Research Specialist 1

Apr 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Somatosensory neuroscience and neuroprosthetics laboratory at the cutting edge seeking a research technician to provide technical and administrative support for a range of research projects. Under supervision of the Principal Investigator: performs moderately complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Collects and maintains data and/or specimens. Analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents. Maintains and orders equipment and supplies. Helps monitor compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. May orient or coordinate the work of research support staff and students. Responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: May assist in recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Responsibilities may include the following laboratory duties: setting up and performing experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.

Unit Job Summary: Research Technician: Will be involved in tactile neuroprosthetic research. Job involves handling and training primates for visual and tactile tasks. Neural and behavioral data will be collected during hand stimulation to analyze how the brain encodes tactile information or during electrical stimulation of the brain to assess the sensory consequences thereof. Experiments will need to be run on a consistent, daily schedule to yield proper training. Machining and/or 3D-printing skills are highly preferred for working with the customized research apparatuses.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in a related field to the research being conducted is required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant research experience preferred. Primate handling experience strongly preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to keep a consistent daily schedule required. Consistent record keeping required. Knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Knowledge of research techniques or methods preferred. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures preferred. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills preferred. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to work with animals required. Machining and/or 3D printing experience preferred

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