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Neurocognitive Principal Position available to work with Professor Keith A. Wesnes

Position Title: Neurocognitive Principal

Department: Clinical Services

Reports To: Director, Clinical Services

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Overview:

The Neurocognitive Principal is responsible working with the Cognition Practice Leader, Professor Keith Wesnes, developer of Bracket’s proprietary CDR System, and Client Services to ensure high quality service and deliverables for Bracket’s neurocognitive assessment product offerings. The Neurocognitive Principal is responsible for definition of neurocognitive assessment programs, clinical evaluation of associated data, and sponsor communication regarding clinical relevance of data analyses.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Other duties may be assigned.

Manage cognition reporting and analysis activities (50%)

  • Consult with statistician to define appropriate methods to analyze neurocognitive data.
  • Conduct clinical review of datasets to assess for data anomalies and provide recommendations to address these via appropriate analysis methods.
  • Develop interim and final reports to detail the impact of study drug on cognitive performance.
  • Communicate with sponsors to discuss clinical relevance of neurocognitive data and advise on appropriate methods for interpretation.
  • Facilitate interaction with other department staff supporting cognition projects to ensure data flow, data processing and review is conducted appropriately.
  • Management of computerized cognition task specifications, and revision to specifications due to addition of new neurocognitive assessments or enhancements.
  • Manage quality assurance (QA) processes for all neurocognitive assessment relate content.  

Business Development (20%)

  • Support Business Development activities including:

§  Review of potential protocols and consultation on proposal development for programs that include neurocognitive endpoints.

§  Consult with sponsors to assess relevant cognitive endpoints and define appropriate neurcognitive assessment tools.

§  Active participation in the preparation and delivery of business development presentations to potential sponsors.

§  Attendance at face to face business development efforts such as capabilities presentations, bid defenses, and training events (e.g. Investigator’s Meetings).

Research (20%)

  • Contribute to Bracket’s scientific research effort by proposing research ideas, conducting data analysis and drafting submissions as needed.

§  Encourage and foster research ideas.

§  Prepare and present posters, manuscripts, and oral presentations to key publications (e.g. various major Psychopharmacology journals) and conferences (eg. NCDEU, ECNP, etc) in support of Bracket’s publication strategy.

Administration (10%)

  • Serve as Product Business Owner (PBO) for internal Bracket products that support neurocognitive assessment services.
  • Track and report activity associated with neurocognitive programs, including but not limited to project status updates, and activity metrics.
  • Ensure appropriate resources are available to produce high quality materials in budgeted timelines.

Requirements:  (Knowledge, Skills, Experience):

  • Direct experience:

§  Doctoral Degree in human experimental cognitive psychology or human cognitive psychopharmacology, with 3-4 years of direct clinical trial experience, and expertise in neuropsychological assessment

§  Direct experience with computerized cognitive assessment preferred

§  Publications in the area a major advantage

  • Relevant skills:

§  Demonstrated analytical, organization and communication (both oral and written) abilities

§  Strategic thinker with an ability to develop a point of view given the multiple inputs available

§  Well organized and detail oriented, with the ability to multi-task

§  Possess excellent problem solving skills

§  Self-motivated, disciplined, focused, works well under pressure and able to prioritize  work

§  Familiarity with computers, in particular, Microsoft Office Suite

  • Desired characteristics:

§  Entrepreneurial spirit and a committed work ethic

§  Creative thinking and problem solving

§  Ability to travel for business

Contact Professor Keith A Wesnes directly to apply for this position at

Posted on 12/04/2013

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