Duke University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Position ID:Duke-P&N-AIREXEMPTMCHENRY [#23802]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708-0999, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Neuroscience / Systems neuroscience
Appl Deadline:2022/11/29 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2022/11/21, finished 2022/12/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The McHenry Lab at Duke University (https://www.mchenry-lab.org) is seeking to hire a motivated Associate in Research to work in the lab. This grant-funded position is focused on establishing neural control systems for social and nonsocial forms of behavioral homeostasis in various genetic and autism mouse models. 

An individual dedicated to the computational needs of this proposal is required. The individual will engineer custom rigs (hardware and software programming), create analysis pipelines for calcium imaging and behavioral data sets, implement various new and open-source platforms and tailor them for the needs of the project, implement various forms of modeling for the behavioral and imaging data, and work closely with the rest of the team including mentorship and guidance from the PI and the labs' collaborators. This individual will assist with figures and manuscripts, and present these findings at conferences. 

The lab is committed to producing science of high impact, quality, rigor, and reproducibility and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and professional environment. The Associate in Research position is open for immediate occupancy. The applicant must be detail-oriented, proactive, well-organized, consistent, and able to self-manage multiple and changing priorities. Excellent communication skills, a strong commitment to research and work ethic, and a positive attitude are required for this team-based environment. The individual must conduct themselves in a professional manner, adhere to standard procedures and expectations, maintain clear and reproducible lab records, be honest/ethical/transparent in all animal and experimental work performed, and be respectful and inclusive of all individuals in this diverse work environment. This opportunity will provide training in innovative techniques, the opportunity to publish first-author high impact papers, collaborative networking, close mentorship, and professional development in a range of diverse areas. 

Work Performed: 
The Associate in Research will perform day-to-day tasks for data acquisition and analysis efforts, assemble figures, implement new pipelines, present research at conferences and local symposia, prepare peer-review manuscripts, maintain a GitHub, maintain clear and well documented reproducible codes, assist with data management and various computational needs of the lab, mentor and train others in the lab, and contribute to ongoing collaborations and team-based science. 

A Masters degree in one of the following or related fields: Neuroscience/Neurobiology, Biomedical Science, Biomedical Engineering. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in computer programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python) and statistics/modeling experience for biological datasets. The lab will provide training to specialize the skillset for the needs of the specific projects. 

If interested, please submit to Academic Jobs Online a brief cover letter explaining your goals, timeline (start and desired length of position) and fit for this position, along with your current CV, and contact information for 2 references from your most recent supervisors / most recent positions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Immediate occupancy desired. 

Only applicants that have applied through Academic Jobs Online will be reviewed. If you are not able to upload your application materials or if letter writers would prefer to upload their letters directly, please complete your application and email those materials to Meghann Koffi at meghann.koffi@duke.edu to be uploaded manually.

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