The Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, led by Dr. Elizabeth Sowell, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow beginning in the summer or fall of 2020 (start date flexible). We investigate brain and behavior relationships in children and adolescents to identify the genetic and/or environmental impacts (i.e., present or past) on the child’s developing brain as they grow into adulthood. The lab uses behavioral, survey, biomarkers and neuroimaging approaches to address our research questions.
We are looking to hire an accomplished and motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong publication record and computational and image analysis skills, with a focus on multi-modal neuroimaging. This position is to work on two NIH-funded studies: 1) The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study – a 10-year longitudinal collaborative 21-site study following over 10,000 children aged 9-10 into early adulthood. Integrating structural and functional brain imaging with neuropsychological, psychometric, physiological, and behavioral assessments, the ABCD study aims to identify the factors that enhance or disrupt a young person’s life trajectory. 2) The Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth (PASS) study, a collaborative study with the University of Cape Town (South Africa) to study brain and behavior development in South African children prenatally exposed to alcohol.
Responsibilities across both projects will include data collection, data analysis, conference presentations, manuscript preparation and publication, participation in regularly scheduled in-person and/or virtual meetings with study staff, grant writing/revision, and other tasks as assigned by the PI and higher-level staff (e.g., training/mentoring students, IRB proposals/renewals).
Research Topics Brain development in children and adolescence Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children Dyslexia Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Tourette Syndrome Neuroimaging and neurocognitive development Overview Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, and her team have been dedicated to understanding how the brain changes in structure and abcdstudy.org/ www.nichd.nih.gov/research/supported/pass
Qualifications include: 1) a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field, 2) experience in neuroimaging software packages (e.g. FSL, AFNI, Freesurfer) and processing images through publicly available pipelines through docker and singularity, 3) experience programming, particularly in UNIX, MATLAB, and R, 4) experience with collecting, processing, and analyzing multi-modal imaging data (structural MRI, functional connectivity MRI, and Diffusion Tensor Imaging), 5) strong publication record, (6) strong communication skills, (7) an ability to work effectively both independently and in a team-oriented environment, (8) experience working with children, adolescents and their families in a research setting, and (9) experience working with “big data”.