Research Assistant (2 openings)
The ECoG Laboratory for Human Brain Mapping at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research – Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell is looking for two research assistants. The successful candidates will help with the lab’s research into improving the identification of functional and pathological brain regions in individuals suffering from epilepsy, the neural mechanisms of cognition, and characterization of macroscale human brain networks. The lab works exclusively with patients being evaluated for epilepsy surgery using methods such as electrocorticography (ECoG), MRI, fMRI, DTI, and direct electrical brain stimulation. The start date is as soon as possible.
The responsibilities of both research assistants include assisting with the collection and analysis of the aforementioned data, managing lab equipment, and helping to present lab findings at conferences and in journals. One position will further focus on project management and administration, working with a research coordinator on IRB matters, and assistance with preparing progress reports and grant applications. The second position is more computationally focused and will require more in-depth analysis of neural and behavioral data, database management, and the development of analysis scripts (depending on proficiency with coding and signal processing). Both RAs will have their own scientific projects with dedicated time to work on them.
Past research assistants in the lab have presented their work at clinical and basic research conferences, co-authored publications, and are working on first author publications. They have gone on to medical schools or PhD programs after spending 1-3 years in the lab. These unique positions will expose the successful applicant to basic and clinical neuroscience as well as neurosurgery, neurology, and neuropsychology. The location of the institute allows living either in the suburban neighborhoods of Long Island, or in vibrant Brooklyn or Queens. Some employees also commute from Manhattan. It is a great opportunity for recent post-bacs interested in medical school or graduate school in neuroscience/biomedical engineering.
B.A./B.S./B.E. in an appropriate discipline (e.g., neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering, computer science, physics)
For the second RA position: experience with at least one programming language (MATLAB, R, or Python) and statistical analyses
1 year commitment
Prior experience working with neuroimaging, EEG/MEG, or brain stimulation data
Prior experience working with patients
Previous work in a research laboratory that shows evidence of independent scholarship, problem solving, and motivation
2 year commitment preferred