the Research Assistant I collaborates with the Principal Investigators (PIs) and the larger investigative team in the attainment of research goals related to the Healthy Brain Child Development (HBCD) study. HBCD is a 25-site National Institute of Health (NIH) funded study that will recruit approximately 7,000 women during the second trimester of pregnancy and follow the development of their children through the first decade of life. Electrophysiological (EEG) data collection is planned on the infants starting at three months of age, with repeat assessments throughout development. This staff member will set-up equipment; perform data collection and data preprocessing; conduct EEG experiments; troubleshoot technical issues; ensure proper documentation; support presentation activities; and train students, trainees, and staff members on research protocols. This position is expected to work with a considerable degree of independence and will be cross-trained to facilitate the collection of additional components of the HBCD protocol. The technology and research goals of the HBCD Study is diverse and, therefore, the incumbent must be detail oriented, technically competent, an effective communicator, and an independent problem solver.
Set-up equipment and train technical staff, students, and other team members on all aspects of the research to include all appropriate protocols.Conduct Electroencephalogram (EEG) experiments and collect data from research subjects.Perform preprocessing and analysis of EEG data.Evaluate technical issues, troubleshoot solutions, and resolve conflicts during both the setup of new experiments and the duration of the experiments.Maintain clear, complete, and accurate records of data collected and steps performed during the analysis stage.Assist in the development and documentation of research protocols.Collaborate effectively with all members of the research team (both internal and external to the lab).Receive cross-training on other aspects of the Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) study protocol as needed to support the overall goals and objectives of the larger multicomponent research initiative (e.g., behavioral assessments Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) data acquisition).Attend meetings and participate in research activities to include but not limited to, ensuring quality control; protocol development or revision; and preparation and presentation of routine and incremental updates on relevant projects; and preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for publication.Enhance professional growth and development through case conferences, educational programs, in-service meetings, workshops, conferences, and seminars.Document results for ongoing studies by providing text, tables, and figures for scientific review. Submit peer-reviewed publications and grants to conferences as needed.
EDUCATION:Bachelors degree required. Bachelors degree in an appropriate and relevant field (e.g., Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or Physics) is preferred.Masters degree preferred.EXPERIENCE:At least one year of experience working in a research laboratory.Experience with computers and graphical, spreadsheet, and word processing programs, and software operation required.Prior experience and working knowledge in at least one statistical software and/or a programming language (i.e., SPSS, R, SAS or MATLAB) is preferred.