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Stanford University Senior Research Associate in Stanford, California

Senior Research Associate

School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States


Post Date Jan 19, 2022

Requisition # 92864

The Human Motor Control and Neuromodulation Lab is part of the Stanford Movement Disorders Center within the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. We are seeking an experienced, full-time lab manager to join a dynamic and fun diverse group of post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and research scientists.

The goal of the research in the laboratory is to understand the pathophysiology of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and tremor. At Stanford, innovations in neural interface technology have allowed us to discover how abnormal electrical brain activity contributes to disorders in movement. In the Human Motor Control and Neuromodulation Lab, the first decoding of electrical activity in deep brain structures during abnormal movement in Parkinson’s disease patients was performed using novel and investigative sensing neurostimulators. Our team has deconstructed brain activity to discover the neural code responsible for the abnormality of walking in Parkinson’s disease, and can predict debilitating freezing events that can cause falls, significant morbidity, and even death. This has enabled us to reverse engineer brain circuitry and restore movement in Parkinson’s disease using the first closed loop, demand-based brain pacemakers that respond to neural and kinematic markers of movement impairment.

The current position offers an exceptional opportunity for a motivated and intellectually curious individual to participate in rewarding and cutting-edge research in human motor control and neurophysiology in Parkinson’s disease.

The position involves oversight of regulatory (FDA and IRB) compliance and co-authorship of regulatory supplements and reports, as well as new applications, for significant-risk device studies. It also includes administrative and budgetary responsibilities related to communications (e.g., progress reports and grant applications) with funding agencies and industry partners, as well as direct human subject interaction and testing, the collection, organization and analysis of electrophysiological and kinematic data, and participation in the publication of results.

Check out the lab website for additional details on team members, publications, and ongoing research projects: http://med.stanford.edu/bronte-stewart-lab.html

Duties include:

  • Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.

  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing general guidance and suggestions.

  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.

  • Solve problems, and make decisions that affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.

  • Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.

  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.

  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.

  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.

*- Other duties may also be assigned


  • Experience with human subjects research and medical device studies, including FDA IDE and IRB regulatory procedures

  • Experience with study design and statistical analyses

  • Experience with Matlab and SPSS

  • Experience with REDCap or similar data management software

  • Desire to take initiative, solve problems, and handle substantial responsibility

  • Able to successfully juggle and prioritize among multiple projects

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

  • Strong work ethic

  • Able to work well on a team


Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and experience in an applicable social science.


  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.

  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.

  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.

  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.

  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work with human study participants.

  • Developing supervisory skills.


  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.

  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.

*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.

  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors bases on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

As an organization that receives federal funding, Stanford University has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/working-stanford/covid-19/interim-policies/covid-19-surveillance-testing-policy

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Job Code: 4187

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Grade: G

  • Department URL: http://med.stanford.edu/neurology/

  • Requisition ID: 92864