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Job Title: Research Associate
Full time

Seeking a researcher with expertise in applied human psychophysiologic research to fill a junior faculty (Research Associate level) position in the New York offices of the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology (Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology Division).

The position will be physically based near Grand Central Station at the Division’s New York Educational Program (NYEP) offices. The NYEP provides full-time, educational services to a young adult with autism and development disabilities who has limited communication and social skills, and it offers select educational/social services to other young adults with developmental disabilities.  Research aimed at improving the functions of such individuals in speech, language, cognitive control, and other functions are also conducted through this location.

The goals of this position are (a) to provide psychophysical data from individuals in the educational programs to complement the other sources of information available about their mental and physical states and (b) to advance research on the use of such measures with such individuals.  Current or planned measures include the following:

  • Heart rate/heart rate variability (measured with a chest strap)
  • Electrodermal activity (tentatively assessed using a glove-type arrangement)
  • Salivary cortisol levels

It is anticipated, for example, that the data will prove useful for identifying periods of greatest receptivity to learning, and/or to identify markers for the onset of behaviors that may interfere with learning.

The critical subjects are individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, particularly those in the moderate to severe range (ASD-2 and ASD-3).  However, individuals with other developmental and acquired conditions, and typically developing controls, have and will be studied.


Position Requirements:
Appropriate candidates must 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 psychophysiological research studies, preferably with experience with the target population; proficiency with experimental statistics (particularly single-case, repeated-measures designs); and clear evidence of being proficient in academic writing, including peer-reviewed publication(s).


Specific responsibilities:
It is expected that the successful candidate will:

  • Conduct reviews of the relevant scientific literature, including analyses of best practices and of related research.
  • Review and modify as necessary our existing educational and research efforts that involve (or anticipate using) psychophysical measures.
  • Identify potential new research studies, and prepare research proposals for specific projects.
  • Design and implement experiments and projects, validating the strength of the experiments and performing data analyses.
  • Manage all aspects of the research project in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.
  • Explore publication venues for manuscript submissions.
  • Draft manuscripts in coordination with other team members, and direct manuscripts through all phases— original draft, internal review, internal revisions, submission, revision, and resubmission to publication.
  • Present research proposals and/or findings to internal and external audiences.
  • Work collaboratively on a daily basis with the NYEP Research Program Manager and an interdisciplinary team of educators, speech pathologist(s), and research associates; work at regular intervals with, and regularly report progress to, the Director of the Division (Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.), who oversees the NYEP; and work with other faculty and academic researchers (both within and outside of Hopkins) engaged as consultants.
  • Engage with participants in the NYEP program (research subjects with autism and developmental disabilities and others), and their parents, caregivers, and/or teachers.
  • Help recruit additional local research subjects, who will be tested at the Manhattan site.

The position is available immediately. The position is fully funded from private source(s).  The employment contract is renewable yearly, based on successful annual performance reviews. Note that Research Associates are not expected to obtain or have their own funding. (It is not a tenure-track position, although a Research Associate is eligible to be promoted to the tenure-track if performance and the Department’s situation warrants). However, it is a faculty rank at Hopkins, and a Research Associate is qualified to be a PI on funding proposals. Furthermore, if the individual’s responsibilities to the program are met, then they may propose more independent research to be considered for internal funding.

Further information about the Division, and about some of its research and educational efforts, can be found at http://web.jhu.edu/cognitiveneurology

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.