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Florida International University: Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

A multi-year full-time postdoctoral position is available at Florida International University for a candidate with interest and experience in structural and functional MRI. The position is part of a program of research on sleep and negative overgeneralization in 260 peri-pubertal youth with anxiety funded by the NIH (R01MH116005, MPIs Dana McMakin and Aaron Mattfeld). The position will be under the mentorship of Dr. Mattfeld (a cognitive neuroscientist), and Dr. McMakin (a developmental/clinical psychologist). This project focuses on negative overgeneralization, which is a core dimension of anxiety that is poorly understood, and refers to the tendency to generalize aversive responses from one context (house fire) to others (camp-fire) that share features. We will investigate how memory processes that are known to occur during sleep can go awry and affect neural mechanisms (pattern completion) that underlie negative overgeneralization. The study includes state-of-the-art, multi-modal measurements in a sample of 260 peri-pubertal youth. All participants complete MRI measures, and a subset complete polysomnography (PSG). The successful candidate will be an integral member of the team and will be expected to lead and collaborate on publications and grant submissions. Ready access to the rich study data for candidate initiated supplementary studies and funding opportunities via the NIH NRSA or other mechanisms will be highly encouraged. We are seeking a candidate with a demonstrated interest in neuroscience and a strong publication record as well as ability to operate independently and as part of a team. A PhD or equivalent degree in a related field and prior experience with acquisition and processing of MRI data are required. Computational skills and programming experience (e.g., R, Python) are desirable. Strong written and spoken communication are essential. Please send a cover letter, CV, and names of three references to Dr. Aaron Mattfeld ().

Name of Lab: Memory and Development Lab (MaD Lab) and Research Exploring Motivational and Emotional Development in Youth (REMEDY) Lab.

Name of supervisor: Aaron Mattfeld (primary), Dana McMakin (secondary)

Closing date: open until position is filled

University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental/Clinical Translational Neuroscience

Candidates are being considered for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Kate Fitzgerald in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. We seek candidates with strong research backgrounds to work on NIH-funded clinical trial research using functional magnetic resonance imaging, EEG and EMG to examine how cognitive behavioral therapy modulates networks underlying threat reactivity and anxiety regulation in children and adolescents with OCD and/or anxiety disorders. EEG and EMG are also used to test engagement of the same networks before and after a novel effortful control training intervention in clinically anxious preschoolers. The expected impact of these projects is an improved understanding of brain networks relevant for early onset anxiety, enabling therapy sensitive to illness stage and appropriate targeting of networks by brain stimulation and/or cognitive training techniques. We are particularly excited about candidates with a strong background in fMRI methods who are also strong writers. We want someone who can jump right into data analysis and manuscript write-up. Research, training, education, and mentorship are offered in the context of the PI’s lab which interfaces with very active group pursuing mechanistic and translational research in psychiatric disorders in adult and pediatric populations using a variety of brain mapping modalities. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities and computational resources at the University of Michigan. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. clinical, developmental, cognitive or social psychology or neuroscience).  Please email a CV, statement of research interests and relevant background to Dr. Kate Fitzgerald at .

 This is an opportunity to enjoy Ann Arbor, MI which is regularly included on lists of best places to live. https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2018/mi/ann-arbor 

University of Oregon, Center for Translational Neuroscience: Postdoctoral Scholar

The Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct and assist in work related to projects examining the efficacy and effectiveness of caregiver-supported interventions for families experiencing adversity. This position is ideal for candidates interested in translational neuroscience and who express strong interest in both behavioral and neurobiological intervention outcomes for caregivers and children. The position is part of the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) lab, housed within the Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) at the University of Oregon. Under the direction of Dr. Philip Fisher, director of both the SNAP lab and CTN, the primary responsibility of the Postdoctoral Scholar will be to develop, write, and publish manuscripts using existing datasets from large, randomized-controlled trials of parenting interventions. In addition, the Postdoctoral Scholar will assist with planning and data collection of an upcoming randomized-controlled trial, as well as contribute to the preparation of future grant proposals.

For the purpose of acquiring additional professional skills needed to pursue a career path in the chosen field, this position will have a formal mentor plan.

Minimum Requirements
• PhD in clinical/development psychology, neuroscience or a related discipline.
• Strong record of publications (including first-author manuscripts) in peer-reviewed journals.
• Extensive experience with acquiring, analyzing, and interpreting research data, and summarizing findings via written reports and oral presentations.

Professional Competencies
• Strong computer, statistical, and technical skills (SPSS, Qualtrics, Matlab, Python, R, SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms).
• Excellent scientific writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications
• Strong ability to work independently when preparing manuscripts for publication.
• Previous experience with analysis of intervention data (i.e., randomized controlled trial) or longitudinal data.
• Topical expertise in early adversity, prevention science, infant and child development, and parenting.
• Proficiency with advanced statistical analyses (e.g., linear mixed modeling, structural equation modeling).
• Previous experience with analyses and interpretation of neural measures (e.g., EEG/fMRI) and biological measures (e.g., cortisol).
• Previous management experience either during graduate training (e.g. managing a team of undergraduates) or during previous employment.
• Experience in the planning, implementation, and tracking of a research project comprising multiple assessments

Apply Here: http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/job/523630/postdoctoral-scholar 

Position: Postdoctoral
Name of Lab: Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Lab, Center for Translational Neuroscience
Name of Supervisor: Philip Fisher
Closing Date: April 15th

Temple University, Neuroeconomics Lab & Social Developmental Neuroscience Lab: Research Assistant

A FULL-TIME RESEARCH ASSISTANT is sought by the Neuroeconomics Lab (PI Dr. David Smith) and Social Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory (PI Dr. Johanna Jarcho), to begin in Summer 2019.  Research in the Neuroeconomics Lab focuses on the neural mechanisms that shape social and economic decision making (https://sites.temple.edu/neuroeconlab/). Research in the Social Developmental Neuroscience Lab focuses on the neural mechanisms that shape social cognition, or increase risk for and expression of deficits in social competence linked to psychopathology (http://www.sdnlaboratory.com/). Behavioral, eye tracking, EEG, transcranial current stimulation (TCS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)-based methods are used across both labs. 

In addition to working on collaborative projects led by Dr.’s Smith and Jarcho, the individual who fills this position will be technically oriented and involved in numerous aspects of research in both labs, with an emphasis on deploying preexisting programming skills. Duties will include: (1) assisting with the design, programming, collection of data from experiments; (2) conducting data analyses; (3) developing and leading independent research projects; and (4) helping fellow members of the lab. The ideal applicant will have experience with neuroimaging data analyses (e.g., AFNI, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer) and/or programming languages (e.g., Python, Matlab) and Linux environments. 

This position is ideal for a highly motivated individual who has completed their Bachelor’s degree and plans to apply to graduate school in psychology or related fields. Bachelor or Master’s level degree Psychology, Economics, Neuroscience, Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field by the start of employment. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES:

* Prior experience in Computer Science, Psychology, Economics, Neuroscience, or a related field.
* Demonstrated programing/scripting skills in Python and/or Matlab
* Demonstrated experience with statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS) to complete data analyses.
* Demonstrated interpersonal, communication and collaborative skills.
* Strong project management, organizational, and planning skills.
* Some experience managing or monitoring the work of others.
* Comfortable giving presentations to small groups.
* Ability to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends to administer study protocols as necessary.

Please visit this website: https://cphapps.temple.edu/surveys/?s=W3DJLYE8DN to submit initial application materials, which include:

–       A cover letter outlining your research experience and goals
–       The name and contact information for three people who can provide letters of reference upon request
–       A sample of your recent code

Position category: Staff
Name of lab: Neuroeconomics Lab & Social Developmental Neuroscience Lab
Name of supervisor: David Smith & Johanna Jarcho 
Closing date: TBD

University of Texas at Austin, The Preston Memory Lab, Center for Learning and Memory & Department of Psychology: Research Coordinator in Cognitive Neuroscience

The Preston Lab is recruiting a full-time research coordinator with a start date in summer 2019. The lab uses behavioral and brain imaging techniques to explore how children and adults form new memories, remember past events, and how their memory for the past influences what they learn in the present. We are particularly interested in how the ability to effectively remember and reason about experience develops from the time we are children, and how this development relates to brain maturation. You will play a major role in experiment development and implementation and receive training in advanced neuroimaging methods. The primary responsibilities will be the management of behavioral and neuroimaging studies of memory in children aged 5-17 years, and adults. 

 Daily responsibilities include:
– Recruitment and scheduling of child, adolescent, and adult participants
– Behavioral and brain imaging data collection
– Data processing and statistical analyses
– Training of undergraduate students
– General administration of lab finances and IRB protocols

Required qualifications:
– BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science or a related field.
– Previous research experience, preferably with behavioral and/or fMRI techniques.
– Well-developed organizational and interpersonal skills to work with families at the Children’s Research Center at UT Austin.
– Ability to work independently, but also working collaboratively with PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
– Flexibility in evening and weekend availability for data collection and outreach events.

Preferred qualifications:
– At least 1-year experience working in a research lab with children and/or adolescents.
– Programming skills (e.g., MATLAB, Python) or the ability/willingness to acquire these skills.

 For more information about the lab please click here http://clm.utexas.edu/preston/

 To apply, email a CV/resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Dr. Alison Preston at .

 Application deadline is April 7th, 2019
 
Position: staff
Name of Lab: The Preston Memory Lab at The University of Texas at Austin
Name of Supervisor: Dr. Alison Preston
Closing Date: April 7, 2019

Trinity College Dublin, Cusack Lab: PhD Scholarships in Computational Modelling and in Neuroimaging of Neonatal Brain Injury

How does the human mind develop? The FOUNDCOG team will address this question using neuroimaging of infants, in their critical first year after birth, to capture the development of the brain and its functions. We will interpret the results by comparing them to computational models of learning from artificial intelligence. In addition to characterising the development of the human mind, we aim to understand how it is disrupted by brain injury and to produce new diagnostic tools for neonatologists. 

Two fully-funded PhD Scholarships are available.

PhD Scholarship in Computational Modelling
* To start September 2019
* Includes fees, stipend and travel for 4 years, with funding from the ERC FOUNDCOG project
* Excellent candidates from outside of the EU will also be considered
* Selection will begin on March 15, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled 
 Learn more: https://www.cusacklab.org/foundcogphd2019b.html

PhD Scholarship in Neuroimaging of Neonatal Brain Injury  
* To start September 2019
* Includes fees, stipend and travel for 4 years, with funding from Science Foundation Ireland
* Excellent candidates from outside of the EU will also be considered
* Selection will begin on March 15, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled 
 Learn more: https://www.cusacklab.org/foundcogphd2019a.html

To learn more about: the Cusack Lab, visit www.cusacklab.org; Trinity College Dublin (founded 1592), www.tcd.ie; and the vibrant city of Dublin  www.visitdublin.ie. Join us in Ireland, the fastest growing economy in the EU for the last four years with the fourth highest GDP/capita worldwide (IMF).

Birkbeck University of London, Department of Psychological Sciences, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development and Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling: PhD Studentship

The Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development and Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London, are offering a PhD studentship, fully funded for up to 33 months, to be supervised by Professors Denis Mareschal and Richard Cooper. This position is still subject to final confirmation of funding.

The project is part of the Mobile Technology for Infant Social-Cognitive Neuroscience (MOTION) Interdisciplinary Training Network for Innovative Infancy Research, a European Commission ITN project exploring infants’ and toddlers’ actions, gaze direction, and brain activity as they actively explore the world around them. ITNs are international collaborative research and training networks involving several University and private sector partners. The MOTION ITN involves The Donders Institute in the Netherlands, Uppsala Child and Baby Lab in Sweden, Birkbeck, University of London and The University of Lancaster in the UK, The University of Milano-Bicicca in Italy, all as University partners, and Twente Medical Systems in the Netherlands, Qualisys AB in Sweden, Artinis Medical Systems in the Netherlands, and Smart EYE AB in Sweden as private sector partners. Finally, the Centre of Expertise in Pedagogical Support in Day Care and School at Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Belgium are participating as education sector partners.

Project Grant Abstract

Recent international reports emphasise that the first three years of children’s life have more impact on their future outcomes than any other period during their life. It is therefore essential that we have a thorough understanding of early social and cognitive development. In the past, experimental research studied infants and toddlers within restricted, artificial laboratory contexts. However, only by studying children who are actively engaging in natural interaction with their social and physical environment, can we acquire ecologically valid, robust information about their social and cognitive development. The MOTION project will train a new generation of highly-skilled experts in the field of early development. New advances in wearable and wireless technologies now provide us with a unique opportunity. We are able to literally “unleash” the children we study – to free them from cables and constraints associated with the previous research methods. The primary scientific aim of the MOTION project thus is to leverage these new technological advances to study infants’ and toddlers’ body movements, gaze direction, and brain activity as they spontaneously and actively explore the world around them. MOTION will develop, produce and commercialize new tools to study early development in close cooperation between industry and academic partners. Innovative research tools will be used to investigate infants and toddlers engaged in natural interaction with their social and physical environment and to gain a deeper understanding of early development.

This project will involve exploring and resolving technical issues around the joint use of optical motion capture technology with wearable Near Infrared Spectroscopy technology to assess toddlers and pre-schoolers engaged in planning and problem solving tasks embedded within real world environments such as a classroom of a home room.

While the successful candidates will be based at Birkbeck in London, as part of their training, candidates will work closely with Qualisys AB motion tracking solutions in Sweden and will need to spend several months at the partner site. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with other partners in the network as well.

The successful candidates will have Masters-level training in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or Computational Modelling. The ideal candidate will have both empirical testing and computational modelling experience. However, we recognize the rarity of such a combination of skills and will consider applicants with strong background in one area and a willingness and aptitude to learn and develop in the other area. As the empirical component of the project involves working with children and/or infants, the successful candidate should have prior experience of working in child development context, or a demonstrable interest in developing such skills. Because the projects involve working with minors, all successful candidates will need to undergo a DBS (police) check prior to their appointment.

Salary for the post will be around £36,293 per annum depending on the family circumstances of the candidate. The post is full-time fixed term contract for up to 33 months. The salary award will be dependent on whether the candidate has a family and whether they join the pension scheme. The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of twelve months. Birkbeck provides 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

Important mobility constraints apply: Successful applicants cannot have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the past 36 months. Applications should be submitted through http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2019/phd/programmes/RMPPSYCH/, clearly stating that they wish to be considered for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD positions. The initial closing date for the positions will be March 13th, but applications will continue to be considered until a suitable candidate has been appointed. Interviews are expected to be held in the week beginning March 18th, and the position would begin April 1st 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries can be sent to  or . Procedural enquiries concerning application to the Department of Psychological Sciences PhD programme should be directed to Ida Akhtar ().

Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religious belief and sexual orientation.

University of California, Davis, Center for Mind and Brain: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Positions in Developmental Social & Affective Neuroscience

Dr. Amanda Guyer is seeking up to two full-time postdoctoral research fellows supported by funds from the National Institute of Mental Health and the University of California, Davis to work in her Teen Experiences, Emotions and Neurodevelopment (TEEN) Lab at the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis (http://mindbrain.ucdavis.edu/research/research-labs-folder/guyer-lab-splash). Work in the lab examines social contexts and neural processes that contribute to the emergence and maintenance of psychopathology during adolescence. This position will involve analyzing longitudinal MRI and behavioral data from two existing community-based, multi-wave studies of depression and other forms of psychopathology in adolescents.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for:

analyzing neuroimaging and behavioral data, including datasets with multiple time points;
applying appropriate statistical models for longitudinal analyses;
writing scientific journal papers;
assisting the PI with data analyses and grant writing;
supervising graduate trainees; and
presenting at conferences.
Additional opportunities to work on other ongoing studies and archival data are also available.

Position qualifications include:

a PhD in developmental/cognitive/social/affective neuroscience, relevant area of psychology, or related field;
strong programming, experimental and statistical skills and experience with statistical analysis packages (SPSS, SAS, R, Python, MPlus);
strong track record of publications;
ability to work independently and in a team environment on multiple tasks and projects; and
share expertise through training others.

Desired skills include:
experience with specialized software programs for neuroimaging and experimental methods (AFNI, FSL, MATLAB, SPM, E-prime);
experience with fMRI acquisition, processing, and analysis; and
excellent scientific writing skills are essential.

Please send a letter of research interests, a CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Amanda Guyer (). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. The start date is flexible but we hope to fill the positions as soon as possible. Positions are for up to two years (contingent on annual review), with the possibility of an extension depending on grant funding.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 Name of lab: Teen Experiences, Emotions and Neurodevelopment (TEEN) Lab
Name of supervisor: Dr. Amanda E. Guyer
Closing date: May 2019

San Diego State University, Brain Development Imaging Laboratories: Postdoctoral positions in functional/structural imaging of autism spectrum disorders

Candidates are being considered for 1-2 postdoctoral positions at the San Diego State University (SDSU) Brain Development Imaging Laboratories (BDIL) in affiliation with the SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders.

 Job Descriptions

The post-doctoral position(s) will be supported by several existing and newly funded NIH projects examining functional network organization, brain structure, and cognition across the lifespan (toddlers to aging) in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Postdoctoral fellow(s) will be involved in multiple NIH funded projects, with a particular role in a newly funded study of auditory precursors of early language development, utilizing sleep MRI protocols in young children. The postdoctoral fellow(s) will regularly interact with collaborating faculty at SDSU and the University of California, San Diego, and will have access to the rich San Diego cognitive and clinical neuroscience, and autism research communities.

The ideal candidates will have a strong background in neuroimaging. Clinical training is not required but would be a strength. The postdoctoral scholar(s) will have the opportunity to develop and implement new analysis pipelines for high-resolution functional and/or structural imaging as part of the new study on auditory development, as well as to contribute to continuing analysis of our existing multimodal MRI datasets across the lifespan. Fellow(s) will assist with supervision/training of graduate and undergraduate students (from diverse graduate/doctoral programs, including Clinical Neuropsychology, Cognitive Science, Computational Bioinformatics).

The Principal Investigators (Drs. Ralph-Axel Mueller, Ruth Carper, Inna Fishman) are committed to supporting fellows on their trajectory to an independent research career, including ensuring that they submit competitive applications for fellowships and external grant funding.

 Requirements

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, (Clinical/Developmental/Cognitive) Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, or other relevant field.
  • Experience in data acquisition, preprocessing, and analysis of brain MRI data.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with:
    • Experience in multiple brain imaging modalities (e.g. both diffusion and functional imaging).
    • Experience with multiple analysis methods/toolkits in the relevant MRI modality.
    • Experience with ASDs, other developmental disorders, or typical children or aging populations.

 Brain Development Imaging Laboratories (BDIL) & Research Facilities

BDIL (bdil.sdsu.edu) is a diverse and collaborative research group with 3 Principal Investigators, multiple postdoctoral trainees and research faculty, PhD and Master’s students in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Clinical Psychology, and BioInformatics from both SDSU and University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Our research studies employ multiple imaging modalities (anatomical, diffusion, and functional [connectivity] MRI) as well as behavioral and neuropsychological assessments to investigate the brain bases of ASDs and age-related change across the lifespan (1-65 years). BDIL collaborates with experts in MR physics, Radiology, EEG, MEG, and Bioinformatics to implement innovative imaging and analysis techniques (e.g., simultaneous fMR/EEG recording, combined MEG and MRI). BDIL is affiliated with the SDSU Center of Autism and Developmental Disorders (autism.sdsu.edu), a clinical research and training core facility.

 To Apply

Please e-mail CV, research statement, reprints, and 3 letters of recommendation to Ralph-Axel Mueller at: .

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Cohen Laboratory: Research Assistant

The Cohen Laboratory in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, directed by Dr. Jessica Cohen, is seeking a full-time research assistant beginning Summer 2019 (specific start date flexible). We investigate how functional brain networks dynamically interact and reconfigure when confronted with changing cognitive demands, when experiencing transformations across development, and when facing disruptions in healthy functioning due to disease. The lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging, and clinical approaches taken from neuroscience, psychology, and mathematics to address our research questions. 

