Our lab at the University of Southern California is looking for a full-time Project Specialist to work on project that uses neuroimaging to investigate Alzheimerâs disease risk in a large, diverse cohort. The project specialist will be responsible for tracking and coordinating data analyses, delivering data summaries to collaborators, helping to develop lab protocols and quality control procedures, maintaining high levels of quality control, and training others to follow standard lab protocols related to neuroimaging analyses, quality control of data, and reporting of results. The person hired will also perform analyses of existing brain images and will assist with data preparation, and standard statistical analysis. The person hired may assist with preparation of and quality assurance for publications. Some use of the R statistical package and basic bash scripting will be needed.
Applicants should have a bachelorâs or masterâs degree in neuroscience, psychology, or a related field. A successful applicant will be motivated, very well-organized, careful and reliable, able to meet deadlines, and able to work both collaboratively and independently. The applicant should also have strong oral and written communication skills. Experience with MRI analysis, and a working knowledge of FSL and FreeSurfer are a plus, as is an interest in neurological or psychological diseases or disorders.
The person hired will become familiar with relevant brain anatomy and scientific papers. Â The Project Analyst will also become skilled with processing brain imaging data using major available and in-house neuroimaging analysis software, performing large scale statistical analyses using R, and science writing. This position would be great for candidates who would like to refine their leadership skills and gain training and experience with neuroimaging analyses before applying to a PhD program. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred.
Our offices are located in Marina del Rey, California in the Imaging Genetics Center (http://igc.ini.usc.edu) (part of the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute and Laboratory of NeuroImaging).
The University of Southern California Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute and Laboratory of NeuroImaging (INI, www.ini.usc.edu) are world leaders in the development of advanced computational and scientific approaches for the comprehensive mapping of brain structure and function. INIâs unique multidisciplinary environment and cutting-edge resources allow for integration of clinical, psychological and genotypic information with neuroimaging phenotypes for research questions in neurology, psychiatry and developmental neurobiology.
Bachelorâs (+ 2 years relevant experience) or Masterâs degree in neuroscience, psychology, or a related field
Excellent organizational skills and close attention to detail.
Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Kind, helpful, and cooperative demeanor.
Strong work ethic â honest, reliable, conscientious.
Strong written and oral communication skills
Willingness to make a two-year commitment.
Experience with large datasets
Experience performing MRI analyses
Some background with basic statistical analyses
Some proficiency with Bash coding or R is a plus
To apply or to gain more information, please submit your CV and a cover letter describing your research interests and what you are looking for in a job.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience to be able to advise on project procedures and analysis techniques
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.