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.
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
Candidates should have or expect to obtain a PhD in neuroscience, engineering, computer science, or a related discipline
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
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
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.
Additional Salary Information: Per NIH guideliness
Internal Number: BCH190905
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