Harvard University Research Assistant I in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Auto req ID 42425BR
Business Title Research Assistant I
School/Unit Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Location USA - MA - Cambridge
Job Function Research
Time Status Full-time
Salary Grade 052
Union 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Duties & Responsibilities The Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Harvard University, directed by Professor Leah Somerville, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to begin in Summer 2017. The RA will conduct the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development (HCP-D), a multimodal brain imaging study of developmental changes in brain connectivity and function in a large sample of 5-21 year olds.
The RA will work as part of a team to carry out the daily activities of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development. These activities include data acquisition using behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging (MRI/fMRI) techniques, dataset management, participant recruitment, screening, and longitudinal tracking, technical troubleshooting, and preparing data for public release. Weekly hours will vary with the data acquisition schedule, and will sometimes include evenings and weekends.
Basic Qualifications Background in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and previous research experience is required.
Additional Qualifications B.A., B.S. preferred. The following skills will confer an advantage, but are not necessary to receive consideration: Experience working with children and adolescents in experimental settings and/or visiting schools to conduct research; clinical interviewing; experience with skin conductance, eye tracking and/or fMRI data acquisition and analysis; coursework or practical application of statistics; familiarity with programs such as Eprime, SPSS, R, Matlab, FSL, and Python; willingness to learn and perform phlebotomy. In addition to strong technical skills, the RA must possess excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills, and must demonstrate the ability to work well within a team. Communication skills must be sufficiently strong to maintain excellent rapport with child and adolescent participants and their parents. Please comment on relevant skills and interests in your application materials.
This is a two-year term position with renewal dependent upon grant funding. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred.
When applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one, combined document (resume followed by cover letter). Your cover letter should include a statement of skills and interests, and the names of three references.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
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