Research Technologist in Infant Neuroimaging
Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois
The Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (http://www.mss.northwestern.edu/research/developmental.html) invites applications for a full-time Research Technologist for the “When to Worry “(W2W) Study (PI Lauren Wakschlag, NGA pending).
The W2W study is designed to identify atypical patterns and neural bases of irritability in the first years of life (12-36 mos.) and will employ intensive, state-of-the-art, multi-modal, neurodevelopmental measurement longitudinally in a sample of 350 infants, including dimensional methods, real-time irritability assessment, eye tracking, and infant MRI during natural sleep.
The Research Technologist will be responsible for collecting MRI data from non-sedated infants/toddlers during natural sleep. S/he will also be collecting eye-tracking and behavioral assessments of emergent executive control, under the supervision of neuroscientists Maria Kharitonova and John Gilmore. The technologist will also be involved in the development of study protocol and will provide support to all neurocognitive aspects of the W2W study, as necessary. A flexible schedule is essential as weekend and evening hours will be required.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of developmental cognitive neuroscience, and a willingness to learn and advance skills in the area of neuroimaging data acquisition and processing. Prior experience with neuroimaging scan acquisition and computer-assisted image analysis pipelines for gray and white matter analysis of infant scans would be an advantage. Training/experience interacting with children or infants in a research setting is strongly preferred. Candidates with a demonstrated interest in child development and an ability to communicate sensitively and professionally with both children and parents are preferred. Position requires successful completion of a full 4-year bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, psychology or other child development-related field. Opportunities for collaboration on study publications will be available.
The position will begin as soon as possible. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, C.V. and the names of three references to: Martha Neary, M.Sc., W2W Project Coordinator @firstname.lastname@example.org