Research & Internships

Hand Dexterity Rehabilitation Internship

Posted: May 28, 2019

Reports to Jing Xu, Assistant Research Scientist, MCEH

Internship purpose

The goal of the Developing and Piloting Therapies for Hand Dexterity Rehabilitation project is prototyping and piloting hand function assessment and therapies in stroke patients, using a hand device that records forces produced by each finger, in preparation for a large-scale clinical trial for hand rehabilitation post-stroke.

The intern will work with and learn from senior neuroscientists, engineers, clinicians, and therapists through hands-on experience in developing and testing effective rehabilitation devices and therapies. They will learn skills in the following aspects: 1) analytical and critical thinking skills through identifying problems in the hardware, software, neuroscientific questions, and patients’ needs, 2) problem solving skills through designing and running experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and suggesting solutions, 3) inter-personal skills through interacting with a large inter-disciplinary team to achieve the ultimate research goals.

Duties and responsibilities

• Assist with design and implementation of behavioral experiments on hand function, using a force-sensing hand device
• Recruit and test healthy participants and stroke patients, using the hand device and other neurological exams
• Assist with data analyses, and hardware design and maintenance
• Create a poster and present the results of the internship at the Johns Hopkins Research Symposium on Engineering in Healthcare, Nov 2019


• Bachelor’s degree in related field: Biometical Engineering, Neurology, Neuroscience, Computer Sceince, Experimental and Cognitive Psychology. Some experience in research, medical devices, and patients preferred.
• Strong analytical/problem solving skills
• Technical experience in qualitative data collection and performing statistical analysis
• Technical experience with sensor technology is preferred but not required

Working conditions and physical requirements

Indoor- shared office environment
Possible exposure to clinical setting (observing workflow)
Ability to physically operate computer


$14-15 per hour, depending on qualifications and for up to 40hrs per week.

Anticipated Start Date

Jun 3rd , 2019


Summer, 2019
Possibility for extended internship, if there is interest on both sides


Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus, Carnegie Building, Baltimore, MD

Application Process

Email your resume and one paragraph describing what you are looking to gain from this internship to Vess Vassileva-Clarke:
Please include contact information (name, email address and/or telephone #) for your academic adviser.
Use Subject line “MCEH Hand Dexterity Rehabilitation Internship- Summer 2019” for your email.

Applications received on or before May 30, 2019 will be given first consideration.

Research Assistant

Posted: May 13, 2019

The Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology ( in the Department of Biomedical Engineering has positions available for interested undergraduates to assist with a variety of current experiments. We use a non-rodent model system to explore how the brain processes complex sounds at both the physiological and behavioral levels, and undergraduates can expect to be able to help with animal training, conducting behavioral experiments (using both trained and natural behaviors), and performing some basic data analyses. Previous experience with animals and/or computer programming is desirable, but not necessary. Interested undergraduates can contact Dr. Michael Osmanski ( for further information.

Research Assistant

Posted: May 10, 2019

The goal of my research laboratory is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying etiopathophysiologies of psychiatric disorders, such as intellectual disability, schizophrenia, and depression. In particular, we investigate how genetic risk factors and environmental factors, such as adolescent cannabis use and psychosocial stress, affect stress-related biological signaling mechanisms, leading to impairment of brain development and brain function relevant to psychiatric disorders. Our research will ultimately identify new therapeutic targets and biological markers for early intervention of these devastating conditions.

Full time summer student position is available. Students will join preclinical studies to investigate immune and inflammation-related mechanisms underlying cognitive and mood-associated behaviors caused by genetic risks and environmental factors.

If you are interested in this position, please contact me at

Atsushi Kamiya, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Graduate Training Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
600 North Wolfe Street / Meyer 3-146
Baltimore, MD 21287 USA
Telephone: (410)-502-0060
Fax: (410)-614-1792

Neurobiology Research Intern

Posted: May 9, 2019

Assists in performing neurotoxicity studies during neonatal development and assesses long-term cognitive dysfunction and the role of postsynaptic density scaffolding proteins (MAGUKs). Skill development includes molecular neurobiology, biochemistry, immunohistochemistry, behavioral analysis, note taking, and presentations.

Intern Job Duties will Include Assisting Drs. Schaefer and Gray in the Following Tasks:

  • Complete neurobiological studies by conducting tests and examinations; organizing and analyzing findings; writing results, summaries, and interpretations; operating equipment.
  • Specifically, the intern will:
    • Cut tissue on a cryostat
    • Perform immunohistochemistry
    • Perform wide field and confocal microscopy
    • Analyze microscopy images
    • Analyze behavior in mice
    • Perform other tasks which may include molecular biology techniques
  • Conducts research by completing library and Internet searches; developing hypotheses; planning and conducting experiments and tests; organizing and analyzing findings; completing experiment logs and records; writing explanations and summaries; developing conclusions; setting-up and operating equipment.
  • Collaborates with other scientists by exchanging findings, observations, and opinions; presenting and discussing test and experiment findings at scientific review meetings.
  • Maintains procedure integrity by adhering to policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Maintains safe and healthy lab environment by following organization standards and legal regulations.

