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Research Assistant

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Robotics and Sensorimotor Control Lab within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics is seeking a highly motivated research assistant who will aid in lab-related tasks for one year. Our lab's vision is to develop more effective treatments for humans with compromised somatosensation by, first, developing a richer understanding of human sensorimotor control and perception. We are a highly interdisciplinary team, with members and collaborators who are experts in areas including robotics, neurophysiology, neuroimaging, and clinical care. As such, strong communication and organization skills are highly desired. The research assistant will assist with building the lab, conducting human subject research, training new lab members, and preparing manuscripts and proposals. In addition, they will help with tasks relevant to running the lab and conducting human subject experiments including purchasing, lab website maintenance, onboarding and training of new lab members, lab organization, participant recruitment, human subject data collection, analysis of collected data, and manuscript preparation. Also, they will help in grant development, figure making and reference checking.

Required Qualifications

The candidate must have prior experience in:

  • lab management and human subject research
  • mechatronic systems and program in Python and R.
  • working with older adults and individuals who have survived a stroke.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS degree at time of employment with at least one degree in a discipline related to the subject matter.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work and communicate in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team setting.
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Interest in working with clinicians

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Review Date

Open until filled

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Cristina Rosa Castanerat crosa@vt.eduduring regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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