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

The Faja Lab within the LCN is seeking a Research Study Coordinator for a new NIMH-funded project examining the emergence of executive function difficulties in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) relative to children with developmental delays or 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. This involves working with a diverse team of undergraduate students, graduate students, fellows, and staff members. Additional duties include grant preparation, preparing progress reports, and IRB management. The coordinator will perform standardized developmental, cognitive and physiological assessments. Finally, the coordinator will contribute to processing, scoring, and cleaning data with the opportunity to analyze and present research results at conferences and in manuscripts.

 

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, ideally including professional experience with autism
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to assist with grant preparation, publications, presentations and/or applications to an Institutional Review Board
  • High level of motivation; ability to work independently in a leadership role and as part of a diverse team; excellent communication skills, problem solving abilities, organization, and attention to detail

 

To apply, please submit: (1) Letter of interest in IDEA Research Study Coordinator; (2) CV/Resume to rachel.gilbert@childrens.harvard.edu

 

In addition, the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital is seeking a Research Assistant to work primarily on a project that examines biological markers associated with social functioning in school aged children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This project is a collaboration between the Nelson and Faja labs and part of an NIH-funded multisite consortium. Responsibilities will include administering EEG and eye-tracking measures, behaviorally assisting children on the autism spectrum during visits, and coordinating collection of surveys from parents. The research assistant may also be responsible for coordinating and training research interns. Opportunities to analyze and present research results at conferences and in manuscripts are also available to research assistants in the LCN.

 

Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field
  • Availability for flexible scheduling to facilitate visits with school-aged children
  • Previous professional experience with children, including at least one year of experience working in a research setting
  • High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail

 

To apply, please submit: (1) Letter of interest in ABCCT Research Assistant; (2) CV/Resume to aksheya.sridhar@childrens.harvard.edu

 

 

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Research Coordinator Position at NYU Medical Center

Position Summary:

Research in the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development in the Division of Health and Behavior in the Department of Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine is aimed at developing and evaluating school and family based programs. Current efforts are focused on the evaluation of ParentCorps, an enhancement to Pre-Kindergarten programming that aims to promote positive achievement and behavioral outcomes for students attending high-poverty elementary schools.

We are looking for staff to coordinate and manage data activities related to professional learning and implementation of ParentCorps in early childhood settings, and the evaluation of ParentCorps implementation in NYC. We are seeking dynamic, dedicated, and team-oriented candidates with exemplary organizational skills. Candidates will have prior experience working with children and diverse populations, with human subjects’ research and proficiency with technology (e.g., online surveys, data entry in SPSS, PowerPoint). Ideally, candidates will also have experience in early childhood settings and experience in and comfort with implementation of evidence-based interventions. Thorough training in all procedures, training content and ParentCorps will be provided.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, oversee, track and enter ParentCorps implementation and Professional Learning data.
  • Conduct all aspects of data management for all implementation and outcome data, including tracking, clerking, cleaning and entering data.
  • Generate and present reports and visuals on progress of data collection, and implementation and Professional Learning data.
  • Coordinate and contribute to recruitment and consenting efforts for ParentCorps evaluation activities.
  • Create and update online surveys for data collection.
  • Coordinate and collect data from schools and early education sites (e.g., via observations, interviews, surveys, and assessments of Pre-Kindergarten children in schools) and public sources (e.g., NYC Department of Education website).
  • Conduct data collection as part of evaluation efforts (e.g., assessments with Pre-K children, interviewing parents, surveys with teachers, focus groups).
  • Model the ParentCorps Program for Students with early childhood educators using a manualized evidence-based program, as needed.
  • Conduct live observations of programming in sites, using manuals to code leaders’ adherence to the program manuals and skills of program implementation, as needed.
  • Manage logistics of and coordinate large Professional Learning days with NYC Department of Education site leaders (e.g., principals), early child educators (e.g., teachers) and social workers.
  • Maintain a master database of all evaluation data and measures for ParentCorps implementation.
  • Conduct literature searches and summaries in areas of prevention science and implementation science.
  • Contribute to the submission of IRB protocols and amendments.
  • Participate in center-wide trainings.
  • Participate in team meetings and supervision.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Psychology or Masters in Psychology, Social Work or related field.
  • At least one year experience in clinical, medical or school settings.
  • Prior experience with human subjects’ research or in a research setting.
  • Experience working with young children.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Experience with technology and statistical datasets (e.g., online surveys, PowerPoint, SPSS).

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in early childhood education settings.
  • Experience in and comfort with implementation of evidence-based interventions.
  • Professional, responsible, personable.
  • Dynamic, dedicated, motivated.
  • Detail-oriented, conscientious, with strong organizational skills.
  • Team-oriented.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to collaborate with community-based agencies and schools.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.

 

Interested Candidates:

Please send a cover letter and CV or resume to Erin Lashua-Shriftman, MA:

Erin.Lashua-Shriftman@nyumc.org.

 

 

Up to 3 post-bac research positions at U of Maryland

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 3 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers.
Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2018. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active research group as preparation for a research career. Applicants must already have permission to work in the US, or be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions.
The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 13th, 2018. However, review of applications will begin immediately.
Positions #1–#2: Baggett Research Fellowships 
Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro-)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. 1–2 positions are available for 2018-2019, subject to confirmation of funds. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Information on the program and faculty mentors is at http://ling.umd.edu/baggett
Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski
Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience 
This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program (http://languagescience.umd.edu/). Previous experience in (psycho)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension.
Contact: Dr. Colin Phillips
Application Requirements
Applicants may request to be considered for all three positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of the positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors (having multiple mentors is both possible and fruitful for the Baggett Fellowships), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:
Positions #1–#2 – Andrea Zukowski; zukowski@umd.edu. Put ‘Baggett Fellowship’ in the subject line.
Position #3 – Colin Phillips; colin@umd.edu. Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.
The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility, as part of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. The department is part of a vibrant language science community under the umbrella of the Maryland Language Science Center (http://languagescience.umd.edu) that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 academic units. The Language Science Center coordinates many interdisciplinary projects, including a research field station in Guatemala, and partnerships with school districts and various (inter)national organizations.

Research Coordinator Position at NYU Medical Center

Research Coordinator

Job Description

Position Summary:

Research in the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development in the Division of Health and Behavior in the Department of Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine is aimed at developing and evaluating school and family based programs. Current efforts are focused on the evaluation of ParentCorps, an enhancement to Pre-Kindergarten programming that aims to promote positive achievement and behavioral outcomes for students attending high-poverty elementary schools. We are looking for staff to coordinate activities related to ParentCorps professional learning and implementation, and the evaluation of ParentCorps implementation in NYC.

The Research Coordinator will liaison between school-based staff and the ParentCorps implementation team, and support the program facilitators (mental health professionals and early childhood educators) in the evaluation and logistical activities associated with implementation of ParentCorps in early childhood settings. We are seeking dynamic, dedicated, and team-oriented candidates with exemplary organizational skills. Candidates will have prior experience working with children and diverse populations, and with human subjects’ research. Ideally, candidates will also have experience in early childhood settings, experience in and comfort with implementation of evidence-based interventions, and proficiency with technology (e.g., online surveys, data entry in SPSS, PowerPoint). Thorough training in all procedures, training content and ParentCorps will be provided.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary research coordinator for a cluster of sites implementing ParentCorps. Activities may include serving as primary contact and liaison with school leaders and staff regarding data collection and evaluation activities as part of a randomized controlled trial (RCT), consenting families, scheduling data collection, coordinating and tracking school-based data collection, obtaining organizational data about the site, and summarizing all data collected.
  • Coordinate and collect data from schools and early education sites (e.g., via observations, interviews, surveys, and assessments of Pre-Kindergarten children in schools) and public sources (e.g., NYC Department of Education website).
  • Complete data collection as part of evaluation efforts (e.g., assessments with Pre-K children, interviewing parents, surveys with teachers, focus groups).
  • Coordinate, oversee, track and enter ParentCorps Program implementation data.
  • Generate and present brief reports and visuals on progress of data collection, coaching progress, and implementation and professional learning data.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with school leadership, mental health professionals, early childhood educators and parent coordinators.
  • Coordinate and contribute to recruitment and engagement efforts for ParentCorps Family Program and evaluation activities.
  • Work closely with a small team of ParentCorps coaches on the implementation of the ParentCorps Program in a set number of sites/schools.
  • Model the ParentCorps Program for Students with early childhood educators using a manualized evidence-based program.
  • Conduct live observations of programming in sites, using manuals to code leaders’ adherence to the program manuals and skills of program implementation.
  • Manage logistics of and coordinate large Professional Learning days with NYC Department of Education site leaders (e.g., principals), early child educators (e.g., teachers) and social workers.
  • Maintain a master database of implementers and sites with key indicators for analyses for ParentCorps implementation.
  • Conduct literature searches and summaries in areas of prevention science and implementation science.
  • Participate in center-wide trainings.
  • Participate in team meetings and supervision.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Psychology, Social Work or related field.
  • At least one year experience in clinical, medical or school settings.
  • Prior experience with human subjects’ research or in a research setting.
  • Experience working with young children.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in early childhood settings, preferred.
  • Experience in and comfort with implementation of evidence-based interventions, preferred.
  • Proficiency with technology and statistical datasets (e.g., online surveys, PowerPoint, SPSS), preferred.

