Research Assistant

Under the direction of Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D., the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience 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.


We invite applications for a Research Assistant who will work primarily on an NIH-funded, multisite project that will examine biological markers associated with social functioning in preschool and school aged children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The project will use electrophysiology, eye tracking and behavioral measures in a group of children who are participating at multiple time points. Responsibilities will include recruiting and scheduling participants, running experimental study sessions, coordinating collection of surveys from parents, as well as data management and transfer.


Preferred 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
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends to facilitate visits with school-aged children
  • Previous experience with children with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disorders
  • At least one year of experience working in a research setting, which may include undergraduate research experiences

·         Experience using experimental presentation and collection software (e.g., ePrime, Matlab, NetStation), and statistics and database software (e.g., SPSS, REDCap, Excel)

  • Knowledge of psychophysiological/electrophysiological recording and/or eye-tracking measures
  • Experience with administering and scoring standardized developmental measures
  • High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail



Please apply for the position ( REQ ID 38053).