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Post Doctoral Associate

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University of Massachusetts Medical School
Location
55 Lake Ave North
Closing date
Jul 22, 2021

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Overview

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Department of Neurosurgery is seeking a full-time computer science/machine learning postdoctoral fellow to study the neural correlates of decision making. The N3 Lab (Neuromorphology and Network Neurodynamics Lab) employs multi-modal neuroimaging methodologies, including electrocorticography (ECoG, electroencephalography (EEG) and microelectrode recordings from human brain (MER), to identify neural patterns associated with metacognition, trust, and attentional level, when the user is involved in a decision-making task with other humans or artificial agents (AIs). Our analytic approaches include, but are not limited to, graph theoretical analysis of large-scale neural networks, machine-learning algorithms (including deep learning), and neural population modeling. The ultimate aim of the project is to implement closed-loop, real-time cognitive systems for enhancing group decision making, including brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and autonomous AI algorithms.

The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a multi-site US-UK collaboration project funded by the Department of Defense. Other excellent opportunities exist for various scientific interaction and collaborations in the fields of neuroscience, machine-learning and biomedical signal processing, as well as for participation in the extensive programs of seminars, symposia, and other relevant meetings.

 

Responsibilities

  • Design, implement, set-up and conduct the research protocol, including the development of the decision-making experiments with audio-visual stimulation
  • Researching and developing robust algorithms for signal processing, statistical inference and extraction of information from the multi-modal neural signals
  • Researching and developing artificial intelligence decision-making systems based on modern machine-learning techniques
  • Developing optimal group decision strategies and group selection strategies
  • Liaising with other partners on the project, including travelling to other project sites
  • Preparation of publications and scientific presentations at national and international meetings
  • Mentoring the junior staff

 

Qualifications and Skills

 

  • PhD in computer science, physics, mathematics, artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering, computational neuroscience or related quantitative fields
  • Exceptionally strong computational skills in biomedical signal processing, machine learning, statistical modelling.
  • Solid experience in Python and/or MATLAB for algorithmic design and implementation
  • Independent, self-motivated with a proven track record of productive research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with multiple investigators
  • Strong publication record and excellent academic credentials

 

 

How to Apply

Applications should be sent to Dr. Farid Hamzei-Sichani at [email protected] and should include the candidate’s CV along with the list of publications, a statement of interests in the position, and the names and contact information of at least three professional referees.

 

About University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, one of five University of Massachusetts campuses. – Founded in 1962 to provide affordable, high-quality medical education to state residents and to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in underserved areas of the state. – Consistently ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the leading medical schools in the nation for primary care education. – Federal and private research grants and contracts of approximately $250 million in fiscal year 2018. Enhancing health and science education, ensuring community health, building a diverse workforce and enriching lives through extensive community outreach. The three UMMS graduate schools are the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing. The School of Medicine is committed to training in the full range of medical disciplines, with an emphasis on practice in the primary care specialties, in the public sector and in underserved areas of Massachusetts. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students receive a broad background in the basic medical sciences and are trained in their selected specialty area in preparation for research with direct relevance to human disease. The Graduate School of Nursing offers master’s, post-master’s and doctoral degrees, providing high quality education to prepare registered professional and advanced practice nurses within nurse practitioner and nurse educator specialties and for faculty, research and other nursing leadership positions. UMMS is a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. In 2006 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to UMMS professor Craig C. Mello, PhD, and his colleague Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference (RNAi), a cellular process that offers astounding potential for understanding and, ultimately treating, human disease. Our research programs are central to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, with major funding from the $1 billion Massachusetts Life Sciences Bill signed into law in 2008. Our researchers have made pivotal advances in HIV, cancer, diabetes, infectious disease, and in understanding the molecular basis of disease. Programs and centers include the RNA Therapeutics Institute, the Gene Therapy Center, Program in Gene Function and Expression, Systems Biology and Neurotherapeutics. We invite you to learn more about why UMass Medical School is a great place to work and study.

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Inside Workings at UMASS Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the Commonwealth's only public medical school, is proud of our role in serving the people of Massachusetts. Although, its the inside workings of UMMS that makes the difference.

