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Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston, MA

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General Summary

The Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory is looking to hire a qualified candidate for the position of Research Assistant. The laboratory is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The main mission of this laboratory is to understand brain abnormalities and their role in psychiatric disorders by using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques. If you would like to read more about the laboratory, please visit our website at

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

- Work closely with others in a collaborative research environment that includes other Research

Assistants, physicians, computer scientists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and other Principal Investigators on ongoing research studies involving investigating brain abnormalities in schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, CTE, and other neuropsychiatric populations.

- Assist in managing and coordinating research studies by entering data, assisting with data analysis, and being involved in clinical laboratory work such as being present at MRI scans when subjects are scanned.

- Learn to use image processing tools for the pre-processing and analysis of structural, functional, and diffusion Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI).

- Learn to use statistical programs such as SPSS to manage participant data and run elementary statistical tests.

- Learn to troubleshoot and modify image processing pipelines.

- Collect, describe, and help analyze library research materials. Help to prepare and proof read scientific manuscripts and grant applications.

- Adhere to established BWH and department policies, procedures and objectives, and exemplify professionalism and exhibit values that contribute to the goals of the lab and the hospital.

- Perform other related research duties as directed or required.



Qualified applicants must have a bachelor's degree, strong organizational skills, and the ability to

work well with others on a research team.

Skills, Abilities, and Competencies Required

- Psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, and premed majors are encouraged to apply, but all are welcome.

- Prior research or clinical experience is recommended.

- Computer programming experience, including experience with LINUX/UNIX environments, python/bash scripting, and/or scientific computing software (e.g. Matlab, R) is preferred but not required.

Applicants are expected to give a two-year commitment to the position. This position will provide invaluable experience for those interested in pursuing graduate study in the fields of psychology, medicine, engineering, neuroscience, or computer science.

We request a resume and cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and the strengths you would bring to the position. If interested, please apply online through this website and upload a resume and cover letter (as PDFs) in one document.

If you have further questions, please contact: Valerie Sydnor, Head Research Assistant


Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory

Brigham & Women's Hospital

1249 Boylston St, 3 rd Floor Boston, MA 02215

EEO Statement

Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

Partner's Healthcare is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

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Company Profile
Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is an international leader in virtually every area of medicine and has been the site of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world. A major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BWH has a legacy of excellence that continues to grow year after year. Brigham and Women’s Health Care – the parent corporation for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization – includes 150 outpatient practices with over 1,200 physicians. We serve patients from New England, throughout the United States, and from 120 countries around the world.BWH is an internationally-known referral center for the most complex cases in nearly all areas of medicine. In fact, US News and World Report consistently ranks us among the nation’s top ten hospitals and in the top ten for specific specialty areas that in 2015 include cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and rheumatology. The BWH name is a reflection of our history. In 1980 three of Boston’s oldest and most prestigious Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals - the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, and the Boston Hospital for Women – merged to form Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a national leader in improving health care quality and safety, we have helped to develop some of the industry’s best practices including computerized physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors. The CPOE is now a nationally-accepted safety practice. The BWH Research Institute (BRI) is one of the most powerful biomedical research institutes in the world and the second largest recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among independent hospitals in the United States. With over $640 million in total research funding and over 1,000 principal investigators, BWH has long had great success in research as measured by the number of important discoveries made, the size and scope of its research portfolio and the volume of publications annually.

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