the names of 2-3 individuals who could be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation, if needed, including the capacity in which they know you You are welcome to include other elements you believe would be useful as we consider your application (e.g., links to code, manuscripts on which you are a co-author).
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences
$35,568.00 - $57,600.00
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