Scientific Researcher

California University of Technology
Pasadena, California, United States
24 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
28 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Carries out and/or facilitates experimental/theoretical/computational approaches to study questions relating to basic science and clinical applications of brain machine interfaces (BMIs) to assist patients with paralysis.

Applies knowledge to the solution of practical/relevant problems through experimental, computational and engineering approaches to recording brain activity from patients under FDA and IRB regulated clinical trials.
Participates in and/or leads original research efforts; develops techniques for data collection from multielectrode arrays and data analysis which decodes population activity using algorithms in applied mathematics, statistical modeling and machine learning.

Exercises a high degree of scientific and/or engineering creativity and technical proficiency in quantitative approaches to BMI research. Collaboratively works with other researchers, including neurosurgeons, neuroscientists, engineers and computational neuroscientists to define project scope and methodology. Conducts literature research and contributes to and/or authors publication of research results and has a proven publication record in BMI research. Experience identifying and initiate funding opportunities and submission of award proposals in BMI research. Ensures compliance with Institute policies, scientific protocols, regulatory agencies including the FDA and IRBs of Caltech, and collaborating medical institutions and safety practices.

Job Duties

  • Collaborates with Principal Investigators to determine direction in BMI research
  • Collaborative experience with the USC Keck Medical Center in neuroprosthetic research.
  • Cortical electrical stimulation of somatosensory cortex to evoke sensations of touch, pressure and vibration.
  • Identifies research problems and formulates theoretical/experimental approaches to study/analyze scientific questions/problems involving neural population coding
  • Including hybrid systems that integrate human neural activity of intent with smart robotics systems.
  • Collaborating on machine-learning, machine-vision and control algorithms as they apply to smart robotics.
  • Designs and coordinates experiments to study, investigate, test and/or resolve scientific problems for clinical trial research with BMIs
  • Identifies topics and coordinates collaborations with research groups across disciplines, universities, countries—in particular with the USC Keck Medical Center
  • Develops strategy and formulates original design of new experimental techniques and procedures that involve participants with paralysis
  • Pilots critical phases of projects to study, investigate, analyze and interpret numerical simulations or experimental results and clinical studies; designs and creates a framework for numerical simulations and research engineering applications for BMI research
  • Authors and/or co-authors results and presents findings in journals, scientific organizations or conferences, with or without the Principal Investigator, on BMI studies
  • Develops new or revised scientific protocols, complex computer software, algorithms, computational models, tools or equipment used for BMI research
  • Provides guidance and direction to graduate students, staff and other researchers regarding direction of the project and interpretation of research results
  • Investigates, originates, initiates and/or submits award proposals with or without Principal Investigator to support of BMI research endeavors
  • Decoding high-level, cognitive areas in the human cortex, decoding these cognitive signals, and use them to control assistive devices for paralyzed individuals.

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in quantitative fields (e.g. physics, computer science) and neuroscience (especially systems neuroscience with eight to ten years of relevant scientific research experience.
  • Advanced technical/scientific expertise in BMI research.
  • Extensive experience in robotic control and smart robotics assisted by computer-vision and machine learning.
  • Extensive research project experience in basic science and clinical trials advancing the field of BMI studies in humans.
  • Ability to coordinate collaborations with researchers across disciplines, universities, countries, particularly medical or medical related institutions. Research experience collaborating with colleagues at the USC Neurorestoration Center.
  • Publication track record in the areas of neurophysiology and BMI research.
  • Ability to establish and meet research project deadlines.
  • Excellent oral/written communication and organization skills and interaction with scientific collaborators and paralyzed participant clinical trial subjects.
  • Demonstrated good judgment, initiative, tact, consideration and emotional maturity.

Supervisory position? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 11/23/2016
Posting Close Date 11/28/2016
Open Until Filled No

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.