RESEARCH SPECIALIST A
Duties: We are seeking to hire a Research Specialist in the laboratory of Dr. Jay Gottfried at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The successful applicant will join a team of researchers investigating the neural foundations of the sense of smell using intracranial EEG (iEEG) methods in epilepsy patients with medically resistant seizures. The main role of the research specialist will be to conduct olfactory experiments with these patients, to include (but not be limited to): preparing odor stimuli; setting up, operating and troubleshooting an odor delivery system; approaching patients for informed consent; coordinating with the clinical team and the patients for experiments; carrying out baseline smell testing and facilitating baseline MRI brain scans; helping to acquire the iEEG and behavioral data; and assisting with EEG data preprocessing. Administrative activities will include establishing and optimizing protocols, coordinating the conduct of multiple complex experiments, reviewing results, and revising protocols as necessary to ensure that project objectives are attained; maintaining detailed records of results; completing IRB applications, revisions, and renewals; creating computer models, graphs, reports and summaries for use in publications, professional journals, and grant applications; creating and maintaining lab manuals regarding operating, safety, and other procedures; obtaining sales quotes for relevant lab equipment and supplies; completing portions of grant applications and/or documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines; performing scientific literature searches in support of research; and performing other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, Bioengineering, Computer Science, or a related field, and 0 to 1 year of laboratory experience in human or animal electrophysiology (e.g., EEG, iEEG, MEG, LFPs, unit recordings), or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
Prior experience in conducting human cognitive neuroscience, psychophysics, or neuroimaging experiments would be useful, and computer programming skills in Matlab, Python, R, EEGlab, or related software applications, would be preferred but not essential. We are looking for an individual with excellent analytical skills and organizational skills, with an attention to detail, and with an ability to facilitate open and effective communication, cooperation, and teamwork.
Reference Number: 40-28511
Salary Grade: 024
Employment Type: Exempt
Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research