Training and Employment Opportunities
The center is currently expanding, and we have many opportunities available. Contact us to learn more.
1. Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience
The Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience (CTCN) is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow. The core mission of the center is to use cognitive neuroscience research to improve the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other late life cognitive and emotional brain disorders. Current research projects involve (1) the use of EEG, event-related potentials (ERPs), structural MRI, and amyloid PET scans to detect and accurately diagnose mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease, (2) developing cognitive strategies to compensate for changes in memory using heuristics, mindfulness, and iPad games, and (3) the neural basis of pseudobulbar affect disorder and medications to treat it, also using ERPs. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in all aspects of the research projects, including study design, collection of behavioral, EEG, imaging, and clinical data, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. The fellow will be an author on all publications/studies in which s/he has worked on.
The fellow is expected to stay for 2 to 3 years (the position is funded for three years) and is renewable depending on availability of funds and satisfactory performance. Successful applicants will have demonstrated research interests in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, strong experimental and statistical training, and ability to write papers, grants, and IRB protocols. A record of publishing research is preferred but not required. Knowledge of ERP and/or structural MRI analysis methods, and experimental design with E-Prime are preferred but not required. The applicant should be highly motivated, able to work both independently and as part of a team. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related discipline by the expected start date of September 1, 2017.
Application Procedure: Please send curriculum vitae, description of accomplishments and research interests, and plans for the future to both Dr. Andrew Budson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. Ala’a El-Shaar (email@example.com).
2. VA Special Fellow in Advanced Geriatrics/Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology
The Geriatric/Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Fellowship is a two-year VA-funded Clinical Research Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System under the direction of Dr. Budson, Chief of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at VA Boston, board certified behavioral neurologist, and funded cognitive neuroscience researcher specializing in memory. VA Boston has a long tradition in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, starting with Norman Geschwind, Frank Benson, and Edith Kaplan. More recently it has become the home of cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience, including state-of-the-art EEG/ERP, TMS, and MRI (Siemans 3T) research. The fellowship also includes work with the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BU ADC), for which Dr. Budson is the Director of the Educational Core. The fellowship provides clinical training in the diagnosis and management of memory disorders and other aspects of behavioral neurology, and research supervision in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience with Dr. Budson, or other types of research with other VA Boston mentors. Fellows will have an Instructor faculty appointment at their mentor’s institution, either Boston University School of Medicine or Harvard Medical School.
Clinical Training: The Fellow will participate in the (1) weekly Memory Disorder Clinic, which sees patients with neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, traumatic brain injury, blast exposure, and other causes of memory loss; (2) weekly Memory Disorders Case Conference, an educational and multidisciplinary and interprofessional group discussion of the diagnosis of varioius neurological disorders with cognitive impairment; (3) weekly BU ADC Consensus Diagnosis Meeting; (4) Monthly Neuropsychology Grand Rounds. Fellows will become expert in the diagnosis and management of patients with memory disorders, including proficiency in the selection administration, and interpretation of neurpsychological testing.
Research Training: The Fellowship provides research opportunities for fellows who want to develop an academic career. Dr. Budson (or other VA Boston mentor) will help the fellow to gain research skills including laboratory-based experimental methods for clinical research and cognitive neuroscience (or other) techniques. Fellows working with Dr. Budson will have access to training in behavioral, EEG/ERP, TMS, and MRI neuroimaging research. Fellows meet Dr. Budson (or other mentor) on a regular basis for reviewing the progress in clinical training and reserach projects. Fellows are also provided with the opportunity to take relevant seminars and short courses in a variety of topics including memory disorders, biostatistics, and grant-writing. The fellow will also be encouraged to apply for pilot and career development grants, starting the road toward independent funding and faculty positions.
Eligibility: The Fellowship is open to US citizens and lawful permanent residents. Candidates must possess an MD or a foreign-equivalent basic medical degree (e.g., MBBS) and be board-certified in the US.
Application Procedure: The following materials should be e-mailed to Dr. Budson: a) Cover Letter: the cover letter should clearly state the applicant’s clinical and research interests, goals for fellowship, and plans after the program; b) Curriculum Vitae; c) Three references with email and phone contact information.
Andrew E. Budson, M.D.
Chief, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
Comments About the Training
“Advanced Geriatrics/Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Program is a well-integrated educational program. It is a perfect combination of clinical work and research alongside strong mentorship. As a clinical fellow, I am so impressed by the rich clinical support system at the VA Boston Healthcare System. The availability of advanced diagnostic tools for clinical patients is amazing, which includes amyloid PET, high resolution MRI with quantification of gray and white matter volume and timely-mannered neuropsychology evaluation. As a clinical researcher, I have ample opportunity to join different projects, develop my own ideas and write training grants. This program has set a high quality standard for me to construct my own clinical team in the future. I am truly grateful to be a fellow here. Please contact me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.” – Xiaoyan Sun, MD, PhD
“The fellowship helped me to gain the knowledge and confidence to diagnose dementia and other cognitive disorders, as well as knowledge of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments of Alzheimer’s disease and many other dementias. I also had ample opportunity to learn how to correlate neuropsychological testing with neurological examination and radiographic findings. I truly enjoyed the multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and comprehensive care of the patients. There were also many opportunities to join various research projects, to write review articles, as well as book chapters.” – Aleksandra C. Stark, MD (email@example.com)