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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724

Posting Number: req17547

Department: Psychiatry

Location: UAHS - Tucson

Address: 1500 Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724 USA

Position Highlights

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available within the Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) Laboratory directed by William "Scott" Killgore, PhD. The goal of the SCAN Lab is to contribute to the understanding of the neurobiology underlying emotional functioning, resilience, and human performance, and how these systems may be affected by various stresses (including sleep loss, psychological trauma, and mild traumatic brain injury) and the effectiveness of targeted treatments and interventions for restoring optimal functioning and performance. Our work explores the crossroads of several important brain systems involved in motivation, cognition, and emotion. Using such advanced techniques as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), structural neuroimaging, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS), cognitive neuropsychological assessment, and ambulatory monitoring of sleep and circadian rhythmicity, we are currently studying the neurocircuitry underlying cognitive and emotional intelligence, social cognition, decision-making, risk-taking, resilience, sleep and circadian rhythms, light exposure, and appetitive processes. Our lab studies these systems in healthy individuals under various conditions (e.g., stress, sleep loss, cognitive load) and in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mTBI.

The lab currently seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate with strong interest and background in neuroimaging analysis to contribute to these studies. The neuroimaging Postdoctoral Research Associate will work alongside Dr. Killgore to analyze and publish research findings. This position requires onsite work with no remote option. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Process and analyze fMRI, resting state connectivity, DTI, and behavioral data.
  • Create
    and refine MRI scanner sequences for multiple projects.
  • Conduct
    statistical analysis of behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging data.
  • Write
    protocols, reports, publications, and grants.
  • Oversee
    overall study coordination including subject recruitment, research technician
    training and education.
  • Publish
    findings in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and other venues.
  • Travel
    and assist with aspects of project that are conducted at remote sites, as
  • Design
    study materials and creating computerized stimulus tasks for functional
  • Administer,
    score, and interpret emotional, social, personality, and psychophysiological

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D in neuropsychology, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and/or related field, with a prior background in human neuroimaging analysis is required.
  • History
    of human-subjects research on neuroimaging projects relating to
    mild TBI, PTSD, stress, sleep deprivation, resilience, emotional
    intelligence, cognition, and/or behavioral neuroscience.

Preferred Qualifications

*Excellent leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively. *Background in human neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI, DTI, VBM, PET, connectivity, DCM, Granger causality) methods. * Strong background in computational methods used in human neuroimaging (e.g., Matlab, UNIX, LINUX, C/C++, SPM12, AFNI, Freesurfer, FSL, TrackVis, CONN). *Strong peer-reviewed publication record in the areas of human functional or structural neuroimaging. *Demonstrated experience and exceptional skill in experimental design, human-subjects research, quantitative methods, and statistical analysis, and the ability to carry out independent data manipulation and sophisticated statistical analyses using standard software packages (e.g., SPSS, R, STATA, BMDP, JMP, SAS). *Demonstrated experience and skill in processing and analysis of fMRI, resting state connectivity, DTI, and behavioral data. *Demonstrated experience and skill in creating MRI scanner sequences. *Demonstrated fluent mastery of written English.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 3

Contact Information for Candidates

William Killgore |

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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