Research Assistant Professor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 22, 2019
Nov 03, 2019
Faculty - 7517
Full Time
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering

The George Mason University Department of Bioengineering, within the Volgenau School of Engineering, is seeking a Research Assistant Professor to contribute to ongoing cutting-edge neuroinformatics research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the BRAIN initiative. 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.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will join the Ascoli Lab in the Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, and Plasticity (CN3) to lead the NeuroMorpho.Org information technology (IT) infrastructure. CN3 is an interdisciplinary, energetic, and creative research group in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study of the main Fairfax campus in northern Virginia (20 miles west of Washington DC). NeuroMorpho.Org is a free, public, centralized repository of neuronal digital reconstructions supported by NIH, Department of Defense, Keck Foundation, Wellcome-Burroughs Trust, and National Science Foundation. The project is a powerful resource for the computational and experimental neuroscience communities, with millions of downloads and data usage in over 1400 independent publications since launching in 2006. The August, 2018 release (version 7.5) contains over 1.5 million internal data files pertaining to nearly 100,000 neuronal reconstructions contributed by 500 laboratories worldwide.

The Research Assistant Professor will assume responsibility of the NeuroMorpho.Org IT continuous maintenance, development, and management, including design of new solutions to enhance the performance of existing software and hardware. The incumbent will also be responsible for tuning and implementing the next generation support for Big Data handling of digital neuronal reconstructions. The position entails tight collaborations with faculty and trainees in CN3, the Bioengineering, department, and the Neuroscience program, in addition to continuous interactions with the international research community. The successful applicant will work directly with the CN3 director (Dr. Ascoli) and will have unlimited access to dedicated supercomputer and server facilities, flexible working schedule, salary based on the NIH postdoctoral scale, and state employee benefits.

Required Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned PhD, by the start date of the position, in one of the following disciplines: computer science, software engineering, information systems, bioengineering, applied mathematics, neuroscience, physics, data science, or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications: Any and all of the following characteristics are especially desired: proficiency in Java, C/C++, Python, R, Matlab, and Shell scripting; experience with Unix/Linux server administration; SQL & NoSQL databases design and system operation; web technologies and API (micro) services; content management & collaborative platforms; big-data & cloud computing analytical tools; task analysis automation; knowledge in project management (PMP or similar); and understanding of neuroscience data. It is preferred that applicants have an earned PhD at the time of application submission.

About Mason: George Mason University, a tier-1 research institution, is considered one of the top "Up and Coming" educational institutions in the USA by the U.S. News and World Report. It is conveniently located in the Washington D.C., metropolitan area within easy access to several national laboratories and research centers (including the National Institutes of Health and the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute), and provides a highly stimulating environment for interdisciplinary science. Biomedical research is a major area of strategic focus for Mason, and the Ascoli Lab has been at the forefront of computational neuroscience research since its establishment in 1999.

For full consideration, applicants must complete and submit the online application at for position F353AZ; and upload a cover letter highlighting motivation and qualifications, curriculum vitae, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Finalist will be required to submit three letters of recommendation upon request. This position will be renewed annually subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Non-resident aliens are welcome to apply. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Giorgio Ascoli, CN3 Director and NeuroMorpho.Org principal investigator, at .

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