The Elison Laboratory (ELAB) at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, is currently conducting a series of studies on developmental social neuroscience, including NIH/NIMH funded research studies examining brain and behavioral development in young children between birth and 5 years of age. The candidate will assist the Principal Investigator by working with the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology (OIT), the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and information technology specialists in M-Health Fairview to implement, customize, and manage/maintain the Longitudinal Online Research and Imaging System (LORIS database). The candidate will also assist the Principal Investigator in writing and modifying existing MATLAB scripts/processing pipelines and will apply computational analytic techniques for data analyses. The position is for 40 hours a week, prefers a minimum 2-year commitment, and will continue upon availability of funds and performance.
Implement, Customize, and Manage/Maintain LORIS Database (70%)
Work with PI, CEHD/ICD information technology staff, and M-Health Fairview information technology staff to implement LORIS database, customize LORIS to accommodate all data storage and management needs of the ELAB, and manage ongoing LORIS use
Consult directly with developers of LORIS
Interface and integrate as needed with Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) data storage and data transfer systems.
Communicate with ELAB collaborators (internal and external to the U of M) regarding data storage access
Maintain remote version control Git repository in GitHub
Train and consult with lab members and ELAB collaborators regarding data entry and data querying
Manage undergraduate research assistants working on data entry
Computational Analytics (20%)
Assist with implementation of computational analytic strategies with ELAB data
Optimize current MATLAB routines
Develop/write new MATLAB functions in collaboration/consultation with ELAB PI and trainees.
Professional Development (10%)
Assist with various aspects of data collection which may include attending MRI scan sessions (generally at night) and collecting eye tracking data during behavioral assessments, on an as needed basis.
Attend and participate in weekly lab meetings
Generate scientific products for publication or presentation at professional meetings
Pursue additional training in data science
BA/BS degree required.
Minimum of two years of experience in systems development (e.g., with MATLAB) with a related BA/BS degree in computer science, mathematics, psychology, or neuroscience; or, four years of work experience in systems development with a non-related BA/BS degree.
Minimum of two years of experience in a university-based research laboratory, or a combination of education and work experience to equal four years
Demonstrable expertise with the following programs and programming languages: MATLAB, Python, Bash, MySQL, and PHP
Substantive experience with Unix/Linux operating systems and shell commands
Strong familiarity with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems
Familiarity with version control systems (Git) and common repository hosting platforms (GitHub)
Very strong attention to detail
Familiarity/experience with medical imaging
Familiarity with eye tracking technology and eye tracking data
Strong written skills and excellent communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in a group setting
Interest in neuroscience research
Interest in learning Apache
Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
Internal Number: 334351
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