Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Neurology, School of Medicine

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Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Neurology, School of Medicine

Tracking Code2250028920428Job Description

We are seeking an outstanding individual to be a Post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Translation Cognitive Neuroscience (CTCN) ( at Boston University School of Medicine and VA Boston Healthcare system. Based at VA Boston, the CTCN lab focuses on applying the techniques of cognitive neuroscience to increase our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Two-year commitment required.

The specific project which funds the position seeks to test a pragmatic introduction of ERPs into the existing workflow of participants and patients in the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and affiliated memory disorders clinics with the hypotheses that ERPs will provide (1) additive diagnostic information beyond that of neuropsychological testing alone and (2) data on how brain physiology is altered by neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injuries.

Other ongoing projects in the laboratory that the fellow may be involved with include examining: (A) the effects of social isolation and the built environment on cognition and mood; (B) the impact of false memories and misinformation on older adults with and without Alzheimer’s disease; (C) the relationship between structural MRI, ERP, neuropsychological, and behavioral data in older adults with and without memory disorders; (D) autobiographical memory in individuals with memory disorders; and (E) the relationship between consciousness and memory in individuals with and without memory disorders.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated research interests in translational research, experimental psychology, and/or cognitive neuroscience, as well as a demonstrated record of research project management (e.g., study design, IRB protocol writing, data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation).

The applicant should be highly motivated, able to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. As part of their job duties, the candidate will participate in a variety of professional development activities, including activities with the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, leading publications and presentations, and participating in individual and group mentorship activities.

Women, members of under-represented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


The Post-doctoral fellow is responsible for:

  • Supervising research assistants and students who complete Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions and management for human research, including new applications, amendments, continuing review reports, study personnel changes, safety report submissions per IRB policies and procedures, protocol deviations, etc.; (30%)
  • Overseeing recruitment of study participants by research assistants and students (10%)
  • Overseeing site monitoring visits (pre-site selection, site initiation, and interim visits, plus follow-up after visits) for applicable research studies in the Section, including taking the lead or assisting in scheduling; (10%)
  • Performing research related data analysis, manuscript writing, grant writing (50%)

(The above statements in this job description are intended to depict the general nature and level of work assigned to the employee(s) in this job. The above is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of accountable duties and responsibilities required).

Required Skills


PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related discipline


You must have or receive training/certification for Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Human Subjects Protection (HSP), HIPAA, and Conflict of Interest training.


Experience with, or willingness to quickly learn, ERP data collection and analysis methods necessary.


A strong quantitative background and competency in programming environments such as Matlab, Python, R, and Psychtoolbox preferred. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related discipline when they start.



Please send Cover Letter and CV Dr. Renée DeCaro (Postdoctoral Fellow; [email protected]) with cc to co-PIs for this position, Dr. Kate Turk at [email protected], and Dr. Andrew Budson, [email protected].


Applications will be reviewed as received, with anticipated start date of July 1. Later start dates can be negotiated. The position will be open until a qualified applicant is found.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationBoston, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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