Northwestern University

Research Data Analyst Associate

Company: Northwestern University

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Posted on: August 16

Coordination and curation of data from clinical functional imaging studies, intraoperative mapping data, and neuropsychological measures.

The goal of the project is to use multi-modal data to identify critical nodes of brain function (language, motor, …) to determine sites of stimulation, impact on cognitive performance, and predict surgical outcomes.

This position will report to Dr. Parrish in Radiology but will be highly integrated with Dr. Marc Slutsky (Neurology), and Matt Tate (Neurosurgery). Dr. Slutsky’s work focuses on ECoG mapping and identifying critical regions of motor and language networks. Dr. Tate is a functional neurosurgeon who conducts 2-3 awake mapping cases a week. Dr. Parrish’s work focuses on neuroimaging – data acquisition and data analysis for all types of imaging data including structural, diffusion, perfusion and functional imaging.

This position will work in a collaborative environment to assist with the coordination, processing and analysis of MR neuroimaging data, intraoperative data including DES, ECoG, and IR mapping. Prior experience with neuroimaging software suites such as FreeSurfer, SPM, FSL and AFNI is required. Proficiency in coding and statistical packages is preferred. Experience with graph theory analyses is also preferred.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.


  • Completes a variety of statistical analyses using appropriate data and software
  • Merges data from multiple sources in preparation for analysis.
  • Interprets results of analyses for use in reports and presentations


  • Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
  • Reviews data and Identifies quality issues
  • Conducts multi-modal data analysis
  • Works with the team to interpret group and individual results


  • Trains and supervises subordinate staff and students


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree from an accredited college or university in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Psychology, or related;
  • 1.5+ years of experience in MR imaging research
  • Please see information highlighted in tables below.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Experience with coding and/or shell scripting
  • Knowledge of MRI physics
  • Excellent management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in computer science, neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering or related field
  • Exposure to neuroimaging data analysis software suites
  • Knowledge of scanner operation and subject setup

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Experience using Freesurfer, FSL, AFNI, SPM or other neuroimaging platforms
  • Experience with data analysis/data visualization using R, SPSS, Tableau or other statistical packages
  • Proficient in coding using Shell or Bash script, Python or other scripting languages

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