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External Positions for Seniors and Graduates

Added 02/27/2019

Research Assistant in Neuropsychology, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Position available: Research assistant in neuropsychology with the renowned Framingham Heart Study. Our offices are located in Framingham, MA but we are part of the departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

This multi-faceted position requires someone who is mature, independent, self-initiating, and comfortable working in an unstructured, non-traditional, dynamically evolving research environment with little supervision. The primary responsibility will be conducting neuropsychological testing on subjects with ages ranging from 25-100+. Testing will take place primarily in clinic, however, research assistants are expected to make home visits as well on a regular basis. Responsibilities will also include entering and cleaning data, preparing case reports for dementia diagnostic meetings, and conducting literature searches. Additionally, applicants are expected to assist with a wide range of research projects and the myriad of tasks associated with them. These other studies are centered on cognitive aging, Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI), natural language processing (NLP), technology integration into research methods, precision brain health and neuropathology, among others. Travel throughout New England and other states is required.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor's degree in psychology or related field, some experience in research, a willingness to work non-traditional hours and a car. Only those available for on-site interviews will be considered. Two year commitment is strongly preferred. Benefits include those offered to all full-time Boston University employees. If interested, please send resumes to 

Added 02/27/2019

Research Assistant in Language Development, Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies

Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies. Review of applications will begin immediately for a flexible start date between July 5th and July 15th 2019.

Responsibilities include: preparing stimuli, contacting families, testing children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate assistants, managing a summer internship program, maintaining equipment, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, assisting with grant management, and managing lab expenses.

Necessary qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
  • Availability for flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to facilitate data collection
  • A strong interest in the psychology of language, language acquisition, and conceptual development
  • Prior experience working with young children
  • Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
  • Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:

  • Experience with eye tracking
  • Experience with EEG
  • Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
  • Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
  • Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • A sense of humor

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics. Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics.

Potential applicants should email a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best). Please feel free to write with questions as well.

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