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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Leanne Williams

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Williams, Leanne
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Psyc: Behavioral Medicine
Appointment Start Date: 
By September 2021
How to Submit Application Materials: 

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We are seeking a well-trained postdoctoral scientist who is motivated to develop and apply expertise in functional neuroimaging and behavioral measures novel longitudinal precision mental health studies.  Especially sought are candidates with expertise in functional imaging analyses of both single and multi-band imaging task, collected over multiple time points, and with a particular interest in mood and cognitive states. We would also welcome candidates with experience in lab-based biomarkers and their application in disorders such as depression and/or in the integration of imaging with lab-based biomarkers. We seek candidates with a strong interest in using multi-modal imaging analyses for understanding the mechanisms and predictors of depression and cognitive impairments that arise out of post-infection inflammatory processes and their interaction with repeated stress. The candidate will work on a priority funded project in which individuals with are assessed with functional neuroimaging, cognitive behavioral, symptom measures and lab-based biomarkers over at least a one-year timeframe.  There is the opportunity select participants, based on their brain-behavior-biomarker profile, for treatment with transcranial magnetic resonance imaging (TMS).

This project involves an exciting collaboration spanning multiple departments within the Stanford University School of Medicine. The post-doctoral scientist will work within a thriving and inter-disciplinary team of faculty investigators, postdocs, research coordinators and clinicians. The expectation will be to drive peer-reviewed publications from the outcomes and to have scientific leadership in the management of the project.

There is a related opportunity to jump immediately into the analysis of rich existing datasets, and to drive additional outcomes for publication from these datasets. There may also be the opportunity to develop neuroimaging analyses in parallel projects, using common imaging protocols, to test the impact of other novel interventions, in addition to TMS.  When applicable, clinical/neuropsychological supervision may be an option.
The position is open until filled. However, because of funding timelines and project milestones we are seeking to fill this position by September 2021.

Required Qualifications: 

Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in a field(s) relevant to functional neuroimaging and neuroimaging data analysis.
1. High level experience with functional magnetic resonance imaging, spanning resting fMRI, task fMRI and multi-band functional imaging. Familiarity with psychological concepts and/or experience with human subject data is preferred.  Experience with lab-based biomarkers is desirable.
2. Profound experience in statistical and computational approaches.  Experience with R or similar scripting environments is necessary. Substantial experience with SPM and connectivity toolboxes is highly desirable.
3. A demonstrated capacity to drive first author publications.
4. A clear motivation to pursue research in neuroimaging applied to understand brain network disruptions underlying mood and cognitive impairments, characteristic of disorders such as depression and anxiety.
5. Self-motivated with a preference for working within an inter-disciplinary, collaborative environment.

Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter addressing requirements
  • Resume
  • Three references


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