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Center for Healthy Minds

University of Wisconsin–Madison
625 W. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703-2637
608-263-6321
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Employment

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At the Center for Healthy Minds, we've identified three core values that guide our work toward our larger mission of a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. Each member of our community is responsible for upholding these values and embodying them in their work. 

We're committed to...

... Conducting our work with rigor 
... Making an impact on the world 
... Cultivating a prosocial workplace


Learn more about our core values and who we are.

Current Openings

Current Openings at the Center for Healthy Minds

Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Psychoneuroimmunology Research 

The successful applicant will be responsible for analysis of neuroimaging, immune, and behavioral data and will have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience through publication of their work in scientific journals, presentations at scientific meetings, and engagement with the community. 

Learn more and apply.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Affective, Cognitive, and Aging Neuroscience 

This candidate will play a key role analyzing both extant and new neuroimaging data in relation to sociodemographic, behavioral, cognitive and biomarker data from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) national, longitudinal study. 

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Research Software Engineer 

The successful applicant will will implement existing scientific computing tools, both in-house and externally developed, and integrate them into studies' workflows, and develop and maintain in-house software for the collection, processing and analysis of scientific data. A key part of your role will be to work collaboratively and flexibly with scientists and staff in a diverse range of areas, including development and implementation of Center-wide programming standards and best practices. Applications close: Nov. 12, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.

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Scientific Director

The Scientific Director plays a critical role on the Senior Leadership Team at the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM). This Director works closely with the Founder to set strategy and scientific direction for the Center. The Director manages the execution of this strategy to ensure the Center achieves the goals of the strategic plan. The Director constantly refines their deep understanding of the field to ensure the Center remains at the forefront of science. The Director uses this deep understanding to mentor staff on the current science as well as on where the field is headed. The Director is intimately involved in ongoing analysis of a broad range of data including different modalities of neuroimaging, and other biological and behavioral data. The Director also plays a key role in scientific publication, envisioning publication strategy, parsing complex research into publishable units and ensuring the highest levels of scientific rigor. Applications close: Nov. 30, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.

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Research Specialist - Neuroscience of Emotion

As a Research Specialist you will be responsible for scientific integrity of data collection, data processing, and participant recruitment, screening and scheduling for research at the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM). This individual may work on several research projects examining the import of individual differences in the time course of emotional responses for varied domains including cognition, health, and well-being, while elucidating the critical functional and structural brain substrates underlying these relationships. Applications close: Nov. 15, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.

Learn more and apply.


For current openings at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, search online for position vacancy listings

Current Openings at Healthy Minds Innovations

Positions listed are with Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc., an external non-profit entity affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds. These positions are not positions with the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

See all openings at Healthy Minds Innovations.

Graduate Research

The Center’s work, specifically research led by Richard Davidson, relies on sophisticated neuroimaging and other related biological methods to make inferences about processes in the brain and body during emotion, in psychopathology and in response to interventions designed to change emotion and cognition, including meditation.

These methods require a strong technical and statistical background to master. Knowing any programming language is better than none and course work in computer science, biology (neuroscience) and physics is highly recommended. Many of our most successful students have been physics, computer science and neuroscience majors as undergraduates.

Due to limitations in the number of students we can support, the Center selects few graduate students and requires a formal invitation. If you believe you meet these requirements, please email us with a copy of your CV, along with a statement of your research interests and technical skills. While we are glad to review your material to see if you are a good fit, we unfortunately cannot offer advice or dedicate time to every inquiry. You can find more information about graduate work at UW–Madison at UW Admissions, the Neuroscience Training Program, the Training Program in Emotion Research and the Department of Psychology.

Undergraduate Research

We have many ongoing research projects at the Center, providing ample opportunities for UW–Madison undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience. Students have the chance to interact with staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other undergraduate students to perform a variety of duties as needed for projects.

Students must be willing to commit to register for a minimum of two semesters of research credit in the laboratory or have Federal Work-Study Funding Financial Aid. Successful candidates will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and preferred background in computer programming, statistics, childhood development or education, and other research areas.

Interested students can complete this application. Please note it may take multiple weeks for our scientists to review your application and respond to you. We seldom accept non-UW–Madison students, but in specific and limited circumstances, we are able to accept a non-UW student if he or she can contribute for two or more contiguous semesters.

For consideration, please complete this application.

Volunteer Opportunities

At the moment, the Center does not have volunteer positions open. We encourage you to sign up for email updates and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date about new opportunities to get involved with the Center.

Affiliated UW–Madison Laboratory Facilities


Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior

The Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to affective and cognitive neuroscience research with brain imaging. The lab is home to faculty with expertise in neuroscience, psychology, physics and statistics. Learn more.


Waisman Center

The Waisman Center comprises many interrelated centers, unified by the common goal of understanding human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases. Visit the Waisman Center website.


HealthEmotions Research Institute

The HealthEmotions Research Institute uses cutting-edge scientific methods developed for the study of illness to better grasp the relationship between emotions and health. Understanding how states of mind influence the body is part of the next great frontier in brain research. See more.