Open MEG/OPM research position @ Yale

We are recruiting an Associate Director of the BrainWorks research core at the Wu Tsai Institute at Yale. BrainWorks is a brand-new, state-of-the-art center with SQUID and OPM MEG, EEG, fNIRS, VR, TMS and MRI systems. This individual will work closely with myself and the Director of the Center for Neurocognition and Behavior, Dr. Kia Nobre, to facilitate exciting cutting-edge, transdisciplinary neurophysiology research. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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Associate Director, BrainWorks (staff/research support specialist)

Position Focus:

The Wu Tsai Institute is an interdisciplinary neuroscience initiative at Yale University with the mission to understand human cognition and explore human potential. Marking a strategic, cross-university investment by Yale, the Institute unites researchers, departments, and schools at 100 College Street. The Institute stimulates research across disciplines such as biology, cognitive science, computer science, data science, engineering, neuroscience and psychology through funding mechanisms, programs, and access to state-of-the-art technology and resources.

The Center for Neurocognition and Behavior, one of the Institute’s three research centers, is building a world-class facility for measuring the healthy human brain and behavior in action. Located on the first floor of 100 College Street with a dedicated entrance, this facility will house state-of-the-art equipment including MRI, MEG, OPM, EEG, NIRS, TMS, VR, eye-tracking, and body motion tracking. These tools are made available to trained faculty, postdocs, grad students, and undergraduates for research and education. The Associate Director, BrainWorks is responsible for MEG, OPM, EEG, NIRS, and VR facility operations, equipment maintenance, and protocol development. The position reports to the Managing Director of the Institute, with technical supervision by the Director of BrainWorks.

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Essential Duties

  1. Manages research support for research and clinical needs. 2. Contributes to defining the direction of research design. 3. Prepares project designs and determines cost estimates. 4. Directs and manages research support services for University-wide research. 5. Meets with clients and evaluates problems and defines scope of projects. Discusses and negotiates project designs and costs with prospective clients. 6. Determines and develops material specifications and purchases. 7. Assigns design projects to staff. 8. Ensures technical effectiveness and manages departmental operation for research support services. 9. Monitors project schedules and assigns billing charges. 10. Ensures the quality of the design of research instruments. 11. Consults with research committees on research instrument designs. 12. Develops and monitors department budget. 13. Administers and oversees short and long term department goals. 14. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and seven years of related experience in a research development facility or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Data collection expertise: previous experience collecting behavioral and neurophysiological data in a mobile, naturalistic, or virtual reality environment; understanding of MEG and EEG safety, ethics, and information governance.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Professionalism: High levels of energy, motivation, resourcefulness, and self-reliance; high levels of organization and attention to detail; professional demeanor and appearance, and friendly and patient attitude; ability to work well with researchers with a wide range of backgrounds and skillsets; ability to communicate and write clearly.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated familiarity with different operating systems, including Unix/Linux; knowledge of Python or Matlab programming; knowledge of signal processing and statistics.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Excellent skills in office IT systems, including email, internet, MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to use web-based resources to search and manage science-related material.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work with sensitive equipment in magnetically shielded rooms.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Masters degree or higher in relevant area of science or engineering. Three or more years of experience with human neurophysiology data. Demonstrated experience contributing to the publication of research articles. Experience with NIRS, eye-tracking, and/or VR.

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