A position is open for a full-time post-bac research assistant to work on the national Healthy Brain and Cognitive Development (HBCD) study at the University of Maryland. The HBCD study is recruiting women during pregnancy and following their infants through the first five years of their lives      https://heal.nih.gov/research/infants-and-children/healthy-brain (https://hbcdstudy.org/). This project aims to conduct multi-modal brain imaging across the first years of life as well as biospecimen collection (maternal blood, maternal and child urine, child stool, maternal nails, and maternal and child saliva).  The work will be supervised by Dr.      Tracy Riggins in the Neurocognitive Development Laboratory.

This position is ideal for someone interested in pursuing developmental cognitive neuroscience and/or learning about using neuroscientific methods with infants and toddlers. Research assistants working on this project will be involved in collecting functional MRI data as an MRI operator and processing biospecimen samples. Training will be provided in      MRI acquisition and biospecimen processing. The position will also involve working with undergraduate research assistants, including overseeing data entry, MRI data transfer, and biospecimen processing.

Flexible schedule on evenings and weekends is required. Required education: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Development, or Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience.  The position requires excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills.  Prior experience working with infants and/or young children in a research context is preferred. Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred. The job is available beginning early in 2024 and requires a minimum two-year commitment.  Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV and the names and email addresses of two references to Tracy Riggins, riggins@umd.edu.

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