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, under the direction of Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D., seek a highly qualified postdoctoral scientist with interests in neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders, and expertise in EEG in young children. A primary responsibility will be to become involving a clinical trial called JASPER Early Intervention for Tuberous Sclerosis (JETS), which studies the efficacy of remote early behavioral intervention on social communication skills in 12- to 36-month-olds with TSC (a collaboration with Shafali Jeste, MD, at UCLA). The JETS study integrates measures of both behavior and brain function (with EEG) to test outcomes and predictors of change with intervention. For more information on the study, please see: A secondary responsibility will be to become involved in our research with a variety of other rare genetic disorders (often co-morbid with autism), including Rett Syndrome, CDKL5, PMS, PTEN, and FoxG1, as well as idiopathic autism. Again, a primary focus will be on our EEG and related (e.g., evoked potential) data, in conjunction with a wealth of behavioral data we are also obtaining.


Eligible postdocs should have training in clinical or developmental psychology or developmental cognitive neuroscience, ideally with solid experience in clinical neuroscience methods (particularly EEG) and experience with young children with neurodevelopmental disorders. The postdoc will have the opportunity to engage in various aspects of the study, such as conducting study visits, supervising research coordinators, undergraduates students, and psychological assistants; extensive involvement in data processing and analysis; and correspondingly, involvement in manuscript preparation and grant writing.


This position is open for a possible start date of July 1st, 2020. 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



Application Information


A complete application includes 1 copy of each of the following items (please include your full name on every page of your application):


1.           Letter of interest

2.           CV

3.           Names and contact information for three references


For consideration, please submit an application to Dr. Charles Nelson ().