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Research Scientist (Part Time)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Scientist (Part Time)
Department AZ Rsch Labs-Interdisciplinary (2511)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

This position is in the Division of Neural Systems Memory and Aging within the Evelyn McKnight Brain Institute. This position reports to Dr. Carol Barnes, P.I. and Director of the Division and the Institute. The Research Scientist conducts highly specialized research in the fields of neurophysiology, behavioral psychology and computational neuroscience at an advanced level, using latitude for creativity in both theoretical and experimental applications. This individual supervises and assists in research projects, including design and setup of experiments, experimental control programming, and sophisticated data analysis as well as preparation of publications.

The mission of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute is to discover the mysteries of the normally aging brain to achieve a lifetime of cognitive health. Founded in 2006 at the University of Arizona, the institute is one of only four McKnight Institutes nationally. We work to understand normal changes in the brain as it ages, in the hopes of developing practical lifestyle recommendations and treatments that will lead to better memory, and longer, fuller cognitive lives for all. Scientists used to view the aging brain as an inevitable story of decline. We now know that the brain continually adapts throughout life—a more hopeful outlook. The Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute is poised to contribute to southern Arizona as a center for high-level neuroscience, while also improving cognitive understanding and health for the entire world. It will do so with the inventive research of Dr. Carol Barnes and other affiliated faculty, along with the continual development of new technologies that will allow us a clearer view of the world’s most condensed mystery.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

● Performs research in neurophysiology using advanced methods and procedures towards the goals of the P.I.’s funded research programs.
● Develops and directs research activities involving data reduction and analyses.
● Consults with P.I. in the design of research projects, preparation of research proposals and project start-ups.
● Directs and performs complex statistical analyses for a research project using independent interpretation of research data.
● Reviews research progress and reports final results of project to the P.I.
● Performs complex laboratory work with responsibility for the independent development of methods and procedures.
● Designs, fabricates, repairs and/or operates research equipment for the development of research data as required.
● Plans and coordinates computerized statistical analyses for research projects to include:
○ consulting with researchers to understand the hypothesis and experimental approach
○ deciding upon appropriate statistical analyses for various designs,
○ developing complex statistical and mathematical models
○ directing statistical programming and execution of the various analyses.
● Designs and implements experimental control software and automation.
● Supervises & assists in research activities of students and postdoctoral research fellows.
● Assists in teaching and mentoring students.
● Assists P.I. in preparing grant applications.
● Other research related duties, as deemed necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

● Knowledge of specialized research equipment used in neurophysiology.
● Knowledge of 3D image processing and computer vision.
● High level knowledge of theoretical and applied statistics.
● High level knowledge of mathematics as relevant to the analyses and interpretation of complex neural data.
● High level skills in Matlab, TensorFlow, Python and C/C++ programming.
● Knowledge of high performance computing using graphical processing units.
● Machine learning expertise
● Broad knowledge of computing algorithms, neural networks, Bayesian probability theory, Convolutional Neural Networks and Long Short-term Memory models.
● Skill in the conduct and analysis of neurophysiological experiments.
● Ability to effectively communicate with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students.

Minimum Qualifications

● Doctorate degree in a field appropriate for neurophysiology and behavioral science.
● Proven publication and track record of research in neurophysiology or related field .
● Ten years of experience in statistical analysis of massively parallel electrophysiological recordings
● Track record of leading federally funded research grants
● Ten years of programming experience in C/C++, Matlab, Python, TensorFlow, CUDA; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
● Experience with embedded systems programming

Preferred Qualifications
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 20
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $80,000 -$96,000 Annually (DOE) (to be prorated by .50 FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21926
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Luann Snyder

Open Date 07/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 08/07/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Doctorate degree in a field appropriate for neurophysiology and behavioral science?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents