The Computational Memory Lab is currently seeking applications for the following positions:
Scientific Software Engineer
The Computational Memory Lab at the University of Pennsylvania (memory.psych.upenn.edu) seeks to hire an ambitious software developer who is eager to work with a team of cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and engineers, on technologies that use brain stimulation to boost human cognitive abilities. The initial focus of this position will be on developing gaming technologies for the efficient measurement of memory functions and their neural correlates, and tools that enable these cognitive games to interact with cutting-edge brain recording technologies developed under the presidential BRAIN initiative. Current tools use a mix of Python, Java and C++/C# libraries. We will be seeking to revamp the existing software infrastructure to support realistic technologies for memory enhancement in human subjects. Research is being carried out in the DARPA-funded Restoring Active Memory program and National Institutes of Health grants to understand the neural correlates of human spatial and verbal memory. We are particularly interested in developers who thrive in a fast-paced research environment, and who want the challenge of building ‘first-in-human’ technologies using cutting edge tools. Experience with large scale programming projects, and solid knowledge of C++ or C# is required.
- A Bachelor’s Degree and 1 year to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Proficiency with Macintosh, Windows, and Linux systems (including shell-scripting ability and strong familiarity with UNIX terminal)
- Python and C/C++ language proficiency
- Proficiency with scientific/statistical computing techniques and languages (Python/SciPy, or similar)
- Strong background in collaborative software development, including version control
The Computational Memory Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences is seeking to recruit a full-time research coordinator/lab manager to assist the Principal Investigator with essential research operations in the laboratory, coordinating activities across three federally funded research grants.
The research coordinator will have major responsibility for coordinating the administration and the day-to-day operations of multiple grants and related research and academic activities. The coordinator will work directly under the principal investigator, helping to enhance his effectiveness by providing management support for his numerous projects and by representing him and acting on his behalf in interactions with funding agencies, university administrators, lab personnel, and colleagues and collaborators at varied academic and medical organizations. The position will also assist Prof. Kahana with a large multicenter Department of Defense funded study (http://goo.gl/PclHCZ) as well as other federally funded projects.
The position will also operate as the lab’s internal operations consultant, identifying areas for enhancing operational efficiency and working with technical team members to improve processes related to data collection, organization, and analysis as well as information management systems.
This position will provide the opportunity to act as the ‘right hand’ to an academic leader who values focus, dedication, and hard work. This is an incredibly fast-moving role, requiring meticulous attention to detail and excellent time management skills. A positive, results-oriented professional with strong judgment, exceptional multitasking skills, and eagerness to take ownership of rewarding duties will thrive in this position.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a technical area such as science, business, or engineering, and 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Exceptional academic credentials and prior experience in positions requiring a high level of responsibility and attention to detail.
- Ability to combine scientific, business, and computing skills, including familiarity with Mac OSX applications.
The Computational Memory Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking to recruit a full-time research specialist to assist with NIH-funded studies of human memory processes and how these processes change across the adult lifespan. The project is aimed at using computational models to interpret behavior and neural data both on healthy memory function in young adults and age-related impairments in memory performance. The successful candidate will join a team of research scientists studying the ways in which the brain stores and retrieves verbal and spatial memories and how these processes are affected by aging. For more information about the lab and our projects, please visit http://memory.psych.upenn.edu. This would be an ideal position for someone interested in ultimately pursuing graduate training in cognitive neuroscience, medicine, psychology, or bioengineering.
Major responsibilities include managing and expanding a pool of both younger adults (18-30 years) and older adults (60+ years) volunteers; carrying out experiments on human memory by means of high-density scalp EEG recordings; annotating vocal responses in memory tasks; assisting the research team in processing and analyzing these behavioral and electrophysiological data; supervising a team of undergraduate research assistants; and assisting in general lab administration (grants, progress reports, IRB protocols). This position requires an individual who possesses excellent interpersonal, organizational, and scientific skills. This individual must be able to work independently with limited oversight to maximize the amount of high-quality data collected.
- A Bachelor’s degree
- 0 to 1 year of research experience relevant to the work being carried out in the computational memory lab, including experience working with research participants in the analysis of experimental data or equivalent combination of education and experience
Research Assistant (Undergraduate Work-Study)
The Computational Memory Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking to recruit a part-time Undergraduate Research Assistant to assist with federally funded studies of human memory processes and how these processes change across the adult lifespan. The project is aimed at using computational models to interpret behavioral and neural data both on healthy memory function in young adults and age-related impairments in memory performance. The successful candidate will join a team of research scientists studying the ways in which the brain stores and retrieves verbal and spatial memories and how these processes are affected by aging.
Major responsibilities include carrying out experiments on human memory by means of high-density scalp EEG recordings and annotating vocal responses in memory tasks. This position requires an individual who possesses excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. This would be an ideal position for a student interested in cognitive neuroscience, medicine, psychology, or bioengineering.
To apply, please submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.