Location: Building 149, Charlestown Navy Yard
Responsibilities: The MGH Neurology Multiple Sclerosis Imaging Lab affiliated with the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging is seeking a highly motivated individual with interest in imaging and clinical research to join our research program as a full-time Research Assistant/Clinical Coordinator investigating brain connectivity changes as a result of multiple sclerosis. Under general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant is responsible for imaging acquisition and data analysis, including resting state functional connectivity, diffusion and anatomical imaging at both 3T and 7T field strengths. Neuroimaging experience is optimal. Other responsibilities may include coordinating research study visits, administering neuropsychological tests, general administrative tasks and maintaining general lab infrastructure.
This position is ideal for someone planning to attend graduate school in neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology, or medicine. There will be opportunities to learn multiple neuroimaging analysis techniques, as well as to develop your own research interests in the context of the lab's aims. Coordinators are encouraged to attend the many local talks and seminars and there may be opportunities to present at national and international conferences. A two-year commitment is optimal. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is expected to begin around May 2014.
Specific responsibilities may include the following:
• Assist in MRI scanning
• Performs imaging analysis, including analyzing resting state, diffusion and anatomical data and QA/QC checks
• Organizes and interprets data
• Administer neuropsychological tests to subjects
• Perform clinical testing
• Manages subject recruitment and coordinate research study visits
• Manage clinical research database
• Maintaining lab wiki pages
• Maintain regulator binders
• Assists in preparation of manuscripts and grants
• Order supplies and equipment
• Assist the PI with IRB applications, renewals and amendments
• Assist the PI and Co-investigators with additional tasks as needed
Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree required. Candidates should optimally hold a degree in neuroscience, biology, psychology, computer science, engineering, math, physics or a related field. One year of post-undergraduate research experience is optimal.
Exceptional computer and technical skills are required. Experience with multiple operating systems (UNIX/LINUX, OS, Windows) is a plus. Familiarity with the following tools is highly desirable: FSL, Freesurfer, SPM, Matlab, Caret, shell scripting, Python and/or web development. Previous experience in neuroimaging or neuroanatomy is not required but would be beneficial.
The successful candidate will be highly motivated with excellent analytical and interpersonal skills. Strong written communication skills are required. Attention to detail, organizational capability, and the ability to handle multiple concurrent projects are essential. Excellent written and oral communication skills and comfort interacting with clinical populations is a must. The research assistant is expected to work independently in a fast paced environment and seek help when appropriate.
Contact: Eric Klawiter, MD (email@example.com)