Data and Programming Specialist, Computational Memory Lab

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Data and Programming Specialist, Computational Memory Lab

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Posted Job Title
Data and Programming Specialist, Computational Memory Lab

Job Profile Title
Application Developer B

Job Description Summary
The Computational Memory Lab is looking for a Data and Programming Specialist to program experiments studying human memory, perform analyses on large datasets of electrophysiology data, and help maintain tools and systems used for this endeavor.

This work will include the rapid and flexible development of new experiments in human memory, as well as critical improvements to existing programs and libraries. The candidate will also analyze large multivariate datasets on human memory and electrophysiology, collect scalp and intracranial EEG data from human participants, and program experiments in Python. Other responsibilities will include general lab system administration including websites, file servers, and our computer cluster, as well as simulations of human memory processes in computational models of memory. The candidate is expected to coordinate with a team of cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and engineers on multiple projects involving brain stimulation to boost human cognitive abilities, online experiments of human memory, and computational cluster analyses of EEG data from human participants. Experience with Unity is a plus but is not required.

Job Description

General Lab systems administration. Configuration of Unix work stations. Configurations of both OS X and Unix work stations, including advanced tools such as bash scripting, etc.

Programming experiments in Python. Using the tools described above, the successful applicant will help design and implement computer controlled memory games, which will be used in both behavioral and electrophysiological studies of human memory.

Analyzing large multivariate data sets on human memory and electrophysiology. Using SciPy and NumPy to analyze multiple terabytes of behavioral and electrophysiological data sets. Some knowledge of statistics and linear algebra is particularly helpful for performing these tasks.

Carry out experiments in human memory by means of high density scalp EEG and/or intracranial EEG recordings and stimulation.

Developing new software tools for cutting edge brain and cognitive research. Further developing and maintaining our lab's Python based software tools, including PyEPL, and other software and data base tools for managing our large human brain electrophysiological studies. This includes general purpose tools for designing memory games, processing behavioral and electrophysiological data, controlling brain stimulators, etc.


Required qualifications:

Bachelor's degree is required with 0-1 years of experience

Interest in developing new software technology for brain research

Python programming ability

Preferred qualifications:

Expertise in Python programming

Excellence in technical coursework

Exceptional quantitative skills

Experience with C# or Unity

Experience with EEG and human subjects testing

Computer Science (or related field) Major

Along with the resume and cover letter, applicants should submit four brief lines of Python code in which a class is created which simply stores a list with the square of each number from one to a number given as an argument, and an instance of this class is created for the number fifteen.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/16/2021
Application Due: 3/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time