About the Opportunity

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The Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive and Brain Health at Northeastern University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior position. The position is to begin Summer or Fall 2023 for a term of 2-3 years, with yearly renewals based upon funding and performance.

This position will be based in the Social Development and Wellbeing Lab (launching July 2023), led by Dr. Alexandra Rodman. The Lab and offices will be located in the heart of Boston, in the state-of-the-art ISEC building, which includes a brand-new neuroimaging center. Our research examines the social lives of teens, including their social behavior and experiences, and how they process social information. We also examine how individual differences in these processes confer risk or resilience to mental health problems. As part of the Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive and Brain Health, there is ample opportunity for collaboration with other faculty and researchers.


This postdoctoral position will involve leading independent research, as well as conducting analysis of existing data, which can range broadly from behavioral (e.g., computerized task) to neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI) data from studies examining neurodevelopmental mechanisms of social information processing (e.g., learning, emotion, or motivational processes). Applicants can explore basic characterization of adolescence and/or translational questions related to clinical risk and resilience factors. Though not required, we are particularly interested in applicants who use advanced quantitative methods, including computational modeling, machine learning, and/or analyzing structural and functional neuroimaging data.

Specific activities may include managing/preprocessing/analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data, collecting new data (e.g., behavioral task, fMRI, digital phenotyping via mobile phone, wearables), presenting and disseminating research, formal supervision and mentoring of lab members at earlier career stages on independent research projects, grant writing, leading independent research and disseminating results via conferences, talks, and first-author manuscripts. Expertise in any or all of these skills is not required.


Applicants should have a PhD degree (or expected by September 1, 2023) in Psychology or a related field (e.g., Neuroscience, Education, Sociology), with an interest in studying adolescent development and/or wellbeing.

Strong candidates will have a track record of research on psychopathology in children and adolescents and/or interest and expertise in complex social processes, the ability to effectively manage a research team, and experience using advanced quantitative methods, including computational modeling, machine learning, and analyzing structural and functional neuroimaging data.

Candidates can apply online at NU Careers (here): They must submit a CV and Cover Letter, along with the name and contact information of two referees who have worked with the applicant in a supervisory research role or related position. The Cover Letter should include the applicants’ research interests (i.e., core research questions and projects completed, future directions and how they relate to the current position) and academic/technical training, including current skills and training goals. Please contact Dr. Rodman at a.rodman@northeastern.edu if you have further questions. More information can be found on the lab website: socialdevlab.com. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to submissions received before February 1st, 2023. We especially encourage those from underrepresented groups in science to apply.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit www.northeastern.edu/benefits for more information.  

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity