April 18, 2014

Postdoc opening in affective and clinical neuroscience at Northwestern University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Affective and Clinical Neuroscience at Northwestern University

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW position is available in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University under the direction of Robin Nusslock, Ph.D. and Richard Zinbarg, Ph.D.  The fellowship will involve working on a recently funded NIMH R01 prospective, longitudinal two-site study (the second site is UCLA under the direction of Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D. and Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.) of the critical developmental transition from adolescence to adulthood.  The project will examine the cross-sectional and longitudinal relationship between threat- and reward-related neural circuitries and an empirically derived tri-level model of symptom dimensions of anxiety and depression and the moderating effect of life stress.  Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field as well as expertise in both structural and functional neuroimaging. Additional experience in any of the following areas would also be particularly relevant: EEG/ERP, advanced statistical techniques (e.g., MLM, SEM, growth curve modeling, survival analysis), inflammatory markers, conducting structured diagnostic (e.g., ADIS, SCID) and/or life stress interviews, reward processing based research, and/or threat processing based research.   Knowledge and experience with database management software is also desirable.  Primary duties will involve managing, processing, and analyzing structural (e.g., Diffusion Tensor Imaging) and functional MRI data in preparation for publication. Opportunities will also be available to participate in neurophysiology based research on participants with whom MRI data is also collected. Duties will also include assisting with laboratory administration, participant recruitment and screening, tracking participants throughout the longitudinal studies, data management, analysis, and manuscript preparation.  Publication opportunities and collaborative research opportunities are very plentiful and strongly encouraged.  The fellow will also have opportunities to provide mentorship and collaborate with doctoral students and to supervise post-BA and undergraduate research projects.  The postdoctoral fellowship may be renewable for up to several additional years based on job performance and funding availability, by mutual agreement.  The position is available immediately although the specific start date is negotiable.  Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we especially encourage applications from women and members of under-represented minorities. To apply for this position, please send a curriculum vita, cover letter describing research interest and experience, and have three letters of recommendation sent via email to Dr. Robin Nusslock (nusslock@northwestern.edu) and Dr. Richard Zinbarg, (rzinbarg@northwestern.edu). 

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