Positions

Full-time Study Coordinator Position

The Control & Network Connectivity Team (CONNECTlab) at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a full-time academic hourly research assistant to support extensive neuroimaging data acquisition, research coordination and data analysis of NIH-funded projects.

The CONNECTlab focuses on the role of large-scale neural communication and intrinsic brain activity in cognitive control and behavior. The majority of the brain’s activity is not directly evoked by external events but is instead maintained intrinsically. Yet, the behavioral role of intrinsic brain activity/connectivity and their responsiveness to cognitive context are not well understood. To close this knowledge gap beyond the capabilities of individual data modalities, we use EEG, intracranial EEG, fMRI and concurrent EEG-fMRI. We apply whole-brain connectivity and network neuroscience approaches in healthy participants as well as psychiatric and neurological populations. The lab brings together different talents and backgrounds and provides a collaborative and supportive environment. The Beckman Institute housing our lab offers a multi-disciplinary collaborative research environment and includes the Biomedical Imaging Center with two Siemens PRISMA MRI scanners and cutting-edge multi-modal neuroimaging capabilities.

The candidate must hold a BA/BSc in Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer Science, Engineering or related fields. The successful candidate is further expected to have either experience in data processing (MATLAB, Python or similar) or in the acquisition/analysis of behavioral or neural data (priority will be given to candidates with experience in EEG/MEG or fMRI). Contribution of the research assistant to research design/development and publications of our lab is highly desired and supported.

This is a one-year position, and funding is available for additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance. Candidates with an interest in two or more years are preferred. The start date is negotiable. Salary is commensurate with experience.

For more information see study coordinator position.

Graduate Student Position (Fall 2022): Multi-Modal Approaches to Cognitive Network Neuroscience:
The CONNECTlab is seeking a graduate student with interest in cognitive neuroscience and especially brain networks to work on NIH-funded projects. The CONNECTlab focuses on the significance of large-scale neural communication  and intrinsic brain activity for cognitive control and behavior. We use EEG, intracranial EEG, fMRI and concurrent EEG-fMRI. We apply whole-brain connectivity and network neuroscience approaches in healthy participants as well as psychiatric and neurological populations (major depression, brain lesions, neuro-Zika). We bring together many different talents in the lab, are supportive of each other, and love what we do. The Beckman Institute housing our lab offers a multi- disciplinary collaborative research environment and includes the Biomedical Imaging Center with two Siemens PRISMA MRI scanners and cutting-edge multi-modal neuroimaging capabilities. The ideal candidate will have prior research experience in relevant modalities (fMRI or EEG/MEG or behavioral studies) and have a basic understanding of coding and statical hypothesis testing.

If interested, please consider contacting CONNECTlab PI Sepideh Sadaghiani (sepideh AT illinois.edu) ahead of submitting your official application to the Psychology PhD Program or the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships:
The CONNECT lab is looking for undergraduate students interested in getting involved in cognitive neuroscience research. Students from all relevant fields (Psychology, ECE, CS or MCB) are welcome to apply for this volunteer position.  Course credits (e.g., PSYC290, MCB290) can be accredited. We are looking for students with

  • High self-motivation and sense of responsibility
  • Good time management skills
  • Nine hours of time per week dedicated to work in the lab
  • At least basic computational experience (MATLAB, python, or similar)

If interested, please send your CV to connectlab.illinois AT gmail.com