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Without our volunteer staff, none of our projects could be possible. By applying to one of our departments, you will join a team of passionate, dedicated individuals working towards building the next generation of neuroscientists. Please note that IYNA positions are only open to members under 26 years of age. Our teams currently use G Suite and Facebook Workplace to communicate. Applicants must be able to access these platforms on a regular basis. We will be opening new positions relatively frequently, so make sure to check back here often.

IYNA Global Staff Positions


National Positions


Executive Department

The IYNA Executive Leadership team, headed by the CEO, is responsible for managing committee activities within the IYNA and ensuring that all of our day-to-day activities serve our long-term goals. IYNA executives work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-term plans to make the IYNA as impactful as possible to its members and supporters.

Director of Mentorship

The director of Mentorship is tasked with the growth and development of the IYNA's mentorship program. This involves recruiting new mentors, promoting the program to potential mentees, and evaluating the quality of mentorship provided. The director also collaborates with other IYNA departments in order to achieve these goals and improve on the current mentorship system and process. *The application will close January 30 at midnight EST.*

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

Director of Web Development (Currently Closed)

Heads web development team. Duties and qualifications include: - Coordinating tasks for the web dev team - Ensuring code quality through the code review process - Maintaining our Linux server to ensure uptime - Leading code architecture discussions and decisions - Maintaining integration of our SAML identity provider service with the IYNA and IBB websites, as well as our G Suite and Facebook Workplace accounts - Designing and developing new and expanded features - Providing technical support to internal users and organizations - Finding and implenting potential improvements to the codebase, both in terms of feature functionality and code architecture - Identifying causes of bugs and implementing solutions - Ensuring compliance with GDPR and other applicable data and privacy laws - Maintaining CI/CD pipelines through github actions - Expanding onboarding processes and documentation

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

Director of MYELIN (Currently Closed)

The director of MYELIN serves as the head of the department, overseeing and directing the three committees of MYELIN: content creation, high school review, and postsecondary review. This includes pushing the department forward, coordinating meetings with reviewers, professors, and high school teachers along with parenting organizations, keeping track of curriculum development, and contributing to discussions regarding the overall trajectory of the department. The MYELIN director will serve as a co-director, co-leading the department. Applications will close at midnight EDT 9/20. FAQs: 1) How much neuroscience knowledge do I need? >> A very minimal amount, if any. This position is about logistics; individual committee heads are the ones who actually run content creation. 2) What is the time commitment? >> ~ 3-5 hours per week 3) Who should I contact for questions? >> Jillian Holbrook at jholbrook@youthneuro.org 4) What is the age limit? >> we are looking for a high school or undergraduate (or int'l equivalent) student. 5) When is the deadline to apply? >> September 20th

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

Chapters Department

The IYNA was founded to promote neuroscience in the context of individual communities, and the mission of our recruitment team is to do just that. Our fast-paced Chapter Development team is organizing the IYNA’s national chapters and creating a wide range of materials to help local-level chapters succeed in all that they do.

Chapters Team Member (Currently Closed)

National Chapter Networks (NCNs) are the leadership structures of the IYNA in each country, managing chapters and organizing activities in their countries. Before an NCN is formed, a committee of individuals from a certain country must come together to lay the foundation for their future NCN. Members of the chapters team will be assigned to a developing NCN and be tasked with providing guidance and support to the committee. Members will also be reaching out to countries to spur chapter growth and initiate the committee formation process. If you have any further questions, please contact Colin Wood or Lasya Kambhampati. cwood@youthneuro.org lkambhampati@youthneuro.org

Have questions? Email:
cwood@youthneuro.org

MYELIN Department

Currently, very few students have the chance to study neuroscience before entering universities. The IYNA seeks to change this through its Modern Youth Education, Leadership, and Inquiry in Neuroscience (MYELIN) initiative by developing a high-quality, free-to-access neuroscience curriculum. We hope to develop a set of materials that teachers around the world will be able to bring into the classroom to introduce students to the exciting field of neuroscience.

