As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years.The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) MEG Brain Imaging Center will shortly open on the UW campus. This Center has a high profile because the work to be done with MEG technology is groundbreaking, and on the cutting edge of neuroscience. It was largely funded by Governor Gregoire's Life Sciences Discovery Fund and has the interest of state and national legislators, as well as the University of Washington President, Provost and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. MEG (magnetoencephalography) has been described as an engineering tour de force; it is a non-invasive, safe, silent brain imaging technology, essentially a device that acts like a large stethoscope or sensor for the brain and mind, usable in infants and adults, and in both typical and atypical populations. MEG technology pinpoints tiny magnetic fields generated by brain activity and tracks them millisecond by millisecond, with millimeter spatial precision, creating topographic-like maps of the brain. There are very few MEG machines -- on the order of 30 total -- in the United States. MEG expertise largely resides in Europe and Asia where the technology is widely employed and some 100 machines are in use. The I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center is a first-in-the-world facility because no other laboratory has optimized MEG measures for infants and young children. Due to the high profile nature of this MEG Center, the need to 'hit the ground running' with the new Center, and the expertise it will take to use it, we are seeking the best and the brightest staff to join our team.The UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) has an outstanding and rare opening for a Research Scientist/Engineer 2 to operate our magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain-imaging system. I-LABS is an international leader in using this non-invasive technology for basic research with infant and child participants. This MEG Technologist position will ensure that equipment is properly functioning, set up the stimulus files for experiments, operate the MEG machine during experiments, and performing preliminary analyses to assess the quality of data. In addition, this position may participate in the presentation of results and play a role in securing funding toward the long-term sustainability of the Center. RESPONSIBILITIES Experimental Preparation and Data Acquisition Tasks are both technical and interpersonal in nature. Technical set up includes testing experimental equipment including computers, software, associated electronic devices; sending daily updates to users regarding system stability and ambient interference levels that might influence measurements; ensuring that checklists of experimental setup have been completed; troubleshooting minor technical problems; developing custom stimulus-presentation protocols that uniquely address Investigators' needs (e.g. using Stim^2, Eprime, Presentation software). The MEG Technologist will also work with caregivers to prepare infant and child participants by using specialized equipment that digitally records cranial landmarks (Polhemus, the Philips GPS system). MEG System MaintenanceAbility to refill the liquid helium in MEG equipment is required on a weekly basis and incumbent should be well-versed in the principles of cryogenics use in MEG. Interact with medical gas suppliers and other technical support providers and vendors. Maintain and troubleshoot an Elekta Neuromag 306-channel MEG system including software, hardware (e.g., data acquisition electronics) and audio-visual equipment to achieve smooth, continuous operation of the MEG facility is essential. Act as interface between I-LABS and MEG vendor to report and solve potential technical issues and to schedule and assist with annual system maintenance. Data Quality VerificationThe MEG Technologist will use standard software routines to pre-process data and collect metrics on data quality. These metrics will be provided to Investigators for use in qualifying data for further analyses. Data and Records ManagementEnsure that data is backed up according to lab policies, which includes electronic transfer to storage servers. Update log of MEG scans that have been acquired on daily basis. Use wiki to document policies or issues with protocols or equipment. Other OperationsEnsure necessary experimental supplies are purchased/ordered and in stock. Participate in lab meetings. On occasion, train students, staff and visiting scientists on stimulus generating programs as well as data acquisition, data analyses and archiving procedures. Manage operations of the Center when senior technical staff is absent. Act as representative of the MEG Center for visitors (including scientists, physicians, legislators and members of the general public), informing them about basic MEG operation, demonstrate its function. May supervise the work of research assistants or student interns. REQUIREMENTSBachelor's Degree in Physics, Neuroscience, Engineering, Psychology or related field.Minimum two years' experience working in human neuroimaging research lab using MEG or EEG systems to collect data with human participants.DESIREDThe ability to work simultaneously on several projects with multiple Investigators and handle emergent questions/changes of protocol from Investigators is essential. Ability to apply MNE Python analysis tools and modify existing processing scripts.Proficiency with Elekta Neuromag software. Knowledge of computer networking protocols. Proficiency with commercial statistics software packages. Basic programming skills using e.g. Python, Matlab, C, C++ Demonstrated excellent people skills and ability to work with parents, infants and children in caring, reassuring and appropriate manner.Flexibility and excellent organizational skills are required for successful candidateApplication Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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