 

  • Professional, responsible, personable.
  • Dynamic, dedicated, motivated.
  • Detail-oriented, conscientious, with strong organizational skills.
  • Team-oriented.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to collaborate with community-based agencies and schools.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.

 

Interested Candidates:

Please send a cover letter and CV or resume to Rachelle Theise, Psy.D. at rachelle.theise@nyumc.org .

 

Lab Manager Position at UC Berkeley’s Language and Cognitive Development Lab

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, directed by Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan, is seeking a full-time lab manager for a 1-2 year appointment beginning this June or July. Research in the lab addresses how linguistic, social, and cognitive abilities arise and interact with one another in human development and across cultures.

Responsibilities for the position will include many research-related activities, such as recruiting and scheduling participants, designing and creating experimental stimuli, testing infants, toddlers, and adults, and assisting with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication. The position will also include administrative duties, such as recruiting and training undergraduate assistants, coordinating with local daycare centers and museums, maintaining participant records, purchasing equipment, and preparing applications for human subjects approval. The position is ideal for a recent college graduate who would like to gain additional research experience before applying to graduate school.

Candidates should have a strong interest in language and cognitive development, and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, including at least two years of coursework in experimental psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or other relevant fields. Candidates should also have had experience working with human subjects, especially children, in an academic research environment. A general fluency with computer software, and strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both oral and written) are also required.  Experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, JMP, R), computer programming (e.g., Matlab), web design, and video editing are preferred.

The minimum commitment is 1-2 years, and salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, according to the UCB Lab Assistant II pay scale. The position is scheduled to start between June and July 2018.

For information about how to apply, please see posting #24767 on the Berkeley Jobs (https://jobs.berkeley.edu/job-listings). Please include a CV and cover letter detailing your interests and experience, and how they fit with the goals of the lab and requirements of the position. All questions about the position can be directed to Catherine Berner (catherineberner@berkeley.edu).

Research Assistant, CAOs Lab, University of Rochester and Carnegie Mellon University

The Concepts, Actions, and Objects Lab is seeking a full-time lab manager/research assistant (under Prof. Jessica Cantlon). The position will offer the opportunity to engage in a wide array of research methods converging on the topic of conceptual thought.  The RA position will focus on the organization of concepts and categories (e.g., faces, numbers, living things) in non-human primates (rhesus macaques) and humans. Techniques will include behavioral testing with non-human primates and humans.

Responsibilities will include non-human primate handling, protocol maintenance, designing and programming stimulus materials, and data collection and analysis. Desired skills include behavioral, neurophysiological, or MRI training with non-human primates, and stimulus programming experience (e.g. E-Prime, RealBasic, MatLab, etc.). Bachelor’s degree required.

The ideal candidate would be willing to work on a shared project between the University of Rochester and Carnegie Mellon University. The position start date is May 2018.  Salary is approximately $32K, depending on experience, plus full benefits.  To apply, please send your CV to caoslaboratory@gmail.com.
Lab website: http://caoslab.bcs.rochester.edu/

Research Assistant Position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Tracy Riggins in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park is seeking a Full-time Research Assistant for a research project examining the role of sleep and brain development on memory during early childhood. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Spencer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Seewww.ncdl.umd.edu for more details about the lab.

Responsibilities will include: (1) conducting experiments with young children (including: recruiting, scheduling, and collection of polysomnography (PSG), and neuroimaging (MRI/fMRI) data; (2) preprocessing and analyzing data; (3) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (4) performing general administrative duties, including data management, lab web pages and participant recruiting systems; (5) programming scientific experiments and developing experimental stimuli, (6) assisting with IRB protocol creation and compliance, (7) conducting library searches and literature reviews to assist in manuscript preparation; and (8) providing general support for the PI and other researchers in the laboratory including, but not limited to, purchasing and maintaining lab equipment. Please note: the official payroll title at UMD for this position is “Faculty Assistant.”

