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Research Specialist

We are seeking a research specialist. Interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor’s degree required. Study in psychology, neuroscience, exercise science, kinesiology, the life sciences, computer sciences or other related fields preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Experience in brain image analysis, including use of software such as Matlab, SPM, FSL, AFNI, & FreeSurfer, is preferred, as is experience with coordinating research study visits. Interested candidates need not satisfy each of the foregoing preferences to apply.

Position Summary:
The successful candidate will join the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Neuroimaging Group a multidisciplinary collective of more than 20 principal investigators with over 41 human and nonhuman primate research projects spanning the diagnostic spectrum from normal aging to Alzheimer’s dementia. (S)he will be actively engaged in neuroimaging and biomarker research studies of lifestyle and genetic factors related to cognitive resilience in normal aging and preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. This position requires analytic thinking, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and study participants. Primary areas of responsibility include coordination of research studies, assisting the PI in data preparation and scientific writing (abstracts, papers, and posters), and performing administrative tasks within the lab.

Principal duties:
The primary duties include but are not limited to:

Scientific Involvement (~45%)

  • Conduct brain image analyses using relevant software such as Matlab, SPM, FSL, AFNI, & FreeSurfer.
  • Analyze cognitive and other clinical data using relevant software such as SPSS, SAS, R.
  • Work under the supervision of principal investigator to prepare research data for presentation at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Study Coordination (~45%)

  • Recruit and enroll study participants, including phone contacts.
  • Maintain study schedules and appointments.
  • Run study visits.
  • Maintain IRB approvals and ensure that all research protocols are followed.

Secondary duties (~10%)

  • Attend lab meetings, interact with lab investigators/staff, and execute other research-related tasks as determined by the supervising principal investigator.

The percent effort devoted to the above duties may fluctuate depending on the lab’s needs.

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If interested, please contact:

Sarah Lose, MS
Research Specialist / Exercise Physiologist
J5/M150 Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
Phone: 608-265-6701
Fax: 608-265-3091
srlose@medicine.wisc.edu

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