Research Associate I - Wood Neuro Lab - Biomedical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 10/13/2021

The research of Dr. Wood’s lab in Carnegie Mellon University's department of Biomedical Engineering is passionate about developing inclusive, multimodal, noninvasive hemodynamic imaging techniques and data analysis to visualize and quantify the management and the treatment of vascular diseases with neural effects and neural disorders, especially sickle cell disease. The lab investigates and evaluates cerebral health biomarkers and risk factors in cerebrovascular disease populations using multimodal hemodynamic and neural imaging with MRI, NIRS and EEG, including the neural pathways of pain and cognition. The focus is to contribute to the scientific community's understanding as to why and how cerebrovascular disease changes cerebral health under various functional states (i.e., sleep, rest, cognition). We intend to use this information to help diagnose and prevent the occurrence of cognitive impairments and complications like stroke.

We are searching for a Research Associate to join our research team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who thrives in an excellent and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the success of our lab by providing critical support making a significant contribution to sickle cell disease research.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Assists in the development and execution of research projects including experimental design, data analysis, and summarizing comprehensive experiment results
  • Data collection using noninvasive imaging devices being MRI, NIRS, EEG and other physiological apparatuses
  • Generating publishable data for manuscripts and grants
  • Data organization and appropriately storing private data internal servers and storage devices
  • Maintaining an accurate log and record of research studies completed
  • Coordinating lab complying with accurate certifications for biosafety, biohazard and human subject (CITI) training
  • Responsible for supervising undergraduate researchers during experiments
  • General lab maintenance
  • Working with the Collaborative Laboratory Manager in BME and BME purchasing team to order lab supplies
  • Tracking orders and supplies for lab
  • Communicating with collaborators and partners with the PI on behalf of lab matters and business conduct
  • Executing and documenting payment to participants on studies where applicable
  • Updating and amending IRB protocols
  • Acquiring informed consent within human studies; and maintain and respect participant’s confidentiality
  • Ensure and conduct compliance according to the university’s ethical practices, guidelines and protocols

You should demonstrate:

  • Phenomenal team spirit, an overall willingness to learn and ability to work in team environments.
  • Good oral and written communication skills and excellent organizational skills

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon University. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to optimally interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, neuroscience, or related biomedical and neuroscience fields
  • Equivalent experience and/or education may be considered in lieu of degree
  • 1-3 years of Research experience
  • Experience with recording or processing data from noninvasive devices
  • Experience working with human subjects preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of biology, physiology, and/or developmental preferred
  • Laboratory management experience would be preferred
  • Knowledge of Matlab, Python or similar programming languages
  • Knowledge of R, SPSS or similar statistical software


  • Successful Background check
  • Child Protection Clearances

Are you interested in this opportunity? Please apply!

Application instructions: This position is full-time and candidates are expected to work a total of 37.5 hours a week in the lab. Please contact Dr. Sossena Wood for more information ( Interested candidates should submit the following information as a single PDF file:

1. A brief cover letter outlining your research experience and project interests, and in which ways you would like to add to Dr. Sossena Wood’s research lab.

2. A recent Curriculum Vitae.

3. A list of 2 professional references that can refer to the candidate's technical skills and soft skills.

Please include your full name, current position, and contact information.

COVID-19 Condition of Employment

  • As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in Pennsylvania, California, Washington D.C., New York and Virginia to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires must provide proof of their vaccination or have an approved exemption.
  • New employees requesting a medical, religious or strong moral or ethical conviction exemption from the vaccine must complete and submit an exemption request form for review and approval. To receive the appropriate exemption request form, contact Employees with approved exemptions will be required to comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements including use of facial coverings, Daily Self-Assessment and Weekly Tartan Testing.


Pittsburgh, PA

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Full time

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