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.

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Diversity Program: A Sneak Peek at Northwestern’s Psychology PhD Programs

A SNEAK PEEK AT NORTHWESTERN’S PSYCHOLOGY PHD PROGRAMS

Northwestern University’s Psychology Department is hosting a program on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd for students who are members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in academia (including first-generation college students), and who are potentially interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology. Activities will include workshops designed to help with the graduate school application process and opportunities to meet psychology department faculty members and graduate students to learn what graduate school is like and how they might fit into the various psychology graduate programs (e.g., clinical, social, cognitive neuroscience, etc.). Travel and accommodation costs associated with participation will be covered, and the application process will be fast and free (applications are due by April 2nd @ 5 PM CST).  For more information, please see the program website and access the online application here.

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.

Student Intern, Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine

The Faja and Nelson Labs at the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital have a student intern position open to assist on a multisite project with 6- to 11-year-old children on the autism spectrum. Responsibilities will include assisting in study visits, behaviorally supporting children on the autism spectrum, collecting surveys from parents, data entry and lab maintenance. Students interns will have the opportunity to learn about electrophysiological data acquisition (EEG and eye tracking), clinical and cognitive assessments, neurodevelopmental disorders, research methodology, and attend seminars on topics such as professional development and atypical child development.
Requirements:

  • Undergraduate student majoring in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, as well as a part- or full- time summer commitment, with potential for continuing part in the fall
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends to facilitate visits with school-aged children
  • Previous experience with children
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems
  • High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail

Preferred experience includes:

  • Knowledge of psychophysiological/electrophysiological recording and/or eye-tracking measures
  • Previous experience with autism spectrum disorder
  • Previous experience working in a research setting
  • Experience with data entry and management
  • Knowledge of basic statistics software and basic experimental presentation and collection software

To apply, please submit: (1) Letter of interest; (2) CV/Resume to Aksheya.sridhar@childrens.harvard.edu
Candidates being considered for this position will be asked to provide 2-3 references.
For further information please contact Aksheya Sridhar, aksheya.sridhar@childrens.harvard.edu.

Summer Internship: Temple University Infant & Child Lab

Summer Internship: Temple University Infant & Child Lab

The Temple Infant & Child Lab is offering summer internships to bright, energetic students who are eager to peer into the world of child development. Directed by Professors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Nora Newcombe, the lab conducts both theoretical and applied research on language acquisition, spatial learning, memory development, and playful learning in children aged 5 months to 8 years.

Summer interns will receive hands-on experience in every step of the research process. Each intern will work on one or two research projects and will be paired with a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow mentor who will serve as a resource for questions about their areas of research and graduate school. Summer interns will receive a stipend of $1000. The internship will take place over 8 weeks during the summer of 2018.

Duties may include:

  • Recruiting and scheduling lab participants
  • Assisting with stimuli design and creation
  • Conducting studies with children in the lab or in local preschools
  • Coding and analyzing data
  • Discussing relevant journal articles in lab meetings

Required qualifications:

  • Major in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or related field
  • Commitment to at least 20 hours per week for 8 weeks
  • Basic computer skills and proficiency with MS Office
  • Experience working with children

If interested, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to Jelani Medford, Lab Coordinator, at jelani.medford@temple.edu. Applications will be accepted until Thursday,March 1st, 2018. Please visit our website (http://www.templeinfantlab.com/) for more information about the lab.

N.E.R.D. Lab Summer Internship in Educational Neuroscience, University of Alabama Inbox x CDS x

