Post-Doctoral Fellow | Human Neurophysiology | Pain & Analgesia

Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 05, 2019
Dec 04, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

The Berde and Cornelissen collaborative research laboratories at Boston Children’s Hospital are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to participate in ongoing research studies that focus on the neurophysiology of pain and analgesia in childhood. The post-holder will work on projects examining the impact of critical illness on brain networks and sensory processing, encompassing chronic sedation and opioid analgesia exposure on neurodevelopment. Candidates who have experience in signal processing of electrophysiological data (e.g. time frequency decomposition, source localization), preferably with familiarity of human data collection in the patient setting are strongly encouraged to apply. The post-holder will have the unique opportunity to work on multi-method (e.g. neurophysiologic, quantitative sensory testing, autonomic, and behavioral) research while gaining knowledge of developmental neurophysiology research. The postdoctoral fellow will work with Professor Charles Berde and Dr. Laura Cornelissen, and other members of the laboratories as well as clinical staff and collaborators to ensure smooth and successful outcomes for this research.

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing how their specific academic background is relevant to the challenge of electrophysiology and intensive care/critical care projects, 2 representative publications, and email addresses of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Specific Responsibilities

  • To collect and analyze human electrophysiological recordings and quantitative sensory testing data
  • To maintain a deep knowledge of neurophysiology and to remain up-to-date in the scientific literature
  • To supervise students working in the lab
  • To write research reports based on the data results and present data at conferences, scientific symposium and professional society meetings


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a PhD in neuroscience, engineering, computer science, or a related discipline 

Minimum Competences

  • Research experience in appropriate data handling, analysis and statistical validation of EEG data
  • Advanced signal processing skills (e.g. time-frequency decomposition, source localization)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, strong written skills and is highly motivated
  • Independence and problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to discuss experiments and to communicate ongoing work effectively with colleagues across disciplines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with and analyzing EEG/ERP/electrophysiology data
  • Experience of working in a critical care environment
  • Skilled in the use of script writing using signal processing applications such as MATLAB or Python

Preferred Competences

  • Background in human research and a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Advanced statistical skills and experience in R is a significant plus
  • Experience in preparing clinical ethical applications


Boston Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs