[Eeglablist] new or recent graduates: EEG research assistant job at Cornell University

Matthew Belmonte belmonte-bulk at mit.edu
Thu Mar 25 05:58:33 PDT 2010

[This seems not to have got through to the list when I first sent it this past month - so I'm sending again.  Apologies for any duplication. -MB]

The Department of Human Development at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York solicits applications for the post of research aide in its cognitive electroencephalography laboratory, to commence summer 2010.  The successful candidate will support researchers using a state-of-the art 128-channel BioSemi ActiveTwo electroencephalographic recording system, an EyeLink 1000 infrared gaze tracker, and associated computing systems for stimulus delivery and for behavioural and physiological data recording.  The research aide will become the local "guru" for these systems, working with researchers who have theoretical backgrounds in psychology and who need assistance to translate these theoretical ideas into experimental practice in the context of a cognitive electrophysiology laboratory.

Essential skills are computer programming (software is implemented in MATLAB) and superb written and oral technical communication.  Prior knowledge of neuroscience, though helpful, is not essential (and will be taught).  Knowledge of basic signal processing (e.g. interpretation of spectral perturbations and other time-frequency analyses), statistics, experience with amplifier systems, and knowledge of real-time computing or embedded systems also would be great advantages, as would any experience setting up and maintaining computing resources and/or laboratory devices.

This is an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate who aims to acquire methodological experience before applying to graduate school in neuroscience, biological engineering, or scientific computing.  Applications from students of engineering, computer science or the physical sciences would be particularly welcome.  Although applications from all qualified candidates are encouraged and will be considered, those able to make a two-year commitment are preferred.

Applicants should send a c.v., a cover letter, details of three referees, a brief (one-page) technical writing sample, and a brief (one source file) program code sample to Matthew Belmonte <mkb4 at cornell.edu>.  New graduates should also send an unofficial copy of their university transcript.  Although this post will remain open until filled, to ensure full consideration materials should be submitted by Monday 5 April.

This is a half-time post but can be supplemented with other technical employment on campus, depending on the candidate's skills and background, to create a full-time post.  (When applying, please state your interest in full-time or half-time.)  Salary will be commensurate with experience and is expected to be in Cornell University Band C (currently $15.40 to $20.70 per hour).

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