University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 237776

Position Summary:
The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 14 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical bio-manufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.

The Research Specialist will support research in the Brain, Language and Acoustic Behavior Lab (PI: Carrie Niziolek) and the Speech Motor Action + Control Lab (PI: Ben Parrell). Research conducted by both labs combines behavioral and neuroscience methods to examine the basis of speech production and speech motor control in both healthy and neurologically impaired populations. This position will be responsible for performing data collection and analysis, oversight of participant recruitment, management of lab finances (purchases, reimbursements, etc.) and additional administrative responsibilities. Depending on experience, the position may also entail designing and executing new research projects.

Principal duties:
(75%) Support and Implement Research:
- Conduct behavioral experiments with research participants.
- Create and manage surveys and questionnaires through Qualtrics.
- Collect and analyze data using MATLAB and/or neuroimaging software (Freesurfer, Brainstorm, MNE).
- Write MATLAB code for data collection and analysis.
- Recruit participants and schedule testing sessions.

(25%) Lab Management:
- Handle IRB requests (prepare consent forms, attend to project amendments, document reportable events).
- Manage lab finances including purchases and grant budgeting.
- Train and oversee undergraduate and/or graduate student hourly employees on data collection and analysis procedures.
- Maintain the lab's wiki and website content.

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