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The University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) is an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning, with a special emphasis on early learning and brain development. I-LABS is seeking an experienced Research Scientist 3 to conduct analyses of human MRI brain imaging data. The person in this position will understand the broad strategic objectives of the Speech Research Laboratory at I-LABS, and contribute to the team responsible for creating breakthrough knowledge concerning infant, child and teen brain development.
RESPONSIBILITIES: MRI Brain Imaging Data Analyses (75%)
Develop and implement software processing "pipelines" for analysis of MRI imaging data, including the use of publicly available scientific software packages and development of custom software as needed.
Test and validate pipelines and methodology.
Keep detailed documentation of methodology developed.
Monitor newly acquired MRI data for completeness and archive data in lab storage system.
Assist with organizing lab data storage structure.
Assist with study design of new MRI projects.
Perform basic statistical analyses of data.
Scientific Communications (15%)
Read scientific literature to stay informed on latest methodologies, models, hypotheses and findings in areas of lab research.
Provide oral and written interpretation of research results.
Present research results in report form, within the laboratory and for publications and conferences.
Participate in writing, submitting and revising manuscripts for publication. Present findings at scientific conferences.
Interact in a collaborative fashion with other members of the MRI team to coordinate activities and achieve organization goals.
Assist with Unix computer management, including configuration of accounts and installation and updating of imaging software packages.
Attend regular lab meetings and participate in discussion of study progress and findings.
Provide advice to advance work of junior laboratory staff.
Bachelor's degree in *Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or related field*
A minimum of three years’ experience conducting experiments using MRI technology with both children and adults, including all phases of analysis
Facility with software packages for stimulus delivery, EEG and MRI data processing, and statistical analysis, including Matlab, Interactive Data Language (IDL), Excel, SPSS, Presentation, E-Prime, Brain Voyager, FSL, Osirix, BESA, and EEGlab
The incumbent will be able to foster and maintain collaborations with the lab and with partners in other departments and institutes.
Extensive experience conducting brain imaging research in pediatric populations, including analysis of MRI data and interpretation of findings.
Extensive knowledge of literature. Proficiency in statistical methods and software packages such as SPSS as well as specialized analysis tools related to MRI. Scientific writing skills including writing and/or contributing to scientific papers and grant applications, delivery of presentations to report results of scientific findings to sponsors and scientific communities. Must be able to foster and maintain collaborative relationships within and outside the UW research community.
Availability for work outside of standard business hours (i.e. evenings, weekends) for formal deadlines for funders, grant agencies, and publications.
Excellent and engaging communicator who can provide visitors to the Center and members of the public cogent explanations of EEG and MRI functions and use, as well as describe research findings and provide demonstrations
Scientific writing skills including writing scientific papers as lead author, grant preparation, delivery of presentations (talks and posters) to report results of scientific findings to professional audiences
Ph.D. in Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or related field
Established record of publication and professional presentations is preferred
Advanced software development skills
Experience mentoring and supervising staff and/or graduate students
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