Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment
Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Jennifer Foss-Feig, Assistant Professor at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai, is
seeking a postdoctoral researcher to assist with EEG, MRI, and eye tracking studies of
neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Foss-Feig’s lab investigates neural mechanisms
associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), with an emphasis on sensory and perceptual
processing abnormalities that are linked to specific mechanistic hypotheses (e.g.,
excitatory/inhibitory imbalance). The lab also emphasizes a cross-diagnostic approach, with a
focus on exploring the overlap between ASD and schizophrenia. Additional work in the lab takes
a genetics-first approach, exploring neural profiles in monogenic syndromes (i.e., Phelan-
McDermid syndrome, Fragile X syndrome) that are associated with ASD. Methods in the lab
include EEG, MRI, eye tracking, and psychophysics-based approaches. Studies are conducted
in the context of the integrated Seaver Autism Center clinical research team, where all participants
undergo comprehensive clinical characterization and full exome genetic sequencing.
Candidates with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science,
psychology, statistics, or a related area will be considered. The ideal candidate will have a
strong quantitative background, including previous experience in systems neuroscience research
and with programming and data analysis. In particular, experience with MATLAB and familiarity
with neuroimaging (e.g., FSL, SPM, AFNI, Freesurfer) and/or EEG (e.g., EEGLab, NetStation)
software is strongly preferred. Expertise with advanced analysis methods (e.g., functional
connectivity, multivariate analyses, frequency-domain EEG analyses) will also be considered
favorably. Immediate opportunities will be available both for analyzing and publishing existing
data and for contributing to design, implementation, and execution of new projects in the lab.
Applicants must have good organizational skills, analytic ability, and writing skills. They must
enjoy working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. Interest and/or experience working in a
clinical neuroscience setting is preferred.
This is a 1-year position, renewable for up to 5 years. The position is available immediately, but
the start date is flexible. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, but will be no less than $50,000. Health
and other benefits are included.
A complete application should include the following: 1) A cover letter that includes start date
availability as well as specific data analytic and programming language expertise; 2) CV; 3) three
representative publications; and 4) three letters of reference.
About the Seaver Autism Center
The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment is a fully integrated translational research
center dedicated to discovering the biological causes of autism and developing breakthrough
treatments. Our mission is to bridge the gap between new discoveries at the basic science level
and clinical care, by developing new and improved approaches to autism diagnosis and treatment.
Our interdisciplinary patient-based research team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, a
developmental pediatrician, neurologist, clinical geneticist, and trainees in medicine and
psychology. The Seaver Autism Center is committed to serving individuals of all levels of
functioning and takes a unique genetics-first approach to ASD research.
About the Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry.
The Department of Psychiatry is housed just across the street from the Seaver Autism Center.
Ranked among the nation’s top 10 psychiatry departments for National Institutes of Health
funding, department researchers are at the forefront of unlocking complex interactions between
biological processes and the myriad states of the human mind. The Mount Sinai Department of
Psychiatry is a vibrant community of psychiatric clinicians, researchers, educators, and trainees,
recognized as being among the best departments in the region by U.S. News & World Report. It
is also a national model for groundbreaking clinical research in neuropsychiatry. Programs offer
a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services for conditions from Major Depression to Autism
to Schizophrenia. Specialized treatment centers and programs forge a critical link between
academic thought leaders and expert clinicians throughout the Mount Sinai Health System. The
Department of Psychiatry includes a Division of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which explores
and advances the identification and treatment of disturbances in central nervous system
development. It also includes the Brain Imaging Center of The Friedman Brain Institute, which is
working to accelerate use of cutting-edge imaging tools to further research into the workings of
About Mount Sinai Health System
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breakthroughs benefiting untold numbers of lives. The Mount Sinai Health System is also
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