Job Openings

Research Assistant II

Recent Grads! Looking for a job in a cool place with interesting people? The Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development is looking for an outgoing, organized, individual. The lab is composed of a great group of undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty. Your role would be to work directly with the head of the lab, Dr. Bea Luna, organizing her schedule and travel, interacting with the rest of the laboratory, and with local, national, and international faculty. We are looking for someone with a positive disposition to join our team as we make a significant impact in the neuroscience community!

RESPONSIBILITIES

Communication

  • greets subjects and visitors, answering phones and channeling inquiries to the responsible staff member
  • attends meetings as needed, able to take notes and minutes
  • researches and analyzes information as requested

Scheduling

  • maintains Primary Investigators schedule and helps prepare for all meetings
  • plans and books PI’s travel arrangements
  • set up and maintain lab regular meeting schedule
  • manage and track lab staff schedules
  • maintains schedules for various rooms

Administration

  • provides administrative support for PI and faculty
  • contacts the development company for lab maintenance as needed
  • maintains lab webpage and Facebook

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • bachelor’s degree preferred
  • a positive disposition
  • proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Calendar
  • proven success in managing a variety of tasks simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail
  • able to operate under pressure and meet deadlines
  • must be an excellent team player
  • must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills
  • must demonstrate strong people skills, and work cooperatively with different types of personalities
  • preferred skills: administrative writing and reporting skills, ability to manage multiple schedules, efficient time management, presentation skills, provide basic office equipment troubleshooting, and coordinate travel logistics

Contact Lab Manager Nathan Rockcastle rockcastlenj@upmc.edu

 

Research Assistant

The Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development (LNCD) is looking for Research Assistants (RA) to join our team as we investigate how the brain develops through adolescence. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about science, can multitask, and can work well with subjects (children, teens, and young adults), and lab personnel. RAs duties include: study recruitment efforts, facilitation of informed consent, administration of neurocognitive testing, coordination and collection of neuroimaging data, and opportunities to be involved in data analysis and manuscript preparation.

A background in psychology, neuroscience, or related fields is preferred. We require at least a two year commitment. Our RA’s obtain high level training in neuroimaging and neuropsychological testing as well as having the opportunity to be involved in the science that advantageously positions them for career development including going to graduate and medical school.

  • Bachelors degree required
  • One year prior research experience required.
  • Familiarity with computers, and interest in learning to use and develop computerized cognitive tests with psychiatric subjects/patients; preference of knowledge of software such as E-Prime and I-lab
  • Ability to communicate effectively and elicit optimal performance from cognitively impaired subjects/patients, preference of experience administering IQ measures and other neuropsychological tests
  • Ability to work carefully with attention to detail and to function with minimal supervision to ensure that all duties and responsibilities are completed in a timely manner.
  • Introductory experience with statistics and computerized database management, preference of experience  with Microsoft Access, Matlab, SPSS
  • Ability to travel off-site to evaluate subjects required,
  • Flexible working hours (Saturdays and evenings) required.

Licensure/Certification:  [Required/preferred]  Acts 33/34/73 Clearance Required (must apply for these at hire if not already obtained)

Comprehensive Crisis Mgt  (CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter)

Please send your resume to Rockcastle, Nathaniel J rockcastlenj@upmc.edu (LNCD lab manger)

Postdoctoral Position

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in the lab of Dr. Bea Luna. The candidate should be interested in probing the brain mechanisms underlying the development of cognition and motivation through adolescence in a friendly and collaborative environment. We use 3T Prismas, 7T, and mMR (simultaneous MRI/PET) scanners applying multimodal MRI approaches including but not restricted to: fMRI, rsfMRI, DTI/DSI, and MRSI as well as other platforms such as MEG, EEG, and DA characterization through PET imaging to characterize the neural basis of the development of cognitive and motivational processes primarily in normative development through adolescence but also substance use and psychosis. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, psychology or a related field. Preferred technical qualifications include experience with fMRI (including analyses in FSL, AFNI, or similar), strong programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python), strong knowledge of statistics, and the ability to run or learn to run basic and more complex statistical analyses in Matlab, R, Python, etc.

The successful applicant will build on an independent line of research related to the general research program of the lab. They will also be expected to help mentor trainees and provide input and direction on existing projects. Applicants should be willing to commit to a minimum two-year appointment. Opportunities for transition to faculty positions are available. We will have an open enrollment starting August 1st, 2017 until the position is filled.

The successful applicant must be eligible to work in the United States, and have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or a related field. Preferred technical qualifications include experience with fMRI (including analyses in FSL, AFNI, or similar), strong programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python), strong knowledge of statistics, and the ability to run or learn to run basic and more complex statistical analyses in Matlab, R, Python, etc. The successful applicant will also have a promising research publication record, and an interest in using multiple methodologies.

Please contact Drs. Bea Luna (lunab@upmc.edu) and Finnegan Calabro (fjc20@pitt.edu) for more information or to apply.