Lab manager/Research specialist position available

Position Summary:

The Research Specialist will support research in the Efferent Systems Lab (PI: Sriram Boothalingam) and the Child Hearing Lab (PI: Viji Easwar). Research conducted in both labs overlap and combines acoustic, behavioral, and EEG methods to examine the peripheral and neural auditory mechanisms that underlie hearing and hearing loss across the life span. The individual in this position will be responsible for performing data collection and analysis, participant recruitment, management of lab finances (purchases, reimbursements, etc.), liaison with the UW Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB), and additional administrative responsibilities.

Both labs are located within the Waisman Center. Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 14 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical bio-manufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.

Principal duties:

(75%) Support and Implement Research:

  • Conduct acoustic, behavioral, and EEG experiments with research participants (infants through older adults).
  • Create and manage surveys and questionnaires through Qualtrics.
  • Collect and analyze data using MATLAB and R.
  • Write/modify MATLAB code for data collection and analysis.
  • Recruit participants and schedule testing sessions.


(25%) Lab Management:

  • Handle IRB requests (prepare consent forms, attend to project amendments, document reportable events).
  • Manage lab finances including purchases and grant budgeting.
  • Train undergraduate and/or graduate student hourly employees on data collection and analysis procedures.
  • Maintain the lab’s wiki and website content.

Degree and area of specialization:

A Bachelor’s degree is required. A degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Psychology, Engineering, Physics, or a related field is preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Well-qualified applicants will have the following preferred experience:

  • One or more years of behavioral and/or electroencephalography (EEG) research experience in an academic setting. Undergraduate research experience may be considered.
  • Knowledge of human subjects and research principles.
  • Experience with, or the willingness to learn, MATLAB and/or another programming language
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Computer proficiency and experience using Microsoft Office software.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Additional Information:

This Position Vacancy Listing represents two separate and distinct appointments within the Waisman Center. The hired candidate will have two appointments between 25 – 50% each with a unique supervisor, in the Efferent Systems Lab and the Child Hearing Lab.

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