Research Assistant Professor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 19, 2022
Mar 30, 2023
Full Time
Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain Body InteractionsResearch Assistant ProfessorThe George Mason University Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain Body Interactions (CASBBI) invites applications for a highly motivated Research Assistant Professor. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain-Body Interactions:The Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain Body Interactions (CASBBI) was chartered in 2018 by the Office of the Provost as part of a university-level initiative for establishing Transdisciplinary Centers of Advanced Study. The vision for CASBBI is to explore new ways to enable all people to fully participate in needed and desired life roles and activities. CASBBI researchers focus on transdisciplinary research questions of major public health and societal significance such as chronic pain, substance misuse and addiction, autism spectrum disorders, and mobility impairments. Recognizing that disability is characterized by dysfunction in multiple inter-related systems across physical biological and psychosocial domains, CASBBI brings together experts in neuroscience, physics, engineering, psychology and rehabilitation to create translational innovations. CASBBI faculty currently have over $17 million of active federally-funded research grants that has nearly doubled since the center's inception. The core methodological expertise is in multiscale neuromodulation and neuroimaging, human machine interactions, and sensorimotor integration and human movement. The core facilities include shared research instrumentation, core imaging facilities, shared wet and dry lab facilities on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Many CASBBI researchers have state-of-the-art laboratory space in the Peterson Health Sciences Building.In addition to research, CASBBI operates a graduate training program that brings graduate students from multiple disciplines to work closely together with community partners. Trainees gain interdisciplinary skills in data science, sensing, and imaging; and engage in participatory design with community stakeholders to create data-driven solutions that enable individuals to participate fully in needed and desired life roles and activities.About the Position:The successful candidate will be a key member of the leadership team of a vibrant and thriving community of faculty, trainees and external stakeholders that are engaged in transdisciplinary research and scholarship programs. Also, the candidate will play a major role in continuing to develop the overall vision of transdisciplinary research and scholarship at CASBBI, and substantially growing the base of research and philanthropic support to take the center to the next tier. There will be plenty of opportunities for the successful candidate to be directly involved in research and scholarship activities at the Center.Responsibilities:Specific responsibilities include:Research Development:Develop strategic vision for CASBBI research informed by needs assessment based on conversations with internal and external (national and international) stakeholders;Develop new use-inspired research proposals aligned with federal funding initiatives;Develop interdisciplinary and use-inspired research capacity at Mason; andDevelop consortia with external (local, national and international) organizations around shared research goals.Research Project Management:Lead ongoing research projects, including developing research protocols and clinical study protocols in collaboration with CASBBI faculty;Project management of ongoing projects, including working closely with collaborators to ensure projects are on track to meet milestones;Develop manuscripts and other research products; andPresent research results at national and international conferences.Mentoring and Outreach:Mentor graduate and undergraduate students associated with CASBBI research and educational initiatives;Develop STEM outreach activities to increase representation of persons from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM research and education; andDevelop and teach courses as needed.Required Qualifications:The ideal candidate would be an enthusiastic and energetic individual who is a problem solver at heart, comfortable working in highly interdisciplinary research settings, has high-level relationship building skills and excellent communication skills, and has experience developing and implementing research development or support programs. Additionally:A terminal degree (PhD) in a science, engineering or clinical field such as neuroscience, bioengineering, psychology, rehabilitation science or similar;Exceptional oral, written, interpersonal and organizational skills; and3-5 years of experience working in interdisciplinary teams and supporting team science.Preferred Qualifications:At least 2 years of postdoctoral experience in a science, engineering or clinical field such as neuroscience, bioengineering, psychology, rehabilitation science or similar;Experience in project management;Experience working with a range of stakeholders including industrial partners and community partners;Experience with research proposal development;Experience working in an academic research environment; andExperience with graduate training programs.Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is HereThe College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and the School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts10,000 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 302 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 93 are tenured, 75 are tenure-track, 82 are instructional faculty, and 52 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $70 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, community-based healthcare, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of 40,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to increase its capacity in engineering and computing. Some of the university's exciting plans are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a 360,000 square foot building-Fuse at Mason Square. Fuse will become the nexus of Mason's transdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship, and academic program efforts in digital innovation, and will unite the public and private sectors in a collaborative alliance to address the world's grand challenges.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F842AZ; at; complete and submit the online application; a research statement, a complete CV with publications, a statement of what diversity and inclusion means to you (to attach as 'Other Doc'), and the names of three professional references with contact information.Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by December 15, 2022; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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