Research Assistant

 

We are seeking a motivated, organized candidate to work as a research assistant in the Lewis Lab, an interdisciplinary and collaborative lab focused on advanced brain imaging techniques and the neuroscience of sleep. In this role, the candidate will assist with neuroimaging research (e.g. EEG, fMRI), including patient interactions. The role will include primary activities such as:

  • recruiting and screening participants for neuroimaging studies

  • conducting complex neuroimaging studies with multiple types of data acquisition

  • administrative tasks within the lab (e.g. supply tracking, purchasing)

  • managing IRB protocols and QI tracking

  • processing and organizing neuroimaging data

  • other project assistance as needed

 

Our lab has a collegial, professional, and welcoming environment, and BU provides competitive benefits including tuition remission. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please note that since our lab studies sleep, experiments sometimes take place on evenings and weekends. Our past research assistants have gone on to excellent medical and graduate school programs.

 

Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science, psychology, or related field

  • Ability to enter MRI scanner suite

  • Experience with programming (ideally Matlab or Python)

  • Good interpersonal skills and comfort working with human participants, as well as sensitive handling of confidential information.

  • Good written and oral communication skills are needed.

  • Ideal applicants will be flexible, resourceful, proactive, independent, and collegial.

  • Organizational skills, motivation, and attention to detail will be essential to the position.

  • While prior experience in neuroimaging research is not required, candidates who have full-time professional experience in neuroimaging can be considered for a higher-level position.

 

How to apply: Please email resume/CV, cover letter, and transcripts (unofficial is fine) to Zachary Diamandis, with Subject Line: ‘Lewis Lab RA Application’, zmd@bu.edu

Lab Manager

We are seeking an experienced, highly organized candidate to work as a lab manager in the Lewis Lab, an interdisciplinary and collaborative lab focused on advanced brain imaging techniques and the neuroscience of sleep. In this role, the candidate will manage the day-to-day operations of the lab, including management of clinical research, and facilitate effective and efficient progress towards research goals. Primary activities will include:

 

  • managing clinical research compliance (e.g. IRB protocols, QI tracking, clinical trial reporting to NIH, documentation of study enrollments)

  • implementing clinical research enrollment procedures (e.g. participant recruitment and screening)

  • creating and managing strategies for effective patient recruitment for neuroimaging studies

  • overseeing a small team of clinical research coordinators and undergraduate research assistants

  • administrative tasks within the lab (e.g. scheduling meetings and travel; purchasing)

  • tracking and contributing to writing grant progress reports

  • proactively identifying opportunities to increase organization and streamline lab activities

  • conducting EEG and MRI brain imaging studies

  • other project assistance as needed

 

Depending on the candidate’s background, possible additional activities could include:

  • conducting neuropsychological clinical screening interviews with patients

  • assisting with financial management of grant funds

  • designing and maintaining systems for neuroimaging data management

  • scientific project management and contributing to manuscripts

 

Our lab has a collegial, professional, and welcoming environment, and BU provides competitive benefits including tuition remission. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

 

Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience working in clinical research, including familiarity with IRB processes. Familiarity with patient recruitment or neuroimaging would be highly beneficial.

  • A bachelor's degree is required. A graduate degree is not required but such candidates may be considered for a higher level position.

  • Good interpersonal skills and comfort working with human participants are needed, as well as sensitive handling of confidential information.

  • Good written and oral communication skills are needed.

  • Ideal applicants will be flexible, resourceful, proactive, independent, and collegial.

  • Organizational skills, motivation, and attention to detail will be essential to the position.

 

How to apply: Please email resume/CV and cover letter to Zachary Diamandis, with Subject Line: ‘Lab Manager Application’, zmd@bu.edu

Current open positions (March 2022): Lab manager; Research assistant; Postdoctoral fellow or Staff scientist

Postdoctoral Associate or Staff Scientist

Position: We have an opening for a postdoctoral associate or staff scientist to lead multimodal neuroimaging studies of brain function in Laura Lewis' lab at Boston University, aiming to advance computational and systems neuroscience of the human brain. This position offers the opportunity to develop computational neuroimaging approaches using state-of-the-art MR techniques, and study the neural basis and cognitive consequences of sleep, wake, arousal, and attentional states. We use fast fMRI, multimodal imaging (EEG-fMRI, PET-fMRI), computational modeling, ultra-high field (7 Tesla) imaging, and other multimodal approaches to measure and analyze brain function across diverse states. The lab is a fast-paced and interdisciplinary environment that supports its members in achieving their long-term research and career goals, and has strong collaborations throughout the Boston-area computational neuroscience and neuroimaging communities.

Requirements: We encourage applications from a wide variety of fields, seeking candidates with highly motivated and creative approaches to engineering and/or neuroscience. Candidates should have or expect to receive a Ph.D. in related field (e.g. neuroscience, engineering, physics, psychology). Desired skills include a strong quantitative or computational background and proficiency in programming (e.g. Matlab or Python). Past experience in fMRI and/or electrophysiology would also be an asset. Start date is flexible. 

How to apply: Please email C.V., cover letter describing research experience and future interests and goals, and names of three references to Laura Lewis, ldlewis@bu.edu

Graduate Students

The lab does not currently anticipate having openings for PhD students in 2022. In general, we accept graduate students already admitted to BU through the departmental program at BU Biomedical Engineering or the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Current students can contact Laura Lewis directly with a description of their background and interests, to discuss possible research projects and rotations.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

We do not currently have openings for Spring 2022. Feel free to check back in future semesters or fill out this form.