Feb 08, 2024

Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Tufts University
  • Medford, MA, USA
Postdoc African American Studies Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Discrimination Health Disparities Neuroscience Physiological Prejudice Social Neuroscience Traumatic Stress/Adversity

Job Description


The Department of Psychology at Tufts University conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of mental processes and behavior. The department’s primary approach is experimental, with researchers at the forefront of neuroscience; applied cognition; cognitive, clinical and affective neuroscience; social psychology; and developmental psychology. 

We (Drs. Aerielle Allen, Lisa Shin, and Sam Sommers) seek a post-doctoral fellow to join our team in its work on an NIH Transformative Award-funded project titled, Effects of Racism on Brain and Physiological Pathways to Health Disparities. In this research we aim to examine the brain, physiological, and psychological responses to the recollection of specific personal experiences with racism among participants who identify as Black or African American. The project will also use prospective smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods to measure the frequency and severity of experiences with racism as they occur in daily life in real time, permitting the investigation of how these measures associate with brain, physiological, and health outcomes. The initial post-doctoral appointment will be for one year with a possibility for extension.



The Post-Doctoral Fellow will collaborate closely with the project PIs on all aspects of the study, including literature review, developing and refining study measures, IRB compliance, pilot-testing and equipment set-up, data acquisition (specifically: participant interview session, EMA oversight, in-person fMRI scans), data management and analysis, writing up of results for presentation and publication as a co-author. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also interface with the team’s full-time project coordinator in overseeing the general progress of the research program. 



The position requires a Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field and demonstrable skills in advancing research from conceptualization to publication. Candidates must have experience and/or interest in working with diverse populations and studying research questions related to equity, racism, and health disparity. Candidates must be organized and attentive to detail, collaborative as well as independent, and able to balance and prioritize multiple tasks. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the acquisition and analysis of fMRI data. Experience with ecological momentary assessment would also be beneficial.

Some research indicates that women, persons of color, and individuals from less socially privileged backgrounds may be less likely to apply for positions unless they are confident that they meet every one of the qualifications cited. You are encouraged you to apply if you believe that you have the skills for this position, meet most of the criteria outlined above, and are passionate about joining a team conducting psychological research seeking to investigate and ameliorate the neural, physiological, and health-related consequences of anti-Black racism.



Please send your Résumé and Cover Letter to all 3 co-PIs: aerielle.allen@tufts.edu, lisa.shin@tufts.edu, sam.sommers@tufts.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Shareable link to position description: https://tufts.box.com/s/1f4q4gxjp6vto4cxhn6s0aodkc75shty


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