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Added 2/23/2018

Psychology/Neuroscience Research Assistant at Virginia Tech

A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King- Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, personality, or substance-use disorders, and at-risk youth). The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and assessing research participants, implementing all aspects of study protocols, and maintaining positive communication with research participants and collaborators. Data collection involves various modalities including: behavior, fMRI, clinical interviews, genetic samples. Additional duties include managing participant databases, organizing project funds, and preparing and tracking IRB protocols. The research assistant is an essential member of the group and will be generally responsible for having overall knowledge of all lab projects and managing day-to-day logistics of ongoing lab projects. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. For motivated individuals, there are many opportunities to be involved with data analysis. This is an excellent position for candidates interested in graduate school in cognitive or clinical psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment.

Minimum requirements include: 1) BA/BS in psychology, biology, engineering, or related field; 2) two years of research experience; 3) ability to work both independently and as part of a team; 4) demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; 5) demonstrated ability and desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple concurrent duties; 6) excellent written and oral communication skills; 7) proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent.

Other information: MA/MS candidates with clinical (clinical psychology, psychiatry) training will be considered; salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates with data analysis and/or computer programming experience will be considered favorably.

Required application materials: Cover letter including statement of interest, CV/Resume, list of references. Two letters of recommendation will be required prior to final consideration.

Consideration of applications will begin February 12, 2018, and will end when the position is filled. Expected start date is late Spring/early Summer 2018. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please apply at: http://www.jobs.vt.edu, posting # SW0180031 Pre-submission inquiries with CV may be emailed to:
Brennan Delattre, bdelattr@vtc.vt.edu
Lab Manager for Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Roanoke, VA


Added 2/23/2018

Research Assistant Position at the NeuroCognition Lab at Tufts University

START DATE: April 2018 - Summer 2018.

JOB DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW: We are seeking a full time Research Assistant to assist with all aspects of our cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistic research. Our lab is interested in where and when the brain is activated during language processing in healthy individuals and in patients with schizophrenia. For more information about what we do, see: http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/kuperberglab/. The responsibilities of this position are varied and involve the coordination of all aspects of research projects, including collecting and analyzing neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, ERP) data, statistical analysis, scientific manuscript writing, and maintaining the day-to-day operations of the lab.

In addition to the intellectual reward, the position would give the holder experience of research in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, clinical applications, as well as database and program management. This is an ideal research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology. Our lab has sites at both Tufts University (Medford, MA) and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Charlestown, MA), both of which are easily accessible from Boston, MA.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. B.A., B.Sc. degree in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics, computer science, or a closely related field.
  2. Strong interest in how language is processed in the brain.
  3. Very strong quantitative and analytic skills and comfort with programs such as Excel and Powerpoint.
  4. Some research experience with statistics and familiarity with statistical analysis software such as SPSS or R.
  5. Very strong organizational skills: Must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized; able to multi-task and prioritize.
  6. Strong computational skills and some programming experience (e.g. Python, R, MATLAB) and familiarity with Linux/Unix environments and bash/shell scripting.
  7. Ability to work well in teams, with strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  8. A two-year time commitment is requested.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Previous experience on ERP data collection and analysis

OTHER: Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Tufts University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Full-time employees receive full benefits.

TO APPLY: Please complete our online application, link: https://tufts.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aVGFWPmGGPnsovj

CONTACT: Please direct any technical questions regarding the application to Lena Warnke at lena.warnke@tufts.edu

All other questions regarding the application should be sent to Dr. Gina Kuperberg at GKuperberg@mgh.harvard.edu


Added 2/21/2018

Research assistant in neuropsychology with the renowned Framingham Heart Study, MA

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 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, dynamic environment with little supervision. The primary responsibility will be testing 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. Applicants will assist with a new project that requires repeated testing of assigned participants over the course of a year. The research assistant will be responsible for the well-being of their participants during the one year they are enrolled in this study. This includes, but is not limited to, going to the person’s home to conduct neuropsychological testing, accompanying the participant to and from MRI/PET imaging appointments, and spending quality time with the participant to ensure they are comfortable throughout the testing period. Research assistants will additionally score neuropsychological test responses, enter and clean data, prepare case reports for diagnostic meetings and conduct literature searches. Additionally, applicants are expected to assist with a wide range of research projects. These include studies about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Natural Language Processing (NLP), 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. This position is ideal for those who plan to apply to graduate or medical school. Only those available for on-site interviews will be considered. Benefits include those offered to all full-time Boston University employees (see http://www.bu.edu/hr/jobs/why-work-at-bu/benefits-summary/ for details).

