Research Assistant I

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

ID: 7063834
Posted: February 19, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The laboratory of Dr. Emily Finn in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College is seeking a full-time Research Assistant for a targeted start date of July 2020. The research of the lab focuses on individual differences in brain activity and connectivity, and how these relate to behavior. Some key questions are: How do our intrinsic traits bias our perceptions and judgments, and how is this reflected in patterns of brain activity? Why might different people arrive at different interpretations of the same experience? Our research combines behavioral, neuroimaging and computational modeling techniques to study individual differences in cognition, especially under rich, dynamic, “naturalistic” stimulation such as watching movies or listening to stories. This position is especially well-suited for individuals planning to apply for a PhD in cognitive neuroscience or psychology. The position would be for an initial 1 year, with an ability to renew up to 2 additional years thereafter based on performance. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to stay at least two years.

Position Purpose
Plays a crucial role in helping to set up the lab as well as conduct experiments. The Research Assistant’s role will involve administrative tasks, such as purchases, participant recruitment, ethics applications, organizing files, and setting up meetings. Conducts research, including designing experiments, collecting data, analyzing data, and writing papers, with the aim of completing an independent research project by the end of their time. The Research Assistant will learn techniques in programming, functional MRI brain scanning, and in-person and online behavioral experimentation.

Required Qualifications
Competence in one or more laboratory methods, procedures and techniques as well as the equipment and instruments, e.g., fMRI data acquisition, eye-tracking, behavioral experimentation.
General programming and computational skills for data analysis (e.g., Python, MATLAB, R)
Experience with neuroimaging analysis software (e.g., AFNI, SPM, FSL) and experiment creation (e.g., PsychoPy, Psychtoolbox)
Experience working with human participants
Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Knowledge of software for writing and presentation (e.g., Microsoft Office), and online scientific literature search engines
Two years of relevant laboratory/ research experience during undergraduate.
Bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, biology, or a similar field.


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