Postdoctoral Fellowship in Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience,

Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine (Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D.)


The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience, under the direction of Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D., seek a highly qualified postdoctoral scientist with interests in neurodevelopment generally, and with specific expertise in EEG in young children. Specifically, the postdoc will become involved in a data analytic project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, under the joint supervision of Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D. and Laurel Gabard-Durnam, Ph.D. The overall goal of this project, Early Predictors of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes (EEG), is to make use of – and develop new tools for – using EEG to predict subsequent cognitive outcomes, including, in some cases, academic success. The postdoc will have access to data from a number of different projects (from both low- and middle-income countries), and will also work closely with other Foundation-funded teams focused on NIRS and MRI, all part of a broader neurodevelopmental consortium.


Eligible postdocs should have training in developmental psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, or developmental neurobiology, ideally with solid experience in neuroscience methods (particularly EEG) and experience with young children. Familiarity with predictive statistical methods (e.g. machine-learning algorithms) is preferred. The postdoc will have the opportunity to engage in various aspects of the study, such as supervising research coordinators/assistants, undergraduate and graduate students; extensive involvement in data processing and analysis; and correspondingly, involvement in manuscript preparation and grant writing.

This position is open for a possible start date of August 1st, 2020. A 2-year commitment is preferred. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



– Doctoral degree in developmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, with a history of research focused on neurodevelopment

– Experience conducting research with infants and/or children

– Excellent interpersonal and research skills

– Experience with EEG/ERP

– Knowledge of predictive statistical analyses preferred


Application Information

A complete application includes 1 copy of each of the following items (please include your full name on every page of your application):

1. Letter of interest

2. CV

3. Names and contact information for three references


For consideration, please submit an application to Dr. Charles Nelson ().