Rosamund Stone Zander Translational Neuroscience Center | Opportunities at the RSZ TNC

Clinical Research Assistant

The selected candidate will help manage the Rosamund Stone Zander Translational Neuroscience Center’s clinical research program, including research and administrative procedures, research participant recruitment and enrollment, and ensure compliance with hospital, state, and federal regulatory policies and procedures. This individual would work with investigators, managers, and research coordinators in designing and implementing clinical trials and other research studies with patients with rare genetic disorders associated with autism. Join our expanding program and contribute to local, national, and international efforts to improve the lives of children with neurological disorders and the families that care for them.

Research Assistant

Animal Behavior and Physiology Core
This translational group provides experience in both cutting-edge basic science and clinical research in neurodevelopmental disorders. The research assistant will support general laboratory operations and will have the opportunity to assume managerial responsibilities for collaborative research projects with industry and non-profit collaborators.  The candidate will be trained in basic molecular biology techniques, cell culture techniques, rodent behavioral assessments, and rodent EEG recording and analysis during the assistantship. The candidate will be expected to present regularly at laboratory meetings, will have the opportunity to present their research at local conferences, and will be included in publications resulting from their efforts.

Human Neuron Core
A research assistant position is available with a flexible start date for Winter or Spring 2020 within the Human Neuron Core at Boston Children’s Hospital. The individual will join a fast-paced team that utilizes human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC)-derived neurons to model neurological disease. The research assistant will be trained to culture iPSCs, differentiate neurons, and characterize the neurons using cutting-edge technologies. The research assistant will coordinate with the clinical team to collect and process blood/skin samples from patients with rare neurological disorders. The individual is expected to work closely with other researchers at the Human Neuron Core to maintain and optimize quality control protocols for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and iPSC-derived neuron differentiation. The candidate is expected to actively participate in core meeting discussions and presentations.

For questions or to submit your resume/CV and cover letter for an assistantship, please contact Brianna Godlewski, Research Data Manager, at Brianna.Godlewski@childrens.harvard.edu. Please reference which position you are applying for in your email to Brianna.

RSZ TNC Fellowship Program

The Rosamund Stone Zander Translational Neuroscience Center has developed a post-doctoral training program (MD, Ph.D., MD/Ph.D.) focused on translational research in neurodevelopmental disorders. Fellows will pursue trans-disciplinary projects designed to facilitate the development of novel therapeutics, leveraging the depth and breadth of the expertise within the RSZ TNC through mentoring by clinicians, basic scientists, and industry and non-profit experts. Training in new research areas (preclinical or clinical) will encourage developing a broad set of skills to pursue independent translational research. To support research efforts, the RSZ TNC hosts a set of cores with deep expertise in iPSC-derived neuronal modeling, animal and clinical neurophysiology, and clinical research. Fellows will hold a two-year joint appointment at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and would have access to the resources of both institutions.

Currently Accepting Applications

The RSZ TNC is actively seeking prospective fellows interested in research in translational biomarkers in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Rolling applications including a CV and statement of research interest (two-page maximum) should be sent to tnc@childrens.harvard.edu.

Developmental Synaptopathies Consortium Young Investigator Award Fellowships

The Rosamund Stone Zander Translational Neuroscience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce a call for proposals for two fellowships that aim to support post-doctoral level investigators, intending to build a career focused on Tuberous Sclerosis or PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome research. This research work will be under the Rare Disease Clinical Research Network’s umbrella and funded for two years by the Patient Advocacy Groups (TS Alliance, PTEN Research).

Currently Accepting Applications

  • TSC alliance fellowship submission deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021. For more information visit this webpage.
  • PTEN Hamartoma tumor syndrome fellowship submission deadline: Thursday, July 2, 2021. For more information, please visit this webpage.
  • For any additional information, please contact tnc@childrens.harvard.edu.

T32 Translational Post-doctoral Training Program in Neurodevelopment

The translational post-doctoral training program in neurodevelopment at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School is designed to provide promising post-doctoral investigators (MD, Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.) with advanced training in essential translational topics ranging from preclinical considerations through the implementation of clinical trials for individuals with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders. We propose to build on the significant strengths of the Rosamund Stone Zander Translational Neuroscience Center (RSZ TNC) and the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School to provide trainees with research experiences ranging from preclinical and cognitive neuroscience labs through clinical trial involvement in neurodevelopmental disorders. Besides, a key premise of this program is that effective research training in the field of translational developmental neuroscience requires both mentors with expertise in areas across the continuum of translational research with neurodevelopmental disorders and ongoing programs to support the trainees to conduct innovative, high impact translational research.

Not Currently Accepting Applications

Applicants should be nominated by their post-doctoral research mentor or their current training program director. The nominator should submit one pdf, with the following documents listed below, via email to T32translationaldevelopment@childrens.harvard.edu.

  1. trainee’s CV
  2. list of trainee’s other support (needs to be at least 80 percent available for the T32) 
  3. trainee’s statement (maximum two pages) about research interest and specifically why they have selected this training grant 
  4. names of two potential letter writers