Research Associate/Research Fellow, Neurology

Date: September 11, 2017

Title: Research Associate/Research Fellow in Epilepsy

School: SOM

Location: UH Epilepsy Center

The successful candidate will carry out epilepsy research for two years in the first instance, primarily centered around Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), as part of the National Institutes of Health Center for SUDEP Research (CSR). The lab is based at the Epilepsy Center at UH Cleveland Medical Center, the Division of Medical Informatics at the School of Medicine at CWRU and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at CWRU and the Department of Cardiology at UH Cleveland Medical Center). The lab has several projects including one to study the pathomechanisms and risk factors of SUDEP. The Epilepsy Center at UHCMC is an internationally recognized facility with world renowned faculty who are experts in epilepsy electrophysiology and epilepsy surgery. In addition to research duties, the successful candidate will undergo training in EEG and epilepsy, and participate in didactic teaching sessions. Contingent upon degree of personal application, the candidate is likely to develop strong expertise in epilepsy, EEG, epilepsy surgery and research methodologies.

It is highly desirable that the candidate is an MBBS or MD or DO graduate who has successfully completed a neurology residency. Prior knowledge of epilepsy and EEG is also desirable but not mandatory. Experience of managing databases, computer literacy and experience with multi-disciplinary research projects is a plus. Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential as is the ability to interact and work with a team of national and international researchers. The candidate will provide assistance to the Principal Investigator (PI) and help with data collection, analysis, manuscript preparation, IRB submissions and queries, and preparation of project activities, writing and presentations.


1) Project administration. This will include patient recruitment in the Epilepsy Monitoring. It will also include IRB submission, submission of addenda and project documents. The candidate will be the main point of contact for all project personnel. [30%]

2) The individual will be required to carry a pager and be available at short notice to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit during work hours. The position will include oversight of data collection, including daily clipping of electrophysiological polygraphy data, coordination with the technicians in the EMU and Cardiology Department. [10%]

3) Monitor protocols during running of experiments to check on correctness and completeness of testing. The candidate will ensure dissemination of study protocols and answer queries regarding these. [10%]

4) Patient follow-up, record keeping, database maintenance, liaison with the epilepsy monitoring unit, medical informatics, cardiology and engineering. [30%]

5) Data analysis, liaison with biostatisticians, manuscript preparation and submission. [20%]


Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Contact with the principal investigator, clinical research administrator, research coordinator, research associates and data manager

University: Minimal contact with other university staff outside of the department

External: Contact with staff at University Hospitals

Students: Contact with students on research projects


Supervise other project personnel and undergraduate students as required by the principal investigator


The major aspect of our work requires project co-ordination, data entry and database maintenance skills. The ability to design and maintain websites, and computer program skills are desirable but not essential.


Supervise research fellows, other project personnel and undergraduate students as required.


MBBS, MD, DO or PhD is required. Experience in in neurosciences, engineering or related fields is a minimum requirement although in the absence of such, candidate with substantial experience in the research domain in these fields will be considered. Strong recommendations are desirable.


1 to 3 years of research experience in a clinical research setting is desirable.

Interested candidates should send CV and three letters of reference to:

Samden D. Lhatoo, MBBS, MD, FRCP
Professor of Neurology
Dorothy Blair and Robert Daroff Chair in Neurology
University Hospitals - Cleveland Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Epilepsy Center - Lakeside 3222A
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44106-5040
(216) 844-5855
(216) 844-3160 (fax)


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