Postdoc in Developmental Neuroscience and Externalizing Psychopathology Arizona State University (ASU)
Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in Developmental Neuroscience and Externalizing Psychopathology, beginning spring or summer 2017 (specific start date flexible). This position will focus on delineating the neurobiological correlates of externalizing psychopathology (e.g., psychopathy, substance abuse) using multimodal neuroimaging methods (i.e., fMRI, sMRI, DTI).
Successful candidates will conduct neuroimaging analyses using data from two studies: 1) a randomized control trial evaluating the effectiveness of an empirically-based multimodal treatment program for children exhibiting severe emotional and behavioral problems; and 2) a community-based longitudinal study that has repeatedly assessed socio-contextual risk factors associated with externalizing and internalizing psychopathology from childhood into the mid 30s. Both studies have now completed data collection, including fMRI tasks focused on emotion processing and responsivity to reward/punishment.
Applicants with strong data analytic skills will leverage these existing data resources to produce multiple, empirical neuroimaging papers. Specific research foci can be related to one or both projects listed above. Paper topics will be generated based on the individual research interests of the candidate in collaboration with two co-mentors: Dr. Dustin Pardini at Arizona State University (https://ccj.asu.edu/content/dustin-pardini) and Dr. Jamie Hanson at University of Pittsburgh (http://jamiehanson.org/). In addition, postdoctoral scholars will receive training in developmental psychopathology and cognitive/affective neuroscience to develop an independent program of research and collect new neuroimaging data. Scholars will also receive training in grant writing and will be encouraged to submit an F32 Postdoctoral Research Grant to NIH as part of their training. Scan time will be provided to support preliminary data collection for grant applications.
This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, year-to-year appointment. Renewal is possible on an annual basis, with the expectation that scholars will stay for a minimum of 2 years. Minimum salary is commensurate with NIH stipend levels (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-047.html), and may be increased for candidates with exceptional qualifications. Scholars will also receive an annual stipend of up to $3,000 to support research-related travel and training activities.
Facilities and Resources: Postdoctoral scholars will be provided with office space within Dr. Dustin Pardini’s research lab, which is housed in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Neuroimaging data collection is supported through a partnership with the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), which is located less than 1 mile from ASU’s Downtown campus (http://banneralz.org). The BAI houses a research-dedicated whole body 3T Philips Ingenia MRI scanner, a PET/CT, and a state-of-the-art Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Laboratory for researchers developing innovative and specialized PET imaging radioactive isotopes. Neuroimaging data processing and storage is supported by ASU’s Research Computing Center, which maintains a high performance community cluster consisting of approximately 1,000 cores interconnected with high-speed Infiniband (https://researchcomputing.asu.edu).
Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a theoretically relevant field of study (e.g., cognitive psychology) by the start of the appointment. Applicants should have experience preprocessing and analyzing neuroimaging data (i.e., fMRI, sMRI, and/or DTI), working with relevant scripting languages (e.g., MATLAB, Python), and publishing neuroimaging findings within reputable peer-reviewed journals.
Application Procedure: Application materials include:
• Current curriculum vitae
• Letter (limit 1 page) summarizing your relevant experiences and career goals
• Contact information for three references.
• Writing sample (published or unpublished) that best exemplifies your scholarly work.
Application materials should be sent to Dr. Dustin Pardini, Arizona State University, at ude.usa|inidrap.nitsud#ude.usa|inidrap.nitsud. Initial review of applications will begin on January 30, 2017 and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Earliest possible start date is April 1, 2017.