Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Clinical Neurotechnology Research Assistant
Job Number: 89190
Stanford University is seeking a Clinical Neurotechnology Research Assistant (Physical Science Research Professional 1) to support our BrainGate2 feasibility study of intracortical neural interface systems for persons with tetraplegia.
The Clinical Neurotechnology Research Assistant is primarily responsible for the performance of clinical neurotechnology research in the homes of clinical trial participants with tetraplegia (quadriplegia). These responsibilities include the careful execution and documentation of research sessions studying the safety and efficacy of investigational medical devices and novel, neurally-controlled assistive interfaces (brain-computer interfaces) for people with paralysis or communication impairments.
Collect and manage patient data for clinical research projects. Manage research project databases, develop flow sheets and other study related documents, and complete study documents/case report forms.
Monitor expenditures and adherence to study budgets and resolve billing issues in collaboration with finance and/or management staff.
Interact with the principal investigator regularly, ensuring patient safety and adherence to proper study conduct.
Ensure essential documentation and recording of patient and research data in appropriate files per institutional and regulatory requirements.
Other duties will include:
Install complex research computing hardware and software.
Maintain computer software, tracking all software updates and testing equipment function after such updates.
Maintain computer hardware by confirming that all cable connections are intact and functioning, troubleshooting equipment components in a manner consistent with safe use of the system, understanding the relationship between hardware components, and anticipating and eliminating hurdles to system expansion and changes (which occur regularly).
Arrange, schedule, and execute twice-to-four-times-weekly research sessions, including regular interaction with persons with paralysis and their families/caregivers. These research sessions occur in the homes of clinical trial participants and may involve driving for up to three hours.
Meet regularly with researchers to plan and practice execution of research sessions.
Record neural activity, select appropriate neural waveforms, configure custom software, and document Neural Interface System performance.
Record HD video of research sessions.
Redact any sensitive information from videos and create video clips for weekly meetings and publications.
Back up and archive data daily to servers at multiple institutions.
Perform simple troubleshooting of computer software and hardware.
Help to evaluate user interfaces and neurally-controlled assistive devices for persons with paralysis.
Provide vigilant skin care of neurosurgically placed devices.
Teach participants' caregivers how to properly clean and care for the skin around the percutaneous device interface.
Train and sign-off other CNRAs in similar roles at other research sites in study.
Assemble unique systems to perform new, unusual or special tests.
Conduct a broad range of experiments involving advanced technology; contribute to the design of experimental protocols to achieve the scientific objectives of the research project.
Work closely with Supervisor and with colleagues at other universities.
Communicate to manufacturers about problems with medical devices; ensure appropriate response.
Assist with other neurotechnology research projects, as assigned by Supervisor.
Function as the principal technical specialist for the research unit or for a specific research project.
Attend weekly lab meetings (in person at Stanford University or by videoconference); may present data.
Enhance web presence for research, including managing website updates and social media accounts.
Maintain MySQL inventory database to coordinate supplies and equipment used across a multi-site pilot clinical trial and associated research.
Submit abstracts, present posters, and assist with research manuscripts.
Assist with participant recruitment efforts.
Lead some aspects of event planning, such as assembling invite lists or securing a venue.
Bachelor's degree with coursework in engineering, biology or neuroscience.
1-2 years related experience in neuroscience or electrical or computer engineering.
Extraordinary interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a complex, multi-institutional team.
Ability to comfortably and sensitively interact with study participants.
Ability to work independently, take initiative and prioritize tasks.
Ability to coordinate activities with colleagues at multiple sites.
Superb organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
Excellent attention to detail and ability to document research activities.
Total comfort in Microsoft Windows environments, including ability to troubleshoot simple computer problems independently.
Total comfort in Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Comfort working with Apple OS.
Familiarity with Linux / Unix command line is advantageous.
Experience with Python and Matlab / Simulink environments is advantageous.
Excellent writing and communication skills in the English language.
Excellent problem-solving skills.
Ability to travel multiple times per week within a 3-hour radius of Boston. Valid driver's license required.
Safeguards the privacy of information and keeps appropriate information confidential.
Ease interacting with and taking direction from multiple levels including physicians, scientists, and engineers via teleconferences and/or videoconferences.
Previous photography/videography experience is advantageous.
Previous experience in a research environment is advantageous.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Bachelors' degree and two years of experience in related scientific field, or combination of education and relevant experience. Coursework in engineering, biology, or neuroscience is required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
Demonstrated experience applying multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices to perform and assist with experimental design and coordinate laboratory activity.
Demonstrated experience with analysis and interpretation of research data, and ability to recognize irregularities and invalid results.
Demonstrated ability to organize data and develop models allowing for integration and display of data.
Basic experience with scientific software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job.
Ability to coordinate and work with scientific or research staff and assist with technical procedures.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to provide information to scientific and research staff.
CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:
Valid CA driver's license required.
Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
May work extended or unusual work hours based on research and project requirements.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Location: School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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