The Mind & Brain Health Labs (MBHL) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Department of Neurological Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a background in human behavioral research (basic and clinical) in a relevant field. Relevant fields include (but are not limited to) Computer Science, Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Human Factors), Statistics, and Engineering. The Postdoctoral Research Associate should have strong data analytic and research skills. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will play a primary role in the analysis of large, naturalistic datasets on real-world driving behavior, performance, and safety in individuals with and without disease. Analyses will incorporate multidimensional data, including driving, medical, physiologic, computer vision, and geographic information system (GIS) data.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will intellectually develop research questions and analyses, including contributing to the development of new research questions and funding proposals. This is a great opportunity to get experience with novel datasets and clinical translational research on modeling human performance and safety in real-world settings, in addition to building a CV with presentations, publications, and funded grants.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will: oIdentify, intellectually develop, and implement research questions on human behavior, physiology, and neurocognitive performance in the context of complex environments, human-machine interactions, and disease. oUse statistical analyses and other data science approaches to manipulate, analyze, and provide answers to research questions using large amounts of structured and unstructured data. oApply your research results (positive and null) to develop future clinical translational research programs and intervention techniques. oWork closely with MBHL research staff and collaborators (internal and external) to develop innovative new research ideas and data analyses. oShare research findings with the broader academic community through peer-reviewed conference presentations and publications. oFollow IRB Protocol, HIPAA, and Standard Operating Procedures in Human Subjects Research.
MBHL (https://www.unmc.edu/mbhl/) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers who are committed to clinical translational research on real-world behavior and safety in healthy and patient populations. Our collaborative team combines expertise from medicine, cognitive science, neuroscience, human factors, driving research, statistics, computer science, biomechanics, and public policy. We focus on understanding how humans behave when interacting with technology in-the-lab and in-the-field, with a focus on mobility and cognition. To address these questions, we study human behavior in the context of human-machine interactions and in complex environments using novel technologies for monitoring of functional abilities, physiology, and performance. We use the results of our research to inform patient and clinician education, policy, and technology development with the goal of improving health, mobility, and quality of life in individuals of all ages.
Questions may be directed to Jennifer Merickel, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are being accepted online at http://unmc.peopleadmin.com/postings/39985
Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
oA PhD in a relevant field. Relevant fields include (but are not limited to) Computer Science, Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Human Factors), Statistics, and Engineering. oA strong background in statistical modeling and advanced data analysis skills. oExpert experience with statistical and/or general programming languages (Python, R, and others). oHistory of academic publications and conference presentations. oExcellent organizational and time-management skills and ability to self-direct work. oAbility to work as a team member. oExcellent verbal and written communication skills.
oSpecialization in data science and quantitative/computational modeling techniques, including predictive, time series, machine learning, deep learning, and other modeling approaches. oPrior experience conducting, designing, and analyzing data from human behavioral experimentation (Cognitive, Physical, Neuroscience, Medical, Human Factors), transportation research, and/or human physiology/biomechanics. oProficiency in experimental design and implementation. oExperience with computer vision, GIS, and/or database development. oExperience cleaning and processing big data (structured/unstructured), including development of automated processing routines and data analysis pipelines. oFamiliarity with tools for computing over large datasets (Hadoop, Spark, SQL, others).
A vital enterprise in the nation’s heartland, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has its eye on improving the future of health care in Nebraska and beyond. As Nebraska’s only public academic health sciences center, UNMC is committed to the education of a 21st century health care work force, to finding cures and treatments for devastating diseases, to providing the best care for patients, and to serving our state and its communities through award-winning outreach. UNMC also is committed to embracing the richness of diversity, and is a major economic engine for the state of Nebraska.Led by Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., UNMC has six colleges and two institutes, serving about 3,700 students in more than two dozen programs. Our primary care program was recently ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and our physician assistant program was ranked ninth. The university’s physical therapy, pharmacy and public health programs also are ranked among the top in the country. ... Major Units: College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, College of Public Health, Graduate College, College of Allied Health Professions, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute.