The PanLab for Precision Psychiatry and Translational Neuroscience within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is currently recruiting for a Research Engineer. The PanLab is a precision psychiatry and clinical translational neuroscience research group that aims to use brain imaging approaches to improve our understanding and treatment of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. The Research Engineer would manage and oversee our specialist neuroimaging piepeline and our associated virtual computing environment and software. The pipeline is focused on the data management, processing and computational modelling of human functional and structural imaging data and its integration with EGG and behavioral data to develop and test new models for understanding mental health.
The Research Engineer will be tasked with coding in efficient ways neuroimaging analysis methods and build internal capabilities and gears for these methods. He/she would generate quantitative metrics and computational models as well as set-up, test, debug and run neuroimaging analysis pipelines. The position would also be responsible for setting up and running image analysis pipelines for testing purposes and neuroimaging studies. He/she would assist the team with evaluations of new image analysis software and handle image data management of incoming and outgoing images thereby building on existing scripts and modules for data uploading. It would be expected for the Research Engineer to regularly monitor and assess image quality for on-going projects and provide feedback to collaborators.
The candidate will benefit from an existing advanced pipeline being in place, as well as a strong hardware and personnel infrastructure. The pipeline is the first of its kind and offers an exciting opportunity to build advanced systems for automating complex brain imaging routines. This position would allow for the opportunity to develop novel computational models and integrate neuroscience with AI, making use of large existing datasets.
The successful candidate will be a member of the PanLab team and will work in close partnership with collaborators in the PanLab as well as in the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging and Biomedical Data Sciences. Members of the PanLab possess deep domain experience in their chosen fields, an ability to deal with high degree of ambiguity and display exceptional learning agility. Duties include:
Identify and acquire new data for inclusion in the database; collaborate with other labs for the purpose of gathering more information to be included in the database.
Review submissions to the database for quality and relevancy; abstract information in the required formats.
Write papers drawing from information submitted to the database.
Work with users to determine ways of using the information in the database, which may include the development of new user interfaces; work with developers to translate the needs of the users into new functionality.
Identify new functionality and user interfaces that would enhance the use of the database.
Participate in presentations and demonstrations of the database at conferences or other institutions.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Experienced in processing neuroimaging data using brain MRI analysis software (e.g. SPM, FSL)
Demonstrated high level capacity for scripting with Python, R, MATLAB, UNIX shell scripting, git
Familiarity with system administration and project management
Familiarity with psychological concepts and/or experience with human subject data is desirable
Ability to learn and utilize custom server-based databases and data integration for neuroimaging combined with other sources of human neuroscience data. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Master's degree in scientific field and three years of relevant experience or combination of relevant experience. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
Strong analytical skills.
Ability to learn and utilize relational databases, data integration, and statistics.
Strong written and oral English communication skills.
Computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Ability to understand scientific literature, experimental procedures and their limitations, and current needs of the research community, as applied in clinical neuroscience and neuroimaging research.
CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:
Certifications of relevant coding expertise PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping. Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
May work extended or non-standard hours based on project or business needs. Occasional local travel may be required.
Some work may be performed in a laboratory setting.
Location: School of Medicine, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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