Mission and Culture

  • We’re serious about our mission and about our people. 
  • Real World Impact - Our people get excited about our mission of real-world impact in health sciences education, research and public service.
  • International Prominence and New Opportunities - As this institution has grown to national – and international – prominence, we’ve found new opportunities to train tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and scientists,  discover causes of and cures for disease and help improve the quality of health care.
  • Deep Commitment - With our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, and our other teaching affiliates, we share a deep commitment to national distinction in patient care.
  • Valued Partnerships – UMMS partners with Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting arm of UMMS. Also, UMMS partners with MassBiologics in scientific collaborations, technology management and creating partnerships for the development of products for the benefit of patients.  These valued partnerships help us to provide services and programs to help meet our needs at UMMS and the public.
  • Proud Contributors - People at UMMS enjoy the feeling of going to work every day knowing what they do is truly important and worthwhile.
  • Complementary and Inseparable - These varied parts of our mission and culture are complementary and inseparable.                 

Careers

UMMS, the state’s first and only public academic health sciences center, educates physicians, scientists and advanced practice nurses to heal, discover, teach and care, with compassion.  UMMS is a world-class institution with opportunities to match. 

Competitive Compensation – UMMS offers salaries that are competitive with Worcester-area employers. When combined with our generous benefits, perks, and paid time off, many job seekers are surprised to find a total rewards package that matches or exceeds their current situation.

Targeted Hiring Process – At UMMS, there are actually multiple hiring processes for different segments of our workforce.  In nearly all cases, UMMS hiring process is decentralized, with qualified candidates screened and referred to an academic officer or manager with hiring authority.

24/7 Access to Employment Opportunities – iCIMS is our online job search and application system.  iCIMS is available 24/7 to provide you with a convenient and up-to-date view of the available employment opportunities across our campuses. Updates are made daily and include all faculty and non-faculty position listings from every school and department within the UMMS. When you identify a position you are interested in and qualified for, apply online. New opportunities become available frequently so it pays to check back often!

Benefits

With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, UMMS may be exactly the employer you’ve been looking for.

• Superior Benefits - UMMS offers a wide range of benefits and perks that invite comparison with the best employers in the Worcester area – and with academic institutions anywhere. UMMS provides superior medical and dental coverage for you and your family, fully funded retirement plans, generous time off, a Tuition Assistance Plan – and much more.

• People Centered - UMMS is an employer, but it is also a community. Its comprehensive medical and dental benefits, retirement plans, and even paid holidays reflect an institution built around people, with a deep respect for their differences and needs.

• Commitment to Healthy Living - UMMS provides resources to help you balance work and life and encourages healthy living through great programs and discounts for fitness, physical activity, weight management, nutritional counseling and general wellness available through our health insurance plans.

• Breadth of Offerings - Above all, the breadth of UMMS offerings set the School apart and makes it an environment favored by all sorts of smart, career-savvy people.

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As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

Online - To view all job opportunities and apply online, visit www.umassmed.edu/hr and click on the “Careers” tab.

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A History of Making Vital Improvements - UMASS Medical School Milestones

1962: Legislation establishes University of Massachusetts Medical School
1970: First medical students begin classes in Shaw Building
1974: First class graduates 16 MDs
1979: PhD program begins
1986: Graduate School of Nursing opens
1986: PhD program becomes Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1994: Graduate School of Nursing initiates PhD program
1998: UMass Clinical System and Memorial Health Care merge to form UMass Memorial Health Care
2001: Lazare Research Building opens
2002: Campus Modernization begins on the University Campus
2004: Graduate Entry Pathway Program established at the Graduate School of Nursing
2005: PhD Program in Clinical & Population Health Research established at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
2005: Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories opens new manufacturing and filling facility in Mattapan
2006: Craig Mello, PhD, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is awarded the Medical School's first Nobel Prize. Dr. Mello shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference.
2007: Michael F. Collins, MD, is named chancellor and Terence R. Flotte, MD, is named dean of the School of Medicine.  
2009: Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility slated for completion in 2012.
2010: Ambulatory Care Center opens
2012: The Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility, completed and opens

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