Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology (Dept. of Neurology), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

2478 8963
Position ID:Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine-Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology (Dept. of Neurology)-RESASSOCNYEP [#8963]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Location:New York, New York 10165, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Neurology
Neuroscience / Cognitive neuroscience
Cognitive Science / Cognitive Science
Cognitive Neuroscience
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2017/03/01, finished 2017/08/03)
Position Description:    

*** The account for Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology (Dept. of Neurology), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has expired, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Division of Cognitive Neurology of the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions is seeking a researcher for a junior faculty position (Research Associate) for its New York location. The individual in this position will lead research activities, and some educational efforts with a research component, focused on improving the skills of individuals in the moderate to severe range of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

The position will be physically based in midtown Manhattan at the Division’s New York Educational Program (NYEP). The NYEP provides full-time, educational services to a young adult with autism and development disabilities who has limited communication and social skills, and it offers some educational/social services to other individuals with developmental disabilities.  The one young adult, and potentially others, may participate in research efforts related to autism and related conditions.  These research efforts are the focus of this particular position.

The top priority for the individual in this position will be to assist the NYEP staff in refining and supervising current research/educational efforts, of which the main ones currently are:

  •  using physiologic measures such as heart rate variability, electrodermal activity (EDA), and possibly salivary cortisol levels to predict receptivity to learning and to identify markers for behaviors that may interfere with learning
  • improving social interactions and other functions through individual and group activities (art, cooking, and music)
  • planning and supervising a series of single case studies (particularly whether or not music can benefit emotional regulation in such individuals).

 As a secondary responsibility, the research associate will ensure the scientific integrity of scientific projects conducted at the Manhattan site, but supervised by faculty elsewhere.  Currently, those efforts involve reading training and visual evoked potential studies.  Ultimately, more research subjects may be recruited from the area and tested at the Manhattan site.

The position requires excellent managerial and interpersonal skills, clear written and oral communication skills, considerable flexibility and adaptability, and a broad understanding of – and hands-on experience with – individuals in the moderate to severe range of ASD or other developmental disabilities. More specifically, the individual in this position will:

  • Work collaboratively on a daily basis with the NYEP Research Program Manager and an interdisciplinary team of educators, speech pathologist(s), and research associates; work at regular intervals with, and ultimately report to, the Director of the Division, who oversees the NYEP; and work with other faculty at Hopkins and academic researchers (both within and outside of Hopkins) engaged as consultants. In addition, the individual is expected to engage with participants in the NYEP program (research subjects with autism and developmental disabilities and others), and their parents, caregivers, and/or teachers.
  • Conduct reviews of relevant scientific literature, including analyses of best practices and of related research.
  • Identify potential new research studies.
  • Prepare research proposals for specific projects.
  • Design and implement experiments and projects, validating the strength of the experiments and performing data analyses.
  • Manage all aspects of research projects in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.
  • Draft manuscripts in coordination with other team members, and direct manuscripts through all phases of the submission, review, revision, and re-submission process to publication. Present research proposals and/or findings to internal and external audiences. Explore publication venues for manuscript submissions.
  • Mentor research assistants throughout the proposal, research, and publication process.

The position is available immediately. The position is fully funded from private source(s), promised through 2021, at a minimum. The employment contract is renewable yearly, based on successful annual performance reviews. Note that faculty in a Research Associate position at Hopkins are not expected to obtain or have their own funding. However, as this position is faculty rank, the research associate is qualified to be a PI on funding proposals. If the individual’s responsibilities to the research program are met and proposed independent research is consistent with the Division’s research mission, approval of any independent research is likely.

Position Requirements: Appropriate candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a comparable discipline. The position requires evidence of successfully directing human experimental behavioral research studies, preferably with experience with our target population (individuals in the moderate to severe range of ASD and related developmental disorders), proficiency with experimental statistics (particularly single-case, repeated-measures designs), and at least one first-authored, peer-reviewed publication.

Applicants must submit a CV, a statement of research and professional goals no more than 3 pages long, and three letters of reference (from academic sources).

Applications will remain open until the position is filled by a suitable candidate. For questions regarding this position, email Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.: (refer to JOB 8963).

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

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