Research Specialist

Charlottesville, VA
Oct 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Specialist

Position Type: University Operational and Administrative Staff

Department: Department of Psychiatric Medicine

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 10-04-2017

Posting Summary:
The Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine, invites applications for a Research Specialist position. The successful candidate will assist senior researchers in DOPS's neuroimaging laboratory, which uses EEG, transcranial optical imaging, and fMRI to study altered states of consciousness and paranormal ("psi") abilities in exceptional individuals. Duties will include interacting with subjects, preparing and running experimental sessions, and preliminary or routine analyses of the resulting large datasets. Opportunities will also be provided as appropriate for acquiring higher-level skills and for participating in the development of oral and written presentations. There are no clinical responsibilities associated with this position.

Qualified applicants will possess an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, engineering or related field. Postgraduate education and/or research experience in relevant areas are preferred and will also be considered.

To apply, visit and search for posting number 0621844. Complete a candidate application online, attach a cover letter and resume, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

For additional information about the position or questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Jim Tucker at or (434) 924-2281.

This position is restricted and contingent upon availability of funds.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Good interpersonal skills needed for interaction with subjects.
2. Capacity to prepare lab experiments beforehand with necessary attention to detail.
3. Capacity to detect and solve minor problems but also to seek help from PI's when help is needed.
4. Strong work ethic to carry out preliminary data-analysis work which is sometimes tedious but is also vital to the success of study and must be carried out with meticulous attention and care.
5. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and to work with PI's to accomplish goals of DOPS and the lab.
6. Long-term interest in and commitment to neuroimaging research, and willingness to learn and be challenged.
7. Good oral and written communication skills

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