Research Programmer Analyst I - Psychological & Brain Sciences - 43380

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.  

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.  This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


Perform innovative data analyses on neuroimaging and related data. Develop and implement computer algorithms for analyzing that data. Assume major responsibility for software and hardware development and implementation in a neuroimaging-focused, neuroscience lab.  Primary responsibilities will include collaboratively performing data analyses on neuroimaging and related data, with a major emphasis on fMRI data processing and computer programming.  Secondary responsibilities include software and hardware development, implementation for neuroimaging data and associated coordination of essential experimental procedures and files and potential contributions to collecting neuroimaging data.


  • Computer programming, which includes design and development of data analysis tools.
  • Design, develop, and implement computer algorithms and software for analyzing functional and structural MRI data of the brain and maintain data analysis programs developed over time for those data for neuroimaging-related neuroscience research purposes.
  • Implement and support data analysis tools; evaluate and resolve software problems for both existing and developing analysis streams for the purpose of processing and analyzing neuroimaging data and assume responsibilities for software development and effective implementation of the software for the purpose of processing and analyzing neuroimaging data.
  • Train research technicians on data entry methods and develop and maintain operational documentation of analysis methods.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Required Qualifications

    • BA/BS required with concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field.
    • Proficiency with standard computer programming languages (MATLAB, Python, C/C++, csh, bash) and familiarity with statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, R), psychological testing tools (Eprime, psychtoolbox) and neuroimaging software packages (FSL, SPM, FreeSurfer, AFNI and 3D Slicer).
    • Previous experience with functional magnetic resonance imaging or other cognitive neuroscience method.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience (>1 year) working in a cognitive neuroscience research laboratory, or equivalent combination of relevant experience strongly recommended.  
    • Processing and analysis of fMRI data.
    • Strong programming, quantitative, and computational skills.
    • Ability to interact with others respectfully, supportively, and compassionately.
    • Good organizational skills.

    Salary Range

    The hiring range for this position is $43,856 - $59,222 annually.

    Pre-Employment Screening

    All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits:

    Applicant Special Instructions

    • The Research Programmer Analyst should be able to solve day to day problems independently but know when input from a supervisor is warranted and seek such input without hesitation. When unusual conditions or situations arise, the research assistant should consult with the supervisor regarding the best course of action.
    • Takes direction from laboratory principal investigator and works in conjunction with data analyst.
    • The position will have minimal supervisory responsibilities.  However, s/he will be expected to assist in training/overseeing the work of research assistants who contribute to assessment and data entry.
    • The work areas will be in offices in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Radiology.  Work hours are somewhat flexible and will necessitate some early evening and weekend hours.

    EOE Statement

    Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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