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

Professor of Educational Psychology, Center for Healthy Minds

The ideal candidate is a researcher who studies the impact of secular contemplative interventions (e.g., mindfulness and/or compassion-based interventions) in educational settings and who is interested in strategies to cultivate healthy qualities of mind (awareness, kindness, compassion, equanimity) in developing youth (preK-12) and their teachers and caregivers. Particular emphasis will be given to candidates who approach these questions using rigorous, innovative methodological approaches. Candidates with interests in the development of positive character, growth mindset, and moral and ethical reasoning, are also welcome. Candidates with neuroscientific interests and expertise, and/or who are committed to the development of new measures, are especially encouraged to apply.

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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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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.

Director of Development

The Director of Development is responsible for the private funds development programs and the management of a major gift philanthropy program that supports the Center for Healthy Minds.

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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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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.