Duke University
  • Durham, NC, USA
Jun 25, 2018
The Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain (DEED; sites.duke.edu/deed/) Lab , an NIH funded lab in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking a research technician with significant interest in child psychopathology, child development, and child testing.   The DEED Lab studies the transactional relationships between early life experiences and brain development, with a central focus on how our understanding of functional brain development during the first six years of life can be used to help children with early emerging disruptions in socioemotional development. Techniques routinely used in the lab to investigate these relationships include functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking, and behavioral testing. Children visiting the lab frequently include infants, toddlers, and preschoolers exhibiting early emerging features of depression or autism spectrum disorder. Through our innovative research and training, the DEED Lab strives to inform social policies that will support a strong foundation for young, vulnerable children.    This position will support the Neurodevelopmental Trajectories of Reward Processing in Very Early Emerging Risk for Depression study, a federally funded longitudinal program of research investigating brain development and risk for depression in preschoolers. The main responsibilities of this position will include interacting with and testing preschool age children, participating in the collection of EEG data from preschool age children, attending fMRI scans with preschoolers and their families, assisting with study recruitment and scheduling as needed, and participating in data entry and coding.     The research technician will also have opportunities to co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of interest and in ongoing projects in the lab.   Desired skills/experience include: * A high degree of comfort in working with young children and their families. * Interactive communication skills and ability to constructively work with others including  researchers, staff, students, and participating families * Previous experience in conducting research with preschoolers is highly desirable. However, previous  experience leading structured activities for preschoolers (e.g., nanny, daycare provider, etc.) will also  be viewed favorably. * Coursework and/or research experience in relevant field(s) (e.g., clinical psychology, developmental  psychology, cognitive neuroscience, socioemotional development, etc.) * Experience with collecting EEG data is a plus * Experience with relevant EEG software is a plus (e.g., Net Station, Brain Vision Analyzer 2 etc.) * Familiarity with REDCap is a plus   Duke Psychology and Neuroscience has a strong community of researchers (see primary faculty  here ). The DEED lab collaborates with this community as well as researchers from other institutions. Travel to visit collaborating investigators and their labs who are not at Duke so that new techniques/software can be brought back to DEED may be possible, though not required.    To apply, please send an email to  michael.gaffrey@duke.edu with the subject line  "Gaffrey NTREC Child Research Technician Position" and the following items: Current CV (including contact details of 3 references) Letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements the labs' needs and interests.  Applications will be reviewed beginning  July 2nd and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. This is a one year position with possibility of renewal.   Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.
Duke University Duke University - Central Campus, Durham, NC, USA Full time
Jun 20, 2018
The Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain (DEED; sites.duke.edu/deed/) Lab , an NIH funded lab in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking a research technician with significant interest in child psychopathology, child development, and clinical interviewing .   The DEED Lab studies the transactional relationships between early life experiences and brain development, with a central focus on how our understanding of functional brain development during the first six years of life can be used to help children with early emerging disruptions in socioemotional development. Techniques routinely used in the lab to investigate these relationships include functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking, and behavioral testing. Children visiting the lab frequently include infants, toddlers, and preschoolers exhibiting early emerging features of depression or autism spectrum disorder. Through our innovative research and training, the DEED Lab strives to inform social policies that will support a strong foundation for young, vulnerable children.    This position will support the Neurodevelopmental Trajectories of Reward Processing in Very Early Emerging Risk for Depression study, a federally funded longitudinal program of research investigating brain development and risk for depression in preschoolers. Main responsibilities will include interviewing caregivers about their preschool-age child’s development and mental health using a semi-structured psychiatric interview, leading study recruitment and scheduling, assisting the principal investigator with grant-related administrative requirements and reporting, and monitoring the daily activities of undergraduate research assistants.     The research technician will also have opportunities to co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of interest and in ongoing projects in the lab.   Desired skills/experience include: * A high degree of comfort in working with young children and their families. * Interactive communication skills and ability to constructively work with others including  researchers, staff, students, and participating families * Previous experience with clinical/psychiatric interviewing * Familiarity with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria * Previous experience with study administration, including recruitment, scheduling, and tracking/reporting  study progress is a plus * Familiarity with REDCap is a plus * Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field. Research experience in relevant field(s) for two or more years will also be viewed favorably (e.g., clinical psychology,  developmental psychology, social work, etc.)    To apply, please send an email to  michael.gaffrey@duke.edu with the subject line  "Gaffrey NTREC PI Research Technician Position" and the following items: Current CV (including contact details of 3 references) Letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements the labs' needs and interests.  Applications will be reviewed beginning  July 2nd and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. This is a one year position with possibility of renewal.   Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.
Duke University Duke University - Central Campus, Durham, NC, USA Full time
Jun 20, 2018
The Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain (DEED; sites.duke.edu/deed/) Lab , an NIH funded lab in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking a lab technician with excellent programming skills and an interest in developmental neuroscience .     The DEED Lab studies the transactional relationships between early life experiences and brain development, with a central focus on how our understanding of functional brain development during the first six years of life can be used to help children with early emerging disruptions in socioemotional development. Techniques routinely used in the lab to investigate these relationships include functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking, and behavioral testing. Children visiting the lab frequently include infants, toddlers, and preschoolers exhibiting early emerging features of depression or autism spectrum disorder.    The lab technician will work alongside a full-time lab manager, PhD students, postdocs, undergrads, and the PI to collect brain and behavior data using sophisticated equipment, integrate existing programs into current data processing/analysis workflows, create and document new scripts and workflows for data processing/analysis, help manage our website, and provide support for working with experimental and naturalistic data in the lab. There will be 2-3 undergraduate RAs directly supervised by the lab technician in this role.   The lab technician will also have opportunities to co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of interest and in ongoing projects in the lab.   Desired skills/experience include: * strong programming background (e.g., python, matlab, R, bash, html/CSS, C++, java) * experience and comfort with Github * experience with Linux * experience with relevant software (e.g. AFNI, FreeSurfer, Brain Vision Analyzer 2, Datavyu, SPSS) * experience with fMRI and/or EEG data collection * coursework and research experience in relevant field(s) (e.g., cognitive neuroscience, data science, etc.) * Interactive communication skills and ability to constructively work with others including  researchers, staff, and students   Duke Psychology and Neuroscience has a strong community of researchers (see primary faculty  here ). The DEED lab collaborates with this community as well as researchers from other institutions. Travel to visit collaborating investigators and their labs who are not at Duke so that new techniques/software can be brought back to DEED may be possible, though will not be required.   To apply, please send an email to  michael.gaffrey@duke.edu with the subject line  "Gaffrey Lab Technician Position" and the following items: Current CV (including contact details of 3 references) If available, sample code (and/or its resulting products) that you’ve written from scratch Letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements the labs' needs and interests.  Applications will be reviewed beginning  July 2nd and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. This is a one year position with possibility of renewal.   Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.
Duke University Duke University - Central Campus, Durham, NC, USA Full time