Hours: Full Time

To be considered, please send resumes and cover letters to Spencer Hardy at fhsneuropsy@gmail.com


Added 2/21/2018

Research coordinator in neuropsychology with the renowned Framingham Heart Study, MA

Research coordinator 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. In order to be considered, applicants must have clinical research experience with direct patient/participant interaction and some evidence of management capabilities. Familiarity with neuropsychology and interest in cognitive aging, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and brain imaging is also required. The applicant should be comfortable managing teams, have strong written/verbal communication skills and a willingness to work non- traditional hours.

Research responsibilities will include administering neuropsychology tests to participants age 25-100+, preparing case reports for dementia diagnostic meetings and conducting literature searches, data entry and cleaning, and managing numerous project details with a focus on ensuring data integrity and accuracy. Example of some project topics are Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Natural Language Processing (NLP), technology integration into research methods, and neuropathology, with more underway and in the pipeline. Management responsibilities include helping to supervise a team of ~10 research assistants, delegating work appropriately, communicating research goals, evaluating performance, and running the summer internship program.

Only those available for on-site interviews will be considered. Benefits include those offered to full-time Boston University employees (see http://www.bu.edu/hr/jobs/why-work-at-bu/benefits- summary/ for details).

If interested, please send resumes and cover letters to Spencer Hardy (fhsneuropsy@gmail.com)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2 years clinical research experience
  • Interest in the field of brain aging/dementia
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills - Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Direct patient/participant interaction
  • Project management skills
  • Experience as a direct supervisor
  • Must have a car

Added 2/21/2018

Univ CA San Francisco is hiring RAs

Our lab (brainlens.org) is hiring postdocs and RAs to start immediately! Please help spread the word. We paste below the postdoc position as an example but all can be accessed through the links below.

In addition to the active postings below, we are also most likely hiring several other postdocs and assessment RAs in the next 2-3 months. Please have them contact us if they may not quite find the right fit below but are generally interested in computational approaches, developmental cognitive neuroscience / neuroimaging in affect or language, ed-neuro, edtech broadly defined. There may be opportunities to work on the east coast as well in the Connecticut area.

The jobs we are currently advertising for are the following:

Neuroscience & Education Research Assistant (to build and run a Brain-Mobile EEG lab in a school): http://brainlens.org/images/Ad_brainmobileRA.pdf

brainLENS Lab Research Assistant (for project management and data analysis): http://brainlens.org/images/Ad_Spring2018_FullTimeRA.pdf

This information as well as other available part-time/volunteer positions can be found in http://brainlens.org/involvement/employment.

Please direct any questions to brainlens@ucsf.edu.


Added 1/24/2018

Research Positions at Massachusetts General Hospital

1. CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR II IN DIVISION OF NEUROTHERAPEUTICS AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL/ MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Start Date : May 2018

Principal Investigators : Alik Widge MD PhD (primary supervisor), Darin Dougherty MD, Thilo Deckersbach PhD

Responsibilities : Full-time Clinical Research Coordinator II (CRC II) needed in the Division of Neurotherapeutics , a multidisciplinary clinical neuroscience group. We conduct neuroimaging, EEG, behavioral, and clinical studies of severe psychiatric illness. Most of our work uses Deep Brain Stimulation and similar devices as tools to both treat disease and understand the brain.

