Research Assistant

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Research Assistant

Stanford University

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The Stanford Human Motor Control and Balance laboratory is part of the Stanford Movement Disorders Center within the department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. We are seeking an experienced Research Assistant to join a dynamic and fun international group of post-doctoral fellows and research scientists.

The goal of the research in the laboratory is to understand the pathophysiology of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and tremor. The current focus of the lab is to investigate the neural signatures of movement disorders using cortical and subcortical local field potential recordings and quantitative kinematics, dynamic posturography, gait analysis in human subjects with deep brain stimulators. There are also motor control projects involving freezing behavior in Parkinson's disease and kinematics of other movement disorders. This position offers an exceptional opportunity for a motivated and intellectually curious individual to participate in rewarding and cutting edge research in human motor control and neurophysiology.

The position involves direct human subject interaction and testing, the collection and analysis of electrophysiological and kinematic data, maintaining the database and participation in the publication of results. The candidate will participate in the submission and renewal of Institutional Review Board applications in conjunction with the faculty. The desired candidate is a self-motivated, independent worker who is capable of developing new research avenues.

Duties include:

  • Plan and perform research tasks of limited complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance; general instruction is provided by the supervisor.
  • Extract data and structured information from published literature and other sources.
  • Administer questionnaires and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine scoring procedures.
  • Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries, requiring preliminary judgments after conceptual approach is outlined by the supervisor. Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or faculty; use common statistical programs, requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
  • Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor (principal investigator or faculty).
  • Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
  • Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students as needed.
  • Assist with development and design of outreach materials and tools for recruitment, educational, or awareness programs with guidance from supervisor.
* - Other duties may also be assigned


Experience and knowledge of the following is highly desirable:
  • Master's degree with background in signal processing
  • Experience using MATLAB
  • Experience with statistics
  • Experience with patients or research subjects
  • Graphics software such as Adobe Illustrator or similar.

Bachelor's degree in a related field (such as Biological science or applicable social science) or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience.

  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods such as statistics or MRI neuroimaging
  • Experience with basic statistics require
  • Strong general computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly with research participants and their families
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.
  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


Location: School of Medicine, California, United States
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





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Posted: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 7/16/2018
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