[visionlist] Full-time Research Assistant Positions at the Boston VA Medical Center

Mike Esterman esterman at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 15:04:38 GMT 2010


 Dear colleagues,

I have recently joined the faculty at the VA Boston Neuroimaging Center and
the Boston University School of Medicine, and we are recruiting 2 full-time
research assistants. I would be grateful if you could please forward the
advertisement below to anyone you think would be appropriate.

Regards,

Mike Esterman


Full-time Research Assistant Positions at the Boston VA Medical Center


*1. Cognitive Rehabilitation of Attention*



Objectives: 1) To further develop and optimize an attention training program
to create functional improvements in patients suffering from acquired brain
injury.  2) To develop web-based administration of this training program to
enable widespread access. 3) To characterize the cognitive and neural
mechanisms of this training procedure.



Description: This position will involve administering cognitive tests and
attention training procedures to patients, primarily those with hemispatial
neglect and to a lesser extent patients with traumatic brain injury,
post-traumatic stress, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  It will
also involve analyzing data, programming new tests, creating new stimuli,
and performing MRI scans. Responsibilities for the position also include
some administrative tasks to support the principal investigator.  This
position will be primarily based at the Boston VA Medical Center in Jamaica
Plain, but will also involve spending time at the Vision Sciences Laboratory
at Harvard University and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.



Background required: College degree in psychology, neuroscience or related
field and interest in making a career in such a field.



Skills required: The candidate must be highly organized and have excellent
people skills.  More technical skills such as knowledge of statistical
methods, programming, and knowledge of graphics programs such as adobe
photoshop are also a plus.



If interested, please contact Dr. Joe DeGutis (degutis at wjh dot harvard
dot edu).





*2. Functional Neuroimaging of Cognitive Control*



Objectives: 1) To investigate the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive
control, attention and time perception. 2) To understand how goals,
expectations, and intentions can influence our perception, thoughts, and
actions. 3) To characterize the neural mechanisms of cognitive control in
healthy adults, as well as in aging and clinical populations.



Description: The position will involve participating in all phases of
research, including designing and implementing experimental paradigms;
recruiting, training, and testing subjects; behavioral and fMRI data
analysis; manuscript preparation; programming experimental paradigms and
analyzing data using Matlab; assisting with the preparation of grant
proposals and administration of funded grants and human subject protocols;
developing research projects in collaboration with other lab members and
faculty at Boston University, Harvard University, and the new VA Boston
Neuroimaging Center.  This position will be primarily based at the Boston VA
Medical Center in Jamaica Plain.



Background required: College degree in psychology, neuroscience or related
field and interest in making a career in such a field.

Skills required: The candidate must be highly organized and have excellent
people skills.  Technical skills such as knowledge of statistical methods,
programming, Matlab, and fMRI analysis are a plus.



If interested, please contact Dr. Mike Esterman (esterman at jhu dot edu).


-- 
Michael Esterman, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Functional Neuroimaging
VA Boston Neuroimaging Center
VA Boston Healthcare System (182 JP)
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
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