Research Study Coordinator

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 Study Coordinator to work on an NIH-funded ASD-screening project. This exciting, new project will be 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. Responsibilities will include oversight of day-to-day operations and functions of the Boston Children’s site in collaboration with Boston University. Specifically, the RSC will be involved in testing infants and children following established research protocol (measures include eye tracking, electrophysiology, and standardized behavioral, developmental, and cognitive assessments), database maintenance, coordinating team of students, fellows and project staff, grant preparation, preparing progress reports, IRB management, and data processing and analyses.


Preferred candidates have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in psychology, child development, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field required, as well as a 2-year commitment to the position
  • Experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disorders
  • At least two years of paid professional experience working in a research setting with human subjects, preferably using behavioral or neuroimaging measures such as eye tracking, EEG, or ERP
  • Ability to assist with grant preparation, publications, presentations and/or applications to an Institutional Review Board

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

  • Experience with administering and scoring standardized developmental measures
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills

·         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 online ( REQ ID 38419).