Brookline, Massachusetts

Job Posting Description

At BCH, the quality of our care–and our inclusive hospital working environment–lies in the diversity of our people. With patients from local communities and 160 countries around the world, we’re committed to reflecting the spectrum of their cultures, while opening doors of opportunity for our team. Here, different talents pursue common goals. Voices are heard and ideas are shared. Join us, and discover how your unique contributions can change lives. Yours included.

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital are committed to improving the lives of children throughout the world.  Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together experts from a wide range of fields – including neuroscience, psychology, and education – to expand our knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders so that we can translate what we learn into earlier identification, improved therapies, and better outcomes for children and families.

The Clinical Research Specialist (CRS) will join the Longitudinal Accelerated Boston Study (LABS) team in the Nelson Lab. The CRS will coordinate day-to-day operations and functions for LABS, a study investigating normative “growth curves” of brain development, specifically the circuitry underlying executive functions. The project uses electrophysiology, functional near-infrared spectroscopy, wearable devices (from which to extract information about sleep, autonomic activity, etc.), eyetracking, and behavioral measures in a cohort of children being followed from age 3 months to 3 years. Responsibilities include working with and coordinating a team of undergraduate students, postdocs, and staff associated with the research project, along with IRB management and preparing progress reports. The CRS will work closely with team members on the development, coordination, and implementation of research procedures and day-to-day operations under the direction of the Principal Investigator and the Program Manager. 

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, AND 3 years of experience or a Master's degree and 1 year of experience
  • 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
  • Paid professional experience working in a research setting with human participants
  • Availability for flexible scheduling, including occasional evenings and weekends 
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems, essential 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 late Summer 2021.

Please note: During a public health emergency, individuals in this role may be expected to take on additional duties to respond to organizational needs.

BCH offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a rotating days/evenings and week-end schedule, affordable health, vision and dental insurance, generous levels of time off, 403(b) Retirement Savings plan, Pension, Tuition Reimbursement, and discounted rates on T-passes (50% off).
Boston Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

Brookline, Massachusetts

Boston Children's Hospital is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Boston Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. (Our services can begin interventions at 15 weeks gestation and in some situations we also treat adults.)

We have approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and our 200+ specialized clinical programs schedule 557,000 visits annually. Last year, the hospital performed more than 26,500 surgical procedures and 214,000 radiological examinations.

Our team of physicians and nurses has been recognized by a number of independent organizations for overall excellence, and we're proud to share some notable examples with you here.

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