Research Assistant, Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children's Hospital




Researchers in the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) are dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in typically developing infants and children, as well as 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 child development and developmental disorders. In gaining a better understanding of these processes, our goal is to contribute to the healthy growth and development of our children.


The Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience are currently seeking a Research Study Assistant to join the Nelson Lab team. The Research Study Assistant will assist with day-to day operations and functions for a longitudinal study investigating the neural bases of emotion processing in typically developing infants and young children. Responsibilities will include subject recruitment and scheduling, testing infants and children following established research protocol (measures include eye tracking, electrophysiology, near infrared spectroscopy, genetics, skin conductance, heart rate, and standardized behavior and temperament assessments), database maintenance, and data processing and analyses. Furthermore, the Research Study Assistant will work closely with the Program Manager on the coordination and administration of the research projects and development and implementation of research procedures, and will contribute to running the day-to-day operation 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:

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

·        Bachelor's Degree in psychology, child development, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field required

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

·        Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment

·        Possess advanced computer skills, including knowledge of SPSS/ E-Prime/ Matlab or similar programs

·        Two-year commitment preferredstart date MAY 2015.

In order to apply for this position please click hereSelect ‘Search Openings’, and enter AutoReqId 34099.

Alissa Westerlund

Program Manager

Boston Children's Hospital

Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience, BCH3178

1 Autumn Street, AU615 | Boston, MA 02215

Office: (857) 218-3006

Main Lab: (617) 355-0400

Fax: (617) 730-0518