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The Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation welcomes inquiries about open positions at our center. Current open positions:

Clinical Research Assistant

Research Assistant in Clinical Neuroscience

Summer Internship

Clinical Neurophysiologist

Neurophysiologic Signals/Data Analyst

Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation Clinical Fellowship

Clinical Research Assistant

We are looking for a clinical research assistant to join the Laboratory for Brain Network Imaging and Modulation, part of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, a Harvard-affiliated group within the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We use a combination of transcranial magnetic and electrical current stimulation (TMS and tCS, respectively), functional MRI, cognitive tasks, and other modalities to investigate neural networks and functional brain organization in both healthy volunteers and clinical patients. The lab studies various diseases, ranging from emotional conditions like depression to movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and even delusions like Capgras syndrome. The position also offers opportunities to follow physician-scientists closely and work directly with patients and research participants.

Applicants must be well-organized in order to coordinate and manage multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously. Working well with staff, patients, and participants is essential. Duties include research responsibilities like recruiting participants, running research visits, and summarizing data; regulatory tasks like maintaining IRB correspondence; and computing-based duties like maintaining a research MRI repository server, writing, debugging, and organizing scripts and settings, and working with other investigators to ensure seamless operation of processing pipelines.

We are primarily interested in candidates with an engineering background, although this is not a prerequisite. Experience coding in at least 1 language like MATLAB, Python, or UNIX shell (Linux) is required, but a willingness to learn is more important than knowledge of multiple languages. This position will provide valuable experience in both clinical and basic research, as well as clinical exposure, which makes it an excellent opportunity interested in pursuing an MD, PhD, or both. Previous research assistants from the Center have matriculated to highly competitive graduate and medical school positions.

The ideal candidate would be willing to accept the position for 2 years, although a shorter time frame may be an option. All interested applicants should send a CV/resume; a brief statement of interests and future plans; and arrange for a reference to be sent via email to Alisha Roby: aroby@bidmc.harvard.edu.

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Research Assistant in Clinical Neuroscience

We are looking for a research assistant to join the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, a Harvard-affiliated center within the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We use a combination of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), functional MRI, Electroencephalography (EEG) and cognitive tasks to explore and understand brain function and cognitive processes, and to diagnose and treat neurological and psychiatric illnesses. The lab is actively involved in research in healthy individuals as well as in a number of patient populations, including: Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Ataxia, Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and more. In addition to working closely with principal investigators on their projects, a successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop and pursue their own research interests.

Applicants must be well organized and able to coordinate multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously. Working well with staff, patients and participants is vital. Primary duties will include coordinating and running research visits, data analysis, and study write-ups. Further, the candidate will work with administrative staff to ensure regulatory procedures are followed appropriately. There is also the opportunity to directly observe the diagnosis and treatment of patients with neurological disorders at clinical appointments and hospital wards.

We are particularly interested in those with a Psychology, Neuroscience or Engineering background, although majoring in these is not a prerequisite. Any experience in statistical analysis, EEG, TMS, fMRI analysis, or programming (particularly in Matlab or Python) is an asset but not required. However, a willingness to learn is a must. The position will provide valuable experience in both clinical and basic research, and is a great opportunity for those interested in a future career in medicine or neuroscience. Previous research assistants have matriculated to highly competitive graduate and medical school positions.

The ideal candidate would be willing to accept the position for 2 years, although a shorter time frame may be an option. All interested applicants should send a CV/resume; a brief statement of interests and future plans; and arrange for a reference to be sent via email to Alisha Roby: aroby@bidmc.harvard.edu.

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Summer Internships

The Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation offers Summer Internships to 3 motivated students each year. Students will have the opportunity to observe neuroscience research under the direction of a BA-CNBS faculty member. Students must be able to commit to 6 weeks or more in order to be considered.

To Apply: Please email a CV or resume and a recommendation letter from professional or academic reference by March 15 to Alisha Roby: aroby@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Application Period for Summer 2019 is now open.

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Neurophysiologic Signals/Data Analyst

The Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, headed by Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, is a world leader in research and development, clinical application, and teaching of noninvasive brain stimulation techniques, and their integration with fMRI, EEG and cognitive tasks, applied to human neuroscience and clinical neurology and psychiatry.

The ideal candidate for the neurophysiologic signals/data analyst will have a masters or PhD degree in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or related fields, a strong background in signal processing, and experience with EEG and fMRI analysis. Experience with programming in Matlab is required, and familiarity with other programming languages (bash, cshell, python), EEG processing software (EEGLab, Fieldtrip, Cartool), and/or MRI software (FSL, SPM, freesurfer) is preferred. The position will entail the development of data processing and analysis pipelines, analysis and interpretation of EEG & fMRI data, and teaching and supervision of students and technicians.

This position is full-time and inclusive of a full, standard benefits package.

To apply, please send the following to Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD
c/o Alisha Roby aroby@bidmc.harvard.edu :

    1. Curriculum vitae

    2. One-Page statement of experience and career goal

    3. Two letters of recommendation

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Clinical Neurophysiologist

The Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, headed by Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, is a world leader in research and development, clinical application, and teaching of noninvasive brain stimulation techniques, and their integration with fMRI, EEG and cognitive tasks, applied to human neuroscience and clinical neurology and psychiatry.

The ideal candidate for the clinical neurophysiologist position will have specialty training in clinical neurophysiology including electromyogram (EMG), electroencephalogram (EEG), and, ideally, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The position will entail the development and testing of standardized data acquisition protocols, especially TMS protocols such as SICI, LICI, PAS, and rTMS induced plasticity. The position will involve interaction with both neurological and psychiatric patients and include teaching and supervision of students and technicians.

This position is full-time and inclusive of a full, standard benefits package.

To apply, please send the following to Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD
c/o Alisha Roby aroby@bidmc.harvard.edu :

    1. Curriculum vitae

    2. One-Page statement of experience and career goal

    3. Two letters of recommendation

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Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation Clinical Fellowship

The department of Neurology and the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Harvard Medical School (HMS) are seeking a clinical fellow with training in neurology or psychiatry. Applicants must be committed to working across these two disciplines, and conduct a feasible and potentially impactful translational research project.

The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation Fellowship in Clinical Neurosciences is a joint effort between the neurology and psychiatry departments at BIDMC, designed as a three-year fellowship including both clinical and research mentoring and training. Fellows will be matched with two mentors: one from the psychiatry faculty, and one from the neurology faculty at Harvard Medical School. Seed funding and appropriate mentoring and support from the Harvard community will be provided for the research project. Qualified candidates must be board certified in neurology or psychiatry, and have independent research goals and clinical interests.

We are now accepting applications for a start date of July 1, 2019.

To apply, please send the following to Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD
c/o Alisha Roby ( aroby@bidmc.harvard.edu ) by March 16, 2018:

    1. Curriculum vitae (NIH format)
    2. One-page statement of experience and career goals
    3. Two letters of recommendation

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Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



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