Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Research Assistant in the Neuroscience of Memory

Job Number: 75743

Location: Philadelphia, US

Job Description

A research assistant position is available in Dr. Noa Herz’s laboratory in the Department of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University. Research in the lab focuses on the neural substrates underlying episodic memory. We use direct brain recording and stimulation collected from neurosurgical patients who have implanted electrodes for seizure mapping. Our research focuses on characterizing memory deficits in psychopathological (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder) and neurological (epilepsy) disorders and on developing direct stimulation approaches to address them. Duties will include assisting with all aspects of data collection, experiment preparation, data postprocessing and report generation. Data analyses and manuscript writing are offered to interested individuals.


• BA/BS in cognitive science, neuroscience, biology, psychology, computer science,

engineering, or other related scientific fields.

• Strong computing skills (knowledge of python/R/Matlab is a plus)

• An ability to solve technical problems independently

• Strong organization skills and high attention to detail

• High motivation and work commitment

• Ability to work well with patients in a hospital environment

This would be an excellent position for a graduating senior who wishes to expand their research experience before continuing on to med school or postgraduate study. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Herz, Dr. Michael Sperling, and other neurologists and neurosurgeons in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Thomas Jefferson. We are also closely collaborating and holding routine meetings with Prof. Michael Kahana’s research group at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Department of Neurology, located in the city center of Philadelphia, is among the ten best neuroscience departments in the country. The work includes collaboration with top neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neuropsychologists and is therefore ideal for students thinking about an MD. The Herz lab is currently under development, allowing the selected applicant to shape future work in the lab and assist in forming new research collaborations. A starting date between May and July is preferable, with at least one, but preferably a 2-year commitment.

To apply, please submit a resume (including a description of computer skills, relevant coursework, grades, previous research, and contact information for at least two references) and a cover letter describing academic and research interests.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, eliminating discrimination, and creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation.

For more information, please contact Dr. Noa Herz: [Please click the Apply button for the link or email]

Application Deadline: 2024-05-31


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