The CRC II will be responsible for both data collection and analysis. Data collection includes application of neuroimaging and electrophysiology (fMRI, EEG), behavioral/psychophysical tasks, and standardized questionnaires. The CRC II will be primarily responsible for performing Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) analysis as well as fMRI and behavioral data analysis for several studies involving neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric illness. Data analysis will include a variety of statistical methods, and will likely require learning new software tools (i.e. Slicer, StimVision, FreeSurfer, SPM). The CRC II will also help produce reports, scholarly clinical research abstracts, posters, and manuscripts for publication and can expect to be credited as an author on many of these.

The CRC II will work closely with Investigators, study staff and the Institutional review Board (IRB) to implement and oversee studies and submit appropriate regulatory forms, document, compile and maintains clinical research data, patient files, regulatory binders and study databases. The CRC II can expect to conduct clinical assessments and work closely with patients by coordinating and administering, scoring, and evaluating study questionnaires/interviews. There will be opportunities to shadow clinicians in the division and/or observe neurosurgeries as part of our research data collection.

The position requires high level technical and analytical skills, the ability to manage data software systems, strong research and writing skills, and the ability and desire to work independently. The CRC will be working closely with severely ill psychiatric patients for data collection, and so should be comfortable and considerate while working with clinical populations. We give preference to candidates who are interested in clinical/translational research work as part of their long-term career.

Qualifications : Bachelor's degree with at least 1 year of related research experience not for course credit required. Candidates of all majors are welcomed, but must possess a strong interest in clinical problems and neuroscience. Strong interpersonal skills are a must, and experience with psychiatric clinical populations is highly preferred but not required. Candidates must be organized with attention to detail and able to work independently. Candidates must also possess good writing and editing skills, and basic programming skills in a scientific language such as MATLAB, Python, or R. Familiarity with UNIX/LINUX and C shell scripting is recommended but not required. Candidates must have prior neuroimaging experience, including familiarity with DTI data analysis. Proficiency in Slicer, Trackvis, FreeSurfer (TRACULA) or similar programs is a plus.

Ongoing/upcoming projects :

  • Retrospective analysis combining whole brain tractography with DBS electric field models to determine anatomical tracts underlying response and side effects in treatment-resistant OCD
  • multiple DBS studies funded by the Brain Initiative and multi-site studies of the neural basis of consciousness

Our laboratory is part of the Martinos Center, one of the world's largest and most diverse human neuroscience centers. There will be many opportunities for a broad exposure to cognitive and emotional neuroscience through seminars, workshops, and peer interactions.

Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to Aishwarya Gosai at agosai@mgh.harvard.edu

2. CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR II IN DIVISION OF NEUROTHERAPEUTICS AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL/ MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Start Date : May-June 2018

Principal Investigators : Thilo Deckersbach PhD (primary supervisor), Darin Dougherty MD, Alik Widge MD PhD

Responsibilities : Full-time Clinical Research Coordinator II (CRC II) needed in the Division of Neurotherapeutics , a multidisciplinary clinical neuroscience group. We conduct neuroimaging, EEG, behavioral, and clinical studies of severe psychiatric illness. Most of our work uses Deep Brain Stimulation and similar devices as tools to both treat disease and understand the brain.

The CRC II will be responsible for both data collection and analysis. Data collection includes application of neuroimaging and electrophysiology (fMRI and EEG), behavioral/psychophysical tasks, and standardized questionnaires. The CRC II will be responsible for performing fMRI, PET, and behavioral data analysis for several studies involving neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric illness. Data analysis will include a variety of statistical methods, and will likely require learning new software tools (e.g., SPM, Freesurfer). The CRC II will also help produce reports, scholarly clinical research abstracts, posters, and manuscripts for publication and can expect to be credited as an author on many of these.

The CRC II will work closely with Investigators, study staff and the Institutional review Board (IRB) to implement and oversee studies and submit appropriate regulatory forms, document, compile and maintain clinical research data, patient files, regulatory binders and study databases. The CRC II can expect to conduct clinical assessments and work closely with patients by coordinating and administering, scoring, and evaluating study questionnaires/interviews. There will be opportunities to shadow clinicians in the division and/or observe neurosurgeries as part of our research data collection.

The position requires high level technical and analytical skills, the ability to manage data software systems, strong research and writing skills, and the ability and desire to work independently. The CRC will be working closely with severely ill psychiatric patients for data collection, and so should be comfortable and considerate while working with clinical populations. We give preference to candidates who are interested in clinical/translational research work as part of their long-term career.

