Job Description

Posting Date Job Number Job Title Revision Date Category Type Status
3/15/2017 27-17 Head, Technical & Research Services 08/01/2017 Admin Full-Time Accepting Applications

Please submit a resume with Job No. 27-17. Instructions to complete the application are provided in a PDF format at the bottom of the recruitment posting. A link to upload a resume and/or other support documents is provided within the body of the online application. Please note that application materials must be completed in its entirety in order to be considered for the recruitment pool.

The Head, Technical and Research Services for the Brain Institute position is an exempt, full-time administrator position reporting to the Director of the Brain Institute. This position is located at the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California and is anticipated to begin on or after June 1, 2017

The Head, Technical and Research Services for the Brain Institute assists the Director and other Brain Institute (BI) scientists in all technical and engineering aspects related to research. The incumbent will collaborate with the Director in the design of applied and industrial specifications for the central lab space. Oversees the construction, equipment acquisition and installation of experimental arenas and setups. 

As the Head, Technical and Research Services for the Brain Institute, the incumbent will be responsible for the development of new experimental setups, human research protocols and paradigms to meet existing scientific goals, and to seed new research directions. Will participate in and support research projects as facilitator, advisor, joint supervisor, collaborating experimenter, technical support, or an independent researcher. Advises, trains, and mentors students and researchers.  Provides expertise to aid with the development of scientific goals and design experiments; trains in experimental techniques, technology, and analytical techniques. Facilitates institutional knowledge retention; documents and memorializes protocols and code.  The incumbent provides assessment of new techniques developed in projects, ensures documentation, and the training of successors prior to departure of researchers. In addition, this role advises and actively assists in manuscript preparation and publication, data analysis, reports, grants, and is responsible for seeking out new research resources.

In alignment with the strategic plan of the Director, the incumbent interfaces and liaisons with internal and external faculty, students, guests, and collaborators, to forge, develop, and lead research initiatives, projects, and synergies. The position provides expertise in the crafting and filing of institutional review board documents, grooming of researchers, and general support of planned and ongoing research projects.  Serves as an independent investigator as well as a service provider within the general mandate of the BI and in concert with the Director. The incumbent performs other duties as assigned.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for the Head, Technical and Research Services for the Brain Institute position.

Specific Job Requirements: Possess a PhD based on empirical research in applied neuroscience, cognitive psychology, experimental behavioral science, or a related discipline. Possess a minimum of two (2) years of experience in supervising researchers and research projects and possess three years of experience in training, advising, and mentoring researchers in experiment design, experiment conduct, data analysis, writing, and publishing; minimum of six (6) years of experience in the development of human subject paradigms, protocols, protocol compliance, and handling adverse incidents; five (5) years of experience conducting basic interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences and psychology (e.g., cognitive/experimental psychology, psychophysics, behavioral science). 

Experience in executing interdisciplinary projects requiring the integration and collaboration of multiple research groups across neuroscience, psychology, economics, philosophy, and/or other fields. Experience in design of new or remodeled lab space, specification of facilities and scientific equipment. Proven ability to design, develop, test, calibrate, and validate new experimental setups: integration of multiple stimulation and data collection techniques; use of central and distributed control systems; implementation of spatial co-registration systems, sync triggers, and event signals (electronic, light and mechanical); measurement of visual and auditory stimulus properties, millisecond-accurate calibration of stimulus timings. Demonstrated ability to interface with hardware and software manufacturers to maintain, update, and upgrade products and to support the needs of BI users.  Experience designing, drafting, and supporting specialized hardware and software needs for BI researchers, including the integration of products from multiple manufactures. Demonstrated ability to implement full experiments: visual and auditory stimulus generation, multi-stream data acquisition, adaptive trial control, and multi-participant interaction using high-level programming languages such as Matlab or Python. 

Demonstrated skill in the development of novel data analysis and visualization techniques: non-hypothesis-driven exploration of complex, exotic datasets; design and computation of tailored metrics and statistical constructs appropriate for testing theoretical hypotheses using at least a high-level programming language. Experience in the skilled use of the above techniques, as well as the specification, acquisition, setup, calibration, maintenance, repair, upgrading, and enhancement of specific models. Experience in the use and optimization of the above techniques; and their proper selection for use in experimental designs toward abstract scientific goals. Strong programming skills in Matlab Python as well as C(++)-type languages. Strong skills in data analysis: manipulations, transformation, and integration of multiple and/or large datasets; machine learning, statistical modeling, and statistical inference; signal and image processing techniques; parametric and non-parametric multivariate statistics including Bayesian methods, machine learning, and deep learning big data; construction and automation of graphical output.

General Job Requirements: Knowledge of properties, capabilities, and limitations of neuroscience and behavioral measurement technologies, including specific models of: TMS, TES (tDCS, tACS, etc.), EEG, EMG, EDA/GSR, heart rate monitoring, eye tracking, motion tracking, and human interface devices. Knowledge of properties, capabilities and limitations of sensory stimulation technologies, including specific models of: computer video cards, monitors, high-speed projectors, stereo and dichoptic viewing devices, optical filters, speakers, headphones, tactile stimulators. Knowledge of properties, capabilities and limitations of perceptual and cognitive manipulations, e.g., methods of inducing: visual illusions, masking, subliminal stimulation, afterimages; tactile rabbit illusion, rubber hand illusion, cross-modal facilitation or interaction; priming, framing, prospect theory-related biases. Ability to use Psychophysics Toolbox, PsychoPy, VisionEgg, or equivalent programming packages for fine control of stimuli and data acquisition. Excellent interpersonal skills to work and serve a diverse group of individuals at all organizational levels both inside and outside the University. Ability to use tact and diplomacy and maintain a high level of confidentiality. 

Notice to Applicants: This position will be posted for a minimum of 5 business days and may close at any time after that without prior notice.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.


Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.
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