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Post Baccalaureate Research Intern - Jing Jiang Lab

The Jing Jiang lab ( is looking for a full-time Post Baccalaureate Research Intern to assist our social and affective neuroscience research projects. Our current research projects mainly focus on determining causal neural circuits relevant to affective deficits and treatment effects by combining multimodal brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation [TMS], intracranial electrical stimulation) with multimodal recording (functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI], intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy [fNIRS]) in health population and patients with neuropsychiatric, neurological, and neurodevelopmental conditions. Join us as we scale up our efforts to better understand how to modulate human brain circuits and promote the development of novel treatments to improve mental illness!

Position Responsibilities

The Post Baccalaureate Research Intern will be responsible for several aspects of conducting experiments, collecting, managing, and analyzing data and performing operational duties associated with the laboratory.

Duties to include:

  • Learn behavioral recording (e.g., eye-tracker), neuroimaging (e.g., fNIRS, fMRI), brain stimulation (e.g., TMS) skills.
  • Assist with writing grants and manuscripts.
  • Design forms to facilitate the collection and tracking of study participant data.
  • Screen, recruit, and schedule neurodevelopmental / neurological / neuropsychiatric / healthy children / adults as research participants.
  • Conduct audit to assess quality assurance.  Develop procedures for on-site data audits; participate in audits; design and generate reports for use in data audits; summarize results of audits and write reports.
  • Manage various data sets and maintain highly organized and detailed research records.
  • Arrange, prepare, and maintain laboratory equipment for experimental protocols.
  • Collect fMRI / MRI / fNIRS / iEEG / behavioral data, obtain subject consent if applicable.
  • Track and perform data entry for reports.
  • Analyze data, prepare abstracts and manuscripts for conferences and publications.
  • Analyze literature, propose, and lead independent research projects supervised by the lab director.
  • Perform routine tasks related to the recruitment, enrollment and monitoring of research subjects or to the research environment (lab, clinic, field, classroom).
  • Assist in general administrative tasks, e.g., IRB or equivalent protocol preparation and submissions, orientation and training of new staff or students on experimental protocols and techniques.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to life science or medical research such as Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, electrical or biomedical engineering, or a related field.

Experience Requirements

  • A minimum of six months related research experience in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or Computer Science.
  • Experience with scripting/programming languages (preferable MATLAB and/or Python)
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with careful attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire new skills quickly.

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in clinical populations with neurodevelopmental / neurological / neuropsychiatric conditions and/or pediatric population.
  • Prior experience in performing brain imaging (e.g., fMRI / iEEG) design, collection, and / or analyses.
  • Prior experience or demonstrated coursework in data analysis with Python, R, MATLAB, and / or UNIX shell preferred.

Position and Application details:

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

For additional questions, please contact .

This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.