If interested, please contact Dr. Michele Schaefer at

Research Lab Technician

Posted: April 17, 2019

Neuroimmunology research lab at JHMI looking for technician

Looking for a post-graduate opportunity to conduct research, learn new skills and contribute to a project?

Technician position open for a recent grad interested in biomedical science. The lab focuses on neuroimmunology, with a translational goal of understanding and treating multiple sclerosis. We are in need of a technician to assist in experimentation.

Basic skills required are :

          High level of attention to detail.

          Strong work ethic and interest in science

          Ability to learn new skills quickly

          Desire to contribute to scientific inquiry

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related field required. 

Contact: Whartenby Lab


Internship with Research Neurophysiology Laboratory at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Posted: March 7, 2019

We are looking for motivated and detail-oriented students interested in investigating cognition and behavior in children with developmental disorders (e.g.  Autism, Fragile-X, ADHD). Our internship focuses on the investigation of these children during imitative and auditory tasks using EEG methodologies. Interns will work on processing EEG and video capture data obtained during these tasks as well as read, discuss, and present literature pertaining to the tasks and methods. The internship could start in the late spring or into summer, with the potential to stay on in the future. Ideally, students would be able to contribute 10 hours per week to the lab. Interested students should contact

Internship with Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research on motor imitation

Posted: January 29, 2019

We are looking for a motivated and detail-oriented student interested in investigating motor control in children with developmental disorders (e.g.,  Autism). Our internship focuses on the investigation of motor control in children with Autism during a dance imitative task using motion capture tools. Interns will read and discuss literature pertaining to the task, and will work on preprocessing the motion capture data to obtain imitative skill measures. The internship could start in the late spring or into summer, with the potential to stay on in the future. Ideally, students would be able to contribute 10 hours per week to the lab.

Interested students should contact and

Summer Internship

Posted: January 28, 2019

We are seeking interns for this upcoming summer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, WA. Internships are 10-12 weeks long and are paid $15/hour. Please see our website for more information. Multiple positions in a variety of roles (e.g. computational, systems, molecular/genetics) are available and are great opportunities to work on major questions in neuroscience with leaders in the field and in a incredible research environment. One great internship project is listed below:

By leveraging the recent technology, fluorescence micro-optical sectioning tomography (fMOST) combined with sparse labeling of genetically-identified cortical neurons, we aim to characterize the features of local and long-range axons and dendrites of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in mouse visual cortex and begin to explore how they contribute to our understanding of cortical cell types. The complete, brainwide morphology of individual neurons has only recently become available in the field and we are very excited to see how it can enrich our knowledge about cortical circuits. Whole brain morphology data will also be compared to morphology data generated in an acute slice preparation to identify features common to both datasets (Available on our cell types database Analyzing the morphology of the less well known, long range inhibitory neurons will be of particular interest for this project.

Feel free to contact Katie Link ’18, who was a former intern and is a current data analyst at the Institute, for more information and any questions at Applications are due January 30th.

Full-time Laboratory Research Coordinator

Posted: January 16, 2019

The Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University is seeking a full-time Laboratory Research Coordinator to work in the labs of Dr. Leyla Isik (Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab) and Dr. Michael Bonner (Cognitive Neuroscience and Machine Learning Lab). The Laboratory Research Coordinator will work on projects involving fMRI, EEG, behavioral testing, and computational modeling of vision and cognition. The position is particularly suited for a recent graduate from a Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science or related program who is seeking to work in an innovative research environment in preparation for graduate school. 

For more details and to apply, please visit:

​You can contact Dr. Isik ( and Dr. Bonner (​ with any questions.​​​ 

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Posted: December 13, 2018

We are looking for people to fill two positions in our lab at the Martinos Center. We are looking for two Clinical Research Coordinator IIs, one position is more specialized toward computational tasks whereas the other is more clinically oriented, both are in the lab of Dr. Thilo Deckersbach, PhD and Darin Dougherty, MD in the Division of Neurotherapeutics. The job postings can be found on the Massachusetts General Hospital Careers website by searching using the job requisition number in the job number search box.  The requisition numbers are as follows:

fMRI focus: 3080162

EEG focus: 3080156

Please note that we require 1 year of research experience not associated with academic credit and previous coding experience in Python or MATLAB