Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Research Scientist – Decision-Making and Psychiatric Illness
The Translational NeuroEngineering Laboratory (TNEL) in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry has a multi-year funded opening for a Researcher in the area of human decision-making and clinical neuroscience. Our laboratory develops technologies to reverse the circuit impairments that cause mental illness, including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, and addictions. Our work is regularly published in high-impact clinical, engineering, and scientific journals. More information is available at http://www.tnelab.org/ .
The job duties (100%) are carrying out decision science (psychophysical task) experiments in humans, both through online platforms and in-person, with both healthy control populations and clinical psychiatric patients. Much of the work of this position will involve developing and testing new mathematical models of human behavior, in collaboration with our collaborators David Redish (http://redishlab.neuroscience.umn.edu/) and Angus MacDonald. We are particularly interested in how people form and get stuck in habits, but the overall research program touches a broader set of topics such as reward, emotional self-regulation, and working memory.
Our laboratory includes both animal and human research components, and you will interact almost daily with other neuroscientists and engineers. There are extremely broad opportunities for collaboration and networking with clinicians, basic neuroscientists, and engineers.
The anticipated hire is at the Researcher 4 level, i.e. for an advanced-degree candidate interested in a career as a scientist, but not planning to apply for faculty jobs or launch an independent laboratory. If you are more faculty-oriented, we can convert the appointment to a postdoctoral fellowship. The experiments, data, and skills you will learn could easily support a tenure-track application packet. UMN has multiple training and seed grant programs to support that transition to independence.
Job requirements will include: • Standing or sitting for extended periods • Interpretation of visual data in numerous colors and at fine resolution • Independent analysis and interpretation of complex, multi-dimensional data • Complex technical communication in the English language • Professional interactions with a diverse body of colleagues and research participants • Acquisition and maintenance of all necessary requirements (e.g., background checks, immunizations, institutional trainings) for work with human subjects, including subjects from vulnerable populations.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
You must have (required qualifications): • Master's degree in a relevant field and 2 years of related experience or BS/BA and 4 years of related experience. "Relevant" for this job is mainly neuroscience or psychology; computer science or engineering might fit with the right coursework. • Strong programming skills. MATLAB or Python is essential. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Much of our work requires explaining complex technical concepts to non-domain-experts. This job in particular involves coordinating between multiple laboratories. • Evidence of substantial capability for independent work, problem-solving, and initiative-taking. This will be directly solicited from references. • Interpersonal skills appropriate for collaboration in a very multidisciplinary and highly diverse environment.
Internal Number: 337392
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