Qualifications: Required background and skills include: a bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field (e.g., psychology or neuroscience); reliable transportation; previous research experience with human participants (preferably with children and/or using fMRI, EEG, or PSG); the ability to work independently; keen attention to detail; and the ability to interact warmly and professionally with parents and children. Strong computational, organizational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential.

The position is set to begin June 1, 2018.  A 2-year commitment is required; third year is possible. Review of applications will begin April 6, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their background and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Lisa Cox atlmcox@umd.edu.  Please include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”).

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

RA position: Social Engagement, Language Development, and Music in Infants and Young Children

Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab
Research Analyst-II position
 
Search for Keyword: 1802853
Under supervision, provide support for research in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab with a particular focus on social engagement, language development, and music in infants and children with and without autism. Current studies are focused on infant development and parent-child social musical experiences including a parent-child music class study. Responsibilities include recruitment of participants, assessments and data collection, data coordination and entry (Redcap), video preparation and coding, data analysis, and general study coordination/ maintenance. The candidate will work directly with participants and their families to assist with study protocols including administering measures and questionnaires. The candidate will have opportunity to train in assessment, eye-tracking, behavior coding, acoustic coding, and/or signal processing according to experience. According to experience, opportunities to contribute to study design, data interpretation, and analysis.

The ideal candidate must be industrious, detail-oriented, and possess strong organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. Prior experience with human subjects research is required, particularly in the fields of psychology, child development, music cognition, speech science, education/special education, or a related field. Prior experience working with or conducting assessments with infants and young children, including children with autism is highly preferred, as is experience with data analysis/statistics. The position is open immediately.

For additional information/informal inquiries, contact: miriam.lense@vanderbilt.edu

Two fully funded PhD Student Positions: Social-Cognitive Development in Infancy

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Application deadline: April 22, 2018

Applications are invited for two 4-year PhD positions at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We are looking for two highly motivated PhD candidates to conduct research on social-cognitive development in infants. The PhD positions are embedded in the MOTION project, a European Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project exploring infants’ and toddlers’ actions, gaze direction, and brain activity as they actively explore the world around them. ITNs are international collaborative research and training networks involving several University and private sector partners. The PhD candidates will conduct a series of studies focusing on (1) social learning and (2) infants’ developing understanding of others’ emotions and intentions.

The PhD students will be supervised by Prof. Sabine Hunnius and will be part of the Baby BRAIN Group (see www.dcc.ru.nl/babybrain) at the Donders Institute (DI). The research will be conducted in a collaborative network of prominent European experts in the study of infant development. While the successful candidates will be based at Radboud University, as part of their training, candidates will have the opportunity to spend several months at one or two of the other network partners. The PhD students will be enrolled in the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience. Starting date will be no later than September 1, 2018.

The DI is a state-of-the art cognitive neuroscience institute with a multidisciplinary approach. It offers excellent research facilities, including a large infant lab (www.babyandchild.nl), as well as outstanding PhD supervision and technical support.

Prospective candidates should hold a degree in Psychology or a related discipline, such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science or Human Movement Sciences. They should have a strong motivation for developmental research. Advanced data analysis and programming skills are a plus. Experience conducting behavioural or neuroscientific experiments with young children or adults will be advantageous. A good command of spoken and written English is essential.

Due to the mobility constraints of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, it is a requirement that the PhD candidates have not resided in the Netherlands for more than 12 months during the last 3 years.

For more information, please visit http://www.ru.nl/werken/details/details_vacature_0/?recid=600883

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Sabine Hunnius (S.Hunnius@donders.ru.nl).

Lab manager position at NYU

JUNIOR LABORATORY ASSOCIATE:
Description: The Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab (kidconcepts.org) at New York University, directed by Dr. Marjorie Rhodes, is seeking to hire two full-time Junior Laboratory Associates to coordinate research on cognitive and social development. This position is well suited for someone who aims to develop research skills before applying to doctoral programs in developmental or cognitive psychology.

Job Summary: (1) conducting experiments with children and adults in laboratory, museum-based, and school-based settings; (2) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (3) administrative duties, including data management and maintenance of budgets, lab web pages, and participant recruiting systems; 4) working with local schools and museums to recruit participants and organize data collection, and 5) providing general support to researchers.

Qualifications: (1) a bachelor’s degree in psychology or cognitive science; (2) one or more years of research experience; (3) excellent computer skills; (4) the ability to work independently; (5) keen attention to detail; (6) excellent communication skills. Strong organizational, computational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential.

To apply please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/49794

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