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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Laboratory Technician
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I
Posting Number: SW0170619
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Neural Dynamics and Neural Engineering Lab at Virginia Tech, headed by Sujith Vijayan, has an opening for a laboratory technician to help set up and manage research projects in the lab. Our lab investigates neural dynamics during active behavior and during off-line states, such as sleep, using a combination of computational modeling, signal processing techniques, and both invasive and non-invasive techniques for recording neural activity. The basic science knowledge gathered from these investigations is leveraged to understand how memories are instantiated in the brain, to gain insight into how learning occurs during brain machine interface (BMI) tasks, to improve BMI algorithms, and to develop the framework for stimulation and pharmacological therapies for diseases, especially those marked by abnormal neural dynamics during sleep (e.g., post-traumatic sleep disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease). See the lab website (www.vijayan.neuroscience.vt.edu) for more details.
Duties of the laboratory technician may include working on model construction, data collection, data organization, data analysis and coordinating projects with other members of the laboratory. The candidate will have the opportunity to co-author publications and, depending on their background and experience, craft their own research projects. Training and guidance and will be provided for those aspects of the job in which the candidate is lacking sufficient expertise.

Required Qualifications:

- Experience working in a research laboratory and/or BS in applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, computational neuroscience, psychology, or a related field.
- Experience with computer functions such as data entry and data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Programming experience (e.g., with Python or Matlab) is desirable.
- Experience running behavioral experiments or collecting EEG data would be an asset.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To apply, applicants must complete the online application at www.jobs.vt.edu, posting #SW0170619, and submit a resume and list of three professional references as an attachment to the application. Review of applications will begin on August 14, 2017.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: School of Neuroscience
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F 8-5 or as necessary
Posting Date: 08/04/2017
Review Begin Date: 08/14/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/78639

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
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    • Roanoke Times Online (www.jobs.roanoke.com)
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (www.jobs.virginia.gov)
    • Virginia Tech job site (www.jobs.vt.edu)
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    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
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    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
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  2. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only).
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Other Doc