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Research Assistant at University of Maryland

The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychiatry Lab (Solway Lab) is hiring a researchassistant to begin January 2018. A strong preference will be given to candidates that can start in January, however, exceptions will be considered for extremely well qualified candidates that aren’t graduating until Spring/Summer 2018, so please do apply. This position requires:

  • A strong programming background.
  • Some familiarity with or the ability to quickly learn Python, JavaScript, and interacting with Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
  • A strong interest in learning more about experimental and computational approaches to cognitive neuroscience and psychiatry.

There are also several additional characteristics that are preferred, but are by no means required – we’re in an interdisciplinary field, and no one knows everything. However, you should have a strong interest in filling in gaps in your knowledge as the need arises.

  • Some experience with R, LaTeX, and version control.
  • Some experience with FSL or another neuroimaging analysis package.
  • Some exposure to experimental and/or mathematical/computational approaches to psychology/cognitive neuroscience/psychiatry.

The ideal candidate is someone with some exposure to programming and/or computer science and who is interested in learning more about computational approaches to psychology/cognitive neuroscience/psychiatry before applying to graduate school. Primary responsibilities include programming computer-based experiments and recruiting and running participants. Administrative tasks will include helping prepare grant applications and publications for submission, as well as performing whatever other activities are necessary to keep the lab running smoothly. You will also have the opportunity to be more directly involved in a researchproject and data analysis, and learn how to ask and answer questions in our field. More information on the lab is available at http://solwaylab.org.

To apply, e-mail your CV, a cover letter, and a list of references to solwaylab[at]gmail.com. Be sure these documents address how your experience and skill set meet the above requirements. In particular, describe any programming classes you have taken and what programming experience you have outside of class. Also describe your long term goals and how you think this position will help you achieve them.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.