Director of MYELIN (Currently Closed)

The director of MYELIN serves as the head of the department, overseeing and directing the three committees of MYELIN: content creation, high school review, and postsecondary review. This includes pushing the department forward, coordinating meetings with reviewers, professors, and high school teachers along with parenting organizations, keeping track of curriculum development, and contributing to discussions regarding the overall trajectory of the department. The MYELIN director will serve as a co-director, co-leading the department. Applications will close at midnight EDT 9/20. FAQs: 1) How much neuroscience knowledge do I need? >> A very minimal amount, if any. This position is about logistics; individual committee heads are the ones who actually run content creation. 2) What is the time commitment? >> ~ 3-5 hours per week 3) Who should I contact for questions? >> Jillian Holbrook at jholbrook@youthneuro.org 4) What is the age limit? >> we are looking for a high school or undergraduate (or int'l equivalent) student. 5) When is the deadline to apply? >> September 20th

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

MYELIN Curriculum Reviewer (Currently Closed)

Only open to candidates who have already earned a Bachelor's Degree (or international equivalent) and have substantial neuroscience or education experience. MYELIN Reviewers work closely with the MYELIN Executive team to refine, edit, and finalize learning materials with a focus on adherence to curricular standards and accuracy of scientific content.

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

MYELIN High School Reviewer (Currently Closed)

As a MYELIN high school reviewer, you will join a team of dedicated students working to review and provide feedback on the IYNA high school neuroscience curriculum. Within this team, you will work together to study from slides, activities, and test banks, and suggest improvements for the course. Through your ideas, we will continue to ensure the success and longevity of our course material. Requirements: Must be a current high school student.

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

MYELIN Content Creator (Currently Closed)

As a MYELIN Content Creator, you will join a team of dedicated students working to develop a high school neuroscience curriculum. Within your teams, you will be responsible for drafting learning materials, finding opportunities to share our curricula with educators, and developing new ideas on how to ensure the initiative’s success.

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

MYELIN Ambassador (Currently Closed)

MYELIN ambassadors will work with the MYELIN codirectors to bring MYELIN into their community. Ambassadors will be expected to communicate with educators in their community and find teachers willing to review and pilot MYELIN materials. Once educators are identified, ambassadors will serve as the point of contact between the IYNA and educators, helping us get feedback from educators and eventually integrate the curriculum into the high school setting. Ambassadors MUST be responsive to email.

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

Mentorship Department

Pursuing neuroscience in high school can be confusing, but the IYNA’s mentorship program was developed to make this process easier. Members of the IYNA will be paired with undergraduate, graduate, and professional mentors, who will help them develop their own educational and career goals in neuroscience.

Director of Mentorship

The director of Mentorship is tasked with the growth and development of the IYNA's mentorship program. This involves recruiting new mentors, promoting the program to potential mentees, and evaluating the quality of mentorship provided. The director also collaborates with other IYNA departments in order to achieve these goals and improve on the current mentorship system and process. *The application will close January 30 at midnight EST.*

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

Mentorship Committee Member (Currently Closed)

The Mentorship Committee is in charge of architecting the Mentorship program, and recruiting and vetting mentors. The main job applicants should be able to do is interview candidates in a professional manner, and report to the team if the candidate is a good fit for the program. Additionally, committee members will be in charge of keeping in touch with mentors and mentees as well as reaching out to neuroscience departments and clubs. Time commitment varies each week, but is usually around one hour. *Mentors please apply on the Mentorship page. This application is for volunteer staff only.*

Have questions? Email:
kholmes@youthneuro.org

Journal Department

The IYNA Journal provides a forum for scientifically-inclined students to write and publish neuroscience-related articles. Our team of editors provides individualized feedback to each writer, allowing them to develop both their research and scientific communication skills. All editions of the IYNA Journal are published for free online, giving both our members and the general public an engaging way to learn more about neuroscience

Junior Editor (Currently Closed)

Junior editors are responsible for reviewing and editing articles submitted to the IYNA Journal. They will be correcting for grammatical, organizational, informational, and formatting-related errors among others. Each junior editor will be assigned a maximum of two articles to edit per week, and each article approximately takes an hour to fully edit. However, article assignments are likely to fluctuate from week to week, so time commitment may be variable.

