Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network (HBN)

Organizational Summary

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

Job Summary

The Child Mind Institute makes use of innovative MRI- and EEG-based imaging approaches to characterize brain maturation across the lifespan, with a particular focus on understanding the impact of psychiatric illnesses on maturational processes. Additionally, the Child Mind Institute is dedicated to the support of open-datasharing initiatives

Applications are currently being invited for a 2-year Research Assistant position available with the Child Mind Institute. This incumbent will assist the research site staff in conducting data collection for the Healthy Brain Network (HBN), an exciting new initiative aimed at collecting imaging, genetic, and phenotypic data from 10,000 children and adolescents throughout NYC. They will work from one of many different HBN sites and, under the supervision of clinicians, will directly interface with research participants to conduct recruitment, scheduling and administration of research assessments. A multitude of assessments will be administered to participants including cognitive and behavioral testing, physical fitness, fMRI, EEG and blood draws. The Child Mind Institute fosters a collaborative environment where Research Assistants have the opportunity to gain excellent clinical and research experience, with the potential for publication.

Reporting to the Research Coordinator, Healthy Brain Network this is a non-exempt, full-time with openings in Midtown (later transferring to Brooklyn), Staten Island, and on our Mobile Research Vehicle. We offer competitive salary and benefits.


  • Ensure a high quality experience for research participants.
  • Perform MRI and EEG scans of research participants.
  • Assist the research staff and site clinicians in the collection of data from participants.
  • Conduct the informed consent process with research participants.
  • Assist the research staff in scheduling of research participants.
  • Research data entry and data management.
  • Protect personal and sensitive information.
  • Assist with the scoring of assessments and questionaires.
  • Assist with community outreach and participant recruitment.
  • Attend team meetings.


  •  B.S. / B.A. in Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology, Computer Sciences, Engineering, or other related scientific fields.
  • The ideal candidates will have prior research experience, experience operating MRI or EEG equipment, familiarity with neuroimaging techniques, strong interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communication, and the ability to work as a member of a team as well as independently.
  • CPR certification a plus.
  • Must be able to prioritize and multitask.
  • The candidate must be willing to work an alternative work week with weekend schedules. This position’s work location will change from time to time to different sites within the New York City metropolitan area.

Application Details and Instructions

Click here to apply. Please upload a cover letter and resume/CV as one document in the resume section on the application site.

Child Mind Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Child Mind Institute, please visit

No phone calls or recruiters, please. This position will remain open until filled.