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Job Title: Research Associate
Full time
March 1, 2016

Seeking a researcher for a junior faculty position (Research Associate) with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to lead the research activities, and those educational efforts with a research component, of a multifaceted program targeted to  improving the skills of individuals in the moderate to severe range of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.  Physically based in midtown Manhattan, the individual in this position will work on a day-to-day basis with the Research Program Manager of the Division’s New York Educational Program (NYEP), ultimately reporting to the Baltimore-based Director of the Division of Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology, Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology, who also oversees the NYEP.   The position requires excellent managerial and interpersonal skills, clear written and oral communication skills, considerable flexibility and adaptability, and a broad understanding of and hands-on experience with individuals in the moderate to severe range of ASD or other developmental disabilities.  Anticipated specific duties include:

  • Assist the NYEP staff in refining and supervising current research/educational efforts and identifying possible new projects.
    • Current efforts include:  improving speech production in developmental dyspraxia of speech; training reading for phonology and reading for meaning in nonverbal individuals; investigating very early visual perceptual processes via analysis of scalp-recorded EEG activity (VEPs and spectral analyses); detecting familiarity/nonfamiliarity using evoked potentials (e.g., mismatch negativity); trying to use physiologic measures such as heart rate variability and electrodermal activity (EDA) to predict receptivity to learning; improving social interactions through individual and group activities (art, cooking, and music).
    •  Possible future efforts being considered include:  single case studies of the effects of music on behavior; enhancing initiation of voluntary behaviors; studying the processing features (e.g., in speed of processing) that might underlie the spectrum of human intellectual abilities; studying the basis for insight and creativity across a range of abilities; possible individual and group effects of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on a variety of functions related to language and cognitive control.
    •  Work  collaboratively on a daily basis with an interdisciplinary team of educators, speech pathologist(s), and research associates; work at regular intervals with the Director of the Division and other faculty at Hopkins involved in the project; and work with academic researchers  (both within and outside of Hopkins) engaged as consultants to the NYEP and research program.  In addition, the individual is expected to engage with participants in the research program (research subjects with autism and developmental disabilities and others), and their parents, caregivers, and/or teachers.
       
  • Conduct reviews of relevant scientific literature, including analyses of best practices and of related research.
     
  • Identify potential new research studies.
     
  • Design and implement experiments and projects, validating the strength of the experiment and performing data analysis.
     
  • Prepare research proposals for specific projects.
     
  • Manage all aspects of the research project in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.
     
  • Mentor research assistants throughout the proposal, research, and publication process. Explore publication venues for manuscript submissions.  Draft manuscripts in coordination with other team members, and direct manuscripts through all phases of the submission, review, revision, and re-submission process through publication. Present research proposals and/or findings to internal and external audiences.

The position is available immediately. The position is fully funded from private source(s), promised through 2021 at a minimum.  The employment contract is renewable yearly, based on successful annual performance reviews.   Note that faculty in a Research Associate position at Hopkins are not expected to obtain or have their own funding.  However, as this position is faculty rank, they are qualified to be PIs on funding proposals.  The nature and/or extent of any independent research must be approved by the Division Director.  If the individual’s responsibilities to the research program are met and the proposed independent research is consistent with the Division’s research mission, approval is likely.

Position Requirements: Appropriate candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a comparable discipline.  The position requires evidence of successfully directing human experimental behavioral research studies, preferably with experience with our target population (individuals in the moderate to severe range of ASD and related developmental disorders), proficiency with experimental statistics (particularly single-case, repeated-measures designs), and at least one first-authored peer-reviewed publication. 

For a formal application, please send your CV and a letter of interest to neuro@jhmi.edu.  References are not required at the initial application stage, but can be included.

 

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.