Koret Human Neurosciences Community Laboratory Director
Research – 4947- Grade J
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Stanford University Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute is seeking a Director for the Koret Human Neurosciences Community Laboratory.
The Director (LSM2) will provide financial, operational, and scientific/technical leadership for a world-class TMS- and EEG-focused human research facility located in the Stanford Neurosciences Building on the Stanford University campus. The mission of the Koret Human Neurosciences Community Laboratory is to provide access to state-of-the-art clinical-grade EEG and TMS equipment housed in custom-designed test rooms, as well as a suite of four further test rooms that can be used to perform neuroscience research with human participant volunteers. The Human Neuroscience Community Laboratory will complement world-class clinical operations at the Stanford University hospital, permitting non-clinical applications to be explored by the research community.
The individual in this position will provide methodological expertise to guide the development of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG) research projects conducted at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. This person would have an MD or a PhD degree and significant TMS/EEG experience. The position will construct TMS and EEG safety guidelines and ensure that all IRB applications for TMS or EEG projects at Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute comply with these guidelines. The scientist in this position will contribute expertise to the construction of regulatory documents involving TMS studies. This position will provide hands-on training to researchers interested in running TMS and EEG studies as well as providing materials to educate researchers in both the research and clinical applications of TMS and EEG. This position will provide overall management of the scheduling and usage of testing rooms and equipment in the Koret Human Neurosciences Community Laboratory.
The Director reports to the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Assistant Director for Neuroscience Community Labs with scientific direction from the Institute Faculty Directors.
Maintain the laboratory facilities supporting the operations of one or more complex research and teaching facilities of significant complexity. Apply advanced knowledge of principles, concepts, and methods for assigned areas of responsibility. Participate in strategic planning and complex budgeting activities.
Under faculty oversight committee supervision, construct safety guidelines for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies conducted at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.
Consult with research groups interested in setting up TMS experiments to discuss optimal TMS parameters, stimulation targets and treatment schedules for these projects.
Support the development of IRB protocols and grant proposals for TMS studies.
Educate members of Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute in the research and clinical applications of TMS.
Provide hands-on training to members of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute in the use of the MagVenture TMS system with Axilum Robotics TMS-Cobot and Localite neuro-navigation software.
Setting up and maintaining TMS and neuro-navigation systems.
Under faculty oversight committee supervision, develop best practice guidelines for EEG studies conducted at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.
Consult with research groups interested in setting up EEG experiments discussing optimal EEG recording parameters, experimental designs and statistical evaluations.
Support the development of IRB protocols and grant proposals for EEG studies.
Educate members of Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute in the research and clinical applications of EEG-based approaches.
Provide hands-on training to members of Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute in the use of the EGI NetStation 128-ch EEG system and associated stimulus generation hardware and software. Provide support for E-Prime and open-source packages for EEG data analysis.
Education & Experience:
PhD or MD with minimum 3 years’ experience in the operation and use of EEG and TMS equipment, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Three or more years of experience in TMS and EEG required, including human subject research experimental design.
Demonstrated experience in IRB protocol preparation and compliance, as well as interacting with research participants.
General background in psychiatry, psychology, neurology or a related discipline strongly preferred.
Demonstrated supervisory experience.
Demonstrated experience managing large budgets.
Knowledge and experience in managing facilities, operations, maintenance, space, and equipment administration in a research or teaching setting.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects in a complex and technical environment.
Familiarity with health and safety compliance regulations.
Certifications and Licenses:
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Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
Must have correctable vision to perform duties of the job.
Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.
* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
May at times be required to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials may be present. Specific hazards include, but are not limited to, chemicals, allergens and solvents.
Requires work in an environment where subject confidentiality is required.
Must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing and gloves, etc.
May work extended or unusual work hours due to research or project requirements and peak work cycles. After hours on-call availability required.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
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