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Boston University RESEARCH SPECIALIST,MED School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology in Framingham, Massachusetts

The Framingham Heart Study Brain Aging Program (FHS-BAP) is responsible for neuropsychological, neurological, and brain imaging exams with participants in all FHS cohorts. We provide ongoing surveillence of participants who have been flagged as possibly having cognitive impairment. We also do consensus review of flagged participants to determine endpoints related to whether they have cognitive impairment/dementia, to what degree, and due to which etiology. FHS-BAP also provides infrastructure support for related ancillary studies that further contribute to FHS brain aging data resource.

Core responsibilities include conducting neuropsychological testing on subjects, ages 25-100+ and preparing case reports for dementia diagnostic meetings. Testing will take place primarily in clinic, however, research assistants are expected to make home visits as well on a regular basis. Additional core responsibilities will include leading specific projects, both short and long-term. Given the wide range of projects that include cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI), there are a myriad of tasks that range from data entry to presenting to collaborators from other academic institutions and private industry. The position also requires some technical skills given the integration of smartphone, wearable devices and other technologies in the data collection process and the use of post-processing applications for digital voice, pen and other digital data streams.

Required Skills

This multi-faceted position requires someone who is mature, independent, self-initiating, and comfortable working in an unstructured, non-traditional, dynamically evolving research environment with little supervision. Bachelor's degree, 1-3 years of research experience (that occurred in conjunction with attainment of bachelor's degree is acceptable), and valid driver's license are also required. Experience with Freesurfer a bonus.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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