Duke University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Position ID:Duke-P&N-AIR_CABEZADAVISLAB [#27516]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708-0999, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Appl Deadline:2024/10/31 11:59PMhelp popup**
Position Description:   URMs  

Associate in Research 
Cabeza & Davis Lab / Dr. Roberto Cabeza & Dr. Simon Davis 
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience 

An Associate in Research position on the role of structural and functional connectivity in age-related cognitive decline & preservation is available in the lab of Dr. Roberto Cabeza and Dr. Simon Davis in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. The position will contribute to a project that seeks to improve a scientific understanding of memory function by revealing how distributed structural connectivity patterns and qualities affect functional connectivity in neural circuits to selectively enhance memory functioning. Applications to age-related pathologies including Alzheimer's disease and Dementia will be explored, including brain stimulation technologies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). 

The candidate will collaborate on current studies, assist in data collection and quality control, keep detailed records of participant testing and compensation, provide assistance in preparing protocols and paperwork related to neuroimaging research, and contribute to the conceptual development of new experiments within the scope of this and related projects. Approximately 70% effort will be dedicated to research duties, while 30% effort will be dedicated to regulatory & recruitment duties, in any calendar year. 

Essential Duties: 
1. Recruitment/Consent 
• Coordinate and track contact with currently-enrolled study participants. 
• Maintain enrollment log to keep accurate records to report recruitment statistics to PI and the IRB for continuing renewals. 
• Conduct and document consent within the approved IRB process including documentation of consent, notice of private practice documentation and storage of consents. 

2. Data collection 
• Collect required study data which could include questionnaires, behavioral testing, demographic information, MR imaging, and clinical data from medical records and other sources. 
• Conduct experiments with MR imaging, Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation, or behavioral testing. 
• Independently maintain study-level and subject-level documentation. 
• Participate in the development of recruitment flyers, study forms, questionnaires and study procedures (SOPs). 
• Ensure all data collected is captured, collected and stored in the approved IRB and Duke required practice. 

3. Data Analysis 
• Perform neuroimaging research in Dr. Cabeza’s and Davis’ lab, focusing on the structural and functional connectivity of the healthy and demented human brain. 
• Coordinate and assist with database maintenance, data migration and data entry. 
• Conduct computational analysis of brain data, including distinct models of tissue characteristics and longitudinal change. 
• Assist with data coding, working closely with statisticians for data clean up and preparation for statistical analysis. 
• Perform behavioral analyses on questionnaires, demographic information, and behavioral tests, and integrating these data with neuroimaging measures. 
• Be able to work with a research team and manage study documentation. 

4. Regulatory 
• Assist the PI in submission of new protocols, amendments or personnel changes to eIRB. 
• Maintain up-to-date regulatory binder. 
• Maintain up-to-date enrollment log. 
• Assist PI with any internal QI review, audits or external audits. 

5. Communication
• Communicate with other staff/students about issues/situations that may arise regarding study procedures. 
• Assist PI with abstract, poster, and manuscript preparations and report writing. 
• Assist PI in proofing new study materials and suggesting modifications in wording or order, providing feedback based on previous contact with research subjects and materials. 

• Candidates with a BA/BS in any area of cognitive neuroscience broadly defined (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or a related field) are welcome to apply. 

• Ideal candidates will have 

This is a full time, grant funded position, eligible for all Duke benefits (https://hr.duke.edu/benefits) with an initial appointment of one year with the possibility of renewal, dependent on funding and performance. 

Interested individuals should apply through Academic Jobs Online and include their resume, a cover letter and contact information for at least 2 references. Only applicants that have applied through Academic Jobs Online will be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 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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Durham, NC 27708-0086