Research Associate I - Psychological & Brain Sciences at University of Delaware

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University of Delaware

Job Title Research Associate I - Psychological & Brain Sciences
Job ID 105325
Location Newark, DE


DEADLINE: March 17, 2018


The Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging (CBBI) is a core facility at the University of Delaware dedicated to the imaging of the brain and body. Keith Schneider is Director of the CBBI and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who specializes in studying visual attention and the architecture of the human visual system. Naomi Sadeh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who studies self-destructive behavior and resiliency to life stress.

This position will support the CBBI and the Schneider and Sadeh labs. The Research Associate I position will be funded via internal and/or external money awarded to the PIs. The position is temporary and may be renewed on a 12-month basis, dependent upon available funding and performance. The job will be ideal for motivated individuals interested in applying to graduate school in neuroscience or psychology in the future, as it will offer the opportunity to manage independent research projects that may result in future publications. Ultimately, a 2-year commitment is strongly preferred.

Under the general direction of the Principal Investigators, the Research Associate I will oversee the day-to-day activities of the Schneider lab (e.g., ordering supplies, scheduling and running subjects, analyzing data), will assist with MRI scanning of subjects in the CBBI and maintain CBBI computers and peripheral equipment, and will analyze data in the Sadeh lab.

  • Uses scientific training and independent judgment to plan, schedule, and carry out day-to-day activities, procedures, and research studies, ensuring efficient workflow, and adequate care and treatment of research participants. Contributes to the development and implementation of protocols, procedures, and techniques relating to all aspects of the research.
  • Operates the Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner in compliance with the standard operating procedures of the CBBI, maintains a Level 2 safety certification within the CBBI, screens MRI subjects for safety, and assists CBBI researchers with subject preparation and data transfer.
  • Maintains the CBBI computers and the variety of peripheral equipment, such as the visual and auditory display devices and subject feedback devices, including documentation of their use and sends them for repair when necessary.
  • Uses advanced computer-based statistical and visualization programs to analyze, interpret and visualize functional and structural MRI data, as directed in the Schneider and Sadeh labs. Keeps all lab data properly recoded, organized, stored and archives, and ensuring data integrity, quality control and protocol compliance.
  • Establishes and adheres to appropriate data collection systems and procedures, according to pre-established research protocol; coordinates and monitors the collection, processing, and recording of data, as required by established study protocol. Manages compliance with human subject protocols.
  • Coordinates participant visits in the Schneider lab. Explains all procedures to participants in accordance with University and federal protocol for working with human research participants and obtains their written consent to participate. Oversees the fiscal management of the grant by managing all payments to study participants and monitoring supply inventories.
  • Orders supplies for the CBBI and Schneider labs as needed.
  • Assists in the maintenance and development of the CBBI web site.
  • Serves as collaborator in the preparation of co-authored manuscripts and conference presentations.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree with at least one year experience working in a psychology or neuroscience lab with MRI scanning and data analysis related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Degree in neuroscience, psychology, or related field preferred.
  • Ability to develop and follow research methodology and protocol.
  • Knowledge of MRI and fMRI analysis software (FSL, Freesurfer, AFNI, etc.).
  • Experience with operating Siemens Prisma MRI scanner or equivalent, including knowledge of safety procedures.
  • Dependable, reliable, and able to consistently adhere to a schedule.
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions without direct input from a supervisor.
  • Ability to make people feel comfortable in the lab setting using a professional, mature, and friendly demeanor.
  • Effective written and oral communication, human relations, and listening skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and supervise multiple undergraduate students, including making a lab schedule, delegating tasks, and coordinating responsibilities.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to make tables and organize complex datasets.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


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