University of Washington, Department of Physics

Position ID:UW-Physics-ILABS [#13694]
Position Title: Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences - Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Seattle, Washington 98195, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Biological Physics
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/05/07, finished 2019/08/22)
Position Description:    

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Applications are invited for an annual full-time Research Associate position at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington ( The position is also affiliated with the Department of Physics. We apply magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG) recordings to study the human brain with a strong emphasis on questions regarding the development of infant brain functions. Our main technical focus is in ensuring high signal quality of the MEG and EEG recordings as well as application of state-of-the-art analysis techniques for reliable measures of cognitive development of the infant brain. The aim is to better understand the age-sensitive trajectory of normal brain development. There are mathematical and technical challenges in infant MEG, which require continuous improvement of the associated mathematical methods. We aim to develop robust physics-based methods to solve these problems that will generalize to a variety of MEG/EEG sensor geometries and other populations beyond infants.

The research associate will work on a project whose goal is to extend infant MEG methodology to allow robust reconstruction of spatiotemporal brain activity and connectivity in infants at different ages, even in situations where structural (MRI) information is incomplete. Principles of electromagnetism, spatial sampling theory, and pattern recognition algorithms will be exploited to optimize the inverse mapping from the MEG signal distribution to the underlying neural current distribution for varying source-to-sensor geometries.

The candidate should have a Doctoral degree (PhD or foreign equivalent) in biomedical engineering, physics, applied mathematics or related fields at time of hire. Programming skills are required with preference in Python and Matlab languages. At least basic skills in processing and analyzing MEG/EEG data are required. The candidate is expected to be a good team player in a multidisciplinary and international research environment. The candidate will work in a world-class research institute and gain experience in developing physics-based methods for the processing and analysis of challenging data with emphasis on finding the best approaches and recognizing methodological limitations in different conditions of MEG data.

Applications should be submitted at and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. Applications received by June 7, 2019, will receive full consideration. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Samu Taulu (

The University of Washington and the International Union, Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 4121 (UAW 4121) currently are negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement for Postdoctoral Scholars. Employees in this title are represented by UAW 4121 and will be subject to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information and updates on the bargaining process, please visit

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Contact: Professor Samu Taulu
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Box 351560
Department of Physics
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-1560
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