Student Opportunities

Research and Internships

  • Teaching Assistant (Recent Grad Only)

    Posted: August 26, 2019

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    The position will contribute to the department’s educational mission by providing Teaching Assistant support for faculty-taught undergraduate-level courses. The anticipated annual course load is eight courses during the academic year (four courses per semester) and may include a variety of content areas including cognitive neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, vision, and cognitive development. Duties will likely include assisting faculty with course preparation, grading, meeting with students in office hours, and leading small-group discussion sections. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary in the 35-40K range depending on qualifications and experience, and benefit options. Previous coursework in one or (preferably) more of the following areas is required: cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cognitive development, and vision science. A Master’s degree is preferred, but we will also consider candidates holding a Bachelor’s degree if they have a strong background in the relevant areas. Candidates should submit a statement that addresses their interest in and qualifications for this position, a current CV, and the names and contact information for three references.
    Please send this to: cogsci-submit@jhu.edu Review of resumes and interviews will begin immediately. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2019.

    [Johns Hopkins is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.]

  • Research Credit Opportunity

    Posted: August 26, 2019

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    We are looking for 2 – 3 undergraduate students majoring in Neuroscience for research positions in the Center for Imaging Science at Johns Hopkins University to work on a project in collaboration between the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Janelia Farm Research Institute of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Students will contribute to:

    • development and implementation of optical imaging systems
    • application of whole-brain light sheet microscopy for reconstructions of neuronal circuits
    • discovering the principles guiding morpho-molecular neural cell types, the first goal of the BRAIN Initiative
    ~ Instrumentation is part of the Multiphoton Imaging Core in the Department of Neuroscience.

    A strong background in basic laboratory techniques and direct experience in performing light microscopy will help. Students will receive research credits for their work. Applications should be addressed to Eileen Xu (exu1@jhu.edu).

  • Internship with Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research/Kennedy Krieger Institute

    Posted: July 25, 2019

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    We are looking for motivated and detail-oriented students interested in investigating the neurologic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. We are currently recruiting for two projects within our Center.

    Project #1: Examination of motor control in children with autism spectrum disorder during a dance imitation task using motion capture techniques. Student 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 summer or into the fall semester, with the potential to stay on in the future. Ideally, students would be able to contribute 10 hours per week to the lab.

    Project #2: Examination of white matter abnormalities in children with autism and/or ADHD using diffusion weighted imaging. Student interns would assist in data preprocessing including correcting data for motion and artifacts, reconstructing white matter tracts and extracting diffusion metrics within regions and tracts of interest. Students will also read and discuss pertinent scientific literature and have plenty of opportunity to write computer code. This internship can start in late summer or fall semester, and students would ideally contribute at least 10 hours per week to the lab.

    Interested students should contact Josh Robinson at robinsonjo@kennedykrieger.org and should include either “Dance Imitation” or “Diffusion” in the subject line, depending on personal interest.

    Location:
    Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research
    Kennedy Krieger Institute
    716 N Broadway
    Baltimore, MD
    21205

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Posted: July 22, 2019

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    In the Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology led by Dr Xiaoqin Wang (https://wanglab.johnshopkins.edu/lab/WangLabWebsite/), We are currently working with new-world primates (Marmosets) to study how primate vocalizations are encoded in the Auditory Cortex. (See paper : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26627765) To do this we record single neurons from the auditory cortex and peripheral areas using a 64 channel silicon based electrodes. We are in need of students to help isolate single units from recorded data and prepare it for further analysis. The student will use easy to learn software and Matlab code to identify and isolate action potentials (spikes) from many neurons recorded in a given session, and structure the sorted data for further analysis. Experience with Matlab is required, and knowledge and interest of general neuroscience and electrophysiology is preferred.

    Contact:
    John LEE
    Jlee629@jhmi.edu

    Location:
    Laboratory of Auditory Physiology
    Traylor 412
    720 Rutland Avenue
    Johns Hopkins University, East Baltimore Campus

  • Research Assistant

    Posted: May 13, 2019

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    The Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology (http://wanglab.johnshopkins.edu/lab/WangLabWebsite/index.html) 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 (michael.osmanski@jhu.edu) for further information.

  • Research Assistant

    Posted: May 10, 2019

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    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 akamiya1@jhmi.edu.

    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
    Email: akamiya1@jhmi.edu

  • Neurobiology Research Intern

    Posted: May 9, 2019

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    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 mschaefer@jhmi.edu

  • Research Lab Technician

    Posted: April 17, 2019

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    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

    (Whartenby@jhmi.edu)

  • Internship with Research Neurophysiology Laboratory at Kennedy Krieger Institute

    Posted: March 7, 2019

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    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 lush@kennedykrieger.com.

  • Internship with Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research on motor imitation

    Posted: January 29, 2019

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    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 rochowiak@kennedykrieger.org and tuncgenc@kennedykrieger.com.

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