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Apply now Job no: 92657-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology, Other

Position Vacancy ID:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Working Title:

Research Computing Facilitator

Official Title:


Hiring Department:



50% - 100%

Anticipated Begin Date:

JANUARY 22, 2018


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $43,432 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelor's degree or higher (Computer Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, or similar preferred)

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

- At least 3 years post bachelor's experience with each of the following:
- Organizing and processing large datasets with multiple types of data, human subjects research data preferred (e.g. neuroimaging, psychophysiology, behavioral, self-report data)
- Linux (or UNIX), including command-line experience
- Scripting languages such as Bash, PowerShell, and/or Python
- At least 2 years post bachelor's experience with human subject research (e.g. study planning, data collection, processing, analysis; familiarity with IRB, HIPAA, federal agency requirements)
- Familiarity with Mac and Windows environments
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience in training staff and/or students

Preferred areas of experience:
- Experience with project management practices
- Experience using high-throughput computing systems
- Experience with version control systems such as Git, Mercurial, Subversion, and CVS
- Experience with behavioral task programming systems such as E-Prime and PsychoPy
- Familiarity with statistical tools and practices
- Familiarity with neuroimaging data and tools
- Enthusiasm for scientific research and the open science movement

License or Certificate:


Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Healthy Minds (CHM) was founded and is led by neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. CHM's mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. CHM is a leader in rigorous, interdisciplinary basic and translational research aimed at understanding the mind and how to nurture well-being in ourselves and others. CHM communicates these findings to the world, inspires scientists to conduct further research, and engages influencers to shift the culture to embrace well-being.

In this position, your job will be to ease the friction of computing in scientific research and make our researchers more efficient, productive, and happy. You'll be the in-house expert on our research data management systems (we're currently using products called COINS and REDCap), helping research projects elegantly collect and download data. You'll work closely with our scientists to organize research data according to emerging standards, and work with other standards groups to extend these standards where we push against their boundaries. As studies are conceived, you will work with scientists to plan, create, and test the data collection and processing workflows. You'll investigate and help researchers to employ cutting-edge data processing tools to speed data analysis and improve the reproducibility of our research. You'll be in charge of projects to share our research data with the larger scientific community to fulfill our grant obligations and improve the state of this research worldwide. Finally, you'll teach these skills to our scientists and students and help make excellent data practices an integral part of our Center's culture.

While you won't be doing major software development in this role, you will need to know your way around a variety of computer systems; strong Linux skills and a reasonable familiarity with Mac and Windows systems are a must. Experience with a variety of programming languages (we mainly use R, Python, and MATLAB) will be helpful. You'll also need to be familiar with the principles and practices of scientific research. Strong skills in communication and collaboration are essential to success in this role. Finally, we want you to be interested and curious about the scientific work we do, and to genuinely want to help make the world a better place.

Additional Information:

A criminal background check will be conducted.
This position will have access to confidential and sensitive personnel and research information. Discretion and integrity are required.
Occasional night and weekend work may be needed.
The Center strongly supports a healthy work/life balance and a family-friendly work environment.


Cassandra Kuen
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the Apply Now button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired into an Associate Information Processing Consultant, Information Processing Consultant, or Senior Information Processing Consultant title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Cassandra Kuen, or 608-262-0196.

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advanced notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.

Additional Link: Full Position Details
  NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required
  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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