Change Your Mind, Change the World

Center for Healthy Minds

University of Wisconsin–Madison
625 W. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703-2637
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Center Healthy Minds researchers collaborating by David Nevala

Scientific rigor.

Continuous learning.

Interdisciplinary collaboration.

Deep respect for all individuals.

These values drive our passion in changing the world. Interested in joining us?

Current Openings at the Center

Project Manager

Qualified applicants will have the following required experiences: Minimum 4 years experience in psychology or neuroscience research setting; experience managing multiple research projects with staff or student supervision; excellent problem solving, organization, and computer skills, including Windows and Mac operating systems; excellent written and verbal communication skills; exceptional judgment and independent decision-making skills, including the ability to set priorities to meet the demands of the position, are required. 

Well-qualified applicants will have the following preferred experiences: Clinical research and experience managing large-scale, complex studies; proficiency in one or more statistical packages such as R, SPSS or SAS; experience with one or more MRI processing programs such as FSL or Freesurfer; experience in E-prime, Psychopy or similar stimulus presentation programs; experience setting up and troubleshooting equipment used for psychological research; experience collecting psychophysiological measures; experience developing budgets and contributing to grant progress reports; experience managing multiple IRB protocols; interest in learning and succeeding in human neuroscience research.

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Marketing Specialist

The Marketing Specialist will work in the Communications and Marketing Office to implement the organization's marketing strategies, support marketing communications and engage with CHM's community and stakeholders to effectively grow a global presence.

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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.

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 and email it to the supervisor listed for the position you are interested in, or send it to the student hiring coordinator. 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.

Please complete this application and email it to the student hiring coordinator.

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.