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Research Associate II - Rutishauser Lab - Department of Neurosurgery

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Requisition # HRC0720154

Are you a hardworking and dedicated research professional interested in being part of breakthrough Research?

When you join Cedars-Sinai, you become part of a team that is at the forefront of medical advancements and life-saving medical and scientific breakthroughs. Cedars-Sinai is one of the leading institutes for driven research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Principal Investigator, Ueli Rutishauser, PhD is searching for a Research Associate II to join the team!

The Rutishauser Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai is investigating the neural mechanisms of learning, memory and decision-making level of single neurons and networks thereof. We are a systems neuroscience laboratory and use a combination of in-vivo, single-unit electrophysiology in humans, intracranial electrocorticography, eye tracking, electrical stimulation, behavior and computational, and theoretical approaches. We have helped pioneer the technique of human single-neuron recordings and continue to advance the tools, methods and surgical techniques that allow such experiments. The Rutishauser Laboratory has an ongoing close collaboration with scientists at the California Institute of Technology.

To learn more, please visit the Rutishauser Laboratory website

Working under direct supervision provided by the Principal Investigator, you as a Research Associate II, will perform routine and increasingly complex tasks and procedures as part of the laboratory of Dr. Ueli Rutishauser. Dr. Rutishauser and his team are studying human cognition and memory using invasive and non-invasive electrophysiology as well as behavioral and computational methods. You will participate in all aspects of ongoing research activities, including but not limited to - conducting experiments; acquiring, processing, and analyzing data; and reporting findings. You will learn and subsequently perform independently a variety of complex data processing and analysis steps and execute experimental procedures to support the objectives of ongoing research projects. You will also assist in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings and assist in general laboratory maintenance. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

If you're interested in gaining research experience in a productive, stimulating, and supportive laboratory in preparation for application to graduate or medical school, then this opportunity is a perfect match to your search!

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs a variety of increasingly complex experimental protocols and procedures and assist in the design of new complex or unusual protocols and techniques
  • Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results, and assists in identifying and troubleshooting of unexpected results
  • Orders laboratory supplies and supports laboratory operations
  • Maintains lab equipment and related records and may coordinate use of lab equipment
  • Assists in the operation of specialized equipment, as required by the area of research
  • Assists in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings
  • Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures
  • Orients research laboratory assistants or lower level research associates and undergraduate student researchers on day-to-day lab operations and routine procedures

Department-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Pl and other laboratory members in management, processing, and analysis of electrophysiological recordings (EEG, spike sorting)
  • Assist with interactions with IRB and NIH
  • Independently execute complex analysis procedures after appropriate training
  • Use, modify, and adjust Matlab data analysis routines
  • Perform spike sorting of electrophysiological recordings
  • Processing and analysis of structural MRI images
  • Maintenance of experimental records



  • Bachelor of Science degree, required
  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Computer Science, or Engineering is highly preferred

Experience and Skill Set:

  • One year of research laboratory experience is required
  • Research experience analyzing EEG data or similar relevant experience
  • Knowledge of and strong interest in systems/cognitive neuroscience
  • Research experience working with human subjects preferred
  • Programming skills in Matlab or similar
  • Excellent organization skills and very detail-oriented; learns new tasks quickly
  • Self-motivated; works well under supervision but also capable of carrying out work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills for interaction with other scientists and physicians
  • Masters complex technical procedures and protocols
  • Working Title: Research Associate II - Rutishauser Lab - Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department: Home Dept-Black
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Research Studies/Clinical Trials
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Cedars-Sinai will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

At Cedars-Sinai, we are dedicated to the safety, health and wellbeing of our patients and employees. This includes protecting our patients from communicable diseases, such as influenza (flu) and COVID-19. For this reason, we require that all new employees receive a flu vaccine based on the seasonal availability of flu vaccine (typically during September through April each year) as a condition of employment, and annually thereafter as a condition of continued employment, subject to medical exemption or religious accommodation. For the same reason, you may also be required to receive other vaccines such as COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Cedars-Sinai reserves the right to make modifications to its required list of vaccines as required by law and/or policy.

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