Nationwide Children's Hospital

Research Associate - RI Math

Posted Date 4 months ago(6/29/2020 4:39 PM)
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Research Associate- RI Math

Full time Exempt: Main Campus; Mon-Fri 8 AM – 5 PM


We are seeking a Research Associate- Conducts research within a general area decided upon in conjunction with a Principal Investigator; prepares position papers and research reports; assists in the preparation of scientific publications and research grant proposals; prepares budget proposals for conducting research studies. The Malerba Lab at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine in Columbus, Ohio is looking for a new Research Associate. The lab focuses on brain rhythms, especially during sleep, and their role in cognition (memory and motor skills). We are looking for a detail-oriented, adaptable and curious mind, who has graduate-level training and at least one year of experience working in a research lab. The position (initially for one year, with possible extension tied to lab funding) will be centered on high-level quantitative EEG analysis and simulations of neural network dynamics related to ongoing research projects. Demonstrated proficiency in programming (Matlab and python) is required, and so is interest in how brain dynamics is tied to behavior. Some neuroscience training is desirable. A small part of the position will be to screen and coordinate research subjects for participation to ongoing studies, hence timeliness and people skills are necessary. The Research Institute at NCH is a collaborative interdisciplinary environment, that strives to apply the most modern knowledge to challenging questions with high impact. The Malerba lab is part of the Center for Mathematical Medicine, and contributes to the Chronic Brain Injury collaborative at Ohio State University and the Neurodevelopmental Research Interest Group at NCH. We have collaborations at local, national and international level and are developing strategies to introduce brain dynamics during sleep to the toolbox of medical interventions.


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What Will You Be Doing?

  • Conducts computational research studies and data analysis in a specific area agreed upon in conjunction with a principal investigator.
  • Sets up research experiments on human subjects, and arranges from subjects to be used in research experiments through appropriate hospital and research institute procedures.
  • Collects and analyzes data in accordance with appropriate statistical procedures, and prepares reports, inclusive of graphs, tables, and photographs, of the results of studies.
  • Collaborates and interacts with other researchers doing similar studies at NCH and at other research institutions.
  • Prepares position papers about research studies including information about difficulties encountered in setting up and conducting research studies.
  • Assists in the preparation of scientific publications and grant proposals with regard to a specific area of research.
  • Serves as a resource person for other investigators and as a mentor to less experienced research personnel.
  • Performs miscellaneous related duties as required.


What Are We Looking For?

To fulfill this role successfully, you must possess these minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Master of Science degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Neuroscience with one to two years of laboratory research experience or Bachelor of Science degree with two to three years of laboratory research experience.
  • Must be a qualified programmer, with high proficiency in Matlab and Python, and familiarity with C++ and statistical analysis.
  • Must have some knowledge of signal processing, if applied to EEGs that would be a plus
  • Must have previous experience working in a research laboratory
  • Must be able to use research methods in generating and collecting data and analyzing the data for report preparation.
  • Must be able to develop complex position papers and reports, and help in preparation of research grant proposals and scientific publications.

Your Benefits, Your Wellness:

As an employer, Nationwide Children’s recognizes the importance of the benefits we offer. We also recognize the importance of balancing your work and personal needs. Our benefits and Employee Wellness package is designed to:

  • Empower you to be a conscientious health care consumer through educational and wellness activities
  • Establish a work environment that promotes health and well-being
  • Support your financial protection and security in retirement 
  • Most of our positions are benefits’ eligible from day 1.

Minimum Physical Requirements:

  • 50% Conducting research studies
  • 25% Collecting and analyzing data
  • 10% Preparing position papers, publications and grant proposals
  • 05% Resource person for other investigators
  • 05% Mentoring less experienced research personnel
  • 05% Purchasing supplies 
  • 100% Kneeling / reaching 100% Finger dexterity 100% Talking / hearing / seeing 33% Lifting / carrying weight 0-20 pounds for 1-5 minutes
  • The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.
  • EOE/M/F/Disability/Vet


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