Have questions? Email:
asetty@youthneuro.org

Journalist

Journalists are responsible for writing four article summaries for every monthly journal issue, creating weekly article features to be posted on the IYNA's various social media platforms following the publication of a journal issue, and producing additional social media content at the discretion of the Public Relations department. Journalists are expected to be able to synthesize vast quantities of neuroscientific information and effectively communicate this information to an audience consisting of various levels of scientific expertise. Journalists are also expected to be punctual with weekly deadlines and to maintain active communication with the Journal and Public Relations departments. A background in neuroscience is recommended.

Have questions? Email:
asetty@youthneuro.org

IYNA Summer Course Department

Staff organizing and contributing to IYNA's Introduction to Neuroscience Summer Course.

IYNA Summer Course TA Coordinator (Currently Closed)

Complete all duties of Summer Course TA while advising TAs on pedagogical strategies and working closely with summer course administrators. Please do not fill out an application to this position unless you have already interviewed for the position and received an acceptance email.

Have questions? Email:
ngorantla@youthneuro.org

IYNA Summer Course TA (Currently Closed)

Webform for accepted summer course TAs to gain access to IYNA's WorkChat communication platform. Please do not fill out an application to this position unless you have already interviewed for the position and received an acceptance email.

Have questions? Email:
ngorantla@youthneuro.org

Public Relations Department

The public relations team works to share exciting content with our members and people interested in neuroscience!

Fundraising Team Member (Currently Closed)

Our fundraising team reaches out to individuals and corporations for grants and donations, which are needed to continue to sustain and expand the IYNA. We manage a merchandise shop which we update with designs of T-Shirts, tote bags, stickers, etc. We also make short term and long term projects that generate income such as coin wars and bake sales. Estimated time commitment: At least 1 hour per week

Have questions? Email:
athommana@youthneuro.org

Hip Hop Public Health Liaison (Currently Closed)

The Hip Hop Public health liaison will serve as the liaison between the IYNA and Hip Hop Public Health, overseeing the partnership between the two organizations.

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

Journalist

Journalists are responsible for writing four article summaries for every monthly journal issue, creating weekly article features to be posted on the IYNA's various social media platforms following the publication of a journal issue, and producing additional social media content at the discretion of the Public Relations department. Journalists are expected to be able to synthesize vast quantities of neuroscientific information and effectively communicate this information to an audience consisting of various levels of scientific expertise. Journalists are also expected to be punctual with weekly deadlines and to maintain active communication with the Journal and Public Relations departments. A background in neuroscience is recommended.

Have questions? Email:
asetty@youthneuro.org

Human Resources Department

The Human Resources department will consist of approximately 3 impartial individuals to oversee recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff for the IYNA, serve as a link between the organization's management and its staff, and address conflicts that arise. *Please note that HR department members will not be allowed to hold any other IYNA positions.*

Human Resources Team Member

As a human resources team member, you will oversee recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff for the IYNA. You will also serve as a link between the organization's management and its staff and address conflicts that arise in the work place. The expected time commitment is 2-3 hours per week. Strong skills that would be useful for this position are personability, professionalism, organization, and empathy. *Please note that HR department members will not be allowed to hold any other IYNA positions.* *Deadline to apply is before October 10th 11:59 pm EDT.*

Have questions? Email:
blee@youthneuro.org

Events Department

We want to present more opportunities for youth in neuroscience to have fun and explore the field in engaging ways, and the Events Department is just for that! The Events Department will drive the creation and execution of events run by the IYNA which will be both external and internal and run by small groups of individuals within the department.

Internal Events Committee Member

The internal events committee will be a committee within the events department of the IYNA. Committee members will be responsible for building the IYNA community through fun events and other initiatives (to be decided by the team members). Time commitment for this position is approximately 2 hours per week. *Deadline to apply is before October 10th 11:59 pm EDT.*

Have questions? Email:
blee@youthneuro.org

Brain Bee Resources Department

As more students are getting involved in Brain Bee competitions around the world, it is important that all students have access to updated practice questions. The IYNA is partnering with the International Brain Bee to create a set of practice questions that test content found in the Brain Bee competitions. We hope to develop hundreds of questions that students and coordinators around the world are able to access for free.

Brain Bee Resources Content Creator (Currently Closed)

As a Brain Bee Resources Content Creator, you will join a team of dedicated students to develop practice questions that will be available to Brain Bee competitors to use to prepare for the Brain Bee competition. You will be responsible for becoming familiar with the Brain Facts Book, Essential Neuroscience (Siegal), and The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience (Watson) so you can draft questions that best correspond to the material tested on the local, national, and international levels. The materials you create will be available on the International Brain Bee website.

