Research Scientist I

Boys Town National Research Hospital
Omaha, NE
Closing date
Feb 29, 2024

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The Institute for Human Neuroscience at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha invites applications for a Research Scientist I (faculty) position in Cognitive Neuroscience. We welcome applications from any area of cognitive neuroscience, including executive function, visual attention, perception, emotion, motor control, memory, and methods-oriented areas, and are especially interested in building our existing research programs in pediatric brain health. Methodological specialty within neuroimaging is open (e.g., MEG, fMRI, MRS, etc.), but ideally the candidate would benefit from our strong existing programs in MEG imaging, multimodal MRI, OPM, and/or neuromodulation, and develop a nationally recognized program focusing on their area of interest. The successful applicants will receive strong financial support for building their research programs and would join a growing group of cognitive neuroscientists, both within the Institute and across campus, using the latest tools in human neuroscience.

Successful candidates will have a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD in neuroscience, psychology, physics, computer science or related field, with postdoctoral training and an excellent publication record for their career stage. Candidates should also have a sustained record of research in high impact journals and demonstrated ability, or evidence of the potential, to generate extramural funding commensurate with their career stage. Applicants should have the ability and interest to teach graduate courses in cognitive neuroscience, and to mentor PhD students in our growing Neuroscience PhD program with Creighton University.

The new 15,000+ square foot Institute for Human Neuroscience is a vibrant research environment with state-of-the-art equipment and ample opportunities for training and trans-disciplinary collaboration. The Institute houses the latest equipment available in the field of noninvasive neuroimaging, including two Neo MEG systems, which are the most advanced MEG units currently available, a NIH S10 supported optically-pumped magnetometry (OPM) suite, a 3T Siemens Prisma MRI system, a mock MRI scanner, and a high-performance computing space. The Institutes resources also include state-of-the-art high-definition transcranial direct-current and alternating-current stimulation (HD-tDCS/tACS) equipment, and biomechanical equipment for quantifying human movement physiology. The Institute is also home to the Center for Pediatric Brain Health, which is NIH P20 Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. The objectives of the Center are to strengthen the institution's biomedical research infrastructure by enhancing the ability of junior investigators to compete independently for NIH research grants (e.g., R01) or other external peer-reviewed support.

  • Works directly in the laboratory to implement the research program, collects data, develops new procedures, and in other ways ensures success of the program.
  • Begins the process to obtain independent, external research funding from government agencies such as NIH and/or other funding agencies. Aids in the preparation of grant proposals and contributes sections to proposals being submitted by other members of the research faculty.
  • Participates in BTNRH training programs by coordinating or making presentations as part of core courses, working with graduate fellows and summer interns, and supervising graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows where appropriate.
  • Publishes research results in refereed journals and makes presentations at national meetings.
  • Recruits and supervises research assistant(s) or other staff supported by non-BTNRH funds to facilitate research progress.
  • Collaborates with other members of the research faculty on research problems of mutual interest.
  • Contributes to the national research effort in the field of interest through reviews of manuscripts and grant proposals, helping to organize national meetings, and service on committees of national organizations.
  • Other Duties: This job description incorporates the essential functions and duties required for this position. However, other duties may be required and assigned at times and as determined by a supervisor in order to meet the needs of the organization.

  • Apply skills necessary to implement and maintain a research program that has national impact.
  • Apply comprehensive knowledge of the relevant literature and skill and experience with research procedures related to language science, child development, speech perception, auditory development, or relative disciplines, including knowledge of relevant research procedures.
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and computer applications appropriate for the field of interest.
  • Communicate concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work well with other professional personnel and with support staff.
  • Provide research training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as to train, supervise, and evaluate research assistants and technicians.

  • Education and experience equivalent to that of a faculty member at a research university, including a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in neuroscience, psychology, engineering or a related discipline, including work in one or more major laboratories where research was performed relevant to the current research program required.
  • Demonstrated the potential for success in development of a research program with national impact, as indicated by a significant record of publication in refereed journals and presentations at national meetings, commensurate with the number of years (i.e. generally 0-7 years) since a doctoral degree was received required.
  • Recognition in the form of invited presentations and publications, and other honors and awards required.

About Boys Town:

Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

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