Post Doc Research Fellow Communication Sciences & Disorders (IHP)

Boston, MA
Jul 11, 2020
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Four-Year Institution
DescriptionThe Institute has announced an organization-wideanti-racism initiative to think boldly about race and bring together allmembers of the IHP community to address systemic racial injustice as well asoppression more broadly. The plan seeks to create a supportive and inclusivecampus environment and better support the diverse communities the schoolserves. We are excited about this new initiative and are hiring employees whoare committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and will contributeto our anti-racism and anti-oppression approach. 

Summary of MajorResponsibilities:

 Weseek a talented, highly-motivated post-doctoral research associate with aninterest in developmental cognitive neuroscience to apply behavioral andelectrophysiological measures to study cognition and learning in children withdevelopmental language disorder. This position is NIH-funded and the initialcommitment is for 2 years, with potential for extension. The successfulapplicant will hold a PhD or equivalent in cognitive neuroscience, developmentalpsychology, communication sciences and disorders or a related discipline, willhave demonstrated strong technical experimental skills, including experiencewith the study of event related potentials (ERPs) and will have appliedrigorous quantitative methods to data analysis. Creative thinking and strongwriting skills are also critical. The post-doctoral fellow will have anopportunity to develop her/his own research program within the themes of thelaboratory.

 Thisposition will provide invaluable experience for anyone interested in developinga research program in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, communicationsciences and disorders, experimental psychology, or educational psychology.Support and mentorship will be provided to the postdoctoral to attendconferences, participate in grantsmanship training, contribute to manuscripts,and apply for external funding.

Principal Duties andResponsibilities:

  • ERPsignal processing and data analysis using Excel, MATLAB, Python and SPSS/R.

  • Statisticalanalysis.

  • Literaturereview and report preparation.

  • ERPand behavioral data collection.

  • Trainingand providing technical support for lab personnel.

  • Additionalresponsibilities may include, but are not limited to: task design, developingtraining protocols and managing IRB protocols.

  • Performother related duties incidental to the work described herein.

QualificationsPhD or equivalent in cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, communication sciences and disorders or a related discipline, with relevant research experience and evidence of dissemination of research findings. The candidate must have experience with MATLAB and Excel coding, and with statistical analysis. Previous research experience with ERP research is strongly preferred. Prior experience with database management software (e.g. RedCap), and Eprime software for task design is also helpful. The candidate must be self-motivated, independent, mature and able to work in a fast-paced, challenging environment.



  • AdministrativeSkills- database management (RedCap), IRB documents and procedures.

  • TechnicalSkills- MATLAB; Excel; Eprime; statistical analyses using R, SPSS.

  • PhysicalCapabilities- The physical demands described here are representative of thosethat must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties ofthis job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk; use handsto finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk. Specific visionabilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjustfocus. Some travel is necessary in this position.

Application Materials:

Please submit a CV, cover letter, a representativepublication (preferably first or second author), and contact information forthree references.

Primary Location: MA-Charlestown-MGH IHP
Work Locations:
MGH IHP (MGHCharlestownIHP)
36 First Avenue
Charlestown, 02129

Job: MD/PHD/Fellows/ PostDocs
Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Job Posting: Jul 9, 2020