POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SCHOLAR – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS at URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar beginning summer or fall 2020 for NIH-funded studies of infant brain and behavioral development during the first years of life. We are investigating how early caregiving experiences shape the organization of large-scale brain networks during infancy using an array of methods, including direct behavioral observations, ambulatory assessments, psychophysiology (RSA), resting-state fMRI, and EEG/ERP. The postdoctoral scholar will be centrally involved in processing and analysis of neuroimaging data obtained from infants at 3 and 12 months of age. We also seek candidates who want to gain experience in observational and/or ambulatory assessments of infant-parent interactions and who have a strong interest in bridging neural and behavioral levels of analysis in pediatric populations.
The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Nancy McElwain (Human Development and Family Studies<hdfs.illinois.edu/>; Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology<beckman.illinois.edu/>) and Dr. Brad Sutton (Bioengineering<bioengineering.illinois.edu/>; Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute<bic.beckman.illinois.edu/>). This position provides strong opportunities for professional development and mentorship, and in collaboration with the larger team, the postdoctoral scholar will play a central role in preparing manuscripts for publication, contributing to the preparation of future grant proposals, and assisting with management of small teams of graduate and/or undergraduate research assistants.
Position qualifications include a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience or a related field; record of publications in peer-reviewed journals; extensive experience with MRI acquisition, processing and analyses; strong computer, statistical and technical skills (SPSS, Mplus, Python, Matlab, R, SPM, FSL or similar platforms); ability to work independently as well as in a team.
Strong preference will be given to candidates who bring extensive experience with functional connectivity analyses and resting-state fMRI. Preference will also be given to candidates who have experience with neuroimaging in pediatric populations. Experience with EEG/ERP data and/or machine learning algorithms are not required for this position but are considered a plus.
Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references to Jordan Bodway at <>. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Nancy McElwain, <>. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable.