Applications are being sought for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in neuroimaging methods, data collection, and analysis in the PD Lab (Personality and Dysregulation Lab) of Dr. Naomi Sadeh at the University of Delaware. The lab is currently conducting studies examining brain networks that contribute to impulsive and harmful behaviors in adults with and without mental illness. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in functional/structural MRI (e.g., FSL, FreeSurfer), programming (e.g., MATLAB), and an interest in impulsivity, self-regulation, and/or externalizing psychopathology (e.g., antisocial personality disorder, alcohol/substance use disorders). Clinical training is not required, but would be considered an asset. The position is open to individuals who have completed a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field or an M.D. Preference will be given to individuals with strong organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, experience working in research teams, and a demonstrated ability to work well with others. Applications from any area of Psychology are encouraged, especially from individuals who have an interest in externalizing disorders. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge network-analysis methods (e.g., graph theory). The postdoctoral researcher will be heavily involved in data analysis and the preparation of findings for manuscript publication and conference presentations. The anticipated start date is Summer 2019 (with flexibility) and would last for a two-year period with potential for renewal.
If you are interested in being considered for the position, please send a current CV, a brief statement of interest that outlines your qualifications for the position, reprints of selected papers, and the names of three professional references to Dr. Naomi Sadeh at [email protected]
DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2019
PAY GRADE: 28N
See PD lab webpage
CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
The Personality & Dysregulation (PD) Lab is housed in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. The lab is headed by Dr. Naomi Samimi-Sadeh, Principal Investigator (PI). Research in the lab focuses on understanding why people engage in risky, impulsive, and self-destructive behavior, with a special emphasis on elucidating how personality factors and sensitivity/resiliency to life stress contributes to these harmful behaviors. The lab researches mental disorders in adulthood that are marked by severe self-regulation deficits (e.g., psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders) and related public health problems (e.g., suicidal behavior, violence, substance use, criminal behavior). Research in the lab spans biological (neurobiology), psychological (personality traits, emotion-cognition interactions, psychopathology), and environmental (traumatic life events, stress exposure) units of analysis. The lab is currently conducting studies to understand brain networks that contribute to impulsive and harmful behaviors in adults with and without mental illness, particularly externalizing disorders (e.g., antisocial personality disorder, alcohol/substance use disorder).
The Research Associate I position is funded via external NIH grant money awarded to the PI. The position is temporary and may be renewed on a 12-month basis, dependent upon available funding and performance. The job will be ideal for motivated individuals interested in applying to graduate school in psychology or neuroscience in the future, as it will offer the opportunity for mentored research projects and developing manuscripts for publication. Ultimately, a 2-year commitment is strongly preferred.
Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Associate I will oversee the management of IRB protocols, organizing data collection efforts, running participants through clinical assessments and MRI sessions, processing and scoring data, and monitoring the quality of data collection, among other research-related activities.
- Using training and independent judgment to plan, schedule, and carry out day-to-day lab activities, procedures, and research studies, ensuring efficient workflow and adequate care and treatment of research participants. This includes assisting with data processing and analysis, manuscript editing, and scheduling lab meetings.
- Contributing to the development and implementation of protocols, procedures, and techniques relating to all aspects of the research, including Institutional Review Board applications.
- Coordinating participant screening and recruitment; explaining all procedures to participants in accordance with pre-established protocols and obtains their written consent to participate.
- Working with PI to establish appropriate data collection procedures and coordinating the collection of behavioral, neuroimaging, and clinical data.
- Keeping all lab data properly recorded, organized and stored for easy retrieval by researcher, and ensuring data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.
- Managing compliance with human subject protocols.
- Overseeing the fiscal management of the lab by managing payments to study participants, monitoring supply inventories, and assisting with the managing of grants.
- Assisting with conducting clinical diagnostic interviews, administering neuropsychological tasks, and running participants through MRI protocols.
- Assisting with interviewing, training, and supervision of undergraduate research assistants; delegating work according to the individuals' skills, knowledge, and abilities.
- Maintaining the lab website.
- Performing miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science or related field, with at least two years related experience working or volunteering in a psychology or neuroscience lab, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
- Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
- Dependable, reliable, and able to consistently adhere to a schedule.
- Ability to work independently and make decisions without direct input from a supervisor
- Ability to make people feel comfortable in the lab setting using a professional, mature, and friendly demeanor.
- Effective written and oral communication, human relations, and listening skills.
- Ability to follow research methodology and protocol.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and supervise multiple undergraduate students, including making a lab schedule, delegating tasks, and coordinating responsibilities.
- Experience with clinical samples and/or symptoms of psychiatric disorders.
- Experience with the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to make tables and organize complex datasets.
- Undergraduate coursework in statistical analysis and some experience with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R)
- Experience in programming (e.g., MATLAB) as well as experience with MRI data collection and analysis (e.g., FSL, Freesurfer).