We have several ongoing NIH-funded projects you may be involved with that investigate moment-to-moment network dynamics during rest and task in typically developing children and in children with ADHD. For example, we are currently conducting two studies in ADHD: a medication challenge testing children on and off Ritalin to identify how Ritalin alters functional brain network organization and dynamics to support symptom amelioration; and a longitudinal study following youth with ADHD across the transition from childhood into adolescence to identify trajectories of structural and functional network development that may serve as biomarkers indicating increased risk (or, conversely, decreased risk) for negative outcomes in adolescence. A third study is a longitudinal study in typically developing children who we have been following since infancy and who are now in middle childhood; we are assessing how individual differences in cognition and school achievement can be predicted from neurodevelopmental trajectories.

Responsibilities include recruiting and scheduling participants, data collection (MRI and behavioral), and data analysis (using neuroimaging software such as FSL, SPM, AFNI). You will be encouraged to take on an independent project that can result in a conference poster presentation and/or authorship on a manuscript.

Necessary qualifications include: 1) a BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or related field; 2) research experience collecting, processing or analyzing MRI data; 3) at least some experience with unix, python, matlab or another programming language; and 4) excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. 

Position is for one year, with the possibility of extension pending satisfactory performance.

Interested applicants should send their CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals, transcript with relevant coursework (unofficial is fine), and contact info for 2-3 references to Dr. Jessica Cohen (). Additional information can be found at: http://cohenlab.web.unc.edu/ 

Position category: Staff
Name of lab: Cohen Lab
Name of supervisor: Jessica Cohen
Closing date: 4/15/19

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Cohen Laboratory: Study Coordinator/Lab Manager

The Cohen Laboratory in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, directed by Dr. Jessica Cohen, is seeking a full-time lab manager and study coordinator beginning Summer 2019 (specific start date flexible). We investigate how functional brain networks dynamically interact and reconfigure when confronted with changing cognitive demands, when experiencing transformations across development, and when facing disruptions in healthy functioning due to disease. The lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging, and clinical approaches taken from neuroscience, psychology, and mathematics to address our research questions. 

The primary ongoing project you will be involved in is an NIMH-funded longitudinal neuroimaging study following youth with ADHD across the transition from childhood into adolescence. The goal of the project is to identify trajectories of structural and functional network development that may serve as biomarkers indicating increased risk (or, conversely, decreased risk) for negative outcomes in adolescence. Responsibilities include recruiting and scheduling participants for research studies (typically developing children and children with ADHD), data collection (MRI and behavioral), data analysis (using neuroimaging software such as FSL, SPM, AFNI), IRB management, and general management of lab operations. You will be encouraged to take on an independent project that can result in a conference poster presentation and/or authorship on a manuscript.

 Necessary qualifications include: 1) a BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or related field; 2) research experience collecting, processing or analyzing MRI data; 3) at least some experience with unix, python, matlab or another programming language; and 4) excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. 

 Position is for one year, with the possibility of extension pending satisfactory performance.

Interested applicants should send their CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals, transcript with relevant coursework (unofficial is fine), and contact info for 2-3 references to Dr. Jessica Cohen (). Additional information can be found at: http://cohenlab.web.unc.edu/ 

Position category: Staff
Name of lab: Cohen Lab
Name of supervisor: Jessica Cohen
Closing date: 4/15/19

Yale University Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab: Postdoc position

The Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab (PI: Dr. BJ Casey) at Yale University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position starting in summer 2019. Ongoing work in the lab ranges from cognitive, affective, and clinically-relevant approaches to understanding the developing brain. The FAB Lab is also home to one of the sites involved in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, a large-scale national longitudinal study and unprecedented resource for investigating brain development and health outcomes.

In addition to completing a PhD in psychology or neuroscience, the ideal candidate will be highly motivated, innovative, and enthusiastic about working collaboratively. Qualifications include experience working with human participants and brain imaging data, as well as a strong background in study design and statistical analyses. Computational skills and programming experience (e.g., R, Python) are desirable, but not expected.

To apply, please email Kristina Rapuano at  with a CV, cover letter, and contact information for references.

Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain Lab: Post-doctoral Associate Position

A Post-doctoral research position is available in the Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain (DEED) Lab at Duke University in Durham, NC working with Dr. Michael Gaffrey.

The DEED Lab (sites.duke.edu/deed/) investigates how early life experiences and brain development interact to place children at greater- or lesser- risk for negative mental health outcomes (e.g., depression, anxiety, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder). We use neuroimaging techniques (task fMRI, functional connectivity fMRI, structural MRI, and EEG) along with behavioral and clinical assessments to investigate the development of emotion and self-regulation, with a particular interest in using what we learn to inform early identification and preventive intervention efforts for young children struggling in these areas. The successful candidate will join and help lead a federally funded longitudinal neuroimaging project investigating neurodevelopment associated with early emerging risk for depression in preschool age children. The DEED Lab is part of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University and collaborates with faculty at Duke as well as at other institutions, providing an excellent research and training environment. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in a uniquely rich neuroscience research environment at Duke, including the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC), the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN), and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). Opportunities to visit DEED Lab collaborators at other institutions may also be possible.

The primary duties of the Postdoctoral research position will include assisting the PI (Gaffrey) with monitoring neuroimaging data acquisition (MRI, fMRI, EEG) and quality control, analyzing data to inform study related hypotheses, writing and submitting manuscripts, presenting study findings at conferences, and assisting the PI with grant administration activities as necessary. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop independent studies within the broader aims of the lab and draw on resources within the DEED lab as well as the Duke community to develop independent training/research grant proposals.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Psychology, Human Development, Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience, or a related field, and have documented evidence of research productivity.  Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated background in neuroimaging (fMRI and/or EEG) and developmental and/or clinical research. A strong background in computer programming/scripting (e.g., Matlab, R, Python) and/or statistics is a plus but not required.

Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief cover letter describing their research experience and interests, and contact information for 2-3 references to Michael Gaffrey at . Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Position Category: Post-doctoral
Name of lab: Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain Lab
Name of supervisor: Michael S. Gaffrey
Closing date: Open until filled

University of Michigan: Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Developmental Science

Applications are now being accepted for a 2-year NICHD T32 post-doctoral research fellowship in Developmental Science at the University of Michigan. The Developmental Area within the Department of Psychology will award one post-doctoral fellowship with a start date in the summer of 2019. The successful applicant must complete all requirements for the PhD before the post-doctoral fellowship can begin; however, it is not necessary that the degree be conferred before the start date.

 The objective of the fellowship is to train individuals on three pillars of knowledge: (1) developmental science of social context; (2) human neurobiology, which may include brain imaging, genetics, epigenetics, and endocrine function; and (3) advanced research methods (e.g., quantitative statistics appropriate for combining and analyzing longitudinal data from different levels of functioning). This cross-training will produce researchers well-positioned to develop cutting-edge work that advances knowledge about how neurobiological factors interact with environmental contexts to influence development across several domains and contexts. The Developmental Area faculty has a broad range of research interests across the life-span from infancy to late adulthood. Interested applicants should check the developmental area’s website and view the list of core faculty and their research interests. http://lsa.umich.edu/psych/program-areas/developmental-psychology.html

 In addition to core faculty in the Developmental Area, the training grant includes seven additional investigators at the University of Michigan: Jonathan Brennan (Linguistics), Bill Gehring (Psychology), Richard Gonzalez (Psychology), Colter Mitchell (Institute for Social Research), Patricia Reuter-Lorenz (Psychology), Chandra Sripada (Psychiatry and Philosophy), and Delia Vazquez (Pediatrics). 

In the application, candidates should (a) identify two advisors — one to provide training in social context and the other in neurobiology and (b). propose a project that combines these areas of research. Candidates are urged to discuss these plans with potential advisors. Fellows are expected to be actively engaged in research during their appointment and will receive additional training in the responsible conduct of research, grant writing, manuscript preparation, and professional development.

 Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in psychology, human development, neuroscience, or related fields, and have a record of research accomplishment in child or life-span development. The individual must be a US citizen or a non-citizen national of the US or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the US. Salary is in line with NIH pay scale.Offer includes full UM health benefits and travel to one conference per year.

Submit CV, cover letter, statement of research interests, and evidence of scholarly publications no later than February 15, 2019 or when the position is filled. All materials should be uploaded as a PDF to https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1178. When uploading the materials on the website, applicants will be prompted to identify three people who will submit letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to log into the website early and send out the recommendation requests.

 The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

George Washington University’s Autism Institute: Director

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UC San Diego: Assistant Professor in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

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Social Sciences – COGNITIVE SCIENCE

RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open date: November 19th, 2018

Next review date: December 18th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: June 30th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The Pennsylvania State University: Interdisciplinary Addiction Research in Biobehavioral Health with Health Disparities Focus - Open Rank Tenure Track

The Department of Biobehavioral Health (https://hhd.psu.edu/bbh) in the College of Health and Human Development (https://hhd.psu.edu) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an open rank, tenured/tenure track addiction research faculty member whose research encompasses reducing disparities, including health, education, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities, that are tied to addiction. We seek a colleague who has an interdisciplinary research program that integrates behavioral and biological approaches to examine addiction in vulnerable populations, research expertise with populations who are disproportionately at risk for disparities, and research that illuminates how addiction may contribute to disparities in biobehavioral health-relevant processes and/or outcomes. Programs that include the use of brain imaging (e.g., fMRI) and related neuroscience techniques to facilitate the development of new treatments and preventive interventions to improve addiction outcomes are of specific interest. In addition, given youth vulnerability to onset of substance use and abuse, research programs that incorporate adolescent populations are of interest. This position is part of a cluster hire by Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI;http://www.ssri.psu.edu) of up to eight new faculty members across the social and behavioral sciences, whose research focuses on reducing disparities. The scholarship and teaching of BBH faculty focuses on how biological, behavioral, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental variables interact to influence health. Departmental research includes physiological processes; health behaviors; neuroscience; health disparities; genetics and epigenetics; chronic disease; psychological states and processes; environmental exposures; bioethics; global health; public health and prevention sciences. Department faculty are highly research active, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. This position will build on the growing strength of departmental expertise to promote and enhance a vibrant, rigorous, and interdisciplinary research environment that aims to improve health at the levels of both the person and population. The responsibilities of the position are to establish and/or continue a fundable line of interdisciplinary addiction research relevant to disparities, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise student research, and provide service to the Department, College, SSRI, and University. Applicants should have a strong record of scholarly research in addiction and disparities commensurate with their experience, and show excellent potential to establish external research funding. A doctorate in neuroscience, behavioral science, psychology, biology, sociology, public health, genetics, biostatistics or a related field is required. In addition to involvement in SSRI, there are opportunities for affiliations with a range of research centers and institutes at Penn State, including the Social, Life and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (https://www.imaging.psu.edu); Prevention Research Center (PRC; http://prevention.psu.edu/); Huck Institute of Life Sciences (https://www.huck.psu.edu/); Center for Educational Disparities Research (CEDR, http://www.ssri.psu.edu/center-educational-disparities-research); Child Study Center (CSC, http://csc.la.psu.edu/); Methodology Center (https://methodology.psu.edu/); Quantitative Developmental Systems Core (https://quantdev.ssri.psu.edu/); Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (http://solutionsnetwork.psu.edu/); Population Research Institute (www.pop.psu.edu); Center for Healthy Aging (http://healthyaging.psu.edu), Africana Research Center (http://arc.la.psu.edu/); Penn State Cancer Institute (https://cancer.psu.edu/); Institute for CyberScience (https://ics.psu.edu) and the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (http://ctsi.psu.edu/). The successful candidate will be committed to and able to work effectively with diverse populations and audiences, as well as with diverse students, faculty, and staff. Salary is competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 2019. Questions about this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Robert Turrisi, at . To apply, applicants must complete an online application at  https://psu.jobs/job/82550 including a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and 3 reprints or preprints that convey research interests and expertise. Four professional letters of reference should be sent directly from the letter writers to Dr. Robert Turrisi at  or postal mail to Dr. Robert Turrisi, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biobehavioral Health, 219 Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please indicate “Addiction – BBH search” in the subject line of email correspondence.

University of Nebraska Lincoln, Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior: Assistant or Associate Professor

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and its Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) invite applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in neuroimaging data processing/analysis to begin in August 2019. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, depending on experience and qualifications. The successful candidate must have expertise in data processing and analysis techniques specific to the large, complex data sets generated via neuroimaging methods and will be expected to lead in the advancement of cutting-edge techniques and algorithms used in neuroimaging data analysis. Expertise in techniques pertaining to functional MRI is a must, and those with expertise in the integration of data across modalities, including MRI (functional and structural), genetics, and fluid biomarkers, will be prioritized. In addition to maintaining an active research program that incorporates advancing neuroimaging data analysis and pursuit of external funding, responsibilities also include teaching graduate courses, collaborating as an active member of neuroscience research teams and offering consultation in data analysis techniques.

A Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Educational Psychology, or related field is required. Applicants must have an outstanding record of research and evidence of excellent teaching and mentoring. Preference will be given to applicants with evidence of independent and collaborative extramural funding. The position will have resident faculty status in the interdisciplinary CB3 with a departmental tenure home dependent on candidate interest and background. CB3 is housed within 30,000 square feet of dedicated space in Memorial Stadium, constructed in collaboration with Nebraska Athletics. CB3 is also in close proximity to the Holland Computing Center, home to the fastest supercomputing resources in the state. The facility’s centerpiece is a Siemens 3 Tesla Skyra scanner equipped with an MR-compatible 256-electrode high-density EEG system and an eye tracker. The center also features a salivary bioscience core facility, as well as several specialized laboratories, including NIRS, high-density EEG/ERP, eye tracking, psychophysiology, and genetics. There are currently 20 CB3 resident faculty and 35 additional CB3 affiliated faculty from across the UNL Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Omaha campuses. This faculty member will be a valuable contributor to research efforts at CB3, which include support from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation and where topics of inquiry include sports concussion; athletic performance; other traumatic brain injury; pediatric health and development; health behavior; somatosensory and motor function; political attitudes and behavior; cognitive psychology/neuroscience of perception, attention, memory and decision-making; and the heritability and neurological basis of impulsivity and emotion regulation as applicable to health-risk behavior and mental health. Methodological collaborations with existing faculty would be welcomed, with techniques currently in use including structural and functional connectivity analyses, multivariate pattern analysis, deep learning, and others. There will also be opportunities to connect to other major centers, programs and initiatives (e.g., Minority Health Disparities Initiative; Nebraska Center for Children, Youth, Families and Schools; Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium).

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. To be considered for the position, please go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition #F_180016, and click on “Apply to this job”. Candidates should attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and contact information for three letters of reference.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Stanford University School of Medicine: Assistant Professor in the University Tenure Line, Medical Center Line, or Non-Tenure Research Line

Assistant Professor in the University Tenure Line, Medical Center Line, or Non-Tenure Research Line in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Specifically, we are seeking a scientist or physician scientist with expertise in neuroscience that relates to Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. The successful applicant should have an MD or PhD and evidence of a clear research program focused in clinical or translational research in neuroscience. The preferred area of research is developmental or cognitive neuroscience.  We will give preference to candidates who have applied neuroscience methods, such as structural or functional neuroimaging, to the study of children, or children with or at high risk for neurodevelopmental or neurobehavioral disorders. The emphasis for the position is developing a research program that integrates neurobiology, behavioral science, and clinical practice.

It is essential that the successful candidate have a track record in research funding and publications.

*  The predominant criterion for appointment in the University Tenure Line is a major commitment to research and teaching.
*  The major criteria for appointment for faculty in the Medical Center Line is excellence in the overall mix of clinical care, clinical teaching, scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine, and institutional service appropriate to the programmatic need the individual is expected to fulfill.
*  The major criterion for appointment for faculty in the Non-Tenure Line (Research) is evidence of high-level performance as a researcher whose expertise fills a programmatic need.

Faculty line will be determined by the qualifications, experience, and activities of the successful candidate.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will develop a research program in collaboration with members of the Division and Department as well as the School of Medicine and University.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Interested candidates should send a copy of their curriculum vitae, a brief letter outlining their interests and the names of three references to:

Suzan Carmichael, PhD Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
1265 Welch Road, Stanford CA 96305, (650) 736-0735 and Laura Von Kampen, Administrative Assistant
1265 Welch Road, Stanford CA 96305,  (650) 736-8914

Stanford School of Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Division: Faculty Position

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University seeks a physician, research psychologist or other PhD to join the Division as an Assistant Professor in the University Tenure Line, Medical Center Line, or Non-Tenure Research Line to develop a basic, clinical, or translational research program in neuroscience that relates to Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.

  • The predominant criterion for appointment in the University Tenure Line is a major commitment to research and teaching.
  • The major criteria for appointment for faculty in the Medical Center Line shall be excellence in the overall mix of clinical care, clinical teaching, scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine, and institutional service appropriate to the programmatic need the individual is expected to fulfill.
  • The major criterion for appointment for faculty in the Non-Tenure Line (Research) is evidence of high-level performance as a researcher for whose special knowledge a programmatic need exists.

The successful applicant should have an MD or PhD and evidence of a clear research program focused in clinical or translational research in neuroscience.

  • The preferred area of research is developmental or cognitive neuroscience. We will give preference to candidates who have applied neuroscience methods, such as structural or functional neuroimaging, to the study of children, or children with or at high risk for neurodevelopmental or neurobehavioral disorders.
  • The emphasis for the position is developing a research program that integrates neurobiology, behavioral science, and clinical practice.
  • It is essential that the successful candidate have a track record or demonstrates potential for successful research funding and publications.
  • The opportunities for collaboration with clinicians and scientists throughout the University will assure that the individual contributes to the reputation and leadership of developmental-behavioral pediatrics and developmental neuroscience at the university and nationally. We anticipate that the candidate will build collaborative relationships with other divisions within Pediatrics or departments, such as neonatology, child neurology, psychiatry, or genetics.
  • We expect the successful candidate to train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, residents, medical students or undergraduates in developmental neuroscience. The successful candidate will participate in teaching basic research methods and statistics within the division and department.

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and accepted until the position is filled.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Submit CV, a brief letter and the names of three references to:

Suzan Carmichael PhD, Search Committee Chair,
1265 Welch Road, Mail Code 5415 Stanford CA 94305

NIH Positions

Postdoctoral Positions

University of California, Davis: Postdoctoral Scholar

The Brain Development, Psychopathology, and Mental Health Lab (PI: Johnna Swartz) at the University of California, Davis is recruiting a Postdoctoral Scholar to begin around May 2019 (start date flexible). The lab uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine how biological (e.g., immunological and neural) and environmental influences (e.g., stress, socioeconomic status, and relationships) interact to predict risk for depression and anxiety during adolescence and young adulthood. The main responsibilities of the postdoc will include working on an exciting study currently underway examining neural and immunological predictors of depression risk in adolescents in Brazil, funded by the non-profit organization MQ (https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/research/profiles/identifying-depression-early-in-adolescence). Although data collection is taking place in Brazil, the postdoc position will be based at UC Davis (although there may be opportunities to travel to Brazil dependent on funding). Major responsibilities of the postdoc will include programming pre-processing pipelines for task-based and resting state connectivity fMRI, performing statistical analyses, and presenting and publishing data from the study. This position is guaranteed for 1 year, and there is the possibility for renewal dependent on performance. In addition, the postdoc will have the opportunity to work on other ongoing projects in the lab, including a study currently being conducted at UC Davis examining immunological and neural predictors of depression and anxiety risk in adolescents, as well as the opportunity to conduct comparisons between the Brazilian and American samples. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to develop mentorship experience by mentoring graduate students and undergrads in the lab.

Qualifications

-PhD in Psychology, Human Development, Neuroscience, or a related field
-Strong programming skills and experience using Matlab and/or Python and SPM to analyze fMRI data
-A strong publication record demonstrating prior experience with fMRI research
-Experience working in an fMRI lab
-Strong statistical training (preferred but not required: longitudinal statistics, machine learning)
-Excellent writing and communication skills
-Ability to work independently and to work well with others
-Ability to work on a large international interdisciplinary team
–Excellent organizational skills

To apply, please send a cover letter describing relevant experience and interests, CV, and contact information for 3 references to .

Name of lab: Brain Development, Psychopathology, and Mental Health Lab
Name of supervisor: Johnna Swartz
Closing date: April 2019

Yale Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab: Postdoctoral fellow position

The Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Yale, directed by Dr. Dylan Gee, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to begin in 2019 (flexible start date). The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety across childhood and adolescence. We are especially interested in typical and atypical trajectories of brain development related to emotional behavior, the effects of early-life adversity, and translating knowledge from basic science to optimize clinical treatments for anxiety and stress-related disorders (additional information: candlab.yale.edu). The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology, which provides an excellent research and training environment.

