At Boston Children's Hospital, 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. We are looking for a clinical research assistant to work on implementing real-time fMRI neurofeedback (rt-fMRI NF) at Boston Children's Hospital as part of a joint posting with the Cohen Laboratory for Translational Neuroimaging and the Computational Radiology Laboratory (CRL). This position would support our joint mission to identify the specific brain circuits responsible for specific symptoms common in autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions with new network imaging techniques and use these as treatment targets for noninvasive treatment modalities, e.g., rt-fMRI NF and/or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The Cohen Lab use a combination of lesion network mapping and big data computational analysis along with functional MRI, EEG, and behavioral phenotyping to generate circuit-based hypotheses for specific symptoms from clinical cohorts with lesions or focal brain abnormalities. We then validate these hypotheses through prospective neuroimaging study of children and adolescents with epilepsy or neurodevelopmental disorders with similar symptoms and typically developing volunteers. The CRL is a world's leader in developing novel technologies and computational modeling strategies for understanding and interpreting radiological images with two essential goals--one, to improve our understanding of the structure and function of the brain and other organs of the human body; and two, to enhance our capacity to diagnose and treat disease. Duties include:
Computational tasks such as building task-paradigms for rt-fMRI NF, transferring and converting MRI data into research-ready formats, and writing, debugging, and organizing shell scripts and python Jupyter notebooks to analyze this data,
Participant focused activities such as recruiting participants, running research visits, and summarizing data,
Assisting with other existing projects as needed,
Regulatory tasks such as preparing and maintaining IRB protocols and correspondence, and
Academic activities such as performing literature reviews and manuscript preparation. The position offers opportunities to follow physician-scientists closely and work directly with pediatric patients and research participants. Applicants must be well-organized in order to coordinate and manage multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously. Working well with staff, patients, and participants is essential.
This position will provide valuable experience in both clinical and basic research using neuroimaging techniques, as well as clinical exposure, which makes it an excellent opportunity for candidates wishing to pursue an MD, PhD, or both.
Bachelor's degree in a related science.
Experience with Python, R, MATLAB, and/or UNIX shell scripting.
Experience with neuroimaging and/or EEG analysis software preferred. 4. Well-developed communication skills.
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. 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.
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