2-3 Year Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Post-doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Boston VA Hospital
This full-time position in the Boston Attention and Learning Laboratory (BAL LAB, www.ballab.org) involves designing and testing innovative cognitive rehabilitation approaches as well as characterizing their neural mechanisms. The fellow will primarily be supervised by Dr. Joe DeGutis with secondary supervision from Dr. Mike Esterman.
Research will involve 10-15 hours/week supporting ongoing computer-based cognitive training trials in hemispatial neglect, prosopagnosia, age-related cognitive decline, and traumatic brain injury. The rest of the time will be devoted to performing independent studies such as developing new cognitive training programs and diagnostic tools, utilizing non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (tMS, tDCS), as well as incorporating task-based and resting state functional MRI (Siemens 3T Prisma Scanner) to examine training-related neural plasticity. Through collaborations with the VA Geriatric Education and Clinical Center and the TBI Center of Excellence, the applicant will also have access to large comprehensive behavioral/neuroimaging datasets in older adults as well as in Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, Drs. DeGutis and Esterman have several ongoing collaborations in the broader Boston neuroscience community (e.g., Harvard Vision Lab, Berenson-Allen Center for Non-invasive Brain Stimulation) that the fellow could participate in. The BAL LAB has a strong track record of supporting trainees’ career development, promoting independence, and fostering publication.
Qualifications: Must be a US citizen and have completed a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., cognitive psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology, neuropsychology). Advanced statistical and/or methodological expertise is preferred, though not required.
Compensation: 45-48k (depending on experience) plus full benefits