Research Assistant on Social Functioning in Autism Project at Boston Children’s Hospital

Research Study Assistant, Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience, 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. Boston Children’s Hospital is ranked as the top Children’s Hospital in the United States and is committed research and to building a diverse workforce. Applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged.
The Research Assistant will work primarily on a project that will examine biological markers associated with social functioning in school aged children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and with typical development. The project will compare electrophysiological and eye tracking measures to standard clinical assessments in a group of children who are participating at multiple time points. Responsibilities will include recruiting and scheduling participants, running experimental study sessions, administering EEG and eye-tracking measures, behaviorally assisting children on the autism spectrum during visits, coordinating collection of surveys from parents, as well as data entry and management. This project is part of a multisite project with regular, rigorous oversight and requires a high level of data integrity. The research assistant may also be responsible for coordinating and training research interns.

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, as well as a 1-year commitment to the position
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends to facilitate visits with school-aged children
  • Previous professional experience with children, including at least one year of experience working in a research setting
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems, basic statistics software and basic experimental presentation and collection software
  • High level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail

Preferred experience includes:

  • Knowledge of psychophysiological/electrophysiological recording and/or eye-tracking
  • Previous professional experience with autism spectrum disorder
  • Ability to assist with grant preparation, publications, presentations and/or applications to an Institutional Review Board
  • Experience with administering and scoring standardized developmental measures

To apply, please submit: (1) Letter of interest; (2) CV/Resume to Candidates being considered for this position will be asked to provide 3 professional references.

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