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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Kathleen Poston

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Poston, Kathleen
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Neurology & Neurological Sci
Appointment Start Date: 
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Submit application materials to Dr. Eva Müller-Oehring (

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
No. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY24 minimum is $71,650.

The Poston Lab, part of the Stanford Movement Disorders Center, under Dr. Kathleen L. Poston ( within the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at the Stanford University’s School of Medicine, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to investigate cognitive and motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease and older people living with HIV infection using multimodal neuroimaging data, in particular functional MRI, diffusion MRI, and PET, combined with clinical data and neuropsychological assessments.
The Poston Lab at Stanford University studies brain networks in Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders by developing and applying leading edge multimodal functional and structural neuroimaging methods, including task fMRI, resting fMRI, DTI, and PET/MR.  Research recruitment is supported by clinical movement disorders, clinical behavioral neurologists, and collaborating faculty in the Psychiatry department. In addition, substantial archived functional and structural MRI data is available for analysis. For this project, the Poston Lab collaborates with SRI International Biosciences neuroimaging group (Schulte). The Poston Lab is highly integrated with several other neuroimaging labs at Stanford, which provides a rich scientific and collaborative community.  We are supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  We like working with other smart, motivated, fun people looking to better the lives of our patients through scientific discovery and innovation.
Individuals with an interest in the application of neuroimaging to cognitive and behavioral aspects of Parkinson’s disease and aging with HIV infection are encouraged to apply. Candidates will need a high level of experience in methodological aspects of structural, diffusion, and functional MRI to both support other members of the group as well as to advance the overall aims of the lab through their own work.
We offer:
- The opportunity to contribute to understanding aging, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and aging with HIV infection
- Challenging but positive environment where you will always learn new things
- Teamwork and camaraderie
- Excellent Stanford benefits

Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD in neurosciences, biomedical engineering, medical imaging, or related disciplines
  • Have substantial experience with MRI data analytic techniques, emphasis on DTI and fMRI
  • Have experience with Python, bash, docker, and R
  • Familiarity with FSL, SPM, CONN, ANTs, DIPY, and Pandas are plusses
  • Have effective oral and written communication skills
  • Have a strong record of productivity that includes neuroimaging publications
  • Are interested in applying neuroimaging to neurodegenerative diseases of aging, Parkinson’s disease, and people living with HIV infection.
  • Are able to work in a diverse team
  • Are exceptionally organized and can balance multiple projects at one time
Required Application Materials: 
  • CV
  • Cover letter describing your research interest, your career goal, and relevant experience for the project.
  • Three potential reference contacts (we will not contact references until confirming with you)


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.