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Research Assistant I- DiCon Lab

Job ID REQ-2023-2387 Omaha, Nebraska

Job Summary: We are seeking a research assistant in the DICoN Laboratory at the Institute for Human Neuroscience at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Join a vibrant and growing group of cognitive neuroscientists in Omaha using state-of-the-art neuroimaging equipment and resources in the new 15,000+ square foot Institute for Human Neuroscience building. This position includes ample opportunities for career development, including enrollment in local neuroscience or psychology PhD programs and MD/PhD programs, as well as placement in other nationally recognized research programs. This position also includes ample opportunities for career development and upward mobility for individuals who are interested in research and are looking for a lifelong career in this field. Applicants with interest and previous experience in developmental psychology and/or aging will be given preference, but the DICoN Lab maintains a broad umbrella of existing projects and primarily seeks the best candidates to join our team. Major research-dedicated tools in the laboratory include two 306-sensor Neo MEG systems, a 3T Siemens Prisma magnet, brain stimulation equipment, and other cutting-edge neuroscience tools.

Successful applicants will have extensive opportunities to learn the latest neuroscience methods, conduct hands-on research with human participants, and author and co-author manuscripts.

Please submit a resume and a one-page cover letter detailing research experience and goals (in one attachment).


  • Assists in the preparation of stimuli and development of appropriate test procedures.

  • Assists in research tool preparation, data collection, and procedures in research studies which may include animals, human subjects, etc.

  • Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions and results.

  • Adheres to lab safety standards.

  • Maintains a detailed record of test conditions and results.

  • Assists in the calibration, maintenance and cleaning of laboratory equipment and workspace.

  • Assists in data collection and data analysis.  Reports findings and project outcomes to the principal investigator and involved staff.

  • Assists in the design, construction, and maintenance of electronic devices used in laboratories, including PCs, audio equipment, and special purpose interfaces.

  • Assists in the recruitment, scheduling, and testing in research studies using animal or human subjects.

  • Uses computers to analyze and plot results of experiments.


  • Ability to apply knowledge gained through coursework in psychology, speech and hearing, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and/or computer science.

  • Ability to operate and calibrate lab equipment and other electronic devices.

  • Ability to operate a personal computer and audio equipment.

  • Ability to apply math aptitude in order to perform data analyses and generate results.

  • Ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to work directly with laboratory staff personnel and principal investigators.

  • Job requires interpersonal skills, close attention to details, math aptitude, independent analytical thinking, organizational skills and flexibility in duties performed.

  • Ability to participate in continuing education programs regarding laboratory safe practices.


  • High school diploma required.

  • Minimum of one year of college coursework or equivalent experience required.

  • Based on area of assignment, bilingual skills may be required.

  • If employed in the Cognitive Neuroscience department, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification within 90 days of transfer or hire required.

  • If employed in the Cognitive Neuroscience department, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certification within 30 days of transfer or hire required.


  • Coursework with an emphasis in psychology, speech and hearing, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or a research related area is preferred.

Diversity is more than a commitment at Boys Town—it is the foundation of who we are and what we do.

At Boys Town, we cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers better business results.

About Boys Town:

Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

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