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Scientific Programmer - Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa has an opening for a full-time Scientific Programmer in the Hwang Lab for Neurocognitive Dynamics. Our research focuses on elucidating the cognitive, developmental, and neural dynamic of working memory and attention functions. Our studies employ multimodal neuroimaging methods (fMRI and EEG), which generate high volume and high dimensional datasets. The programmer’s duties include, develop and maintain Python and Unix based computing workflows for experimental design, data analyses, and data management. The programmer is expected to assist graduate students and other research assistants in scientific programming. This is a two-year specified term position with the possibility of extension.


Key Duties Include:

• Follow the overall research protocol and develop data analysis scripts that incorporate existing Python scientific computing packages for EEG, behavioral, eye-tracking, and MRI research.
• Assist Principal Investigator (PI) in developing novel tools for neuroimaging data analyses.
• Develop and implement scripts using Python scientific computing packages for neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG) research.
• Write Python based processing scripts to automate behavioral and eye tracking data analyses.
• Write shell scripts to utilize Unix based scientific computing programs.
• Maintain and document the developed scripts for future revision.
• Assist graduate students and research assistants in troubleshooting their computer code for research.
• Train graduate students and research assistants in scientific programing.


Education Required: Bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, engineering or quantitative sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications:
• Demonstrated experience in using Unix shell scripting and Python to accomplish scientific computing tasks.
• Demonstrated ability to use shared code repositories with version control.
• Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to clearly document code.
• Demonstrated interest or experience in cognitive psychology, cognitive science, neuroimaging, human cognitive neuroscience, or bioinformatics, such as through prior coursework, relevant research experience, and/or interest in pursuing advanced research or graduate training in psychology, neuroimaging, computational sciences, or bioengeneering.

Desired Qualifications:
• One year of prior research experience. Preferably in cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, or neuroscience.
• Experience with neuroimaging data analyses, including MRI and/or EEG.
• Experience with high-performance computational cluster.
• Experience in teaching computer programming.

Application Details:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "relevant file" to the submission.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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