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Research Assistantship in Applied Visual Neuroscience
Applications are invited for a research assistant position at the Burke Neurological Institute, affiliated with Cornell University. The successful applicant will join a team whose mission is to develop and test quantitative, objective methods for assessing and treating visual dysfunction in humans.
When clinicians want to assess visual impairment and recovery following injury to the brain, the available methods are often subjective and insensitive to small changes. As a result, we know surprisingly little about what characterizes difference types of visual dysfunction and what makes rehabilitation strategies effective or ineffective. The lack of evidence-based practice is a major barrier to creating more effective therapies for people with neurological injuries or disease. You will join an NIH-funded research program led by Dr. Glen Prusky and work with a team of others to advance neurological assessment and therapy. We are designing and testing new technology, based on eye-tracking, to make objective, quantitative measurements of vision and build practicable tools for its rehabilitation.
The position is part of a research collaboration between the Burke Neurological Institute, a leader in the science of neurorehabilitation, and Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a leader in pediatric neurorehabilitation. All Directors of the collaboration are faculty of Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University’s medical school. The position will be largely devoted to advancing assessment in the vision program through software engineering, parameter testing, and the in-depth analysis of eye-tracking data. This translational program seeks to bring the best in contemporary neuroscience to the assessment and treatment of children with brain injury. Weekly seminars from internationally-recognized speakers, journal clubs, and a strong emphasis on collaboration make BNI an exceptional training environment.
The position is available to start immediately, and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Applicants should be willing to commit to a two-year appointment; the term may be renewable. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and standard benefits will be offered.
The position will require you to work with a multidisciplinary team to develop and validate software for assessing visual or neurological function. This may include writing software, developing broader software tools, collecting data from study participants, and performing data analysis, with opportunities for publication authorship. The successful candidate will have:
- a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience, vision science, experimental psychology, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or other field related to the research;
- experience working with, or willingness to work with the collection and analysis of eye-tracking data;
- strong software programming skills. The software we develop will need to be cleanly written, maintainable, reusable, and able to function robustly in the hands of non-technical users. We have been working primarily with Python and C++ but will consider candidates lacking extensive direct experience of these languages (e.g. candidates proficient in MATLAB) if their skills are broad enough.
Experience or interest in the following areas is not essential but will be considered an advantage:
- cognitive neuroscience and/or human psychophysics;
- vision science, mathematics, and/or computer science;
- machine-learning and/or “big data” analysis;
- user interface and/or user experience design;
- video game design.
International applicants are welcome, subject to fulfillment of visa requirements to work in the USA.
How to Apply
To apply, interested candidates should complete the online application, upload a cover letter outlining your skills, interests, relevant experience; a resume/CV, and include three contacts for references.
About the Institute
The Burke Neurological Institute is a nonprofit leading scientific research institute devoted to advancing the study of neurological diseases and injuries. The overarching goal of the Institute, an academic affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine, is to leverage the most innovative and highest quality neuroscience to restore brain and spinal cord function in those with neurological injury including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, age related macular degeneration. Twenty faculty funded by federal and private agencies work alongside 100 individuals on a beautiful 60-acre campus in White Plains, New York, 15 miles from the heart of New York City.
Burke Neurological Institute is an equal opportunity employer.