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Program Manager

We seek an experienced, full-time program manager to coordinate a new study of pregnant women and their offspring who are born during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is a collaboration among Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Mass General Neuroscience, and involves collecting biospecimens and survey information from SARS-CoV-2 infected, exposed, or non-infected mothers during all three trimesters of pregnancy. There will also be a pediatric follow-up phase to examine effects of pandemic-associated exposures during pregnancy on brain development outcomes, related translational neuroscience studies, and community-based qualitative work. This work is part of a larger hospital-wide birth cohort study (B4) that will continue beyond the pandemic. The program manager will report to Dr. Joshua Roffman, director of the Mass General Early Brain Development Initiative.  The program manager will work closely with Dr. Roffman to develop and implement operational plans, outreach, and administrative oversight (including IRB, pre- and post-award functions, compliance with federal, state, and sponsor guidelines).  S/he will also work with clinical and research colleagues in Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medicine, and other departments and will liaise Mass General Neuroscience.  The program manager must be a high performer with the ability to navigate complex organizational structures and foster key relationships.  The position has a high focus on forward-moving progress.  Outstanding, well developed organizational and communication skills and problem-solving abilities are required.  The candidate must be capable of working independently, setting and adhering to milestones, and working with minimal supervision.

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Research Fellow

The candidate will serve as a full-time postdoctoral fellow in the Mass General Early Brain Development Initiative (EBDI), and will report to Dr. Joshua Roffman, director of EBDI. The fellow will play a critical role in a new, prospective, NIH-funded MRI study of children and adolescents age 9 to 17, including both healthy individuals and those with psychiatric symptoms. The goal of the study is to determine whether prenatal exposure to folic acid supplements confer protective changes in brain structure and function, as assessed with structural and functional MRI scans. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Roffman to develop and implement MRI sequences; oversee MRI acquisition, pre-processing, and hypothesis testing; and publish results. The successful fellow will be on a trajectory toward independent funding through an NIH K award or analogous mechanism. Must be a high performer with both the technical skills necessary for the project and the desire/ability to work with cross-disciplinary investigators and with school-aged children/adolescents and their families. The position has a high focus on forward-moving progress. Outstanding, well developed written and verbal communication skills and problem-solving abilities are required, as is the ability to work independently.

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