Feb 13, 2019
A Postdoctoral research position is available in the Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain (DEED) Lab at Duke University in Durham, NC working with Dr. Michael Gaffrey. The DEED Lab (sites.duke.edu/deed/) investigates how early life experiences and brain development interact to place children at greater- or lesser- risk for negative mental health outcomes (e.g., depression, anxiety, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder). We use neuroimaging techniques (task fMRI, functional connectivity fMRI, structural MRI, and EEG) along with behavioral and clinical assessments to investigate the development of emotion and self-regulation, with a particular interest in using what we learn to inform early identification and preventive intervention efforts for young children struggling in these areas. The successful candidate will join and help lead a federally funded longitudinal neuroimaging project investigating neurodevelopment associated with early emerging risk for depression in preschool age children. The DEED Lab is part of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University and collaborates with faculty at Duke as well as at other institutions, providing an excellent research and training environment. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in a uniquely rich neuroscience research environment at Duke, including the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC), the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN), and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). Opportunities to visit DEED Lab collaborators at other institutions may also be possible. The primary duties of the Postdoctoral research position will include assisting the PI (Gaffrey) with monitoring neuroimaging data acquisition (MRI, fMRI, EEG) and quality control, analyzing data to inform study related hypotheses, writing and submitting manuscripts, presenting study findings at conferences, and assisting the PI with grant administration activities as necessary. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop independent studies within the broader aims of the lab and draw on resources within the DEED lab as well as the Duke community to develop independent training/research grant proposals. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience, or a related field, and have documented evidence of research productivity. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated background in neuroimaging (fMRI and/or EEG) and developmental and/or clinical research. A strong background in computer programming/scripting (e.g., Matlab, R, Python) and/or statistics is a plus but not required. Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief cover letter describing their research experience and interests, and contact information for 2-3 references to Michael Gaffrey at email@example.com. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Duke University Durham, NC, USA Postdoc