Graduate Study and Research Positions for Graduating Students

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Research Positions

Searching for a full-time research position can be a full-time job. One place to check is your home department here at Holy Cross. Often, department chairs and other faculty will receive information about an opening.

In addition, there are several excellent web resources you can use to locate a graduate research position.

Pfizer, a world-renowned pharmaceutical company has an excellent web resource regarding career and internship opportunities at Pfizer. There are several entry level positions available within Analytical Research and Development. These are posted at

Below are recent postings I have received regarding research positions for students with a bachelor's degree.

NEW LISTINGS: (updated January 5, 2022)

The Advanced MRI Section (AMRI) in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland is seeking postbaccalaureate fellow candidates for its all-night EEG-fMRI sleep study.  The fellow will assist with research-coordinator duties (e.g., participant scheduling) and data collection.  With time (4 months or longer), the successful candidate may be invited to develop an independent data-analysis project.  Candidates must be willing and able to work night shifts and in the MRI environment.  The start date is summer 2022. In addition to developing unique methods for white matter imaging, ultra-low and ultra-high field imaging, and perfusion imaging, the Section is interested in studying the brain with fMRI during sleep.  This encompasses the characterization of both neuronal and autonomic activity changes across the full range of arousal states during overnight sleep. After a successful pilot study, AMRI began a main study that is currently in full swing. Early analysis of the pilot data has revealed novel interactions between autonomic and neural activity that will be further investigated with advanced analysis techniques. It is anticipated that further development of analysis approaches will be important for proper analysis and interpretation of the data. As part of the NIH Intramural Research Program, AMRI has access to unique imaging and computational resources, including access to 3T and 7T MRI scanners, EEG and MEG systems, and a large (currently 107,000-core) computational cluster. In addition, it has expertise in state-of-the-art MRI imaging techniques and data analysis tools, and a dedicated group of researchers including MRI physicists and sleep neuroscientists. Minimum Qualifications:
1) College graduates who received their bachelor's degrees less than THREE years prior to the date they begin the program; OR individuals who are more than 3 years past the receipt of their bachelor's degree but received a master's degree less than SIX MONTHS before they begin the program; OR individuals who meet one or both of the above and who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral, or medical school programs and who have written permission from their school to delay entrance for up to one year to pursue a biomedical research project at the NIH. 2) U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 3) Candidates must intend to apply to graduate or professional school during their tenure at the NIH (if they have not already been accepted). 4) Willingness and ability to work night shifts (generally, once per week). 5) Willingness and ability to work in the MRI environment. Desirable Qualifications:
1) A strong desire to learn sleep neuroscience. 2) Statistics, computer programming, command-line interfacing, and/or signal processing. Applicants are requested to send curriculum vitae to Dante Picchioni, PhD at: It is encouraged to include contact information for three references from mentors and/or colleagues. NIH Intramural Research Training Award:
For more information on the laboratory: Please note that you must be willing and able to work night shifts and in the MRI environment.  You cannot perform these essential functions if you ever had a seizure; if you ever had a psychotic, depressive, or bipolar disorder; or if you have a contraindication for MRI.  This will be verified by a physical.

The Yale Fellowship in Autism Clinical Research and Community Wellness at the Yale Child Study Center is recruiting highly qualified students for an intensive pre-doctoral fellowship for current graduating seniors (class of 2022) dedicated to a life-long career serving the great autism community. The position will commence June 2022. Yale Child Study Center is a leading institution in autism research. Fellows will have the opportunity to shadow weekly developmental disability clinic rounds, attend Child Study Center Grand Rounds, as well as other departmental Grand Rounds lectures in the School of Medicine. The fellowship is up to two years in duration, with the second year being conditional on performance in the first year. The fellowship combines elements of experiential learning with supervision, self-directed learning, and shadowing. Research training encompasses learning to lead and coordinate multiple pharmaceutical clinical trials involving children and adults with autism. Clinical training will include training on assessments used in autism evaluation and observation of clinical evaluation through the Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Fellows will be directly involved in communication with families. Fellows will have the opportunity to peer-mentor adults with autism online through weekly small group meetings. Fellows will engage in community outreach and develop leadership skills while directing organized online social groups for families and individuals with autism. Fellows will manage an online meetup platform with about 1,500 members including individuals with ASD, parents, students, and professionals. For the most up-to-date and detailed information about the group’s work, please visit online @DrRogerJou. Fellows are encouraged to develop and implement creative in-person events and will co-facilitate activities. Selected applicants will be expected to present results of their own work related to autism research. While prior autism experience is required, experience in clinical, research, and/or community-based settings is accepted. Successful candidates will have a high degree of initiative and independence with strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Applicants with strong skills in using social media platforms are preferred. Selected applicants must have the ability to work effectively with many types of people across different settings while juggling multiple tasks. Flexibility, industry, endurance, and attention to detail are also essential qualities. Fellows starting salary will be $35,700/year. Upon completion of this fellowship, successful applicants in the past have transitioned to medical school or graduate school in psychology or education. Eligibility Requirements: Eligible candidates are graduating seniors who will have obtained a bachelor's degree by June 2022. Applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged; however, United States citizenship is a requirement for this particular fellowship. Please note that this fellowship is not offered concurrently with graduate studies. However, we do hope that the fellowship will serve as an important stepping-stone towards future professional or graduate studies. Application Information: For more specific questions, interested applicants should contact Cheyanne Sebolt B.A. ( or Aniela Bordofsky B.A. ( Electronic submissions are required. A complete application includes 1 copy of each of the following items: Resume or CV, Transcript, a 2-page personal statement containing biographic material, relevant experience, and career goals - can be single or double spaced. Two letters of recommendations should be emailed to Cheyanne Sebolt ( and Aniela Bordofsky ( The recommender should include the applicants full name in the subject line.  Interested students should send their CV, personal statement, and transcript, no later than January 31st, 2022. Letters of recommendation should also arrive no later than January 31st, 2022.  Application materials and questions regarding the Yale Fellowship in Autism Clinical Research and Community Wellness should be emailed to Cheyanne Sebolt ( and Aniela Bordofsky (

Full Time Clinical Research Coordinator Position Available. The UMass MIND Clinical and Research Program in the Psychiatry Department of the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School in Worcester, MA is looking to hire a highly motivated and ambitious individual to run and manage the day-to-day operations of short term and long-term research projects. The goal of our program is to develop innovative intervention strategies combining pharmacological and psychosocial approaches to treat clinical symptoms, medical co-morbidity, and co-occurring substance use, to ultimately improve the quality of life in patients. We are a specialized program that works primarily with patients who suffer from serious mental illnesses. We collaborate with different community stakeholders and partners in central MA to further our reach. Our program offers a large variety of desirable opportunities for anyone interested in a healthcare related career. To read the full job description and/or apply for the Research Coordinator I position, please click here. If you are interested or have further questions, please reach out to the UMass MIND staff at 508-856-6463 or email at