Data Analyst (MRI Research)

Translational Emotion Neuroscience and Development Lab

San Diego State University

Drs. Jillian Lee Wiggins (San Diego State University) and Lea Dougherty (University of
Maryland College Park) and the Translational Emotion Neuroscience and Development
Lab ( in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State
University (SDSU) in San Diego, CA is seeking to hire a full-time data analyst for an
NIMH-funded research project examining neural mechanisms of mental disorders
across childhood and adolescence, using functional and structural MRI methods.

The data analyst will be involved in the analysis of neuroimaging data (especially
functional MRI) using standard group analysis, in addition to advanced methods
including machine learning, graph theory/network analysis, and neural networks. The
successful candidate will also assist with adapting fMRI paradigms and may periodically
perform MRI operator duties (training in this will be provided). The data analyst will be
expected to be a co-author in multiple research publications.

The ideal applicant will have a Master’s degree in Engineering/Computer Science (or
related field) and experience with MRI data acquisition and analysis (AFNI, SPM, FSL,
Freesurfer, etc.). Computer programming experience is necessary (Python, Matlab, R,
etc.), including familiarity with Linux environments. Knowledge of statistical methods is
highly desirable. Strong organization and problem-solving skills are essential, as is the
ability to work independently.

Salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, and include health benefits.
The position is currently remote (teleworking) but will transition to in-person as COVID-
19 restriction abate.

Interested individuals should email a cover letter, CV, and names and contact and
contact information of 3 references to Jillian Lee Wiggins ( and
Lea Dougherty ( Please include all documents in a single pdf file
and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”). Application review will
begin immediately.

SDSU is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer with a commitment to racial,
cultural, and gender diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.