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  • Research Assistant with programming experience (MRRI - Philadelphia PA)

    The Cognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) located in Elkins Park, PA, has an opening for a Research Assistant beginning in January 2018. Under the direction of Aaron Wong, Ph.D., the laboratory investigates how people acquire skilled actions through investigation of the interactions between the motor system and cognition. This research involves motion tracking of the eyes and upper extremities, and computational modeling approaches. The RA will gain valuable experience with all stages of the scientific process spanning experiment conception and design through data analysis and presentation. Specifically, the RA will learn to design experiments, write experimental control software for passive kinematics recordings and active robotic perturbations of the limb, and collect and analyze clinical and behavioral data from healthy controls and neurological patients. Furthermore, the RA will assist in the composition of manuscripts for publication and posters for conference presentations. MRRI is internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neuro-rehabilitation, and the position offers competitive salary and benefits (medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement).

    Position Responsibilities:
    Read, understand, and assist in designing experimental protocols
    Program experiment control software in C++ and Simulink
    Recruit, schedule, consent, and test participants according to experimental protocols
    Conduct experiments, including operation of related hardware and software
    Process and analyze acquired data with MATLAB and R scripts as directed by PI
    Conduct literature reviews and assist in compiling references, writing manuscripts, and creating posters
    Track and manage all data collection and subject participant information by excel and paper filing systems as specifically required by the Internal Review Board.

    Requirements for Applicants:
    B.S. or M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Kinesiology, or a closely related discipline.
    Interest in understanding human motor behavior and the brain.
    Excellent organization, interpersonal, and communication skills.
    Proficient in one or more of the following programming languages: MATLAB/Simulink, C++

    Preferences for Applicants:
    Prior research/clinical experience or training.
    Experience with R and/or knowledgeable in statistics.

    To apply, please email the following to Dr. Wong:
    1. Cover Letter
    2. C.V. or Resume
    3. Contact Information for Three References

    Dr. Aaron L Wong
    Institute Scientist
    Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
    50 Township Line Rd.
    Elkins Park, PA 19027
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