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Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

In the Cohen Lab, we strive to create an inclusive and equitable environment for every one of our members (undergraduate research assistants, research staff, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and collaborators). Further, we recognize the unique position we serve as ambassadors for the scientific community in our interactions with the participants and families who generously give their time and effort for our research. We acknowledge and respect the originality and contributions that a diverse research team is uniquely poised to offer. To this end, we are committed to increasing the representation of diverse backgrounds in our team and in the broader cognitive and developmental neuroscience communities.

As such, we welcome applications from individuals interested in joining the lab regardless of their background (including but not limited to age, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, disability, socioeconomic status). We strongly encourage applications particularly from members of these and other underrepresented and historically disadvantaged groups. We firmly believe that supporting the academic and non-academic journey of all trainees regardless of their background will benefit the growth of the individual, as well as advance the broader scientific community.

 

Graduate Students:

We are are currently accepting graduate students for fall 2024. Graduate students should apply directly through the Graduate School. See here for more information.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

We recently accepted applications for undergraduate applicants for volunteer positions in the BrainMAP study (cohenlab.web.unc.edu/research/brainmap), the CogMAP study (carolinasnhlab.com/cogmap), and for a non-study specific programming-focused position. 

Applications for all 3 positions are now closed and we are beginning the application review process. Applicants should expect to hear from us by mid-February.

Applicants may only apply for one position. All RAs, regardless of position, will be expected to work about 8 hours per week, including the Cohen Lab Undergraduate RA meeting (as schedules allow). All positions have a 2-semester minimum commitment (spring 2024 and fall 2024)

For the BrainMAP and CogMAP study positions, we will only accept applications from current first-years and sophomores. For the programming RA position, we will accept applications from current first-years, sophomores, and juniors. 

For the BrainMAP study, applicants: 

  • Will ideally have experience working with kids and teens aged 10-16. 
  • Should be available during the week for training and on weekends for participant sessions.  

BrainMAP RAs will: 

  • Assist with preparation for study visits 
  • Assist with recruitment & retention efforts 
  • Assist with post-study session data management 
  • Train to assist with participant visits, ultimately transitioning to regularly attending and assisting with study visits 
    • Study visits may include virtual visits, MRI scan visits, and behavioral/neuropsychological testing visits. 

 For more information on the BrainMAP study, visit our website: cohenlab.web.unc.edu/research/brainmap 

For the CogMAP study, applicants: 

  • Will ideally have experience working adults ages 18-75. 
  • Should be available during the week for training and on weekends or evenings for participant sessions.  

CogMAP RAs will: 

  • Screen for eligible participants in EPIC 
  • Train to assist with participant visits, ultimately transitioning to regularly attending and assisting with study visits 
    • Study visits may include virtual neuropsychological testing and an MRI scan session, which includes a finger prick blood sample  
  • Assist with post-study session data management 

 The CogMAP study is a collaboration between Dr. Cohen and Dr. Keely Muscatell. For more information on the CogMAP study, visit the study website: https://carolinasnhlab.com/cogmap. 

For the programming RA position, applicants: 

  • Will ideally have experience in Python and MATLAB 
  • Will ideally have experience with version control systems 
  • Should be available on weekdays between 9-5 for training, regular hours, and meetings 
    • Please note, applicants do not need to be available 9-5 each day- the RA will have regularly scheduled work hours (~8 per week) between 9 and 5. 

Programming RAs will: 

  • Update code for MRI scanner tasks to current versions of Python 
  • Update MATLAB simulation code to current versions of MATLAB 
  • Have the opportunity to assist with writing data processing scripts in R or Python 

If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact Ellie Birdsong at cohenlab@unc.edu.

 

If you are interested in working in the lab and have work-study funding, please apply through JobX (the work-study portal). Work-study and volunteer applications will be given the same consideration. We do not currently have an open work-study position.

 

 

 

We held info sessions for interested students on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 12:30 and 4 pm. You can watch the recording of our 12:30 session below!