Please encourage outstanding undergraduate students, including graduating seniors, seeking research experience to apply for a summer internship at the newly-established Neuroscience of Education Research and Development (N.E.R.D. Lab; nerdlab.ua.edu). As part of the Educational Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Alabama (edneuro.ua.edu), our research examines how the brain supports learning across the lifespan, with a particular focus on the impact of gesture on typical and atypical language acquisition and processing. We use a variety of methods including functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalography (EEG), and eyetracking to investigate how gesture affects the neural mechanisms of language processing and learning in populations including native English speakers, English language learners, and individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Under the mentorship of the PI, Dr. Laura Morett, summer interns in the N.E.R.D. Lab will receive hands-on experience with research, including participant recruitment, experiment development, data collection, and data entry and cleaning. Interns will attend and participate in lab meetings where cutting-edge research relevant to educational neuroscience will be discussed. By participating in these activities, interns will gain significant knowledge of research on gesture, language acquisition and processing, and the neural bases of learning; hone their ability to dissect research papers; and hands-on experience with behavioral and neural data collection techniques. The ideal candidate for this internship is enthusiastic, conscientious, and willing to learn technical skills necessary to conduct neuroscience research (although no prior experience with these skills is required). Candidates with interests in neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, communication sciences and disorders, or education who are considering careers in fields such as research, medicine, or speech pathology are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is a plus, but not a requirement. We value diversity and encourage applications from individuals from groups underrepresented in the sciences, including individuals from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and those from other diverse populations or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Interns must be available for 10-20 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks during summer 2018.  Applicants may participate in the internship for course credit or as part of a program with funding through their college or university, or as volunteer interns.  Hourly compensation may be available, but is not guaranteed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for their own funding through relevant opportunities, and we are happy to suggest and support such applications.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcript, and 1-2 letters of reference to nerdlab@ua.edu by 5pm on March 16.  The cover letter should describe your academic background and previous relevant work or research experience, interests in language, gesture, development, cognition, and/or neuroscience, and how this internship would contribute to your future goals.  Please direct any questions about the internship to nerdlab@ua.edu.  We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your application!

UC Berkeley Language and Cognitive Development Lab 2018 Summer Internship

UC Berkeley 

Language and Cognitive Development Lab 2018 Summer Internship 

Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan

 

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan, is now accepting applications for their summer internship. The goal of this program is to provide a comprehensive, hands-on research experience to highly motivated students, while making valuable contributions to cognitive science.

 

Our lab explores how linguistic, cognitive, and social abilities arise during human development. A central goal of our research is exploring how these different aspects of development interact with one another. Interns will work closely with the lab manager, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and each other, and will meet with professor Srinivasan on a regular basis. Interns will be involved in many facets of the research process, such as: assisting with data collection, working on stimuli creation and preparation of study materials, reading relevant theoretical and empirical papers, recruiting participants, and processing or analyzing data. Interns will also have the opportunity to test participants at preschools or children’s museums in the Bay Area. Lastly, interns will attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups to discuss the theory behind research projects, and will have the opportunity to present on the projects they are assigned at during the internship. We hope that interns will come away from these activities with an enriched understanding of language and cognitive development.

 

This internship is unpaid and will run from June 11th – August 10th and requires 30 hours of work per week.  For more information, please see our websitehttp://lcdlab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship/ Please submit all application materials (found on our website) by March 1st at 8:00 AM PST. 

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.

Funded PhD position in Educational Neuroscience, University of Lyon (France)

The Brain, Behavior, and Learning Lab (http://www.bbl-lab.com) at the Institute of Cognitive Science in Lyon, France, is seeking applicants for a 3-year fully funded PhD position in Educational Neuroscience.

The successful applicant will work with Jérôme Prado (CNRS) and Marie-Line Gardes (University of Lyon) on a project investigating the neural correlates of fraction processing in typically developing children and children with math learning disability, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral measurements. The project will also assess the neural and behavioral effects of an intervention based on a newly developed video game to improve fraction knowledge in children (http://mathmathews.com/fractions-fr/). The position is a great way to develop research skills in developmental cognitive neuroscience and mathematical cognition. The Institute of Cognitive Science in Lyon provides a stimulating research environment with many opportunities for interaction with other labs investigating the development of cognitive and social skills (http://l2c2.isc.cnrs.fr/drupal7/en/). The lab has extensive experience with recruiting and testing children from the Lyon area and has access to a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner.

To qualify for the position, candidates must have (or soon obtain) a master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive neuroscience, Educational sciences or in a related area. Candidates should also have a strong interest in mathematical cognition and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Experience with testing children and statistical skills are desirable. Expertise in fMRI is not required but is considered a plus. Finally, because the position involves testing and interacting with French-speaking children, candidates should have at least an intermediate knowledge of French. The salary will be in accordance with the University guidelines for PhD students. The starting date will be around October 1st 2018.

Interested applicants should send a CV and a cover letter to both Dr. Jérôme Prado (jprado@isc.cnrs.fr) and Dr. Marie-Line Gardes (marie-line.gardes@univ-lyon1.fr). More information about the position (in French) can be found there: http://www.bbl-lab.com/Media/DYSCOG.pdf. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue through March 31 or until the position is filled.