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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Psychiatry - 49014 in St. Louis, Missouri

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Psychiatry. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

The Laboratory for Child Brain Development (LCBD-PI: Dr. Susan Perlman) has an open postdoctoral training position through newly NIH-funded R01 project MH124266.

The applicant’s main appointment will be in the Laboratory for Child Brain Development (http://www.childbrainlab.com) in the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Department of Psychiatry, William Greenleaf Elliot Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (https://childpsychiatry.wustl.edu/). The LCBD is dedicated to using multi-modal methodology to understand the trajectories of emotional development from infancy to middle childhood (with a strong preschool focus) in order to predict the onset of mental disorder.

This project is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The Child Affect and Resilience to Experiences (CARE) Study is designed to study the biological unfolding of early-life stress as a precursor to psychopathology. We will employ intensive, state-of-the-art, multi-modal, neurodevelopmental measurement in a sample of 225 4-6 year-old children and their parent, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), interpersonal neural synchronization between parent and child using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), facial expression and behavioral coding, hair and salivary cortisol, and measurement of inflammatory markers. The CARE study will recruit children whose parents have recently decided to divorce as a model for the biological unfolding of stress, while also examining existing stressors and those that occur throughout the course of the study. In this longitudinal study, families will be followed every 6 months across a 1.5 year time period. The postdoctoral fellow will be an integral member of this scientific team and will have rich opportunities to publish throughout the study, drawing both on CARE study data and previously collected data from the Laboratory for Child Brain Development. 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, implement, and disseminate cutting-edge fMRI and fNIRS analysis tools through Dr. Perlman’s Laboratory for Child Brain Development and in collaboration with study team member Dr. Damien Fair (University of Minnesota). The translational investigative team also includes experts in inflammatory and HPA axis markers of stress, Drs. Nadine Melhem and Anna Marsland (University of Pittsburgh), as well as experts in early life stress and psychopathology Dr. Joan Luby (Wash U) and Irwin Sandler (Arizona State University).

The Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry provides an ideal training environment for postdoctoral fellows, including the Career and Research Development Seminars designed to promote the professional, career development, and grantsmanship skills necessary to launch an independent career through the NIH K Award mechanism. St. Louis and the local surrounding areas offer an affordable, diverse, and family-friendly community with rich university resources.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree in a neuroscience, psychology, or engineering-related field.
  • Fluency in MATLAB, Python, or a related language.
  • Expertise in fMRI, fNIRS, or EEG.
  • Ability to implement cutting-edge neuroimaging analysis techniques, such as network analyses, Multi-Variate Pattern Analysis, or hyperscanning.
  • Experience with HPA axis and/or inflammatory markers.
  • Excellent publication record with a demonstrated interest in developmental cognitive neuroscience and will combine a collaborative orientation with the ability to function well independently.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in developmental cognitive neuroscience research.
  • Background in MRI and/or fNIRS data collection and analysis.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits

This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/.

Applicant Special Instructions

The postdoctoral fellowship is open immediately. The study team is willing to hold the position for availability of the ideal candidate (e.g. spring graduation). Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply please send a cover letter, C.V., and names and contact information of three references to Susan Perlman, Ph.D. at perlmansusan@wustl.edu. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Perlman directly.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Psychiatry - 49014

Job ID: 49014

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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