RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II

Location
Durham, NC
Posted
Jun 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II
Psychology and Neuroscience

The Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain (DEED) Lab, an NIH funded lab in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking a research technician with a significant interest in infant/toddler development and testing.

The DEED Lab studies the transactional relationships between early life experiences and brain development, with a central focus on how our understanding of functional brain development during the first six years of life can be used to help children with early emerging disruptions in socioemotional development.

Techniques routinely used in the lab to investigate these relationships include functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking, and behavioral testing. Children visiting the lab frequently include infants, toddlers, and preschoolers exhibiting early emerging features of depression or autism spectrum disorder.
Through our innovative research and training, the DEED Lab strives to inform social policies that will support a strong foundation for young, vulnerable children.

This position will primarily support (~80% of time) ongoing projects using dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking to investigate early emerging features of autism spectrum disorder and their treatment in infants/toddlers.

Main responsibilities will include interacting with and testing infant/toddlers with and without early emerging features of autism spectrum disorder and related conditions, operating dyadic head- mounted eye-tracking equipment per study protocol, assisting with the collection, processing, and analyzing of eye-tracking and video data, and assisting with study recruitment/administration. In addition, this position will also spend a small percentage of time (~20% per week) conducting child testing in support of the Neurodevelopmental Trajectories of Reward Processing in Very Early Emerging Risk for Depression study, a federally funded longitudinal program of research investigating brain development and risk for depression in preschoolers.
Responsibilities will include interacting with and testing preschool-age children, operating EEG/ERP equipment per study protocol, and accompanying participant families to MRI/fMRI scans.

The research technician will also have opportunities to co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of interest and in ongoing projects in the lab.
Desired skills/experience include:
  • A high degree of comfort in working with young children and their families.
  • Previous experience in conducting research with infants/toddlers is highly desirable. However,
  • previous experience leading structured activities for infants/toddlers (e.g., nanny, daycare provider,
  • etc.) will also be viewed favorably.
  • Coursework and/or research experience in relevant field(s) (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, clinical
  • psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, socioemotional development, etc.)
  • Experience with eye tracking data collection is a plus
  • Experience with relevant software is a plus (e.g., Datavyu, R, etc.) Duke Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Has a strong community of researchers (see primary faculty here).

The DEED lab collaborates with this community as well as researchers from other institutions. Travel to visit collaborating investigators and their labs who are not at Duke so that new techniques/software can be brought back to DEED may be possible, though not required.

To apply, please send an email to michael.gaffrey@duke.edu with the subject line "Gaffrey DHMET Research Technician Position" and the following items:

1. Current CV (including contact details of 3 references)

2. Letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements the labs' needs and interests.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 2nd and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. This is a one year position with possibility of renewal. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.

Requisition Number
401435680

Location
Durham

Duke Entity
UNIVERSITY

Job Code
951 RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II

Job Family Level
08

Exempt/Non-Exempt
Non-exempt

Full Time / Part Time
FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary
Regular

Shift
First/Day

Minimum Qualifications
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Education

Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology or otherscience related scientific field.

Experience

None required above education/training requirement.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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