Research Associate - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences - Psychiatry Rese

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7066606 (Ref:3864-en_US)

Posted: May 29, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Papageorgiou lab focuses on the mechanisms involved in neuro-rehabilitation as a function of brain stimulation strategies. Our studies focus on a variety of innovative approaches, including neurofeedback in targeted and individualized regions of interest based on the patient's location and spatial extent of the lesion, optimization of rt-fMRI nFb methods with the long-term goal of central and peripheral nervous system injury neuro-rehabilitation, as well as using highly quantitative methods, such as population receptive field, multivariate and univariate analyses. More specifically, our laboratory studies: (i) the mechanisms that guide plasticity following insult to the brain, by using structural, volumetric, diffusion tensor imaging and functional connectivity measures; (ii)  functional plasticity/reorganization of the brain by applying a targeted and individualized real-time fMRI neurofeedback method; and (iii) optimized neurofeedback approaches via computational modelling. 

Job Purpose

The Papageorgiou/Investigational Targeted Brain Neurotherapeutics Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to conduct innovative computational modeling on cortical repair and neuromodulation. The goal of this project is to uncover the underlying mechanisms of cortical repair using, fMRI and real-time functional MRI neurofeedback combined with EEG data acquisition in the long-term. To achieve this, the Research Associate will use computational modeling, such as Hidden Markov Models and machine learning, such as 3D Temporal Convolutional Networks. The project promises to be challenging, but also presents a highly exciting opportunity to gain an understanding of innovative neurofeedback methods applied to health and neurological disease (cortical blindness, chronic pain and motor disorders). The applicant MUST have the passion and motivation to pursue innovative scientific research with a flexible work schedule.

Job Duties
  • Perform deep learning, such as 3D Temporal Convolutional Networks on neuroimaging datsets already collected and available for analyses.
  • Optimize code for Hidden Markov Models and apply to data to infer causality and elucidate mechanisms, such as hebbian, anti-hebbian generated by neurofeedback.
  • Perform population receptive field mapping analyses across visual, memory and attention, and somatosensory networks on visual real-time fMRI neurofeedback and retinotopic data already collected in the lab.  
  • Prepare and conduct technical presentations.
  • Document research, and write-up papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Supervise junior researchers’ computational work in the lab.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Basic Science or a related field.  Experience in lieu of degree will not be accepted.
  • Three years of relevant experience typically as a Research Assistant, Research Technician or Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Applied Physics or Applied Math.





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Job posting number:#7066606 (Ref:3864-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
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