Research Specialist 2, Department of Neuroscience - Georgetown University Medical Center

Washington D.C.
Jul 03, 2018
Sep 17, 2018
Analyst, Research
Education, Research
Full Time
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Research Specialist 2, Department of Neuroscience - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown's Department of Neuroscience pursues research which seeks to strengthen our understanding of both the healthy and the injured nervous system. In particular, the department focuses on neuroplasticity, the changes inside the brain that result from lived experiences. The changes examined are those caused by learning or drugs, as well as those caused by negative events (such as traumatic injury, ischemic damage to the nervous system, and neurodegenerative diseases). To research these areas, GUMC researchers utilize a number of experimental models. These models include cell culture systems, rodent genetic and experimental models of nervous system injury and disorders, and computer simulations to understand higher cortical processing.

The Research Technician 2, a highly talented, innovative and enthusiastic person, provides technical assistance with experimental work in non-human primates on mechanisms of auditory perception and sensorimotor integration in non-human primates to identify precursor mechanisms of language and music. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Runs behavioral, electrophysiology and fMRI experiments
  • Sets up equipment, assists in procedures, conducts observations, handles and trains experimental animals, and helps with data analysis.
  • Assists in day-to-day administration of the lab - for example, ordering supplies preemptively, working with vendors, and preparing regulatory paperwork.


  • Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Physiology, Biophysics or a related field - Master's preferred
  • Ability to comfortably handle and care for animals
  • Proficiency in computer use
  • Good manual dexterity/technical skills
  • Problem-solving ability and a proactive approach

Training in specific tasks will be provided - though preference for experience with awake-behaving primates, electrophysiology, studies of the auditory system, fMRI, and/or computer programming.

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