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Center for Healthy Minds

University of Wisconsin–Madison
625 W. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703-2637
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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

Director of Development, Center for Healthy Minds

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) is recruiting for an experienced development associate to join a team of professionals responsible for the private funds development programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This position will have responsibility for the management of a comprehensive major gift philanthropy program, with particular focus on the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM). The annual fundraising goal of CHM is $10M, and the successful candidate will play a significant role in achieving this goal.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Affective, Cognitive, and Aging Neuroscience 

The successful 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 Computing Facilitator

This position will be focused on easing the friction of computing in scientific research, and make our researchers more efficient and productive. The position will be the in-house expert on our research data management systems (we're currently using products called COINS and REDCap), helping research projects elegantly collect and download data. 

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Research Specialist

The Research Specialist will be responsible for data collection, data processing, and participant screening and scheduling for both the Neuroscience Project component of the longitudinal Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study, as well as a comparative study in a cohort from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP).

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Research Specialist

The Center for Healthy Minds is looking for a Research Specialist to coordinate and manage day-to-day operations of a new research program. The goals of this program are to develop measures of skills underlying psychological well-being, and to investigate interventions designed to promote and protect mental health using these measures. Core to this program is implementing research on mobile phones to investigate if/how well-being changes during app-based interventions with the potential, at scale, to reach many people. The Research Specialist will support daily operations involved in running research studies and coordinating a team of scientists and undergraduate assistants. S(he) will work closely with the program leader to prepare for research studies, implement those studies, coordinate data analysis, and generally facilitate communication amongst the team. Strong candidates will be detail-oriented and highly organized, and will demonstrate the ability to work proactively and creatively to troubleshoot problems. Excellent written and verbal skills are a necessity. Application deadline is January 15, 2018 at 11:55pm.

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For current openings at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, search online for position vacancy listings. For additional questions regarding potential employment at the Center, please email us.

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.

Chief Philanthropy Officer

The Chief Philanthropy Officer position is a leadership role focused on creating a sustainable funding model that supports The Center for Healthy Minds’s mission: to promote well-being and reduce suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will work to expand the scope and reach of The Center for Healthy Minds while supporting a captivating mission.

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Science Director

The Science Director will lead the integration of scientific assessment into a scientifically-based program to cultivate psychological well-being, both via in-person training and scalable app-based delivery. This position will also design the ways in which assessment data is delivered to individual users and to organizations, conduct program evaluation that will guide evolution, and manage academic collaborations with Center for Healthy Minds leadership and scientists in accordance with the mission and vision of the Center.

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Senior UX/UI Designer

The Senior UX/UI Designer will lead our mobile and web experience. This position combines strong skill-sets in both mobile visual design as well as usability. This position requires leadership in driving creativity within the product team.

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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 (Fall and Spring) 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 that we seldom accept non-UW–Madison students, and it may take multiple weeks for our scientists to review your application and respond to you. 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. Those students can email us a resume, transcript and a cover letter explaining why you wish to work at the Center. Please be sure to detail any prior research experience or special skills you may have.

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.