Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 233007-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Nacewicz Laboratory for Neuroscience of Social Engagement combines in-vivo and ex-vivo neurochemical measures with human and non-human primate models of psychiatric conditions. We are trying to understand the mechanisms by which fear and emotional overload disrupt our ability to connect with others and engage in reciprocal social behavior. The state of being overwhelmed to the point of not being able to have a productive social interaction is common to everything from arguments with romantic partners, to facing phobias, to psychiatric disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Our primary aim is to unite animal models with psychiatric disease through biomarkers assessed with non- invasive NMR spectroscopy.

We seek a highly productive, motivated, and creative scientist to participate in active collaborative research in neurochemistry. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in brain imaging techniques, including experiment setup/programming, equipment calibration and troubleshooting, and analysis of at least 1 of the following brain imaging modalities: EEG, MEG, structural MRI, functional MRI, or magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The majority of our work involves programming in python and C, but knowledge of other languages (C++, java, matlab, Statistics in R, CUDA) could easily translate to our work.

Our human imaging studies include advanced technique development from MRI pulse sequences to neural network-based structural image segmentation. This position includes opportunities to contribute to publications and grants, and original contributions will be recognized with formal coauthorship.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

-PhD required, preferably in Psychology, Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Medical Physics, Computer Science or a related field.

Recent PhDs and experienced candidates are welcome to apply.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

-Experience in brain imaging techniques, including experiment setup/programming, equipment calibration and troubleshooting preferred.

-Experience analyzing at least 1 of the following brain imaging modalities: EEG, MEG, structural MRI, functional MRI, or magnetic resonance spectroscopy preferred

-Experience programming in Python and C.
-Knowledge of other languages (C, C++, java, matlab, Statistics in R, CUDA) desirable.

Additional Information:

This position is primarily housed in the Neurochemistry Laboratory at Research Park (Off Campus), but travel to offsite locations will be required to perform study-related procedures. Locations include Health Emotions Research Institute at UW Research Park, Waisman Center at the Hospital Campus, Biotechnology Center, and other locations on campus. Personal vehicle is not required, but given the poor public transportation options to the psychiatry building, a personal vehicle is highly advantageous.

This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will be required to pass an initial Caregiver Check to be eligible for employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and then every four years.

Required Qualifications:
-Proficient in using macintosh or linux computers.
-Demonstrated proficiency with computer applications, such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint.
-Demonstrated proficiency with stimulus presentation and imaging analysis software.
-Detail oriented with strong organizational and management skills are critical.
-Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically in written and verbal forms with participants, faculty, researchers and staff at all levels.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Knowledge of University administrative policies and procedures as well as federal human subjects' protection regulations desirable.
-Experience programming in python and C language.
-Knowledge of other languages (C, C++, java, matlab, Statistics in R, CUDA).
-Proficient with Adobe Photoshop, ImageJ or equivalent for constructing scientific figures to represent data.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please click on the "" button. You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter as a part of the application process. Please ensure that the resume and cover letter address how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position.

This application will also require submission of three professional references, including your current or most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.


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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Apr 9 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Apr 23 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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