The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California Davis, School of Medicine is recruiting for full-time Junior Specialist(s) in the area of clinical neurotechnology.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE We are seeking a motivated and responsible individual with an interest in neurotechnology and medicine to join a multidisciplinary team of physicians and scientists with the UC Davis Neuroprosthetics Lab (https://neuroprosthetics.faculty.ucdavis.edu/). The goal of our research is to develop and test the safety of a brain-implantable neural interface system (BrainGate2; www.braingate.org). We are developing this BCI system to allow people with physical disabilities (e.g., unable to speak due to ALS or stroke) to speak simply by attempting to do so, by decoding their speech-related brain activity in real-time.
The successful candidate will be at the front lines of cutting-edge research, working on integrating our speech BCI software to standard consumer operating systems and software, so that, for example, our clinical trial participants can use a brain-to-text attempted speech decoder to write emails and documents, send messages, and generally investigate how this technology can be useful in their day-to-day life. Other aspects of the project include: automating and streamlining various parts of the BCI process to enable at-home use without the research team present; quantifying performance and automatically detecting problems; and making the system robust to changing neural and environmental context.
Candidates will be invited to participate in laboratory meetings, assist with experimental designs for novel BCI technology, contribute towards academic publications published in peer-reviewed journals, and attend relevant talks/meetings.
The neurotechnology software developer will be communicating with clinical trial participants and their caregivers, as well as the research team (including the UC Davis team and our collaborators at the other BrainGate sites), on a regular basis. As such, strong interpersonal skills are essential. Formal training in computer science is not required; however, the successful candidate will have extensive software development experience and technical competency with using both Linux and mainstream operating systems (Windows, MacOS).
I. RESEARCH (90% Effort) A. Collaborate with other research personnel affiliated with research activities involving software development, neurotechnology, and medicine. B. Integrate our speech BCI software to standard consumer operating systems and software; automating and streamlining various parts of the BCI process to enable at-home use without the research team present. C. Quantifying performance and automatically detecting problems; making the system robust to changing neural and environmental context D. Communicating with clinical trial participants and their caregivers, as well as the research team (including the UC Davis team and our collaborators at the other BrainGate sites), on a regular basis. E. Collaborate as author on publications. F. Scientific contributions to published research G. Active dissemination of information (beyond the boundaries of the campus) through published software and presentations.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE (5% Effort) A. Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations. B. Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% Effort) A. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise. B. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.