Qualifications : Bachelor's degree with at least 1 year of related research experience not for course credit required. Candidates of all majors are welcomed, but must possess a strong interest in clinical problems and neuroscience. Strong interpersonal skills are a must, and experience with psychiatric clinical populations is highly preferred but not required. Candidates must be organized with attention to detail and able to work independently. Candidates must also possess good writing and editing skills, and basic programming skills in a scientific language such as MATLAB, Python, or R. Familiarity with UNIX/LINUX and C shell scripting is recommended but not required. Candidates must have prior neuroimaging experience, including familiarity with fMRI data analysis. Proficiency in FreeSurfer, SPM, or similar programs is a plus.

Ongoing/upcoming projects :

  • multiple DBS studies funded by the Brain Initiative
  • multi-site studies of the neural basis of consciousness
  • neuroimaging studies of trichotillomania, eating disorders, and endocrine dysfunctions.

Our laboratory is part of the Martinos Center, one of the world's largest and most diverse human neuroscience centers. There will be many opportunities for a broad exposure to cognitive and emotional neuroscience through seminars, workshops, and peer interactions.

Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to Aishwarya Gosai at agosai@mgh.harvard.edu

3. CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR II IN DIVISION OF NEUROTHERAPEUTICS AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL/ MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Start Date : May-June 2018

Principal Investigators : Alik Widge MD PhD (primary supervisor), Darin Dougherty MD, Thilo Deckersbach PhD

Responsibilities : Full-time Clinical Research Coordinator II (CRC II) needed in the Division of Neurotherapeutics , a multidisciplinary clinical neuroscience group. We conduct neuroimaging, EEG, behavioral, and clinical studies of severe psychiatric illness. Most of our work uses Deep Brain Stimulation and similar devices as tools to both treat disease and understand the brain.

The CRC II will be responsible for both data collection and analysis. Data collection includes application of neuroimaging and electrophysiology (fMRI and EEG), behavioral/psychophysical tasks, and standardized questionnaires. Data analysis includes time series (human EEG & intracranial recordings from humans and rats) and behavioral data analysis for several studies on the neural mechanisms of psychiatric illness. This is likely to additionally include methods development, e.g. programming the visual display of standardized stimuli for various testing environments. Analysis will include a variety of statistical methods, and will require learning new software tools (e.g., MNE, FieldTrip, FreeSurfer). This often involves programming scripts and code collections that can then be used by others. The CRC II will also help produce reports, scholarly clinical research abstracts, posters, and manuscripts for publication and can expect to be credited as an author. Finally, the CRC II will have multiple administrative duties such as assisting with grant preparation and IRB maintenance.

The position requires high level technical and analytical skills, the ability to manage data software systems, strong research and writing skills, and the ability to work independently. The CRC will be working closely with severely ill psychiatric patients for data collection, and so should be comfortable and considerate while working with clinical populations. We give preference to candidates who are interested in clinical/translational research work as part of their long-term career.

Ongoing/upcoming projects :

  • Combined cortical and striatal DBS clinical pilot
  • Multi-site study on the neural basis of consciousness
  • EMOTE-DBS: ON/OFF Stimulation, Reward Motivation, and Impulsivity in Patients with DBS
  • Transformative Restoration of Affective Networks by Systematic, Function-Oriented, Real-Time Modeling and Deep Brain Stimulation (TRANSFORM DBS)

Our laboratory is part of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, one of the world's largest and most diverse human neuroscience centers. There will be many opportunities for a broad exposure to cognitive and emotional neuroscience through seminars, workshops, and peer interactions.

Qualifications : Bachelor's degree with at least 1 year of related research experience not for course credit required. This position would be suitable for an applicant with a background in engineering, computer science, or mathematics who has a strong interest and motivation to apply that knowledge in clinical neuroscience. Neuroscience, biology, psychology, or other majors are also acceptable with demonstrated quantitative skills. Candidates must be organized, attentive to detail, able to work independently, and possess good writing and editing skills. Strong interpersonal skills are a must. Prior experience working with clinical populations is preferred but not required.

Candidates must have a strong background in at least one programming language commonly used for scientific data analysis. MATLAB and/or Python are strongly preferred; R or Julia are welcome.There should be documented evidence of ability to independently complete programming tasks, including selection and re-use of open-source function libraries and consultation of online resources when appropriate. Experience with basic statistical analyses (e.g., linear and generalized linear regression, ANOVA) is necessary. Knowledge of additional methods, particularly Bayesian or nonparametric frameworks, will be a plus. Familiarity with signal processing is also desired. Candidates with prior experience with one or more existing neuroscience time series analysis tools (e.g., FieldTrip, MNE, or EEGLAB) or experience with EEG experimental design and data collection will be given high priority.

Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to Aishwarya Gosai at agosai@mgh.harvard.edu


Added 1/12/2018

Research Assistants/Coordinators - Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Center for Biobehavioral Health (CBH) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, Ohio anticipates hiring 7-10 fulltime Research Assistants or Coordinators this spring/summer to work with investigators on research relevant to the psychosocial and medical outcomes experienced by children and families facing developmental and health challenges. Studies represent both descriptive work and clinical trials with a variety of populations, e.g., congenital heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, palliative care, pediatric cancer, prematurity, and traumatic brain injury. Learning opportunities, depending on the specific position, could include training in early childhood development, neuropsychological assessment, neuroimaging techniques, and/or assessment of diverse phenomena such as peer relationships, physical activity and other health behaviors, and family interactions. Research Assistants recruit participants, collect data in clinical, research, and community settings, code/ manage data, and participate in dissemination of results.

Applicants should have a Bachelor or Master’s degree and related research experience in the social sciences or public health, a history of academic success, and experience interacting with children. We value staff that are organized, independent, reliable and enthusiastic; have strong interpersonal skills; and work well with others. Interested individuals should send a request for a detailed description of research teams with open positions to Justin.Jackson@nationwidechildrens.org . Please put “RA Positions” in the subject line of your email and attach a current detailed resume or CV.


Added 1/12/2018

Multiple research tech openings at NYU

The Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Health seeks to provide the opportunity for talented graduates to gain valuable research experience. Neuroscientists at NYU are members of an intellectually stimulating, collegial environment, equipped with state-of-the-art resources, in the heart of Manhattan. Current research topics cover a broad range of disciplines including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, cognition and behavior, sensation and perception, and systems neuroscience.

For more information, visit https://med.nyu.edu/neuroscience/tech


Added 1/3/2018

Lab manager, Social Cognition and Psychopathology Lab at the University of Rochester

The Social Cognition and Psychopathology Lab at the University of Rochester, directed by David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D., is seeking a full-time lab manager to coordinate and oversee a series of research projects aimed at understanding and intervening upon social cognitive impairment and social dysfunction in psychopathology, particularly among those at risk for and diagnosed with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Primary responsibilities include data collection using interview, behavioral, and neuroimaging methods (e.g., fMRI), data analysis, participant recruitment and screening, administrative management of research studies, and assistance in the preparation of grants, presentations, and manuscripts. This position is well-suited for someone interested in pursuing graduate studies in clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field. Start date is early/mid-2018 and a two-year commitment is strongly preferred.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field with at least 1-2 years of research experience; excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; ability to multi-task and work independently; comfort interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, including individuals with serious mental illness; schedule flexibility to work some weeknights/weekends; programming, statistical, and/or web development experience/skills (e.g., R, Matlab, Python). The following experiences are highly preferred, but are not required to be considered for the position: Experience collecting and analyzing functional/structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data; prior work with clinical populations (e.g., clinical interviewing) or in clinical settings.

To Apply: Interested applicants should email a cover letter (outlining interest in the position, relevant experience, and long-term goals) and CV, and have two letters of recommendations emailed directly to David Dodell-Feder at ddfeder@gmail.com. Review of applications will start immediately and will be ongoing until the position is filled. Applicants will also need to apply through Human Resources at the University of Rochester (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled) at a later time.


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