Start date: as soon as possible, but no later than November 1, 2017
Due to funding this position has a fixed end date of June 30, 2018
Junior Specialist in Arne Ekstrom and Erie Boorman’s Lab: Position Description Programming virtual reality exploration studies using the software package Landmarks and the coding language Unity. The Ekstrom Lab currently works with an omnidirectional treadmill integrated with a virtual headset display, allowing independent movement, head turns, and body rotations. Under the supervision of the PI, the primary responsibility of the junior specialist will be working with graduate students to develop experiments involving this VR set-up, and, given sufficient progress, development of her/his own experimental paradigm involving the set-up.
Advanced signal processing on 64 channel EEG data obtained from freely ambulating participants. These data are in the process of being collected by a graduate students in the lab and the junior specialist will assist in 1) removal of artifacts using the software package EEG lab 2) analysis of the data using timefrequency approaches. Writing/editing and presenting scientific abstracts and contributing to writing scientific manuscripts. The junior specialist will also be asked to present the results, along with the graduate student, at scientific meetings such as the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the Society for Neuroscience.
Collecting data from patients with implanted electrodes at UC Davis Medical Center. The junior specialist will run and program paradigms primarily created and overseen by Dr. Erie Boorman. In addition, the candidate will contribute to fine-tuning a preprocessing pipeline for intracranial EEG data.
General lab duties and academic training, including assistance with lab computing resources, presenting research articles and study findings at lab meetings, as well as submitting and editing IRBs and coordinating undergraduate testing.
The Junior Specialist’s contributions will be acknowledged by co-authorship in any publication that results from this research, if appropriate. Developing these experimental design, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation skills represents an excellent academic training opportunity for a Junior Specialist to build on during their graduate studies.
University and Public Service
Junior Specialists at the Center for Neuroscience participate in and help organize a variety of community outreach activities during Brain Awareness Week. Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research. For one week every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the global efforts of over 2,200 universities, hospitals, patient groups, government agencies, schools, service and professional organizations in 76 countries in a week-long celebration of the brain.
Requirements: BS/BA in Neuroscience, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, or related field. Working knowledge of computer programming, scalp EEG analysis, and behavioral design strongly encouraged.
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