Jobs & Training

The MNL currently has two postdoctoral fellowships available. There is an additional postdoc position available with our close collaborators, Drs. Mieke Verfaellie and Margaret Keane. There is also a full-time research technician position available in the Neuroimaging Research Center for Veterans, as well as undergraduate internship experiences. See below for specific details.

Postdoctoral Training:

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory, Aging, and Alzheimer’s Disease
The Boston University Memory Disorders Research Center and Neuroimaging Research Center at VA Boston Healthcare System are seeking an advanced postdoctoral fellow with expertise in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and human memory. The candidate will receive advanced training in multi-modal imaging (fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging, volumetric and surface-based analyses, ASL) in young adults, older adults, and patient populations. Studies will focus on human memory, age- and AD-related changes in memory and the brain, and individual differences (e.g., in cardiovascular fitness) that attenuate age-related decline. Dr. Scott Hayes will be the primary mentor, and the fellow will also collaborate on projects with Drs. Mieke Verfaellie and David Salat. The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, biomedical engineering, or a closely related field, and substantial experience in MRI data acquisition and analysis (fMRI preferred, but applicants with experience using other imaging modalities would also be considered). Candidate should have expertise working with MRI analysis software such as AFNI, FSL, SPM, or FreeSurfer, as well as familiarity with unix and Matlab. Experience interpreting neuropsychological data, and previous work with aging or clinical populations are also desirable. The postdoctoral fellow will interact with several research groups at VA Boston examining memory, age and AD-related changes in cognition and the brain and will be part of a rich and stimulating intellectual environment. The candidate should have a keen interest in developing an independent research career.

The starting date is flexible. A minimum two-year commitment is required. Salary for highly qualified candidates may be up to $52,000.

U.S. citizenship is required for consideration. Interested candidates should email a single pdf containing a letter of interest describing how their experience aligns with the above research foci and their CV. They should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation emailed. All materials should be sent to Dr. Scott Hayes at smhayes@bu.edu

Cognitive Neuroscience of PTSD and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
The Boston University Memory Disorders Research Center and the Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders are seeking an advanced postdoctoral fellow with expertise in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with neuropsychologists and neuroscientists on a clinical research program aimed at elucidating the neural and cognitive sequelae of posttraumatic stress disorder and blast-induced traumatic brain injury in returning Veterans, as well as cognitive and neural change subsequent to exercise training. The candidate will receive advanced training in multi-modal imaging (fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging, volumetric and surface-based analyses, ASL) and the use of cognitive and MRI outcome measures subsequent to exercise intervention in Veterans with mTBI and PTSD. Dr. Scott Hayes will be the primary mentor, and the fellow will also collaborate with an interdisciplinary team including Drs. Mieke Verfaellie, David Salat, Daniel Forman, and Jasmeet Pannu Hayes. The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, biomedical engineering, or a closely related field, and substantial experience in MRI data acquisition and analysis. Candidate should have expertise working with MRI analysis software such as AFNI, FSL, SPM, or FreeSurfer, as well as familiarity with unix and Matlab. Experience interpreting neuropsychological and/or exercise physiology data and previous work with clinical populations are also desirable. The postdoctoral fellow will interact with several research groups at VA Boston studying TBI and PTSD in returning veterans. The candidate should have a keen interest in developing an independent research career.

U.S. citizenship is required for consideration. The starting date is flexible. A minimum two-year commitment is required. Salary for highly qualified candidates may be up to $52,000.

U.S. citizenship is required for consideration. Interested candidates should email a single pdf containing a letter of interest describing how their experience aligns with the above research foci and their CV. They should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation emailed. All materials should be sent to Dr. Scott Hayes at smhayes@bu.edu

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Memory Disorders
The Memory Disorders Research Center (MDRC) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in the cognitive neuroscience of memory. The Center provides a unique opportunity to conduct research in a large group of well-characterized individuals with selective amnesia and in patients with frontal-lobe lesions. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing studies examining the role of memory in future thinking and decision-making. The candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in new research on temporal processing, using behavioral as well as neuroimaging approaches. The MDRC is located in a medical center with state of the art imaging facilities, and affords many opportunities for interaction with other laboratories in cognitive neuroscience. The successful applicant will have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, or closely related field. Interested candidates should email a CV and letter of interest describing how their experience aligns with the above research foci. Please also have three letters of recommendation emailed to Dr. Mieke Verfaellie (verf@bu.edu). Start date is flexible.

Research Experience for Undergraduate Students:

The MNL offers comprehensive research experiences in the cognitive neuroscience of memory. These experiences include activities related to behavioral and neuropsychological testing with healthy adults and memory-impaired patients, as well as functional and structural MRI data collection and pre-processing. Research training with human participants requires a significant investment by MNL staff, and therefore the MNL requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours/week for the academic year or 20+ hrs/week for 10+ weeks over the summer. All research activities take place at VA Boston (150 S. Huntington Ave., Boston). Students who are accepted to work in the lab will need to complete several on-line research training courses and LOTS of paperwork prior to starting. Students interested in psychology, neuroscience, engineering or computer science are encouraged to inquire.

Student Internships (Fall 2014-Spring 2015):

We are accepting applications for student volunteers to assist with a new project examining the relationship between aerobic fitness, brain function, and cognition.  We will be working with athletes and sedentary adults ranging in age from 18 – 85 years old.  Participants will undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), neuropsychological testing, blood draw, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Job duties entail general clerical support, participant recruitment, screening, scheduling, stimulus development, data collection, data formatting, and data scoring. The position requires a minimum time commitment of 10 hrs/week (Monday-Friday) for both the Fall and Spring semesters.  Applicants should have a GPA > 3.5.  Previous experience with behavioral testing and computing expertise (e.g., excel, e-prime, and/or unix) is desired.  A background in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, math, engineering, or physics is a plus. This is an ideal position for someone interested in gaining research experiences in neuropsychology and neuroimaging prior to starting graduate school.   Interested students should email a cover letter (describe your relevant background, interest in the position, and indicate U.S. citizenship status), CV (including contact info for 3 references), and course transcripts to neurolab@bu.edu .  If digital copies are not available, hard copies of course transcripts can be mailed to:  Dr. Scott Hayes, VA Boston Healthcare System, MDRC 151A, 150 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130