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Clinical Research Specialist I, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) 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.

The Clinical Research Specialist (CRS) will join the Emotion Project team in the Nelson Lab. The CRS will coordinate day-to day operations and functions for a longitudinal study investigating the neural bases of emotion processing in typically developing young children. The project uses electrophysiology, functional near infrared spectroscopy, physiology, eye tracking, and behavioral measures in a cohort of children being followed from infancy to 7 years of age. Responsibilities include working with, and coordinating a team of undergraduate students, postdocs, and research staff associated with the research project in addition to IRB management and preparing progress reports. Furthermore, the CRS will work closely with team members on the development, coordination, and implementation of research procedures, and will contribute to running the day-to-day operations for research protocols in the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience under the direction of the Principal Investigator and the Program Manager.

Eligible 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
  • Experience working with infants or children in a research setting, preferably using physiological, behavioral or neuroimaging measures such as eye tracking, heart rate, EEG, or ERP
  • At least two years of paid professional experience working in a research setting with human subjects
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems, basic statistics software (e.g. Excel, SPSS), and basic experimental presentation and collection software (e.g., ePrime, Redcap, Matlab)
  • Ability to assist with grant preparation, publications, presentations and/or applications to an Institutional Review Board
  • High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail

The estimated start for this position is Summer 2020. Please see posting and apply on the Boston Children's Hospital career portal:

Administrative Assistant II

Come join the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Children’s Hospital Boston as an Administrative Associate II! The LCN is looking for an administrative professional for a full-time administrative position. The individual will provide administrative support for the all three labs within the LCN and Research Director, while working closely with the Division of Developmental Medicine. This position calls for an individual with solid administrative experience, excellent interpersonal skills, and strong attention to detail. 

General summary

Under minimal supervision and following established policies and procedures, plans, organizes, and provides administrative support for dynamic and fast-paced research laboratory and Research Director, Dr. Charles Nelson. Performs a variety of administrative duties requiring in-depth knowledge of departmental programs and services, uses independent judgment and discretion in planning, prioritizing, and organizing work to meet laboratory and department goals and deadlines. Schedules appointments and meetings, and maintains files and records. Interested applicants please send a cover letter and CV to Anna Luke:

Principal duties and responsibilities:

  1. Schedules appointments and meetings and maintains Research Director’s personal calendar. Reserves meeting locations and prepares agenda and other materials. Prepares travel arrangements, including airline reservations and hotel accommodations, as necessary. Assists in organizing and scheduling conferences, seminars, and other department/division sponsored programs or events.
  2. Answers, screens, and routes telephone calls and greets and directs visitors and staff. Receives and screens correspondence, composing and preparing responses on administrative matters as appropriate. Provides information within scope of knowledge and authority.
  3. Assists supervisors and Research Director with special projects and preparation of complex reports and documents. Assists supervisors and Research Director with the compiling of their CVs and maintains Research Director’s CV, updating and reformatting when necessary.
  4. Monitors and maintains office equipment supply and inventory. Communicates with hospital support service departments and requests needed services and equipment repair services. 
  5. Manages day-to-day purchasing activities of the laboratories. Oversees ordering of all supplies and equipment. Arranges and oversees provision of necessary services with other hospital departments, and will monitor the funding for these charges. Enters and tracks expenses. Processes necessary corrections through appropriate channels.
  6. Coordinates laboratory meetings, speakers, and visitors, including booking rooms, ordering and coordinating meals, and communicating with lab members and guests.

Minimum knowledge and skills required by the Job:

  1. Requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and provide empathy in difficult interpersonal situations.
  2. A consistent level of competence, independent judgment, leadership, and ability to creatively approach solutions.
  3. Bachelor’s degree preferred
  4. Regular communication and exposure to domestic and international professionals, but we are also a "young" lab made up of undergraduates, new grads, and postdocs
  5. This position is well designed for someone who would like exposure to either hospital administration and/or academic human laboratory setting.
  6. Opportunities are available to assist with special projects depending on specific interests and professional goals.
  7. 2-year commitment preferred