Research Assistant
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute

Position Description: 

Dr. Erica Middleton, Director of the Language and Learning Lab and Dr. Edward Wlotko, Director of the Cognitive Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology Lab of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (http://mrri.org/) announce a new opening for a BA/BS-level research assistant supporting research on language processing in typical speakers and stroke-survivors with language and cognitive impairments.  The position will begin in Spring/Summer 2018 and continue for two years, with possible extension.  The Language and Learning Lab focuses on advancing an understanding of the cognitive basis of aphasia and mechanisms of language change in the service of promoting effective rehabilitation.  The Cognitive Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology Lab investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language processing; current work uses EEG/ERP to examine sentence comprehension in neuropsychological populations and to characterize language impairments after left- vs. right- hemisphere stroke.  The position will be divided approximately equally between the two labs, including some collaborative projects involving both labs.  Opportunities for further enrichment are available through interactions with our colleagues at MRRI, a unique environment with a highly active research community situated in the context of a rehabilitation hospital.  With appropriate training and supervision, the successful candidate will: administer standardized assessments of cognitive and language function to patients and to neurologically intact individuals help design and conduct experimental studies using computer-administered protocols, eyetracking, and electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) methods manage, process, and analyze data learn and apply brain lesion image segmentation and lesion-symptom mapping analysis participate in other aspects of research and lab operation as warranted.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position.  Applicants should have a strong academic background in cognitive psychology/cognitive science, psycholinguistics, linguistics, speech & hearing science, and/or neuroscience, with coursework in statistics and research methods.  Preference will be given to applicants with prior research experience and coursework in relevant areas.  Other qualifications include: evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills demonstration of willingness and ability to flexibly learn new techniques in a dynamic environment prior experience in a human subjects research setting is strongly preferred.

MRRI and Moss Rehab are part of the Einstein Healthcare Network, an Equal Opportunity Employer located in the Philadelphia area.  Einstein Healthcare Network is proud to offer its employees outstanding career opportunities including competitive compensation, attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement. 

How to Apply: 

Send cover letter including, when applicable, a description of prior relevant research experience, C.V. (including a list of relevant coursework), and at least two letters of reference (including details of performance in prior research roles, if applicable) to Jeremy Kirkwood at: [email protected].  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Position is available immediately.