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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS001656
Department Carolina Institute for DD - 429401
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Posting Details

Salary Range $47,476
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Proposed Start Date 05/01/2017
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 04/13/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

Dr. Gabriel Dichter’s Clinical Affective Neuroscience laboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill, in close collaboration with Dr. Moria Smoski’s clinical psychology lab at Duke University Medical Center, is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow and/or research associate to advance research evaluating a novel transdiagnostic anhedonia treatment using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in samples with clinically impairing anhedonia. The primary duties of the postdoctoral research fellow will be to collect and analyze fMRI data associated with a new NIMH experimental therapeutics trial. The postdoctoral research associate will work with project investigators to select and evaluate optimal pulse sequences, run quality assurances on fMRI data, collect fMRI data from outpatient study participants,
conduct task-based fMRI activation and connectivity analyses, including motion detection and correction, pre-processing, post-processing, and integration with behavioral measures under the supervision of the project PIs. The postdoctoral research fellow will also assist with other aspects of the study, including but not limited to collecting behavioral and clinical data. The postdoctoral research fellow will have the opportunity to present study results at conferences and in publications. The postdoctoral research associate will also assist with submitting data for sharing to NIMH though the NIMH RDoCdb portal and will assist with all aspects of study regulatory compliance, including IRB protocol and submissions and modifications and NIMH Recruitment Milestones Reporting (RMR) submissions.

Educational Requirements

PhD in psychology or related field required.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have (or anticipate having) a Ph.D. and research background in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology. Individuals with backgrounds similar fields and a strong interest/background in Clinical Psychology and human neuroimaging are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be experienced at designing and implementing cognitive neuroscience experiments. Preferences given to candidates who have experience with conducting fMRI studies, working with MRI scanners, processing MRI and fMRI datasets, and running neuroimaging data analysis using software packages, such as FSL, Matlab, SPM, E-Prime, and AFNI. Applicants should also possess strong interpersonal skills, have experience working with clinical populations, and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for conducting ongoing imaging projects, analyzing neuroimaging data, as well as planning and conducting future studies. Duties will also include manuscript preparation, and management of research assistants. The most successful applicants will have a demonstrated interest in pursuing publication and grant opportunities. Facilities include research-dedicated 3T and 7T full-bore MR scanners as well as eyetracking and ERP equipment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Posting Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Lori Durham
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

Supplemental Questions

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  1. What is your highest degree/degree level?
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    • High School/GED
    • Associate
    • Bachelor
    • Masters
    • PharmD
    • PhD
    • JD
    • MLS/MIS
    • DVM
    • DDS
    • MD
    • Other