Postdoctoral Fellowship in Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine (Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D.)
The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to assist with two research projects examining the effects of early adverse life experiences on the development of children and adolescents under the direction of Dr. Charles A. Nelson, PhD.
The Research Network on Toxic Stress and Health project, spearheaded by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, aims to identify bio- and neuro-behavioral markers of stress reactivity during infants’ first year of life that can ultimately be measured in a pediatric primary care setting. This exciting project longitudinally follows mother-infant pairs at several time points during infants’ first year of life, and again when they are 24 and 36 months. Infants growing up in high stress/low resource households are tested using EEG, eye tracking, clinical, and behavioral measures. The fellow will be responsible for a range of responsibilities, including: coordinating the project team of staff members, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students; recruitment, scheduling, and ongoing communication with families; IRB management; and some aspects of data management. The fellow will also conduct study visits, including collection of all measures and performance of standardized developmental assessments.
The BEAN project (Bangladesh Early Adversity Neuroimaging project) is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and represents a longitudinal research project examining the effects of early adverse life experiences (e.g., malnutrition, enteric inflammation, family environment) on neurodevelopment of children in a low-income community of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Data are collected entirely by our collaborating institute in Bangladesh and transferred to the LCN for processing and analysis. BEAN uses neuroimaging tools including EEG, MRI and fNIRS, along with eye-tracking and the Mullen Scales of Early Learning/executive function tasks. The cohorts for the neuroimaging portion were recruited from long-standing longitudinal clinical studies in Dhaka, which have been following the children since birth with surveillance and additional clinic visits. Thus, BEAN has access to a rich dataset of biological and environmental risk factors along with assessments of psychosocial adversity and multimodal neuroimaging. Additional middle-class and high-income cohorts have also been recruited from neighboring areas to serve as comparison groups.
– Doctoral degree in developmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, although individuals with a background in electrical or biomedical engineering or computer science will also be considered (providing they also have some background in developmental cognitive neuroscience)
– Preferred applicants will have experience with EEG/ERP; NIRS experience is also desirable but not essential.
– Experience conducting research with infants and/or children is strongly preferred
– Interest in early adversity is strongly preferred
– A strong motivation to publish is preferred
This position is open for a start date of July 1st, 2020. A 2-year commitment is preferred. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.