The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience, under the direction of Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D., seek one or more highly qualified postdoctoral scientists with an interest in neurodevelopment and primary expertise in EEG and related (e.g., evoked potential) methods although expertise in fNIRS would also be considered. The ideal candidate will also have the analytic/statistical skills to relate EEG and/or fNIRS data to a wealth of existing and to-be-collected behavioral data.
Eligible postdocs should have training in clinical or developmental psychology or developmental cognitive neuroscience, ideally with solid experience in neuroscience methods (particularly EEG, but possibly also fNIRS) and experience with young children. The postdoc will have the opportunity to engage in various studies, both domestic and international, including supervising and mentoring research coordinators/assistants and undergraduate students, extensive involvement in data processing and analysis, and correspondingly, involvement in manuscript preparation and grant writing. Again, expertise in EEG (or fNIRS) methodology is essential; and on the analytic side, the ideal candidate will have experience in advanced signal processing, including time-frequency analysis, functional connectivity and/or cortical source analyses, and machine learning and/or other AI-based tools. Prior programming experience is preferred, with a strong preference for familiarity with MATLAB and/or Python programming environment and associated toolboxes (e.g., EEGLAB/ERPLAB, Fieldtrip, MNE-Python).
This position is open for a start date as early as July 1st, 2021. A 2-year commitment is preferred. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Doctoral degree in clinical or developmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, with a history of research focused on neurodevelopment
Experience conducting research with infants and/or children
Excellent interpersonal, clinical, and research skills
Experience with EEG/ERP/fNIRS
Internal Number: LCN01
About The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children's Hospital
Under the direction of Charles A. Nelson, PhD, the Boston Children's Hospital Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience are dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in typically developing infants and children, as well as children diagnosed with or at risk for various developmental disorders. In gaining a better understanding of these processes, our goal is to contribute to the healthy growth and development of our children.
Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, psychology, and education, to expand our knowledge of child development and developmental disorders through cutting edge cognitive neuroscience research. Our central areas of focus include the development of memory and face-processing, the impact of environmental factors such as stress on cognitive development, and growing research programs in autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. 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.