Research Trainee Position: Neuroimaging of Psychiatric Disorders (summer)
Dr. Martha Shenton, Psychiatry Neuroimaging Lab (PNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Medical School
The Psychiatry Neuroimaging Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is seeking a volunteer undergraduate research trainee for the summer of 2017. The mission of the lab is to investigate brain abnormalities in neuropsychiatric disorders using state-of-the-art computerized neuroimaging tools, primarily on structural and diffusion MRI scans. Disorders studied in the lab cover a wide range, including schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, and PTSD. Research trainees will learn software tools for image analysis including 3DSlicer, Matlab, and FreeSurfer. Additionally they will learn about MRI scans, neuroanatomy (specifically about the white matter tracts of the brain), and how to conduct a scientific research study for publication. Responsibilities: Research trainees will work closely with an investigator in the lab who will assist them in learning the basics of image processing. They will be given the opportunity to work on their own project focusing on a specific clinical population. At the end of their training, they will be expected to present their work to the rest of the lab. Requirements: Students majoring in neuroscience, biology, psychology, or computer science are preferred. Some experience in computer programming and statistics is helpful but not necessary. Self-motivation, attention to detail, and the ability to problem solve and work independently are required. Trainees working either part or full-time are welcome, but a commitment of no less than 8 weeks is required. Additional Information: More information about the lab can be found at http://pnl.bwh.harvard.edu/. To Apply: Please fill out the Trainee Inquiry form at our webite http://pnl.bwh.harvard.edu/trainee-inquiries/, and be sure to mention that you are applying as part of the Mind/Brain/Behavior program.