Work Learn Program UBC Vancouver

This is a work-learn research assistant position at the IMM Lab.

About the position

Posted: 2023, July 05

The Research Assistant (RA) will work closely with the principal Investigator on human neuroimaging studies that employ magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to explore dynamic changes happening in the human brain while learning visually-guided motor skills or viewing complex visual images. This position will provide a unique opportunity to assist in a research program that utilizes cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques to understand human brain functions and behaviour. The research studies will take place in different locations: the BC Children’s Hospital, UBC Psychology, and/or the Surrey Memorial Hospital (Simon Fraser University).

Duties and Responsibilities

The tasks RA will be working on will include:

       (1) Preparing and setting up experiments

       (2) Contacting potential participants and obtaining consent from volunteering participants in the lab

       (3) Running participants (mainly school-aged children, but sometimes including adults) through various cognitive tasks designed like computer games

       (4) Assisting with MRI and MEG experiments.

       (5) Preprocessing the neuroimaging data and analyzing behavioural data

       (6) Literature review on topics related to research projects


Skills/Knowledge: Experience with the Mac/Linux operating system, Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants with Matlab, Python, or R programming experiences will be preferred (although not required).

Education level: Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies. Psychology, Neuroscience, and Engineering majors are preferred.

Great fit: Experience with school-aged children is preferred. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment

Must be able to work up to 10 hours/week during weekdays (between 9 am and 5 pm). Ability to work in two different research sites (BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and Surrey Memorial Hospitalin Surrey)

Experience Level: Current Students in a UBC Undergraduate Program, Current Students in a Master’s Program