Student Opportunities

Research and Internships

  • 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.

  • Summer Internship

    Posted: January 28, 2019

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    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 here 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 http://portal.brain-map.org/). 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 katiel@alleninstitute.org. Applications are due January 30th.

  • Full-time Laboratory Research Coordinator

    Posted: January 16, 2019

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    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: https://jobs.jhu.edu/job/Baltimore-Laboratory-Research-Coordinator-MD-21234-273/529061800/

    ​You can contact Dr. Isik (lisik@jhu.edu) and Dr. Bonner (mfbonner@jhu.edu)​ with any questions.​​​

  • Clinical Research Coordinator II

    Posted: December 13, 2018

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    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

  • Research Opportunity

    Posted: November 9, 2018

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    The Marsh Lab

    Focused on Neurologic Recovery and Improving Outcomes

    Dr. Elisabeth Marsh is the Medical Director of Bayview Medical Center’s Stroke Program and runs The Bayview Stroke Intervention Clinic (BaSIC). BaSIC is a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic focused on stroke recovery and improving outcomes. Patients and families have the opportunity to see their stroke on neuroimaging, with the goal of truly understanding why the stroke occurred and the best way to decrease the chance of a future event. In addition to patient care, BaSIC also serves as a clinical research environment focused on stroke outcomes. Together, we are identifying critical gaps in the knowledge of stroke recovery. Our long-term goal is to enhance post-stroke care by improving both symptomatic recovery and patient-centered outcomes. We are currently investigating factors related to cognitive decline post-stroke, and the influence of post-stroke depression, fatigue, and persistent symptoms on long-term recovery and quality of life for both patients and their families.

    Magnetoencephalography- Our research focuses on higher level cognitive processes such as attention and multi-tasking. After even small strokes these activities can become impaired. This results in the inability for previously high-functioning individuals (school teachers, musicians, CEOs) to re-integrate into their prior home and workplace environments. It results in divorce, loss of jobs, and poor quality of life. The cognitive difficulties seem to occur regardless of the location of the stroke, and the underlying cause is poorly understood. It may be because the brain functions as a network (in other words, you require all of your brain to be functioning normally to be at your best). In order to determine if this is the case and how connections change after stroke, we are partnering with the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health to determine what is happening in the brain to impair cognition. Eligible patients with small strokes and difficulty with cognition on testing in our clinic travel to our partnering institutes where they undergo magnetoencephalography (MEG). Similar to an MRI, the MEG records which areas of the brain are active during various activities. Testing is performed about 1 month after stroke and repeated at 6 months. Our preliminary data are exciting! A 42 year old executive presented to clinic with a small stroke, slow processing speed, and poor executive functioning that prohibited him from returning to work and leading meetings. The stroke itself did not explain his symptoms, but MEG showed diffuse abnormal activation within the frontal lobes, an important area for higher level processing (see Figure). These findings indicate that our hypotheses may be correct, but larger studies are needed. If we can determine the brain changes responsible for post-stroke cognitive impairment, we will be able to predict who is most likely to recover, devise better treatment strategies, and promote faster and fuller recovery after stroke.

    If interested, please contact Elisabeth B. Marsh, MD,FAHA at ebmarsh@jhmi.edu

  • Research Assistant

    Posted: October 16, 2018

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    The Center for Imaging Science is seeking a Research Assistant with an understanding of techniques and the underlying science, gained from personal experience. The individual will perform and evaluate research methods; operate attendant computing equipment; provide training to other individuals who may be assigned to the laboratory on a regular or temporary basis. The Research Assistant assists the PIs in the Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at Johns Hopkins University in reaching research goals. Because the technology and research goals in CIS are diverse, the Research Assistant must first and foremost be adaptable. The data analysis performed by the Research Assistant includes but is not limited to manual delineation of high-field atlases as part of a major study of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) from 300 subjects collected from 1995 through to pathology and histology. Interest in the medial temporal lobe anatomy and the memory circuits associated with AD is an advantage. Interfacing to 1 cubic millimeter standard MRI images as part of the BIOCARD neuroimaging study and the ability to work in a team of scientists is required. The ideal candidate will be responsible, flexible and independent in order to perform diverse duties related to collecting, analyzing and archiving data.

    If interested, please contact Tilak Ratnanather tilak@cis.jhu.edu

  • Research Opportunity

    Posted: October 8, 2018

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    The Brain Stimulation Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine is looking for a senior undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience who has an interest in research. A strong interest in electrophysiology is a plus. There is also the possibility of spending a gap year(s) in the lab before medical or other graduate school. We have two pre-clinical research projects utilizing mouse models that complement our clinical endeavors. One study is focused on trying to understand how electroconvulsive therapy works. The goal of the other translational project is the development of non-convulsive neuromodulation for the treatment of intractable self-injurious behavior associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about our research, please visit our Research webpage at http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/specialty_areas/brain_stimulation/research.html. An interested senior could join the lab as part of a medical tutorial or independently of the tutorial. If you are interested please email the Program Director, Irving Reti, MBBS, at imreti@jhmi.edu

  • Research Internship

    Posted: August 14, 2018

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    Title: Internship with Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research on motor imitation

    Description: 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 immediately or at the beginning of the fall semester. Ideally, students would be able to contribute 10 hours per week to the lab. Interested students can contact me at rochowiak@kennedykrieger.org

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity

    Posted: August 14, 2018

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    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is looking to hire Undergraduate Research Assistants in Psychiatric diseases: cell and animal models. The lab is looking for 2 undergraduates to continue with them for 1 semester and beyond. The position is also posted in Handshake (job# 1827684). Interested students should email Professor Christopher Ross (caross@jhu.edu) or Shanshan Zhu (szhu1@jhmi.edu).

Student Opportunities

  • Full-time Laboratory Research Coordinator

    Posted: January 16, 2019

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    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: https://jobs.jhu.edu/job/Baltimore-Laboratory-Research-Coordinator-MD-21234-273/529061800/

    ​You can contact Dr. Isik (lisik@jhu.edu) and Dr. Bonner (mfbonner@jhu.edu)​ with any questions.​​​