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing NIH-funded research on pediatric anxiety and to develop independent studies within the broader aims of the lab. Requirements include a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Applicants should have a strong publication record, experience with human neuroimaging, strong statistical training, and technical experience with fMRI analysis (e.g., FSL, AFNI, SPM) and programming. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently, and experience conducting research with developmental and/or clinical populations.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing relevant experience and interests, CV, and contact information for three references to Dylan Gee at 
.

University of Vermont, Department of Psychiatry: Postdoctoral Fellowship

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow who will join a consortium of leading addiction researchers to work on an exceptionally large neuroimaging-genetics project. ENIGMA-Addiction (http://www.enigmaaddiction.com) performs secondary analyses on datasets contributed by labs from over the world. The uniquely large sample sizes with multi-modal neuroimaging data enable numerous in-depth investigations of the neurobiology of drug dependence. The successful applicant will join a vibrant lab with considerable experience working with large datasets. We host a T32 trainee grant that focuses on applying machine learning analytic techniques to large neuroimaging-genetic datasets, and we are a member of the ABCD and IMAGEN consortia. The successful applicant will be able to conduct novel and robust analyses encompassing genetics, neuroimaging and behavioral measures focused on understanding the neurobiology of drug use and dependence. The University of Vermont is a premier small research university and is based in Burlington Vermont, a town that is perennially ranked as one of the USA’s most livable small cities known for its healthy lifestyle, music and food scenes. Interested applicants should contact  and  for informal inquiries.

CNRS & University of Lyon, France: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

The Brain, Behavior, and Learning Lab (http://bbl-lab.fr) directed by Jérôme Prado at the CNRS and University of Lyon, France, is currently looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a cross-sectional research project examining the neural development of arithmetic skills. The project will involve collecting and analysing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from a large sample of children and adolescents. The project is a collaboration with the Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Development directed by Dr. Catherine Thevenot at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (https://www.unil.ch/labcd/home.html). The postdoc will supervise research assistants and participate in all levels of the research investigation, including data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.

To qualify for the position, candidates must have (or soon obtain) a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive neuroscience or in a related area. Candidates should also have experience and interest in mathematical cognition and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Experience with testing children is desirable. Expertise in fMRI and computational skills are not required but are considered a plus. Finally, because the position involves testing and interacting with French-speaking children, candidates should have at least some knowledge of French. The salary will be in accordance with the CNRS guidelines for Postdoctoral fellows. The starting date is flexible, but will be no later than Fall 2019.

The Brain, Behavior, and Learning Lab provides a stimulating research environment with many opportunities for collaboration on several other ongoing projects related to math learning, reasoning and educational neuroscience. The lab has extensive experience with recruiting and testing children from the Lyon area and has access to a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner.

Appointments are made on an annual basis, with the ideal candidate interested in staying for at least 2 years. Applicants should send a CV, a cover letter, and the names of 3 referees to Jérôme Prado (). Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue through March 31 or until the position is filled.

DART Program, University of Pittsburgh: Postdoctoral fellowships

The Developmental Alcohol Research Training (DART) Program (T32 AA007453) announces the availability of postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh. The DART Program approaches training in alcohol use and addiction research from a developmental perspective, focusing on gestation to adulthood. The DART training faculty are highly experienced and offer mentorship in areas of high priority to NIAAA such as the developmental stages of alcohol use and abuse, neurobiology, timing and consequences of alcohol use, racial and gender differences, and the effects of health disparities on the development of alcohol use and misuse. The training faculty have expertise in developmental, epidemiological, clinical, and neurobiological approaches, and advanced quantitative methods. Trainees have access to large, longitudinal cohorts that allow analyses across multiple developmental points. Training involves active participation on research projects with mentors, supplemented by courses in Addictive Behaviors, Developmental Psychopathology, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics, and by the required Career and Research Development Seminar. The DART program faculty are committed to training researchers to become independent investigators with the skills and tools for collaborative, multidisciplinary research in developmental studies of alcohol use and abuse in order to accomplish excellence and innovation in developmental alcoholism research.

Website:

http://www.alcoholtraining.pitt.edu/

Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D., excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in alcohol-related research. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in accordance with NIH regulations; current NIH levels of stipend support can be found at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-18-175.html

Application:

Send curriculum vita, statement of research background and interests (including potential mentors), and three reference letters to:

 Dr. Gale A. Richardson and Dr. Brooke Molina (Directors: DART Program)
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
E-mails: ;

Sorbonne-Paris Cité University & Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique: Postdoctoral fellow Developmental/Educational Cognitive Neuroscience

The Department of Psychology at the Sorbonne-Paris Cité University in Paris, France, is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). The main goal of the project is to assess the contribution of stressful environments to mathematical learning during critical stages of arithmetical skill acquisition. To this purpose, the successful candidate will combine brain imaging methods with cognitive modeling in the areas of learning, cognitive training, memory, and numerical cognition. The ideal candidate should have a strong research background and an excellent track-record to contribute to the development of behavioral and neuroimaging measures targeted to elementary school children.
The post will require one-on-one/classroom testing, behavioral and brain imaging data analyses, preparing manuscripts for publication, presenting results at national and international conferences and the possible supervision of interns and BSc/MSc students.

Candidates must have a PhD and research experience in cognitive neuroscience, brain development, cognitive sciences, psychology, educational neuroscience or related fields. Candidates should have substantial experience in quantitative research methods, strong computational skills and expertise with fMRI data analysis. Fluent level of French and English is required. Prior experience on programming languages for data analysis (such as MATLAB or Python) is highly desirable.

To apply, please email a – CV, – statement of research interests and relevant background, – list of publications, and – names of three referees to Dr. Teresa Iuculano (), quoting “Postdoctoral position in developmental cognitive neuroscience_ANR” in the email subject. Applications will be examined until the position is filled. Starting date is February/March 2019 (although there is some flexibility around the starting date). A 2-year commitment is preferred.

Keywords/Key skills: Brain imaging, Neuroplasticity, Learning, Neuropsychological assessments, Developmental cohorts, MATLAB, Python

Funding Agency: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
Job-email:

Requirements
– Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience, experimental/developmental psychology, computational neuroscience, educational neuroscience or related field
– French – level B2 or equivalent
– English – level B2 or equivalent

Benefits
The successful candidate will join a vibrant scientific and academic environment at the Sorbonne University, in the heart of Paris. Both the Sorbonne as well as neighboring facilities at the Collège de France offer daily and weekly seminars, lectures and workshops with distinguished national and international speakers. Imaging facilities include a 3T MRI (exclusively devoted to research), EEG and NIRS equipment. Opportunities for professional development also abound as the laboratory is affiliated with the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), France. Starting salary is ~50,000€ per year, including health care and social security.

CATEGORIZATION
Category: Post-doc Fellowships
Job type: Full time
Desired Education Level: Doctorate Degree
Salary Range: $50,000-$75,000
Travel required: Occasional
Desired Industry experience: NA

LOCATION
City: Paris
Country: France

Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR): Post-Doctoral Associate Position

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire a “Post-Doctoral Associate” (9742R5: Researcher 5) interested in identifying deviations in brain structure and white matter organization associated with problematic alcohol use. As part of a two-year project funded by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (PI: Dr. Sylia Wilson), the postdoctoral associate will be primarily responsible for processing and analyzing anatomical and diffusion weighted imaging data already collected in multiple large, adult samples, including a sample of twins from the MCTFR (N = 1152) and a sample of twins and their nontwin siblings from the Human Connectome Project (N = 1113). The postdoctoral associate will take the lead on and contribute to manuscripts developing from this project. In addition to the primary project, the MCTFR has several ongoing, large-scale, NIH-funded projects (PIs: Drs. William Iacono, Matt McGue, Monica Luciana, Scott Vrieze) examining biological and environmental contributors to the development of substance misuse and related psychopathology. Comprehensive, multimodal (clinical, personality, neurocognitive, psychophysiological, imaging) data have been collected at multiple time points in twin and adoption samples prospectively assessed from preadolescence into middle adulthood. The postdoctoral associate will have ample opportunities to work with and prepare manuscripts using existing data from these projects.

Candidate expectations are: (1) Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience or related field; (2) neuroimaging experience; and (3) expertise as demonstrated through publications or funded research. The applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers (including neuroscientists, geneticists, psychopathologists, developmental psychologists, and statisticians) interested in the development of substance use and other common mental disorders. The MCTFR dataset is unique in terms of the breadth of its assessment (e.g., a rich set of clinical, personality, and endophenotypic measures), developmental informativeness (participants have been assessed every 3-4 years, spanning ages 11 through 42), comprehensive measurement of environmental risk (e.g., prenatal, familial, peer group, neighborhood), inclusion of biological measures (e.g., anatomical, resting state, functional MRI; DTI; dense array EEG/ERP; neuropsychological function) and extensive coverage of molecular genetic variants in prospectively studied samples of twins and twins’ parents and children (1800 pairs). The MCTFR affords excellent opportunities for the person filling this position to develop an independent program of research in addition to working with these data.

Major Responsibilities

• (10%) Collaborate with MCTFR principal investigators, research associates, other post-doctoral associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students to develop and advance research topics;

• (20%) Process and analyze MRI data relevant to brain structure and function;

• (40%) Develop and complete hypothesis driven research focusing on MRI data and relating it to other MCTFR data predicting, mediating, and moderating variables in composite datasets using epidemiological, behavior genetic, longitudinal and other data analysis methods;

• (10%) Prepare preliminary reports for MCTFR Principal Investigators and our research seminar;

•(20%) Publish at least four papers annually in top research journals.

Essential Qualifications

• Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience or related field;

• One or more years of graduate school research training;

• Strong publication track record in top research journals.

 
Preferred Qualifications

•Neuroimaging processing and analysis experience;

•Prior experience preparing proposals for sponsored research funding;

•Skills using standard imaging software (e.g. FreeSurfer. FSL) and programming (e.g. MATLAB, R Python);

•Excellent oral and written communication skills;

•Additional experience and/or interest in cognitive/affective neuroscience, substance use and related psychopathology, and twin studies and behavior genetics methods is a plus.


Required Application Materials (Application attachments)

•An updated CV;

•Personal statement;

•Up to three reprints/preprints;

•Contact information for three professional references. 

MCTFR

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to identify environmental and genetic influences on psychological traits. The MCTFR includes studies of twins, adoptees, and biologically related adolescent siblings. MCTFR participants are involved in a variety of NIH-funded projects that include assessment of psychopathology, psychophysiology, neurocognitive, and MRI data, as well as collection of DNA samples. In addition to multiple large-scale projects with twins and twins’ parents and children, the MCTFR is now the twin research hub for the NIH Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) project (http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-launches-landmark-study-substance-use-adolescent-brain-development). This position offers the opportunity to work in a high-quality research environment with strong scientific collaborations in the MCTFR, the Department of Psychology, and other departments (Institute of Child Development, Psychiatry), as well as the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR).

Appointment

MCTFR Post-Doctoral Associate is appointed by the MCTFR’s Principal Investigators and reports to them. Position is 100%-time and classified as an academic professional appointment. It is contingent upon the availability of funds and/or work for the position. Appointment-provided health, dental, vacation and sick-time benefits plus is covered by Social Security and Faculty Retirement System. Position requires a background check and applicant must verify authorization to work in United States. Initial appointment is for one year but is renewable with acceptable performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Interested applicants should send application materials by e-mail to Dr. Sylia Wilson at . Inquiries about the position can also be directed to Dr. Wilson. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

(UNC-CIDD) Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities - T32 Post-Doctoral Research Training Program - 2019

The University of North Carolina, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (UNC-CIDD) is seeking fellows for a postdoctoral research training program in neurodevelopmental disorders.  Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), this program emphasizes research training in both the biological basis and clinical manifestations of neurodevelopmental disorders.  Both clinical and basic science research opportunities are available.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The purpose of UNCH-CH’s T32 Post-Doctoral Research Training Program is to develop researchers with expertise in both the biological basis and clinical manifestations of neurodevelopmental disorders. This broad-based and integrated perspective enables researchers to better relate across disciplines and maximizes the potential for major research advances in understanding the pathogenesis and treatment of these disorders.

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM

Over a two-year period, fellows will participate in integrated training in biological and behavioral research in neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism, fragile X syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Turner syndrome, VeloCardioFacial Syndrome, and Neurofibromatosis) while studying clinical and basic science areas (e.g., genetics, cell biology and physiology, pharmacology, allied health sciences, neurology, biochemistry, psychology, and psychiatry). The stipend for the training grant positions follows NIH guidelines depending on experience. This program is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019.

This program provides a variety of opportunities including:

(1) mentored research training in specific methods, disorders, and underlying pathogenetic mechanisms;

(2) courses, seminars, and lectures that integrate the study of clinical disorders, normal developmental processes, mechanisms of disease, and research methods; and

(3) clinical experiences to complement previous levels of clinical knowledge and skills.

APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. (from either basic science or clinical research programs) and M.D. (e.g., physicians in residency training) level trainees are encouraged to apply.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Trainees are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the program. Within the 40 hours per week training period, research trainees in clinical areas must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience.

Citizenship. To be appointed to a training position supported by an NRSA research training grant, an individual must be a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551 or must be in possession of other legal verification of such status). Noncitizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Postdoctoral Trainees. Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D. or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Eligible doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.D.S., D.M.D., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D. Pharm., D.S.W., and Psy.D. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of training is acceptable.

Applications from minority individuals are encouraged.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

We are currently accepting applications. Applications should be submitted by January 17, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY

All applicants should contact the program administrators (Joe Piven,  or Ben Philpot, ) before preparing the application.

Get instructions and then contact one of the training grant faculty to confirm mentorship. Listing of investigators

Develop a research plan together with the mentor to be submitted with the application.

Post-Doc Position <http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/148890>

-Curriculum Vitae
-Three letters of recommendation in signed, sealed envelopes or may be sent via email.
-A Cover Letter

Mail Letters of Recommendation to:

Dr. Joseph Piven
c/o Program Coordinator
UNC Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
101 Renee Lynne Court, CB 7255
Carrboro, NC 27510

For More Information Please contact: Program Coordinator at 

Washington University in St. Louis: NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Neuroscience and Child Psychopathology

This NIMH funded postdoctoral training fellowship is available to psychologists, neuroscientists, and both child and adult psychiatrists who are interested in conducting translational research on developmental neuroscience and child psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on early childhood. The child psychopathology domains include, but are not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, ADHD, addiction, and psychosis. The training model for this fellowship focuses on interdisciplinary training, with trainees gaining expertise in both basic and clinical domains, including developmental psychopathology, developmental affective and cognitive neuroscience, genetics and developmental neuroimaging. Fellows will be mentored by Washington University faculty with international reputations in developmental psychology, clinical neuroscience, functional neuroimaging, psychiatric genetics. and cognitive and affective neuroscience. Fellows will be involved in didactic training in core areas, professional development training, and most critically, both ongoing and newly developed translational research projects.

Washington University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, economically disadvantaged and person with disabilities to apply. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or an M.D. and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Interested applications should submit a CV, 3 references, and a description of your research interests to either Deanna Barch () or Joan Luby ().

Applications by email are preferred, but paper applications can be submitted to Dr. Deanna Barch, Child Psychopathology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington University, 660 South Euclid, Campus Box 8134, St. Louis, MO, 63110. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis for a flexible start date.

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowships

Location: New York, NY, USA

Positions available: July 1, 2019

NIMH funded postdoctoral training fellowships are available to child psychiatrists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and psychologists to conduct translational research in childhood psychiatric disorders, which includes basic science developments leading to treatments and examining the bridge between treatments developed in the lab setting to community settings. Trainees are expected to conduct research in areas that could range from studying animal models of neurodevelopmental conditions to conducting clinical trials and studying implementation and dissemination of evidence based treatments in the community. The training program is designed to impart the training and skills necessary for submitting a competitive career development (K) award. The emphasis on translational research necessitates interdisciplinary input into each trainee’s education and strong programmatic oversight to ensure that each trainee has the cognitive and technological tools required for success in their present and future research endeavors. The program welcomes applicants interested in focusing on understudied populations including racial/ethnic minorities or persons with disabilities. Trainees will be mentored in core domains of translational research in child psychiatry including: (1) the NIMH Research Domain Criteria, (2) translational neuroscience, (3) biostatistics, 4) research design, management, and ethics, 5) scientific writing, 6) oral presentation, and 7) grant preparation. The T32 Training program is led by a group of internationally recognized researchers with strong records in basic neuroscience, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, epidemiology, and clinical trials research including psychological and psychopharmacological interventions and prevention research. Some faculty include: Randy Auerbach, PhD, Cristiane Duarte, PhD, Madelyn Gould, PhD, Rachel Marsh, PhD, Catherine Monk, PhD, Laura Mufson, PhD, Jonathan Posner, MD, and Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, MD. Candidates can elect to work in any of the numerous basic neuroscience, epidemiology, or clinical treatment laboratories affiliated with the program.

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging women, minorities, economically disadvantaged, and persons with disabilities to apply.

The position requires applicants to be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Individuals on a temporary visa are unfortunately not eligible. Both M.D.s and Ph.D.s are eligible to apply.

Interested applicants should submit a personal statement, description of your research interests, CV and 3 reference letters by December 15, 2018 to:

Addeley Pacheco
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 78, Child Psychiatry
Columbia University/NYSPI
New York, NY 10032

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry: Post-doctoral Associate Position

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to support and contribute to research as a Post-doctoral Associate on a recently NIMH-funded project in adolescent depression. The applicant’s main appointment will be in the Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience and Development (CAND) Laboratory (PI: Cecile Ladouceur, PhD) (http://www.candlab.pitt.edu) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine (http://www.psychiatry.pitt.edu/). The research project employs a dimensional multi-modal approach (e.g., fMRI, DTI, actigraphy) within a longitudinal design to identify neural, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional markers of manic symptoms in adolescent depression. Identifying such markers has important clinical implications such as improving early detection of manic symptoms in depressed youth and informing personalized interventions for depression with mixed features. For this project, the post-doctoral associate will be working with Cecile Ladouceur, PhD and Rasim Diler, MD.

In addition to this project, the CAND lab has several ongoing projects including: a) characterizing the influence of pubertal maturation and pubertal hormones on the neural regions supporting emotion regulation and reward processing in adolescents as a way of identifying potential vulnerabilities to psychopathology; b) examining the development of neural systems underlying social threat and social reward (e.g., feedback from peers) in relation to approach-avoidance behavior in temperamentally anxious adolescent girls to understand trajectories of anxiety and depression symptoms; c) examining the neural and behavioral mechanisms and predictors of treatment response in anxious youth; d) investigating neural systems of cognitive control of emotion and reward in childhood-onset ADHD.

We seek an exceptional Ph.D. researcher with a degree in psychology, neuroscience or related field. The ideal candidate will have an excellent publication record with demonstrated interest in developmental cognitive and affective neuroscience and psychopathology. This position requires prior experience in functional neuroimaging methodology and advanced statistical analysis. Experience with Matlab programming, neuroimaging software (e.g., SPM, AFNI, FSL, etc.), and data management is preferred. Additional knowledge in developmental or clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, functional neuroanatomy would be an asset, as are the following characteristics: strong publication record that includes neuroimaging studies; strength in research methods; excellent organizational and writing skills; demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through; and good collaborator with the ability to function well independently. This position offers the opportunity to work in a high quality research environment with strong clinical and scientific collaborations with local and national world-renowned psychiatry researchers.

The position is housed in the Department of Psychiatry which has a long-standing tradition of providing a stimulating learning environment that allows for effective educational experiences for all of its trainees. Appropriately preparing the next generation of clinicians and researchers is at the heart of the Department’s mission. The Department provides a career and research development seminar for postdoctoral research fellows that teaches grant-writing and other career development skills designed to support a future independent research career (http://www.psychiatry.pitt.edu/research/research-training).

The position is currently open, but start date is negotiable. Applicants should be willing to commit to a minimum two-year appointment. For more information, please contact Dr. Ladouceur directly at .

Duke University, DEED Lab: Post-doctoral research position

A Post-doctoral research position is available in the Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain (DEED) Lab at Duke University in Durham, NC working with Dr. Michael Gaffrey.

The DEED Lab (sites.duke.edu/deed/) investigates how early life experiences and brain development interact to place children at greater- or lessor- risk for negative mental health outcomes (e.g., depression, anxiety, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder). We use neuroimaging techniques (task fMRI, functional connectivity fMRI, structural MRI, and EEG) along with behavioral and clinical assessments to investigate the development of emotion and self-regulation, with a particular interest in using what we learn to inform early identification and preventive intervention efforts for young children struggling in these areas. The successful candidate will join and help lead a federally funded longitudinal neuroimaging project investigating neurodevelopment associated with early emerging risk for depression in preschool age children. The DEED Lab is part of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University and collaborates with faculty at Duke as well as at other institutions. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in a uniquely rich neuroscience research environment at Duke, including the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC), the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Opportunities to visit DEED Lab collaborators at other institutions may also be possible.

The primary duties of the Postdoctoral research position will include assisting the PI (Gaffrey) with monitoring neuroimaging data acquisition (MRI, fMRI, EEG) and quality control, analyzing data to inform study related hypotheses, writing and submitting manuscripts, presenting study findings at conferences, and assisting the PI with grant administration activities as necessary.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience, or a related field, and have documented evidence of research productivity using neuroimaging modalities.  Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in neuroimaging (fMRI and/or EEG) and clinical and/or developmental research. A strong background in computer programming/scripting (e.g., Matlab, R, Python) and/or statistics is a plus but not required.

Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief cover letter describing their research experience and interests, and contact information for 2-3 references to Michael Gaffrey at . Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Name of supervisor: Michael Gaffrey, Ph.D.

Closing date: 8/2019

University of Iowa, Hwang Lab for Neurocognitive Dynamics: Postdoctoral fellow position
Oregon Health & Science University, Developmental Brain Imaging Laboratory: Post-doctoral Researcher Position

The Developmental Brain Imaging Laboratory (DBIL), under the direction of Dr. Bonnie Nagel, has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher. Applications are invited from postdoctoral scientists with experience and interest in contributing to longitudinal single- and multi-site NIH-funded neuroimaging studies (e.g., ABCD and NCANDA) of adolescents and young adults. These studies utilize structural and functional MRI methods and neurocognitive and behavioral testing, and are aimed at understanding the influence of alcohol and other drugs on developing brain structure, circuitry, and behavior, as well as at delineating alcohol and substance use and other psychopathology risk-related markers in the developing adolescent brain.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience, or a related field, and have documented evidence of research productivity using neuroimaging modalities.  Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in neuroimaging (MRI) and/or developmental research, as well as a strong background in computer programming/scripting (e.g., Matlab, R, Python) and statistics.

Salary will be determined by the current NIH postdoctoral scale. To apply, submit a letter of interest, C.V., and 3 letters of reference to Dr. Bonnie Nagel at . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. OHSU is an Equal-Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

University of Pittsburgh, Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development: Postdoctoral Research Position

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development (LNCD) directed by Beatriz Luna at the University of Pittsburgh.

The LNCD uses multimodal approaches to characterize the neural basis of the normative development of cognitive and motivational processes during the transition through adolescence to adulthood to construct a normative template of development to inform impaired development in clinical populations.

Current projects utilize: fMRI, rsfMRI, DTI/DSI, PET, MT, R2’, and MRSI, as well as a comprehensive neurocognitive battery and assessments related to mental health to probe the mechanisms underlying neurocognitive development. Unique tasks that probe reinforcement learning and working memory as well as contextual learning are used with fMRI to further inform mechanisms.

The successful applicant would develop their unique projects beginning with available data from ongoing studies and later transitioning into establishing their unique scientific trajectory. They will also be expected to help mentor trainees and provide input and direction on existing projects. Opportunities for transition to faculty positions are available.

Qualifications:

  • PhD with a background in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science and/or development who is interested in neurocognitive development through adolescence.
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills
  • A promising research publication record, and an interest in using multiple methodologies.
  • Preferred technical qualifications:
    • experience with fMRI (including analyses in FSL, AFNI, or similar)
    • strong programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python)
    • strong knowledge of statistics,
    • the ability to run or learn to run basic and more complex statistical analyses in Matlab, R, Python, etc.

Preferably but not exclusively, applicants must be eligible to work in the United States to apply for T32s.

LNCD projects are supported by ongoing R01 NIMH grants and endowments to provide a stable research environment. Pittsburgh has uniquely strong neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychology communities through the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, which are highly collaborative. The city was recently named one of the most affordable cities in the U.S., has a long-standing culture and large university population, and is a hotspot for major entrepreneurships such as Google and Uber.

If you are interested in applying, please email Dr. Luna directly  with a CV and statement of interest.

Boys Town, Center for Neurobehavioral Research: Postdoctoral position

The Center for Neurobehavioral Research (CNR) at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking a full-time post-doctoral fellow for the Early Neurobehavioral Development Study, designed to determine neural profiles associated with psychiatric symptom sets (externalizing, mood and anxiety) in early childhood (PI: James Blair).  The Early Neurobehavioral Development Study employs state-of-the-art, multi-modal neurodevelopment measurement in young children including fMRI and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

The postdoctoral fellow will be an integral member of the scientific team and will have rich opportunities to publish, drawing both on data from the Early Neurobehavioral Development Study and multiple neurodevelopmental studies from across the CNR.  The fellow will also be encouraged and supported to develop supplementary studies via the NIH NRSA and/or K Award mechanisms in addition to smaller foundation grants. The postdoctoral fellow will develop and implement cutting-edge fMRI and fNIRS analysis tools in collaboration with Co-Investigator Dr. Susan Perlman and will be primarily responsible for dissemination of findings (e.g. publications and conference proceedings).

The CNR and Boys Town National Research Hospital provides an ideal training environment for postdoctoral fellows with extensive opportunities to publish and access to exceptional resources to facilitate research growth with the chance to work with national and international collaborators on projects.  Omaha and the local surrounding areas offer an affordable and family-friendly community with rich center resources.

The position requires a PhD or MD/PhD in neuroscience, psychology or a related specialty. The candidate will have experience with working with young children and ideally experience in computer programming consistent with fNIRS and/or fMRI.

The postdoctoral fellowship will begin as soon as possible and may extend 3 or more years.  Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.  To apply please send a cover letter, C.V. and names and contact information of two references to:

James Blair, Ph.D.
Center for Neurobehavioral Research
Boys Town National Research Hospital
14100 Crawford Street
Boys Town, NE 68010
E-mail: 

About us: The Center for Neurobehavioral Research was established in 2016 to help improve the care of children through a better understanding of the neurobiology of mental health. With a new, dedicated and state-of-the-art 3 Tesla scanner as well as fNIRS capability, the CNR is assesses approximately 300 adolescents and a comparable number of young children annually on a large neuroimaging battery, including tasks indexing emotion processing, decision-making and response control, to determine dysfunction in specific neuro-cognitive systems that underpin different forms of impaired mental health. In addition to in-home family services and residential treatment centers, Boys Town provides the Family Home ProgramSM, a treatment foster-case program serving over 400 youth annually on the Boys Town campus in Omaha, Nebraska.  Youth participating in the Family Home ProgramSM are scanned before and after treatment completion to determine treatment response. The CNR is also involved in the assessments of other interventions – both pharmacological and psychosocial. The CNR therefore offers a unique opportunity to study mechanisms underlying mental health issues in large samples, with a translational focus. The CNR provides a vigorous and highly collaborative research environment in which post-doctoral fellows participate in team-based projects.

Lab website: https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/CenterNeurobehavResearch/Pages/default.aspx

UCONN: TWO Neuroimaging Postdoc Positions

NIDL and brainLENS-east labs (Neurobiology of Individual Differences in Language Lab http://nidl-lab.org, PI: Roeland Hancock PhD; and Laboratory for Learning Engineering and Neural Systems http://brainlens.org, PI: Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD) at University of Connecticut’s Brain Imaging Research Center (UCONN’s BIRC) are seeking two postdoctoral scholars. The postdocs will manage and execute large-scale neuroimaging projects investigating the neurobiological mechanisms underlying: (1) language, literacy and cognition in generally healthy young adults using multimodal neuroimaging techniques such as MRI, MRS and TMS (“Perturbation Postdoc”); and (2) intergenerational transmission of language and literacy in parent-offspring dyads using MRI techniques (“Intergenerational Postdoc”). In addition, the successful candidates will have the opportunity to be involved in other federally and non-federally funded-research projects in the laboratories, gain experience in grant and manuscript writing and large-scale project management, outreach and community engagement projects, and access to a wealth of archival developmental and longitudinal neuroimaging data on language and literacy.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent in cognitive and systems neurosciences, computer science, engineering, psychology or a closely related field
  • Computational skills, including knowledge of at least one programming language and Unix commands
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Leadership and organizational skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • Exceptional skills in collecting and analyzing MRI, MRS, and/or TMS data
  • Experience in M/EEG
  • Documented history of productivity and leadership
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise in statistics, e.g. multivariate statistics, behavioral genetics, Bayesian and Monte Carlo methods

Interested candidates should email  with “[Postdoc Job (YOUR FULL NAME)]” in the subject line. In the email they should include (a) a current CV, (b) a one-page cover letter describing qualifications, interest, career goals and which postdoc position they are interested in (refer to as “Perturbation Postdoc/Project” or “Intergenerational Postdoc/Project”), and (c) a list of 3 potential referees with their contact information. The position can begin immediately.

Postdoctoral scholars from the lab have gone onto a range of research faculty and imaging director positions at institutions such as Stanford, Caltech, Boston College, and University of Texas.

BACKGROUND

PI Roeland Hancock PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences and Associate Director of BIRC at UCONN. PI Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD is currently Professor of Psychiatry & Weill Institute of Neurosciences at UCSF, Deputy Director of UCSF Dyslexia Center, and Executive Director of a seven university UC-Stanford Precision Learning Center. She will start at UCONN as Director of BIRC and Professor of Psychological Sciences in August 2018. UCONN has outstanding resources for cognitive and systems neuroscience research, including a new state-of-the-art neuroimaging center BIRC. The laboratories have extensive local, national and international collaborations with other research groups such as UCSF, Haskins Labs, Yale, BCBL, U of Michigan, Stanford, U of British Columbia, Chinese University of Hong Kong. UCONN is centrally located in the New England area with easy access to nearby cultural centers such as New York, Boston, Providence and New Haven.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Wayne State University, NIH Fetal Brain Research Laboratory: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Developmental Brain Science

Overview

Dr. Moriah Thomason in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and Department of Pediatrics and Wayne State University, and the intramural NICHD/NIH/DHHS Perinatology Research Branch (http://www2.med.wayne.edu/prb/) Perinatal Neural Connectivity Unit (www.brainnexus.com) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position funded by a 5-year NIMH BRAINS R01 entitled, “In utero assessment of the human neural connectome and later child behavior”. This project uses MRI techniques to examine neural networks at the beginning of human life, and addresses how variation in network properties relate to child neurobehavioral development. We use a number of approaches, including fetal and neonatal MRI, mother-child dyadic observation, interviews, questionnaires, child EEG, actigraphy, and home visits to characterize both the environment and also individual development. The ultimate goal is to understand biological bases of neurodevelopmental disorders, and to better understand factors in the environment that increase or mitigate risk. Fellows may be funded for up to 4 years pending performance and grant support. The position is located at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Essential Functions

The postdoctoral fellow will supervise longitudinal data collection, and will leverage the existing extensive dataset to test hypotheses linking early brain biomarkers to neurobehavioral development. Applicants with experience and interest in developmental psychopathology, especially mood-disorders and cognitive control deficits, among underserved and predominantly minority populations, as well as prenatal disease origins, infant mental health, and risk/protective mechanisms are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with MRI, early-childhood behavioral assessments, EEG, computer programming, statistical modeling are desirable but not necessary. The position includes ample RA support, collaborations with graduate students and faculty, and close collaboration with the Primary Investigator. The PI is committed to providing mentorship opportunities and supporting the fellow in establishment of skills needed for directing an independent program of research. To this end the PI will support the fellow in submitting and publishing research papers, presenting research at conferences, and writing new grant proposals.

Responsibilities

  • Supervision of data collection personnel (research assistants, student volunteers)
  • Ensuring that research data from fetal and infant fMRI and behavioral visits are stored and maintained in a uniform fashion and in compliance with all standards set by the university for human participant research
  • Initiating and directing data quality assurance protocols and data sharing procedures
  • Data analyses, conference presentations, manuscript preparation

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., clinical psychology, neuroscience, developmental psychology) by the time of position initiation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Background in developmental neuroscience research
  • Experience in functional MRI, functional connectivity, DTI, and/or EEG
  • Programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Mplus, R)
  • Expertise in statistics
  • A promising publication record

To Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, names and contact information for 3 reference writers, and a CV. Please send as a single PDF via email with subject heading “postdoctoral fellowship applicant” to Tamara Qawasmeh at , or apply on line at: https://brainnexus.com/post-doctoral-fellows/

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF): Computational Neuroimaging Postdoctoral Scholar

The Hoeft Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (http://brainLENS.org PI: Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD) at the UCSF Dept of Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences is looking for a full-time postdoctoral fellow for a large-scale neuroimaging project investigating language, literacy and cognitive development (R01HD078351; 2015-2021). This specific research program is an experiment of nature taking exposure to multiple languages and writing systems as an experimental model to examine perturbation of neural networks related to language, literacy and cognition as young children entering formal schooling are exposed to multiple languages such as English, Spanish and Cantonese. The successful candidate will have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, computer science, psychology, linguistics or a closely related field, exceptional skills in neuroimaging primarily MRI, theoretical foundation of cognitive and language development, computational and programming skills, and organizational skills. Additional skills and interests in EEG, MEG and neuromodulation techniques, are a plus. Compensation is ABOVE the NIH pay scale for postdoctoral fellows. Appointments are made on an annual basis with the ideal candidate interested in staying for a least 2 to 3 years. Postdoctoral fellows are represented by UC Postdoc Union and enjoy competitive benefit packages.

The Hoeft Cognitive Neuroscience Lab is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary research environment that applies cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques, genetic analysis, and computational approaches to examine language, literacy and socio-emotional (motivation) development, and the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders such as dyslexia. We also examine intergenerational transmission as well as gene-environment interactions on cognition and brain networks. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in other grant funded-research projects in the laboratory, outreach and community engagement projects, and access to a wealth of archival developmental and longitudinal neuroimaging data on language and literacy.

The position can begin immediately. Interested candidates should email  with “[Postdoc job]” and the applicant’s full name in the subject of the email, with (a) a current CV, (b) a one-page cover letter describing qualifications, interest, and career goals, and (c) a list of 3 potential referees with their contact information attached.

The University of California, San Francisco is a premier biomedical research institution, ranked second in the world for Neuroscience and Behavior by US News. UCSF has outstanding resources for cognitive neuroscience research, including a research-dedicated Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner in addition to shared 3T and 7T GE scanners, MEG, EEG and TMS equipment. The laboratory enjoys close collaborations with other research groups in CA such as UC Berkeley and Stanford and other UC schools, and national (e.g. Haskins Labs, Yale University, UConn) and international collaborations (e.g. BCBL, U Michigan, U British Columbia).

The San Francisco Bay Area is a vibrant, multi-cultural city, ranked one of the most walkable cities in the US. In addition to the area’s outstanding cultural attractions and cuisine, the unique beauty of redwood forests, coastal cliffs, wine country and natural preserves is less than an hour from the city.

Postdoctoral scholars from our lab have gone onto a range of research faculty and imaging director positions at institutions such as Boston College, University of Connecticut, University of Texas and Stanford University.

Staff Positions

UNC, Circle Lab: Soc/Clin Research Assistant

The Child Imaging Research on Cognition and Life Experiences (CIRCLE) Lab is a research group in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department at UNC studying the impact of different life experiences on behavior and the developing brain (http://circlelab.unc.edu/).

We are looking for research assistants to fill several positions, but in particular are interested in finding someone for this project: Wellness, Health and Life Experiences (WHALE) a study of children ages 4-7 with a range of exposure to adversity. This study is getting started right now and in will include 3 study visits – a home visit and two lab visits. Applicants will need to be comfortable working with young children and going into participants homes to do data collection and working with/collecting imaging data. This is an imaging study so any expertise in imaging data collection, analysis, and/or any programing expertise (including in matlab or python) will be considered very favorably.

Please follow this link to apply: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/153606

Name of supervisor: Margaret Sheridan

Closing date 1/22/19

CNMC: Clinical Neuropsychologist

The Center for the Developing Brain has an opening for a Clinical Neuropsychologist position. The goal of our Center is to study normal development, and understand the causes and consequences of early life brain injury in the high-risk fetus, preterm and full-term infant. Our research focuses on applying advanced MRI tools to understand the origins of early life brain injury on long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes (), and support the development of early MRI biomarker discovery.

We are seeking a Clinical Neuropsychologist to work in the neurodevelopmental outcome arm of our research center. The successful applicant will join our multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists in biomedical engineers, computer scientists, MRI physicists, neuroscientists, neuroradiologists, neurologists, and neonatologists. Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D or Psy.D., licensed in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, and specialize in assessment of infants and children with acute and chronic medical conditions, and neurodevelopmental delays and disabilities. The candidate will evaluate children from birth to 6 years of age who are at risk for, or are exhibiting, neurodevelopmental delays or differences; will have knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment in the area of expertise, and actively participate in grant funded studies. We are looking for a candidate with strong communication skills, who will work well within a diverse and dynamic environment. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and contact information for at least three references to Dr. Catherine Limperopoulos:

Applications and requests for further information should be sent to:

Catherine Limperopoulos, PhD
Director, Center for the Developing Brain
Vice Chief of Research, Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
Co-Director of Research, Division of Neonatology
Children’s National Health System
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

University of Oregon, Developing Brains in Context Laboratory: Full time Laboratory Manager

The Developing Brains in Context Laboratory at the University of Oregon is seeking a full time Laboratory Manager. Under the direction of Dr. Kate Mills, the Developing Brains in Context Lab investigates the social, biological, and cognitive processes that underlie the development of social navigational skills. The lab integrates social network analysis with laboratory assessments (behavioral and neuroimaging methods), and social environmental measures (e.g., neighborhood metrics), to examine how a child’s social environment affects the development of cognitive and behavioral strategies. A main goal of this research is to understand how the prolonged development of certain brain systems can facilitate cultural learning during childhood and adolescence. Current projects include investigations of digital technology use on neurocognitive development, social stress on social cognitive development, adaptive use of mentalizing, and the development of internalized models of social agents.

The Lab Manager will oversee the daily operations of the lab and coordinate with Dr. Mills across multiple research projects. The Lab Manager will train research personnel, including NTTF employees, coordinate and track recruitment and retention of subjects, run assessment sessions including neuroimaging and classroom-based assessments, conduct telephone interviews, manage and analyze neuroimaging and behavioral data, and act as the liaison of the laboratory to on- and off-campus organizations. The Lab Manager is also expected to interact with Research Compliance Services to facilitate protection of human subjects. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Submit your resume to Dr. Kate Mills: 

Closing date: January 1, 2019

Division of Translational Research (DTR) at NIMH: Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) Opportunities

The Division of Translational Research (DTR) at NIMH directs, plans, and supports programs of research and research training that translate knowledge from basic science to discover the etiology, pathophysiology, and trajectory of mental disorders and develop effective interventions for children and adults. DTR supports integrative, multidisciplinary research in the following areas: the phenotypic characterization and risk factors for psychiatric disorders; neurobehavioral mechanisms of psychopathology; trajectories of risk and resilience; and design and testing of innovative neuromodulatory, psychosocial and psychopharmacological interventions. The Division is looking for motivated individuals to serve as a Program Officer for the Adult Mood and Anxiety Disorders program. The selected candidate(s) will stimulate, plan, advise, and direct program activities for a portfolio of research projects. Competitive candidates are expected to be accomplished scientists with a good understanding of how biomedical research is performed and expertise in adult mood and anxiety psychopathology and psychosocial/behavioral interventions. A publication record, prior research experience, and evidence of a familiarity with current literature in behavioral neuroscience related to mental illness are essential.

This position requires working both independently and collaboratively. Strong organizational, oral, written and communication skills are also required. Salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

Qualifications

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in an accredited college university, including acceptance of the dissertation, in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences allied to health or health related research.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, including a curriculum vitae to .
To learn more about the National Institute of Mental Health careers, visit: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/careers/index.shtml.

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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