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Company: UT Dallas
Location: Richardson, TX
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas has an opening for a Laboratory Manager to join the Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (CoCo-Neuro) Lab (PI: Jiahui Guo).
The Lab Manager is expected to lead, implement, conduct, and analyze studies under the supervision of the principal investigator (PI) and provide research support for key laboratory personnel. This specific position will work on understanding human high-level perception using computational models and neuroimaging methods.

Minimum Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in a related field. A minimum of two years experience with lab equipment and related facilities.

Preferred Education and Experience

Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, psychology, cognitive science, EE, neuroscience, or a related field
  • Strong technical background with solid coding skills, ideally in Python, Javascript, and MATLAB
  • Technical knowledge of human neuroimaging techniques (e.g. fMRI) and experience with statistical data analysis
  • Experience with online data collection and/or human neuroimaging data collection.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Duties & Responsibilities:

Technical Duties (50%):
  • Write scripts with scientific programming languages (e.g., Python, Javascript, MATLAB) and use deep neural networks (e.g., AlexNet, VGG) to implement stimuli preparations, experiment design, and analyses
  • Build and maintain the lab database creation pipeline
  • Develop and maintain the lab fMRI data collection and quality check pipeline
  • Analyze behavioral and fMRI data using standard software packages
  • Provide technical support for key laboratory personnel
Experimental Duties (20%):
  • Recruit, schedule, consent, run, and pay participants in online, in-person behavioral and in-person fMRI studies
  • Responsible for the careful documentation of the pipelines, experimental procedures, and results
  • Summarize and present research results
  • Contribute to writing manuscripts describing research studies
Administrative Duties (30%):
  • Update and maintain documentation on laboratory policies, procedures, and resources in the lab manual/wiki
  • Perform software and hardware maintenance and housekeeping on lab electronics
  • Purchase supplies, equipment, and services for the lab
  • Schedule lab meetings and other lab events
  • Help recruit, manage, and train undergraduate research assistants
  • Draft modifications and continuing reviews for IRB protocols
  • Promote personnel, experiments, and papers on lab website and use lab social media accounts
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Excellent technical skills involving coding and debugging
  • Motivation to learn and master new methods and techniques
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills
  • Ability to record and report procedures and results with clarity
  • Persistence, attention to details, and willingness to troubleshoot technical challenges
  • Ability to apply critical thinking and sound judgments
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others

Additional Information

Length of Term:
12 months with potential for extension

Starting Date:
The preferred start date is June 15, 2024, but negotiable.

Occasional travel may occur to conferences or for training, or for other project and research needs.

Work Notice:
Work will be performed on site and in-person.

What We Can Offer:
UT Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer an employee-friendly work environment with a comprehensive benefit package including:
Competitive Salary
Tuition Benefits
Internal Training
Medical insurance – including 100% paid employee medical coverage for full-time employees
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Long and short-term disability
Retirement Plan Options
Paid time off
Paid Holidays All UT Dallas employees have access to various professional development opportunities, including a membership to Academic Impressions, LinkedIn Learning, and UT Dallas Bright Leaders Program.

Visit https://hr.utdallas.edu/employees/benefits/ for more information.

About Us:
UT Dallas is a top public research university located in one of the nation's fastest-growing metropolitan regions. Our seven schools offer more than 140 undergraduate and graduate programs, plus professional certificates and fast-track programs. Our student body is 31,000 strong, reflecting students from over 100 countries and a multiplicity of identities and experiences. UT Dallas is committed to graduating well-rounded members of the global community whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world.

The University has a variety of programs and initiatives to support engagement and success for all members of the campus community. Employee benefits include a range of physical and mental wellness resources. “LilyPad” lactation facilities are located throughout the campus. There are several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) comprised of individuals who share common interests to help build community among UT Dallas faculty and staff (e.g., Universal Access ERG, Military and Veteran ERG, UT Dallas Young Professionals).

Rich with visual and performing arts venues, museum districts, professional and semi-professional athletics teams, botanical gardens, accessible trails and so much more, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex has something for everyone to explore. UT Dallas partners with regional higher education institutions and school districts and with the Richardson Innovation Quarter (Richardson IQ), a major hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, and educational activities.

Important Message

1) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.

2) The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all members of the university community. UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its services, programs, activities, employment, and education, including in admission and enrollment. EOE, including disability/veterans. The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodation in the employment application and interview process, contact the ADA Coordinator. For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact the Title IX Coordinator.

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