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Research Assistant position on socioeconomic status and the brain

Applications are invited for a Research Assistantship in the laboratory of Dr. Martha Farah at the University of Pennsylvania. Current research in our lab includes behavioral, pharmacologic and MRI studies of cognition, with emphasis on issues at the interface of cognitive neuroscience and the "real world." This position is primarily concerned with elucidating the neuroanatomical correlates of socioeconomic status in young adults. It is a time-limited position, anticipated to begin in January of 2014 and end the following June.

The RA who assists with this project will gain experience with all phases of research, from study design (finalizing and revising in light of initial experience) through data analysis and interpretation. Responsibilities will run the gamut from recruiting, scheduling and scanning subjects to image analysis. The ideal candidate will have: a bachelor's degree in any subject with background in psychology and/or neuroscience, previous research experience and strong computer skills, as well as an analytic mind, "people skills" and good organizational ability.

Salary is competitive and will depend on experience and qualifications. To apply, please send the following to Cayce Hook, Research Specialist, electronically at:

(1) Resume listing education and previous work positions
(2) Names and phone numbers for 3 academic and/or work references
(3) Unofficial transcript of college courses and grades
(4) A paragraph or two on your interests and career goals
(5) An example of a college term paper or research report


Research Assistant position in the Thompson-Schill lab

A full-time Research Assistant position is available in the Thompson-Schill lab at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Research in the lab focuses on the biological bases of human cognitive systems -- perception, memory, language, thought, cognitive control -- and the interrelations between them. We investigate these systems by developing and implementing experiments involving a wide-array of methodolgies, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), genotyping, and eye-tracking. Our investigations include both typical and atypical (patient) populations.

Familiarity with computers, Microsoft Office, and experience with statistics are desirable. Responsibilities include designing and implementing experiments, data analysis, subject recruitment, and some administrative/IT work. A two-year commitment is required. Interested parties should contact Dr. Sharon Thompson-Schill ( with a statement of interest, CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and contact info for three references.




Center for Cognitiver Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania

Last Modified: 23 January, 2014


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