Research Assistant Position: Visual Neuroplasticity

 

Research Assistant Position: Visual Neuroplasticity
Dr. Lotfi Merabet, Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary / Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School
spring 2017 and beyond

Project Description: The lab studies how the brain adapts to blindness and visual impairment. Major research focuses include brain imaging technologies (including MRI and EEG) to investigate structural and functional neuroplasticity. The student will work closely with senior investigators in the lab on assessing performance in visually impaired adolescents using a variety of computer based software. Testing will be carried out at the laboratory as well as at collaborative sites in the Boston area. The student will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data under the guidance of senior investigators. Depending on computer proficiency and analysis skills, there is also the opportunity to participate in brain imaging experiments and data analysis. Skills Required: Ideal candidates will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in psychology or neuroscience. An interest in working with people with disabilities would be highly desirable. Previous research experience in a neuroscience and or an experimental psychology lab would be ideal, but not required. Strong organizational and communication skills and attention to detail are an important must. The candidate should be self-motivated and able to solve problems independently while also being comfortable working with others. Applicants with a background in programming (e.g. Unix, Python, MATLAB), statistical analysis software (e.g. R, SPSS, STATA) and/or neuroimaging software (e.g. FreeSurfer, FSL, SPM, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply. Expectations: Expected to work about 10 hours a week, depending on the current project. There is flexibility in the expected dates, but at least one year is required (or 2 semesters) and more than one year is highly preferred. Additional Information: The position offers substantial research experience and potential for co-authorship on publications. The position is ideal for candidates looking to gain research experience in preparation for graduate level studies in neurosciences, psychology, education, or medicine in the future. The undergraduate student can expect to gain extensive experience in behavioral research methodology, psychophysical testing, statistical analysis, brain imaging, and study design experience. No funds are currently available from the lab, but students are encouraged to seek external support. Laboratory website is at http://scholar.harvard.edu/merabetlab. Location is 20 Staniford Street, 2 West Building, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infimary / Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston MA 02114. To Apply: Please send a CV and a cover letter to Emma Bailin (emma_bailin@meei.harvard.edu), with the subject line “Research Assistant position application”. The letter should describe your research experience (if you have any), interests and include why you think you would be a good fit for the lab. Please also include the name and contact information of two references. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis until the position has been filled. (posted 2/2017)