Research Coordinator Position in Psychiatric Neuroimaging at the MGH-Martinos Center

We are looking to hire a college graduate with strong organizational and interpersonal skills as a full time research coordinator for several projects investigating the neural basis and nature of cognitive deficits in neuropsychiatric disorders. This is an excellent research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or medicine. The primary line of investigation focuses on the contribution of abnormal sleep to impaired memory consolidation in schizophrenia and autism. The techniques employed include polysomnography (sleep electroencephalography), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magneto- and electroencephalography (MEG/EEG), and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). The coordinator will work closely with the Principal Investigator, lab mates, and collaborators on all aspects of the research projects. Training in data acquisition and analysis will be provided. Responsibilities are varied and include managing patient studies, recruitment, screening and characterization of participants, maintaining accurate records, and assisting with grant applications, human subject applications, and publications. The candidate must be willing to conduct overnight sleep studies. Knowledge of Mac and/or Linux/UNIX operating systems as well as some programming experience are an asset, as is a high level of comfort with novel computer applications and environments. A background in psychology, statistics, and neuroscience is an asset. A mentored research project is encouraged. The candidate must be mature and responsible with excellent organizational, interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills. S/He must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks, feel comfortable working with clinical and non-clinical study populations, working as part of a team and seek assistance when appropriate. Position available starting May 2018. A two-year commitment is required. Please submit a resume, writing sample, college transcript (unofficial is fine) and contact information for three references to Angela Savlidis : asavlidis@mgh.harvard.edu

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Division of the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA and Harvard Medical School.
Position Description: Clinical/Cognitive Neuroscience Research
Project: Multimodal neuroimaging studies of sleep and memory
PI: Dara S. Manoach, Ph.D.

The position will involve investigating the role of sleep in memory consolidation, how these processes go awry in schizophrenia and autism, and the effects of pharmacological and other interventions. Our work has linked cognitive deficits to specific heritable mechanisms (sleep spindles and other sleep oscillations) and we are seeking effective interventions. In collaboration with Dr. Robert Stickgold’s lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, we are extending and expanding this basic and clinical research program using state-of-the art tools including high density EEG, MEG, DTI, functional connectivity MRI, fMRI, and behavioral studies. We are seeking someone to participate in these foundation and NIMH-funded investigations who is familiar with cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging methodology including MEG and/or EEG and data analysis, and is interested in developing research questions and optimizing analysis streams tailored to the study aims and populations. New approaches and ideas are encouraged, as are independent projects that dovetail with current studies. The position requires working closely with the PI, as well as with Dr. Stickgold, other Martinos Center investigators, particularly Dr. Matti Hamalainen, Director of the MEG Core Lab, and lab mates to design studies, acquire data, and develop, explore, improve and apply data analytic techniques. Training in clinical research and in the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of neuroimaging data will be provided.

Requirements: PhD (or MD) in cognitive neuroscience, psychology or a related discipline and a strong research background are required. The ideal candidate will have a background in MEG and/or EEG methodology; research experience with clinical populations; experience in task design and analysis for cognitive experiments; fluency with statistical analysis packages. A background in computational neuroscience and/or signal processing (e.g., in Matlab) are beneficial PS. Here they are, distribute however you see fit.

Position available immediately. Interested applicants should email: (a) CV, (b) statement of post-doctoral and career goals, (c) writing sample (e.g., a published manuscript), and (d) letters and/or contact information for three references to Dara Manoach dara.manoach@mgh.harvard.edu. Stipend levels are in line with experience and NIH. A two-year commitment is required.