[visionlist] Research Assistant Position in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab at American University, Washington DC

Laurie Bayet lauriebayet at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 15:13:47 -04 2022

*Research Assistant Position in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
lab at American University, Washington DC*

The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at American University
in Washington DC, directed by Dr. Laurie Bayet (https://www.bayetlab.com/),
is currently accepting applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible
Research Assistant position, to assist on a 3-year NSF-funded project
investigating infant visual cognition using electro-encephalography (EEG)
and machine learning (NSF award # 2122961
<https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2122961>). The position
is ideal for an individual seeking to deepen their research experience in
preparation for graduate study.

*Applicants should apply electronically at
<https://careers.american.edu/job-invite/10603/>  and submit a CV, cover
letter, and names and contact information of 2-3 references.* Review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is
filled. Prospective applicants may email Dr. Bayet (bayet at american.edu)
with any questions.

*Recent lab publications most relevant to the project:*

Ashton, K., Zinszer, B. D., Cichy, R. M., Nelson, C. A., Aslin, R. N., &
Bayet, L. (2022). Time-resolved multivariate pattern analysis of infant EEG
data: A practical tutorial. *Developmental cognitive neuroscience*, *54*,
101094. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2022.101094

Bayet, L., Zinszer, B. D., Reilly, E., Cataldo, J. K., Pruitt, Z., Cichy,
R. M., Nelson, C. A., & Aslin, R. N. (2020). Temporal dynamics of visual
representations in the infant brain. *Developmental cognitive neuroscience*
, *45*, 100860. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100860

*Essential Functions:*

   1. *Data Management:* Assisting with data collection in adherence with
   study protocols, such as: informed consent, EEG and eye-tracking
   measurements, transferring research data files to the lab server.
   2. *Participant Recruitment and Support:* Outreach, recruitment, and
   communication with families who participate in the research, such as:
   designing and implementing outreach/recruitment materials, assessing study
   eligibility, scheduling study visits, maintaining contact with
   participating families.
   3. *Data Entry and Processing:*  Conduct data entry, data
   pre-processing, video coding, and data management, in adherence with study
   4. *Personnel:  *Onboarding and supervision of undergraduate research
   5. *Study General Support:* Assisting with designing and implementing
   experimental procedures, such as: creating and validating stimuli, surveys,
   or paradigms; monitoring materials and supplies.
   6. *Compliance:* Develop and monitor IRB protocols for approval,
   modification, or renewal.
   7. *Other duties as assigned by supervisor:* Opportunity to contribute
   to conference presentations and/or manuscript writing, if desired.

*Required Education and Experience:*

   - High School diploma or equivalent.
   - KSA Statement.
   - Interest in developmental psychology, cognitive science, and/or
   - Excellent organizational and project management skills, including
   Initiative, self-motivation, rigor, attention to details, ability to work
   independently on multiple tasks, learn new skills in a fast-paced
   environment, and meet deadlines.
   - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including comfort
   interacting professionally with families, infants, and undergraduate
   students; ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
   - Prior experience in developmental research (e.g., with
   infants/children) and/or human neuroimaging research (e.g., EEG, MEG,
   fNIRS) (strongly preferred, but not strictly required if has some other
   relevant research experience).
   - Flexibility to adapt to changing hours, such as the ability to run
   study visits with families during weekends, or occasionally during the

*Preferred Education and Experience:*

   - Bachelor's degree in Psychology or Neuroscience or closely related
   - Computational skills and programming experience in Matlab, R, and/or
   Python preferred, but not strictly required.
   - Relevant experience with neuroscience/psychology research tools (e.g.,
   NetStation, Psychtoolbox, Datavyu, Lookit, EEGLAB), data analysis, data
   processing, manuscript preparation, and/or social media/website development
   a plus.
   - The intention to make a 2-to-3-years commitment is preferred. The
   position currently has funding through August 2025, contingent upon a
   6-month probationary period and successful completion of duties.

*Additional information:*

The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory is part of the Neuroscience
Department <https://www.american.edu/cas/neuroscience/> and the Center for
Neuroscience and Behavior
<https://www.american.edu/cas/center-neuroscience/> at American University.
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Laurie Bayet, PhD (hear name) <https://namedrop.io/lauriebayet>

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience,

American University

(202) 885-1719
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