Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Harvard University

The Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Harvard University, directed by Professor Leah Somerville, is seeking one full-time Research Manager to begin in Summer or Fall 2016. The Research Manager will be responsible for overseeing the conduct of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development (HCP-D), a multimodal brain imaging study of developmental changes in brain connectivity and function in a large sample of 5-21 year olds.

The Research Manager will be responsible for overseeing the day to day conduct of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development (HCP-D). The Research Manager will be independently responsible for the following activities:

-        Serves as liaison between study researchers and PI
-        Serves as daily supervisor for four full time Research Assistants
-        Oversees creation and modification of IRB materials, and ensures compliance of all research practices
-        Tracks the financial state of the project; develops and monitors budgets and spending
-        Works closely with the research teams at three co-participating institutions to ensure consistency of research practices
-        Generates written and oral presentations reporting on study milestones
-        Data acquisition using behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging (MRI/fMRI) techniques
-        Oversees data management and public release; develops systems for data management as needed
-        Supervises recruitment and tracking of participants
-        Performs data analysis; makes figures and tables communicating study progress and findings
-        Performs administrative duties

Basic Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree and seven (7) years’ experience that includes managing complex research projects, conducting research in psychology/psychiatry/neuroscience or biomedical research or a Master’s degree and five (5) years’ experience managing complex research projects and conducting research in psychology/psychiatry/neuroscience or biomedical research.

Additional Qualifications:  Excellent leadership and organizational skills, and must demonstrate the ability to lead a team. Communication skills must be sufficiently strong to maintain excellent rapport with child and adolescent participants and their parents, researchers, and administrators across the University. The following skills will confer an advantage, but are not necessary to receive consideration: Experience working with children and adolescents in experimental settings and/or visiting schools to conduct research; working with diverse populations; clinical interviewing; community outreach; tracking of finances; experience with brain imaging, psychophysiological, or brain imaging research; expertise in statistics; experience conducting multi-site research studies; experience preparing federally funded research applications and/or progress reports; experience as direct supervisor of staff. Please comment on relevant skills and interests in your application materials.

Additional Information:  All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.  This is a two-year term position with renewal dependent upon grant funding. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred.  When applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one, combined document (resume followed by cover letter).  Your cover letter should include a statement of skills and interests, and the names of three references.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to and submit the application online. Go to and search for Auto Req ID # 39400BR. Questions about the position may be directed to Leah Somerville (