Lab Manager/Research Assistant for Human Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory

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Duke University - Duke Institute for Brain Sciences


Lab manager position available at Duke University

I am looking for a highly motivated recent graduate (BS, BA) to help kick-start my new lab ( at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). Work in the lab investigates how sound is processed in the human brain, using stimuli ranging from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals and tracking the underlying neural processes using a combination of behavioral (psychoacoustics) and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG).

An ideal candidate will have received an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field, by summer 2014, and will have some familiarity with fMRI, EEG, and/or other experimental techniques. An interest in how the brain processes sound is a strong plus, as is excellent knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably Matlab). We are looking for a lab manager who is conscientious and dependable as well as highly self-motivated and pro-active.

The main duties of the lab manager position will focus on (1) initially getting the new lab up and running (e.g. ordering of equipment), (2) organizational tasks (e.g. logistics, IRB, subject recruitment, teaching materials), and (3) scientific tasks (e.g. design, implementation, analysis and write-up of experiments). The balance of these tasks will shift gradually towards (3), and the lab manager will have the chance to learn many skills that will be relevant to pursuing a career in science or medicine.

The position is available for an initial one-year period starting this Fall 2014, with the potential for renewal. Salary will be $31,000 p.a. plus benefits.

To initiate an application for the position, please email the PI Tobias Overath ([email protected]).  Applications sent before the end of April will be given full consideration, later applications will also be considered if the position is not filled. With your email to Dr. Overath, include the following documents: (1) a brief statement about yourself and why you are interested in the position, (2) a resume that includes brief descriptions of past research experiences, programming knowledge, relevant courses and grades, and (3) the names and email addresses of 2 references who could be contacted (at least one reference should be able to speak to your research background).

Tobias Overath, Ph.D.

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Duke University