NIH Pediatric Brain Research Lab (Multiple Positions): Post-Doctoral Fellow & Research Assistant
Wayne State University
March 16, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
College / University
Dr. Moriah Thomason in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and Department of Pediatrics and Wayne State University, and the intramural NICHD/NIH/DHHS Perinatology Research Branch (http://www2.med.wayne.edu/prb/) Perinatal Neural Connectivity Unit (www.brainnexus.com) invites applications for one postdoctoral fellowand one research assistant/project coordinator. Our lab uses MRI techniques to examine neural networks at the beginning of human life, and addresses how variation in network properties relate to child neurobehavioral development. We use a number of approaches, including fetal and neonatal MRI, mother-child dyadic observation, interviews, questionnaires, child EEG, actigraphy, and home visits. The ultimate goal is to understand biological bases of neurodevelopmental disorders, and to better understand factors in the environment that increase or mitigate risk. The position is located at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Essential Functions – Postdoctoral Fellow
The postdoctoral fellow will supervise longitudinal data collection, and will leverage the existing extensive dataset to test hypotheses linking early brain biomarkers to neurobehavioral development. Applicants with experience and interest in developmental psychopathology, especially mood-disorders and cognitive control deficits, among underserved and predominantly minority populations, as well as prenatal disease origins, infant mental health, and risk/protective mechanisms are especially encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will include supervision of data collection personnel (research assistants, student volunteers), ensuring that research data from fetal and infant fMRI and behavioral visits are stored and maintained in a uniform fashion and in compliance with all standards set by the university for human participant research, and initiating and directing data quality assurance protocols and data sharing procedures. In addition, data analysis is central to this position. Accordingly, experience with MRI, early-childhood behavioral assessments, EEG, computer programming, statistical modeling are desirable but not necessary. The position includes ample RA support, collaborations with graduate students and faculty, and close collaboration with the Primary Investigator. The PI is committed to providing mentorship opportunities and supporting the fellow in establishment of skills needed for directing an independent program of research. To this end the PI will support the fellow in submitting and publishing research papers, presenting research at conferences, and writing new grant proposals.
Essential Functions – Research Assistant (RA)/Project Coordinator
The RA will receive training in pediatric multi-modal MRI data collection and analysis. MRI modalities utilized in the lab include DTI, functional MRI, graph theory resting-state connectivity fMRI, spectroscopy and volumetric analyses. The RA will be responsible for supervising student volunteers (hiring, onboarding, training and coordinating their time on task and work schedules, while also overseeing their work), and will also lead the “warm fuzzy” campaign whereby we maintain close contact with families in our studies over time, sending holiday cards, pictures, etc. Historically, those that have held this position for two or more years have also authored abstracts and research papers that result from the work, and have been given opportunities to attend research conferences. This position is typically a stepping-stone in a research or clinical career. Students that hold this position often go on to enter graduate programs or medical school.
Qualifications – Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., clinical psychology, neuroscience, developmental psychology) by the time of position initiation
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Background in developmental neuroscience research
Experience in functional MRI, functional connectivity, DTI, and/or EEG
Programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Mplus, R)
Expertise in statistics
A promising publication record
Qualifications – Research Assistant (RA)/Project Coordinator
BA or BS degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Biology, or a related field; engineering or other technical degrees will also be considered
Enthusiastic with a willingness to learn, work hard, and have fun
Able to make a 2 year commitment
Attitude of wanting to help and jump in anywhere needed
Computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office). Proficiency with statistical software (SPSS, R or other), or experimental software (psychtoolbox, EPrime or other), will be given preference
Applicants should submit a cover letter, names and contact information for 3 reference writers, and a CV. Interested individuals must apply via WSU’s Online Hiring System at https://jobs.wayne.edu. Please reference job posting #043372 for Research Assistant applications and job posting #043373 for Post-Doc applications.
Wayne State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, which complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Wayne State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with experience
Internal Number: 043372 & 043373
About Wayne State University
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