Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Assistant
Laboratory / Department Neural Systems
Our visual perception of the outer world is the creation of active brain processes that structure and select the information provided by the eyes. The Laboratory of Neural Systems is interested in the neural processes that form object representations as well as those that allow attention to make those representations available for cognition. Our laboratory aims to understand the inner workings of this system, from the level of individual cells to the interactions of brain areas, in order to answer questions such as: How does face selectivity emerge in a single cell? How is information transformed from one face patch to another? What is the contribution of each face patch to different face recognition abilities like the recognition of a friend or a smile? How do the different face patches interact in different tasks? And how is information extracted from a patch when a perceptual decision is made?
The Research Assistant will work on a cutting-edge interdisciplinary neuroscience project on the foundations of cognition: the neural basis of compositionality, or the ability to generalize from a small set of rules to a large set of complex behaviors, which is currently unknown. The Laboratory has developed a new experimental paradigm to discover these neural mechanisms. This paradigm combines a new behavioral task, large-scale neural recordings, and computational modeling. The project involves close collaborations with two leading computational labs, one on computational neuroscience at NYU, and another on artificial intelligence at MIT. The Research Assistant will assist in developing cutting-edge skills at the intersection of neuroscience, computational cognitive science, and artificial intelligence and will be in a great position to enter and succeed in an excellent graduate program in any of these fields.
Bachelor's degree in science required; educational emphasis in molecular biology and neuroscience preferred. Basic knowledge of programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python) necessary. Must have experience with experimental design, data analysis, and statistics. Excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills required. Must have a strong work ethic, presentation skills, and be detail-oriented and highly motivated. Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
This job requires that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Rockefeller University provides reasonable accommodations where legally required including accommodations for medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.
The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans