Research Assistant, Child Development Laboratory, University of Maryland (Dr. Nathan Fox, Director)

The Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland is searching for a person to fill the position of Research Assistant. The successful applicant will work on a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, called the Temperament Over Time Study. This large, longitudinal study examines the effects of infant temperament on later social and cognitive development and examines trajectories of development that may result in the emergence of psychopathology in adolescence. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Section on Developmental Affective Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health. RAs work with clinical psychologists, developmental and cognitive neuroscientists, and brain imagers involved in the project. The position involves recruiting, scheduling, and assessing adolescents and their families and will involve seeing subjects on week-ends.

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience, or a social science related field is required. The position requires attention to detail, organizational and planning abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills. Experience working or completing research with children, families or adolescents is preferred. The position can begin as early as June 1, 2018 and requires a two-year commitment. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and the names and email addresses of two references to Dr. Nathan A. Fox at fox@umd.edu and Dr. Kaylee Seddio at kseddio@umd.edu.

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Laboratory Coordinator Position—Emory University

 The Memory at Emory laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Emory University (http://Scholarblogs.emory.edu/bauerlab/), directed by Dr. Patricia Bauer, seeks a full-time laboratory coordinator (job classification: Research Specialist).

The laboratory coordinator will assist with studies of the development of episodic and semantic memory, in preschool to school-age children, and young adults. The laboratory makes use of behavioral measures, eye tracking, and event-related potential (ERP) methods. Duties include contributing to study design, creating experimental stimuli, testing participants, managing data, and assisting with data analysis. There also are administrative duties including assisting with participant recruitment and training and supervising undergraduate research assistants. Coordinators also have the opportunity to attend and present the work of the laboratory at scientific conferences and to contribute to preparation of scientific publications.

The position is ideally suited to a recent college graduate who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, neuroscience, or a related field and who is (a) looking for additional research experience before going on to graduate school or (b) seeking a more permanent employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in related scientific field or discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, and an interest in development are a must. The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and with parents and community members. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Emory University is a vibrant, research-centered private university, located in Atlanta, Georgia. The position offers competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate may start as early as May 2018 and no later than July 2018. A 2-year commitment is required.

To apply for this position, please submit (1) a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, and (2) your CV or resume, to Dr. Natalie Merrill (natalie.merrill@emory.edu). (3) Please also arrange for two letters of recommendation, also to be submitted to Dr. Merrill. If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Dr. Patricia Bauer or Dr. Natalie Merrill (patricia.bauer@emory.edu ornatalie.merrill@emory.edu). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

This is an equal employment opportunity, and Emory is an affirmative action employer. Emory does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran/Reserve/National Guard status.

Job Opportunity- Solomon Lab, UC Davis MIND Institute

Junior Specialist for the Solomon Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 9th, 2018

Next review date: February 23rd, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: June 30th, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Description

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Solomon Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

RECRUITMENT DESCRIPTION:

The candidate will be involved in interdisciplinary studies investigating the behavioral and developmental characteristics of autism spectrum disorder in children, adolescents, and young adults. This position will be integral for the daily operation of a clinical cognitive neuroscience laboratory. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. This candidate will work closely with Marie Krug, PhD (Assistant Project Scientist) and Marjorie Solomon, PhD (PI).

General responsibilities include:

RESEARCH ACTIVITY
• Subject recruitment and scheduling
• Conducting research visits for several projects, including Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA), Autism Phenome Project (APP), The Higher Cognition, Emotional Development, and Language Processing Study (HELP), and Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research (STAAR)
• Collection of behavioral, questionnaire, and MRI data from typically developing individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder
• Scoring of questionnaires and assessments, data entry and database maintenance
• Preparing and maintaining documentation for review by the Institutional Review Board Review (IRB).
• After training, the candidate will be expected to assist in all daily operations of laboratory research, and participate in several research projects simultaneously
• Research participation will result in opportunities to present at scientific conferences and potential co-authorship on peer-reviewed articles if criteria for authorship are met

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
• Attendance and active participation in weekly lab meetings and research-related discussions by providing feedback on implementation of research visits, which will aid in study design and improvements to the experimental protocol, presenting data, and engaging in interpretation of study findings
• Assisting with preparation and analysis of data for presentations, conference abstracts, posters, publications, and grants
• Literature reviews of journal articles on topics including but not limited to cognitive control, decision-making, and emotion processing in autism, to assist with data presentations, conference abstracts, posters, publications, and grants

SERVICE ACTIVITY
• Participate in the University by volunteering at special events for children with autism that participate in research studies at the MIND Institute
• Engage in recruitment and outreach activities in the community
• Provide interpretation of study measures to participants and their families, including summarizing behavioral assessment results and preparing results letters

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, human development, neurobiology, physiology, and behavior (NPB), biological sciences, or a related field by hiring date (students graduating in spring of 2018 are encouraged to apply)
• GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher
• Experience in a clinical, psychology, or neuroscience research laboratory
• Experience working with children, experience working with children/adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, and/or a strong desire to work with and learn more about individuals with autism spectrum disorder

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills to convey information and work effectively with lab members
• Excellent social skills to facilitate communication with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families
• Detail oriented with exceptional organizational skills to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
• Tracking and record-keeping skills
• Writing skills including accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation sufficient to create and edit documents

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience with data analysis in psychology and/or neuroscience
• Experience with SPSS, R, SAS, or neuroimaging software
• Programming experience (Matlab, C, python)

For more details and to apply: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02035

Seeking CRC II MGH, Psychiatry, Position opening 5/1/2018

Seeking CRC II MGH, Psychiatry, Position opening 5/1/2018

Clinical Research Coordinator II (CRCII)- Department of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Neuroscience, Sleep and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA

 

The Clinical Research Coordinator II (CRC II) will work closely with the PI, Post-Doctoral Fellow and a second CRC II on an NIMH-funded project studying sleep and brain activity among individuals who have recently experienced psychological trauma. The CRC II will recruit potential research subjects, conduct ambulatory polysomnography (PSG) studies, participate in fMRI scanning, organize and analyze fMRI, psychophysiological and self-report data, organize and submit IRB amendments, and perform biannual NIMH data-sharing tasks.

 

Requirement of this job include:

 

  1. Undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience or related field
  2. Good interpersonal skills
  3. Willingness to work evening hours several days per week
  4. Willingness to make a 2-year commitment
  5. Prior experience with or the ability to rapidly master technical and analytic skills including ambulatory PSG, psychophysiological measurements, operation of  3T MRI scanner, fMRI analyses using SPM.

 

At least 1 year of related research and /or clinical experience is preferable. Preference will also be given to those with advanced statistical knowledge or prior experience in relevant research techniques such as Matlab programming, MRI analytic software (e.g., SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), resting state functional connectivity, DTI analyses, or quantitative EEG.

If interested, or if you would like to learn more about this position, please contact:

Edward F. Pace-Schott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital – East
CNY 149 13th Street Room 2605
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 508-523-4288
Fax: 617-726-4078
Email: epace-schott@mgh.harvard.edu

NeuroCognition of Language Lab Research Assistant Application

Research Assistant Position

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

Lab website: http://kuperberglab.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/

Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience job postings

Clinical Research Specialist I, Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience,

Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital are dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in children diagnosed with or at risk for various developmental disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, psychology, and education. In collaboration with clinical experts in fields such as developmental pediatrics and child neurology, we are working to expand our knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders. Through this collaborative and comprehensive approach, we aim to drive the science forward as rapidly as possible, so that we can translate what we learn into earlier identification, improved therapies, and better outcomes for children and families affected by developmental disorders.

The Clinical Research Specialist (CRS) will work on a collaborative project between Boston Children’s Hospital (PI Charles Nelson) and Boston University (PI Helen Tager-Flusberg) that is investigating the early development of infants who have an older sibling with an autism spectrum disorder, infants displaying delays at their 12 month well-baby visit, and infants with no developmental concerns. Our goal is to find signs that suggest risk for this disorder between infants with an older sibling with an autism spectrum disorder, and those displaying developmental concern, based on early differences detected on a screening tool. The project will use electrophysiology, eye tracking and behavioral measures in a group of 3- to 36-month-old children who are participating in a longitudinal study. Responsibilities include working with, and coordinating a team of undergraduate students, postdocs, and research staff associated with the research project in addition to IRB management and preparing progress reports. The CRS will be responsible for administering electrophysiological and eye tracking lab protocols, and perform standardized diagnostic and developmental assessments. Furthermore, the CRS will oversee data management, as well as contribute to running the day-to-day operations for research protocols under the direction of the Principal Investigator and the Program Manager.

Eligible candidates have the following qualifications:

  A bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, as well as a 2-year commitment to the position

  At least two years of paid professional experience working in a research setting with human subjects

  Experience working with infants or children in a research setting, preferably using behavioral or neuroimaging measures such as eye tracking, EEG, or ERP

  Previous experience working with children with an autism spectrum disorder

  Ability to assist with grant preparation, publications, presentations and/or applications to an Institutional Review Board

  Experience with administering and scoring standardized measures of autism symptoms (e.g., the ADOS, MSEL)

  High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail

  Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends

To apply, please complete the online lab application form (https://redcap.tch.harvard.edu/redcap_edc/surveys/?s=V6UudY) and upload a CV and letter of interest.

Contact Alissa Westerlund with any questions, Alissa.Westerlund@childrens.harvard.edu.

Clinical Research Specialist I, Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience,

Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital are dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in children diagnosed with or at risk for various developmental disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, psychology, and education. In collaboration with clinical experts in fields such as developmental pediatrics and child neurology, we are working to expand our knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders. Through this collaborative and comprehensive approach, we aim to drive the science forward as rapidly as possible, so that we can translate what we learn into earlier identification, improved therapies, and better outcomes for children and families affected by developmental disorders.

The Clinical Research Specialist (CRS) will join the Emotion Project team in the Nelson Lab. The CRS will coordinate day-to day operations and functions for a longitudinal study investigating the neural bases of emotion processing in typically developing young children. The project uses electrophysiology, functional near infrared spectroscopy, physiology, eye tracking, and behavioral measures in a cohort of children being followed from infancy to 7 years of age. Responsibilities include working with, and coordinating a team of undergraduate students, postdocs, and research staff associated with the research project in addition to IRB management and preparing progress reports. Furthermore, the CRS will work closely with team members on the development, coordination, and implementation of research procedures, and will contribute to running the day-to-day operations for research protocols in the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience under the direction of the Principal Investigator and the Program Manager.

Eligible candidates have the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, as well as a 2-year commitment to the position
  • Experience working with infants or children in a research setting, preferably using physiological, behavioral or neuroimaging measures such as eye tracking, heart rate, EEG, or ERP
  • At least two years of paid professional experience working in a research setting with human subjects
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems, basic statistics software (e.g. Excel, SPSS), and basic experimental presentation and collection software (e.g., ePrime, Redcap, Matlab)
  • Ability to assist with grant preparation, publications, presentations and/or applications to an Institutional Review Board
  • High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail

To apply, please complete the online lab application form (https://redcap.tch.harvard.edu/redcap_edc/surveys/?s=V6UudY) and upload a CV and letter of interest.

Contact Alissa Westerlund with any questions, Alissa.Westerlund@childrens.harvard.edu.

The Faja Lab within the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital is seeking a Research Study Coordinator for a new NIMH-funded project examining the emergence of executive function difficulties in young children with ASD relative to children with developmental delays or no developmental concerns. Research in the LCN is generally dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in children diagnosed with or at risk for various developmental disorders. Through a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to drive the science forward as rapidly as possible, so that we can translate what we learn into earlier identification, improved therapies, and better outcomes for children and families affected by developmental disorders. Children’s Hospital of Boston is ranked as the top Children’s Hospital in the United States and is committed research and to building a diverse workforce. Applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged.

The Research Study Coordinator will work primarily on a project that will examine biological and behavioral markers associated with executive and social functioning in preschool aged children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental delays, and no developmental concerns. The project will use electrophysiology, behavioral, clinical, and parent report measures in a group of children who are participating at multiple time points. Responsibilities will include oversight of day-to-day operations of the project as well as coordination for a lab with research focused on autism spectrum disorders within the LCN. This includes working with and coordinating a team of undergraduate students, graduate students, fellows, and staff members associated with the research project. In addition, duties will include grant preparation, preparing progress reports, and IRB management. The coordinator will work to develop and oversee a database that includes physiological, behavioral, clinical, and parent report data across time points and coordinate data sharing with NIMH. The Research Coordinator will perform standardized developmental, cognitive and physiological assessments. Finally, the Research Coordinator will contribute to data processing, scoring, and cleaning and will have the opportunity to assist with analysis.

Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, as well as a 2-year commitment to the position
  • At least 2 years of paid professional experience working in a research setting with human subjects
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends to facilitate visits
  • Previous professional experience with children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems, basic statistics software (e.g. Excel, SPSS), and basic experimental presentation and collection software (e.g., ePrime, Redcap, Matlab)
  • Ability to assist with grant preparation, publications, presentations and/or applications to an Institutional Review Board
  • High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team; excellent communication skills, problem solving abilities, organization, and attention to detail

Preferred experience includes:

  • Knowledge of psychophysiological/electrophysiological recording measures
  • Experience with administering and scoring standardized measures of autism symptoms (e.g., the ADOS, ADI)
  • A master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field

Please apply for the position online (http://www.childrenshospital.org/career-opportunities/search-career-opportunities). Click ‘Search Openings’, and enter AutoReqId 44692BR. Candidates being considered for this position will be asked to provide 3 professional references.

Clinical Research Coordinator II position at MGH, Psychiatry

We are looking to hire a college graduate with strong organizational and interpersonal skills as a full time research coordinator for several projects investigating the neural basis and nature of cognitive deficits in neuropsychiatric disorders.

This is an excellent research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or medicine. The primary line of investigation focuses on the contribution of abnormal sleep to impaired memory consolidation in schizophrenia and autism.

The techniques employed include polysomnography (sleep electroencephalography), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magneto- and electroencephalography (MEG/EEG), and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).

The coordinator will work closely with the Principal Investigator, lab mates, and collaborators on all aspects of the research projects. Training in data acquisition and analysis will be provided. Responsibilities are varied and include managing patient studies, recruitment, screening and characterization of participants, maintaining accurate records, and assisting with grant applications, human subject applications, and publications. Knowledge of Mac and/or Linux/UNIX operating systems as well as some programming experience are an asset, as is a high level of comfort with novel computer applications and environments. A background in psychology, statistics, and neuroscience is an asset. A mentored research project is encouraged. The candidate must be mature and responsible with excellent organizational, interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills. S/He must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks, feel comfortable working with clinical and non-clinical study populations, working as part of a team and seek assistance when appropriate.

Position will be available starting May 2018. A two-year commitment is required. Please submit a resume, writing sample, college transcript (unofficial is fine) and contact information for three references to Angela Savlidis: asavlidis@mgh.harvard.edu

The CRC II position can be found at MGH website: http://www.massgeneral.org/careers/jobsearch.aspx. Job ID: 3056767

Lab manager, Princeton Baby Lab

Position Summary:
The Department of Psychology at Princeton University is seeking a full-time research specialist (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) to work in the Princeton Baby Lab under the supervision of Dr. Casey Lew-Williams. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with postdocs, graduate students, senior thesis students, and research assistants, as well as Dr. Lauren Emberson, Dr. Adele Goldberg, and Dr. Uri Hasson. Targeted start date is June 1, 2018 (but mid/late June is possible).

Responsibilities:
The research specialist will participate in all aspects of projects on early learning in infants and toddlers, with a particular focus on language. Participants in our studies include typically developing children, Spanish/English bilingual children, and children growing up in low-income households. 90% of work will take place on Princeton’s campus, and 10% of work will take place in our community lab in nearby Trenton, NJ. Primary responsibilities will include:
– Testing young children using various research methods, such as eye tracking and fNIRS
– Coordinating participant recruitment in Princeton and Trenton
– Developing stimuli for experiments
– Mentoring undergraduates
– Setting up and maintaining operations of the lab through general administrative duties
– Conducting a study of your own (or two!)
Essential qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, communication sciences and disorders, or related cognitive science fields
– Have a demonstrated interest in cognitive science
– Be able to write very clearly for any audience

– Be able to jump from low- to high-level work, and back again
– Get along well with other people
– Have excellent communication skills with young children and families
– Be able to get tasks done efficiently
– Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently

Preferred qualifications:
– Experience with research methods in developmental science
– Experience with R, Matlab, Excel, or other software
– Experience with audio/video editing programs
– Spanish speaker (desired, but not at all required)

Note that Dr. Lauren Emberson is also seeking a Research Specialist / Lab Coordinator right now, but this is a separate position. Candidates are welcome to apply for both should their interests afford.
This is a one-year appointment with a high likelihood of renewal, pending satisfactory performance. Please apply to requisition #2018-8437 at https://careers.princeton.edu. Include a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, CV, and contact information for two references. For more information, please email Casey Lew-Williams (caseylw@princeton.edu). Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 20, 2018.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Lab Coordinator Position in RISC Lab, Temple University

The Research in Spatial Cognition Lab at Temple University, directed by Drs. Nora Newcombe and Thomas Shipley, is seeking to hire a new lab coordinator. Information about this position can be found on our website.

Interested applicants should send a resume/CV and cover letter to Julia Erlanger (julia.erlanger@temple.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately.

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