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Sleep Technician

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
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Jul 8, 2022

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Sleep Technician

Job no: 529398
Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Neuroscience

Department: Center for Translational Neuroscience
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Positions available: Up to 2
Review of Applications Begins
May 16, 2022; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter, three professional references, and a CV to the UO Careers site.
Department Summary
The Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) is a center within the Department of Psychology whose mission is to translate knowledge from basic neuroscience and apply it to improve well-being, promote resilience, and mitigate the effects of early adverse experiences.

The Psychology department, located within the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the largest departments supporting significant instructional and research activities in a wide range of fields within the discipline. The Department enrolls about 1,900 students per term, with approximately 300 undergraduate Psychology majors, and 80 doctoral students, and includes approximately 35 teaching faculty, emeriti faculty, research staff, graduate students, and professional/administrative staff. For more information on the Department, visit For more information on the CTN, visit
Position Summary
The Center for Translational Neuroscience is hiring 1-2 Sleep Technicians to work with research investigators in the Oregon Sleep Lab (OSL) to implement overnight sleep assessments for two NIH-funded research projects. The Sleep Technician will be responsible for measurement of sleep via polysomnography (PSG), including electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity and additional sensors to measure respiration, body movement, eye movements, and muscle tone. The Sleep Technician will apply and remove PSG equipment during participants' laboratory overnight assessments, monitor PSG signals overnight to ensure participant safety and data quality, and score PSG/EEG data using laboratory software. The Sleep Technician will also review PSG data with the lab director to screen participants for sleep disorders, and work closely with the project coordinator and research assistants to ensure that all sleep assessment procedures are completed in an accurate, timely, and professional manner. This position requires a flexible schedule, to include evening and overnight hours that accommodate study participants' availability as needed. Position duration is September to June.

The research projects examine the impact of sleep and circadian rhythms on reward- and stress-related brain function and mental health in adolescents and young adults. The projects involve collection of information about sleep and circadian characteristics, lifetime and daily stressors, reward- and stress-related brain function, and symptoms of depression and alcohol use disorder. Methods of data collection include electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electrocardiography (ECG), blood pressure (BP), saliva samples for melatonin and cortisol, laboratory behavior tasks, questionnaires, and diagnostic interviews.

Preferred candidates for the position will have experience with sleep PSG, general research practices to ensure participant safety and data confidentiality, and assessment of sleep disorders. Sleep Technicians must complete and maintain appropriate safety training and certifications as needed, including bi-annual CITI Human Subjects training and Good Clinical Practice training.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, behavioral science, or a related field. In exceptional circumstances, an Associate's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in sleep technology, behavioral science, psychology, or related field may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
  • One year of experience with sleep polysomnography application and recording.
  • One year of experience with human subjects research.
    Professional Competencies
  • Ability/proficiency to apply electrodes and other PSG sensors to the head, and monitor of PSG signals during sleep to ensure data quality and assess for sleep disorders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with human research participants, including attention to participant safety, comfort, privacy, and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among study staff.
  • Knowledge of basic research methods and creative problem-solving skills.
    Preferred Qualifications
  • Proficiency with sleep EEG scoring and interpretation, including standards of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
  • Experience with clinical sleep assessment (e.g., for sleep disordered breathing and sleep movement disorders).

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