Research Assistant Position: Social Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorders (full time)


Research Assistant Position: Social Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Prof. Charles Nelson, Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children's Hospital / Medical School

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital are dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in children diagnosed with or at risk for various developmental disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, psychology, and education. In collaboration with clinical experts in fields such as developmental pediatrics and child neurology, we are working to expand our knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders. Through this collaborative and comprehensive approach, we aim to drive the science forward as rapidly as possible, so that we can translate what we learn into earlier identification, improved therapies, and better outcomes for children and families affected by developmental disorders. Children’s Hospital of Boston is ranked as the top Children’s Hospital in the United States and is committed research and to building a diverse workforce. Applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged. The Clinical Research Assistant will work primarily on a project that will examine biological markers associated with social functioning in school aged children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The project will compare standard clinical assessments to electrophysiological and eye tracking measures in a group of children who are participating at multiple time points. Responsibilities: will include administering standardized clinical and diagnostic measures to children with ASD, collecting interviews from families, and providing feedback about clinical assessments. The Clinical RA will also contribute to recruiting and scheduling participants, running experimental study sessions, coordinating collection of surveys from parents, as well as data management, processing and analysis. Finally, the clinical RA will be responsible for coordinating and training research study volunteers. Requirements: (1)  A master’s degree in psychology, education, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related field, as well as a 2-year commitment to the position; (2) availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends to facilitate visits with school-aged children; (3) previous experience with children with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disorders; (4) at least one year of experience working in a research setting, which may include undergraduate research experiences; (5) computer skills including working knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems, basic statistics software (e.g. Excel, SPSS), and word processing; and (6) high level of motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent communication, organization, and attention to detail.Preferred experience includes (1) experience with administering and scoring standardized developmental measures including the ADOS, ADI-R, DAS, and Vineland; (2) knowledge of psychophysiological/electrophysiological recording and/or eye-tracking measures; (3) ability to assist with grant preparation, publications, presentations and/or applications to an Institutional Review Board; and (4) computer skills including basic experimental presentation and collection software (e.g., ePrime, Redcap, Matlab). Additional Information/To Apply:For more information or to apply contact Laura Nelson at (posted 3/2017)