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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Goldstein-Piekarski, Andrea
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sci
Neuroscience Institute
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1 year +
Appointment Start Date: 
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Interested candidates should submit the required application materials by email to Dr. Goldstein-Piekarski at:

Two postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
The overarching goal of the lab is to understand how sleep disruption and individual differences in sleep physiology contribute to psychiatric disorders, particularly depression, across the lifespan. By using human neuroimaging, high-density EEG (hd-EEG) sleep recordings, and computational approaches together with a mechanistic trial framework the lab’s research aims to: (1) identify the neural mechanisms that underlie the relationship between sleep and mood, (2) identify biomarkers of vulnerability to the affective consequences of disrupted sleep, and (3) develop targeted sleep interventions to prevent and treat mood and anxiety symptoms.
Current projects include:
• A NIH funded longitudinal neuroimaging and EEG study examining the impact of a sleep intervention on fronto-limbic brain function in individuals with depression and suicidality.
• A NIH funded longitudinal neuroimaging and EEG study examining the impact of a sleep intervention on fronto-limbic brain function in individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and mild Alzheimer’s Dementia.
• NIH and VA funded clinical trials examining mediators and moderators of response to non-drug treatments for insomnia in older adults and Gulf War Veterans.
• A project examining if a brief telehealth sleep intervention targeting acute insomnia will help mitigate the mental health burden created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
• A Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) Foundation funded study which aims to identify actigraphy derived subtypes of KLS.
The position will be based within a collaborative team and work closely with PI Goldstein-Piekarski. Dr Goldstein-Piekarski’s Lab values diversity, cooperation, fairness, efficiency, and conscientiousness and is committed to maintaining an inclusive and supportive environment for all members.
Visit the lab website at: for more information about Dr. Goldstein-Piekarski’s lab.

Required Qualifications: 

• A strong interest in translational research including sleep, mood dysregulation, affective neuroscience, and cognition.
• Minimal degree and field of knowledge: Ph.D., or M.D. neuroscience, psychology, or related field required with a strong publication record in these areas.
• Ideal candidates would have extensive experience analyzing neuroimaging or EEG data.
• Expertise in computational and machine learning approaches would be very valuable.

Required Application Materials: 
  • CV
  • A cover letter addressing requirements
  • Contact information for 3 references


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.