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Please note, this is a wholly grant-funded job opportunity.
With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.
Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery, its researchers advance knowledge that provides tangible benefits for the economic, social, health and cultural development of citizens in London, in Canada and around the world. While the University has achieved acclaim for research in a full complement of disciplines, it has identified signature areas in which global-scale clusters of research excellence have been established, including Neuroscience and Imaging. This was recognized in 2016 with the award of $66M from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) to support the BrainsCAN initiative devoted to research to support human brain health. The Human Sensorimotor Core is a key component of this initiative.
The Programmer Analyst provides applications development expertise to faculty, trainees, and research teams working on BrainsCAN-related projects, and reports to the Director of the BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Core (HCSC core). The incumbent is responsible to define, develop, test, analyze, and maintain software tools for collection and analysis of data from human neuroimaging to meet the research needs of the unit. The core neuroimaging techniques supported will be primarily functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and may include structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and fMRI). These data collection approaches may need to be interfaced with other equipment such as eye movement recording, virtual reality displays, touchscreens, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) systems and electroencephalography (EEG). The incumbent will be involved in all stages of the algorithm creation processes, from brainstorming to implementation, software management and documentation. The incumbent will be expected to find solutions for neuroimaging data analysis through a combination of existing software and custom code to meet users’ needs. The incumbent will work closely with and communicate information to the fNIRS working group at Western, including strategies learned through participation in conferences and collaborations. The incumbent will report to the Director of the BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Core (HCSC core) and/or designated supervisors as required.
- 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
- Additional university-level courses taken in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and/or related fields is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- 3 years’ experience in software development in a research environment
- Experience in software development related to neuroscience/neuroimaging techniques is preferred
- Experience with electronics and custom hardware design and implementation is preferred
- Experience using version control systems such as Git is preferred
- Expertise in a variety of programming languages, especially Python and MATLAB and occasionally C++ and C#,
- Familiarity with applications installed in PC/Windows, Mac OS, and Linux is desirable
- Familiarity with a variety of equipment used in a cognitive neuroscience laboratory including fNIRS, fMRI, EEG, TMS, motion tracking, eye movement recording, virtual reality displays and touchscreens preferred
- A deep understanding of data analysis pipelines in neuroimaging (including registration, preprocessing, artifact correction/compensation, modelling, and advanced analyses) preferred
- Ability to manage large software development projects
- Ability to implement corrective actions based on the immediate context of a situation, follow-up questions, and solicited input
- Ability to successfully manage meetings with researchers and colleagues
- Ability to demonstrate initiative to gather data that helps identify and differentiate the symptoms and root causes of defined problems
- Expertise in the development and execution of test cases and test plans
- Excels at writing clear, concise procedural documentation
- Ability to effectively communicate (orally and in writing) and participate in team discussions
- Ability and willingness to stay abreast of technological developments
- Critical thinking and discernment to assess and scope areas for improvement and an ability to offer creative solutions
- Able to identify areas where new insights might improve current processes
- Takes initiative and is responsible for ensuring that outcomes meet internal and external collaborator requirements
- Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
- Ability to prepare and make small presentations to colleagues and researchers
- Ability to gather information and prepare executive summaries
- Ability to perform duties in a professional and courteous manner and produce high quality work while meeting deadlines
- Familiarity with methods for research design, implementation, and analysis for behavioural and advanced neuroimaging experiments preferred
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
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