The Mind & Brain Health Labs (MBHL) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Department of Neurological Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will conduct research on neurocognitive effects of disease on real-world human behavior to develop models of how disease impacts patient cognition, mobility, health, safety, and quality of life. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will contribute to developing new research questions and data analyses, as well as new research ideas and funding proposals. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have a background in basic or clinical human behavioral research in a relevant field. Relevant fields include (but are not limited to) the Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Factors), Computer Science, and Engineering. The Postdoctoral Research Associate should have strong data analytic and research skills. This is an excellent opportunity to translate and expand skillsets to novel, naturalistic datasets and clinical translational research, in addition to building a CV with presentations and publications. The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will identify, intellectually develop, and implement research questions and data analyses, in collaboration with MBHL's research team. Use statistical or other analytic approaches to provide answers to research questions. Apply research results to develop new clinical translational research programs. Share research findings through conference presentations and publications. MBHL (https://www.unmc.edu/mbhl/) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers who are committed to clinical translational research aimed at improving patient health, safety, and quality of life. Our collaborative team––which is funded by the NIH, industry, and foundation grants––combines expertise from medicine, cognitive science, neuroscience, human factors, driving research, statistics, computer science, biomechanics, and public policy. We focus on developing clinically-relevant, evidence-based models of how disease impacts human behavior (driving, sleep, mobility) and physiology to predict disease outcomes (safety, health, and quality of life) and disease development or progression. Our techniques combine comprehensive laboratory and medical assessments with passive, sensor-based monitoring of real-world patient behavior and physiologic patterns with a focus on aging and diseases that effect neurocognitive abilities, sleep, and mobility. We use the results of our research to inform patient and clinician education, clinical care, interventions to improve patient outcomes, policy, and technology development. Our goal is to improve health, safety, and quality of life in individuals of all ages. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Merickel, PhD at email@example.com Applications are being accepted online at: http://unmc.peopleadmin.com/postings/49549 Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
A PhD by time of hiring in a relevant field. Relevant fields include (but are not limited to) the Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Human Factors), Computer Science, and Engineering.
Experience in statistical modeling.
Ability to program (Python and R are preferred).
Excellent organizational and time-management skills and ability to self-direct work.
Ability to work as a team member.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience analyzing data from human behavioral experimentation.
History of academic publications and conference presentations.
Exposure to GIS, predictive, time series, and machine learning modeling approaches.
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, two institutes and a graduate studies program, serving nearly 4,000 students in more than two dozen programs. Our physician assistant program was recently ranked ninth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and our primary care program was ranked 17. The university’s physical therapy, pharmacy and public health programs also are ranked among the top in the country.
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