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Pro Tempore Research Assistant - Motor Skills Lab

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Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Neuroscience

Department: Human Physiology
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
October 30, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to a completed online application, including names and contact information for three references, please submit:
• A resume
• A cover letter

Department Summary
The UO Department of Human Physiology is home to undergraduate and graduate students who desire strong training in human physiology and anatomy that will prepare them for careers in medicine, allied health professions, and biomedical research.

Under the direction of Dr. Michelle Marneweck, the Motor Skill Lab uses behavioral and neurophysiological methods to understand the processes by which humans have the remarkable capacity to interact skillfully and dexterously with their environment. Current projects focus on understanding how humans learn, plan, and perform skilled dexterous behavior and how the brain encodes these processes. These questions are studied with a multimodal approach, combining biomechanical measures (e.g. kinetics and kinematics) with neurophysiological measures (e.g. fMRI, TMS).

Position Summary
The Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting with the setting up of a new lab, including technical equipment ordering and initial procedural setups, standardization of data collection and analyses pipe-lines, as well as ongoing assistance with supply orders, experimental design and development, data collection, analyses and report preparations. The
position will require the candidate to work and troubleshoot independently.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Human Physiology, Kinesiology, or related field
• Experience in a research laboratory setting

Professional Competencies
• Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral formats
• Ability to work independently and in teams in a positive and productive way
• Time management and organizational skills
• Careful attention to detail
• Self-motivated and integrity
• Intermediate to advanced skills in Matlab and python

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