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; Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology) and Dr. Brad Sutton (Bioengineering; Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute). 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, mcelwn@illinois.edu. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable.