We are seeking a highly motivated individual to support and contribute to research as a Research Instructor faculty position within the Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience and Development (CAND) Laboratory (PI: Cecile Ladouceur, PhD) (www.candlab.pitt.edu) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine (www.psychiatry.pitt.edu/). Primary responsibilities will be to assist with an NIMH-funded project in adolescent depression. The 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 mood dysregulation 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.
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 and extensive experience conducting neuroimaging research. 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.
For more information, please contact Dr. Ladouceur directly at . For information regarding benefits see www.hr.pitt.edu/current-employees/benefits. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled.
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