The Laboratory for Neural Systems works to uncover the neural mechanisms of cognition, including mechanisms of perception, memory, emotion, cognition, and action. It is part of the Price Family Center for the Social Brain, the exceptional neuroscience community at The Rockefeller University, and is engaged in multiple collaborative research programs.
We are looking for an individual with a strong neuroscience background and an interest in the functional organization of the primate brain to join us as a research assistant. The ideal candidate would have research experience with fMRI or NHPs, and interested in both experimental and data analytic work. The research assistant will work alongside a postdoc generating a multi-dimensional characterization of functional specializations in the primate brain as part of a large-scale collaboration, the Human and Mammalian Brain Atlas (HMBA), funded by the Brain Initiative and headed by Allen Institute, to decipher the genetic underpinnings of functionally specific brain circuits in the NHP and human brain. Motivation, enthusiasm, ambition, general qualities as a scientist and person, and a genuine interest in the project are highly valued. This role offers a unique chance to gain expertise in imaging neuroscience, genetic analysis of neural tissue, and understanding the neural basis of cognition. This position is ideal for those aiming to excel in graduate programs in neuroscience or related fields. A commitment of 2 years is expected.
Conduct NHPs fMRI experiments with cutting-edge techniques
Develop new experimental setups and assist in behavioral training to learn tasks
Analyze data to get functional mapping - e.g. fMRI, behavioral, transcriptomical data
Present and write up results in lab and scientific meetings
Perform other project related tasks as needed
Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology, Computer Science or a related field
Experience with collecting data and data analysis
Basic programming skills or willingness to learn (e.g. MATLAB, tcsh, bash, python)
Experience troubleshooting hardware and/or software
Excellent communication and teamwork abilities
Strong work ethic and analytical skill, with an interest in neuroimaging techniques
Experience with fMRI data, training animals, and/or psychophysical research is a plus but not mandatory
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The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on various factors, including but not limited to organizational budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The hiring range provided represents The Rockefeller University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.