Have questions? Email:
span@youthneuro.org

International Committee Department

The international committee is a group of consultants for the IYNA that provide advice on how the IYNA can internationalize our programs.

International Committee Consultant

As a member of the international committee, you will act as a consultant for the IYNA, providing advice on how the IYNA can internationalize our programs. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per month, which includes engaging in workchat discussions and having monthly meetings with the CEO and COO of the IYNA. Currently not seeking applications from: United States of America, India, Singapore, Poland, Pakistan, Nepal, Hong Kong, England, Puerto Rico, Turkey, France, Croatia, England, Macao, South Korea, Australia, Romania, Russia, Philippines, Germany, Guyana

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

Resources Department

The Resources Department connects IYNA members with opportunities in neuroscience.

Resources Team Member (Currently Closed)

Resources team members help members of the IYNA become increasingly involved with neuroscience opportunities. This involves contributing to a database of resources including internships, non-profit organizations, online courses, journals, etc. Staff are expected to contribute a minimum of 2 hrs/wk.

Have questions? Email:
aumair@youthneuro.org

Web Development Department

The Web Development department is responsible for all aspects of the IYNA Website Network: design, development, deployment, maintenance, and security of the IYNA website, the International Brain Bee website, and the NeuroAuth website. We are like a small tech startup within the IYNA, working with all IYNA departments to give a platform for their programs. Joining our team is a great opportunity for high-school or undergraduate students to develop valuable real-life experience with modern technologies and processes, giving you a headstart in the software development job market.

Director of Web Development (Currently Closed)

Heads web development team. Duties and qualifications include: - Coordinating tasks for the web dev team - Ensuring code quality through the code review process - Maintaining our Linux server to ensure uptime - Leading code architecture discussions and decisions - Maintaining integration of our SAML identity provider service with the IYNA and IBB websites, as well as our G Suite and Facebook Workplace accounts - Designing and developing new and expanded features - Providing technical support to internal users and organizations - Finding and implenting potential improvements to the codebase, both in terms of feature functionality and code architecture - Identifying causes of bugs and implementing solutions - Ensuring compliance with GDPR and other applicable data and privacy laws - Maintaining CI/CD pipelines through github actions - Expanding onboarding processes and documentation

Have questions? Email:
kblack@youthneuro.org

Frontend/UX Developer (Currently Closed)

IYNA Frontend/UX Developers design and implement visual elements of the IYNA Website Network. This includes webpage design, layout, and interactivity. Applicants should know HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript, and have strong visual aesthetic/graphic design skills. Applicants with prior experience and knowledge of the Bootstrap CSS framework will be given preference.fas fa-code

Have questions? Email:
askvortsov@youthneuro.org

Full Stack Developer (Currently Closed)

IYNA Full Stack Developers work on all aspects of the IYNA website, including UX, Frontend, Backend, DevOps, and Server Administration. Applicants must have experience with Python, HTML, CSS, and JS. Applicants with experience using the Django Python Framework, the Boostrap CSS Framework, or with Linux server administration will be given preference. Please note that high activity levels will be expected (>3 hours per week).

Have questions? Email:
askvortsov@youthneuro.org

Poland NCN Officer

As a committee member, you will be expected to lay the foundation for the Poland National Chapter Network (NCN). An NCN is the leadership structure of the IYNA in each country, managing chapters and organizing activities in their countries. Committee members need to be motivated, have a strong work ethic, and be willing to put in the time commitment. You will have access to numerous, incredible opportunities such as organizing conferences, setting up major fundraising events, and unifying the youth neuroscience community in Poland.

Puerto Rico NCN Officer

As a committee member, you will be expected to lay the foundation for the Puerto Rico National Chapter Network (NCN). An NCN is the leadership structure of the IYNA in each country, managing chapters and organizing activities in their countries. Committee members need to be motivated, have a strong work ethic, and be willing to put in the time commitment. You will have access to numerous, incredible opportunities such as organizing conferences, setting up major fundraising events, and unifying the youth neuroscience community in Puerto Rico.