May 10, 2023

Postdoctoral Associate

  • Brandeis University
  • Waltham, MA, USA
Postdoc Cognitive Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Psychopathology Quantitative Research Statistics

Job Description

Post-doctoral Research Associate in Emerging Adult Mental Health and Neurocognition

Candidates are being considered for a full-time postdoctoral position to work on a NIMH funded multi-site study lead by Dr. Roselinde Kaiser in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder and Dr. Hannah Snyder in the Department of Psychology at Brandeis University. The postdoc will work jointly with both PIs and will have the option of working either from CU Boulder or Brandeis (Boston metro area) based on their geographic preference. The position is renewable for up to four years on the current grant (depending on performance), the possibility of further renewal depending on funding availability.

The person who fills this position will become part of a team working on a longitudinal study with emerging adult college students that investigates neurocognitive risk and resilience for internalizing psychopathology. The study takes a longitudinal, mechanistic approach to understand how distinct profiles of cognitive functioning (related to executive functioning and responsiveness to reward or threat) interact to confer general or specific vulnerability for internalizing symptoms (anhedonia, anxious arousal, and mania). Methods include cognitive tasks, cardiac electrophysiology (ECG and ICG), questionnaires and daily dairies, and clinical diagnostic interviews.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, computer science or a related field. The successful candidate should have excellent organizational, analytic, writing, and interpersonal skills as well as research experience with cognitive and/or electrophysiological measures and human subjects. Computer programming skills and knowledge and experience with advanced statistical techniques, such as HLM, SEM, growth curve modeling, and machine learning, are highly desirable. The successful candidate will be someone who enjoys working as part of a team and learning new techniques independently to advance science.  

A number of previously collected behavioral and neuroimaging data sets are available in each lab which will be available the postdoc to analyze and write papers from immediately as new data continue to be collected.

The postdoc will have opportunities for career development and mentoring toward applying for faculty or other positions. Other opportunities are also available: 1) development of additional grants (e.g., F32, K Award, R grants), 2) pursuing additional training and research (e.g., developmental neuroimaging, psychodiagnostics), 3) potential adjunct teaching opportunities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with an ideal employment start in summer or fall of 2023.  To apply for the position please send a CV and statement of research interests to Dr. Roselinde Kaiser ( and Dr. Hannah Snyder ( Informal pre-application inquiries are also welcome! The University of Colorado Boulder and Brandeis University are Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employers and encourages women, minorities, economically disadvantaged and persons with disabilities to apply.

Thank you for considering our position! 


Brandeis University/University of Colorado Boulder


Psychology and Neuroscience

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