IHP Project Coordinator, Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Team (STAFF)

Charlestown, MA
May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Institution:

MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is an innovative and interprofessional graduate school with post-baccalaureate, direct entry-level master's and doctorate, and post-professional programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Speech-Language Pathology, Health Professions Education, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. The only degree-granting affiliate of Partners HealthCare System, the MGH Institute offers its more than 1,300 students unparalleled opportunities to learn and work alongside expert practitioners in a variety of hospital, clinical, community, and educational settings. The school, which has graduated more than 5,400 students since its 1977 founding by Massachusetts General Hospital, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Several programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the school has been named for the past six years as a Great College to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Major Responsibilities:

Join the BEAM Team, led by Dr. Joanna Christodoulou, and assist with all phases of functional MRI (fMRI) and behavioral studies related to the development of reading. Studies will probe the development of cognitive and neural function in typically developing children and those with developmental disorders (including children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders).

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assisting with fMRI task design
2. Coding experiments
3. Conducting fMRI experiments with children
4. Operating the MRI scanner
5. Analyzing first- and second-level analysis of fMRI data
6. Analyzing MRI data
7. Providing technical support for lab personnel
8. Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: conducting literature reviews, maintaining IRB protocols, organizing and maintaining databases.
9. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Working Conditions:

This is a 40 hour per week position. *Note that this position will support a collaboration between MGH IHP and MIT. MGH IHP is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA. MIT is located in Cambridge, MA. Public transportation is available between both areas and it will be the primary responsibility of the new hire to be available at both locations as needed.

Training / Time Required To Learn Job Responsibilities:

Foundational programming skills are required; additional and higher-level skills will be taught on the job as needed.


Education & Experience Qualifications:
Requirements: bachelor's degree in a scientific or social science/education field and proficiency in programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, Python or BASH shell scripting). The candidate must be comfortable and experienced working with children and families. Previous research experience with MRI studies is strongly preferred. Relevant coursework in psychology or neuroscience, and statistics, is desired, and knowledge of neuroanatomy is helpful. Prior experience with database management software (e.g. RedCap, Filemaker) is also helpful. The candidate must be self-motivated, mature and able to work in a fast-paced, challenging environment. This position will provide invaluable experience for anyone interested in pursuing graduate study in the fields of medicine, experimental psychology, educational psychology or cognitive neuroscience.

Skills / Abilities / Competencies:

Administrative Skills- database management (RedCap, FileMaker), IRB documents and procedures

Technical Skills- python/BASH scripting and MatLab; statistical analyses using R, SPSS

Physical Capabilities- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and be mobile; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and communicate orally. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Some travel is necessary in this position.

EEO Statement

The MGH Institute of Health Professions is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We welcome nominations and applications from individuals who would bring diversity of experience, thought and practice to the Institute's research, teaching and clinical missions. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Primary Location: MA-Charlestown-MGH IHP
Work Locations: MGH IHP 36 First Avenue Charlestown 02129
Job: Clinical
Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Schedule: Full-time
Standard Hours: 40
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Recruiting Department: IHP CSD
Job Posting: Dec 22, 2016


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