The Center for Cognitive Medicine is excited to announce two (2) newly available Postdoctoral Fellowships in Psychosis, and Mood Disorders and Aging. We are seeking highly motivated Ph.D. graduates with research experience in cognitive neuroscience, psychosis, mood disorders, or aging. The ideal candidates will have a strong publication record and may have either significant training and experience in neuroimaging, or strong training in clinical psychology or neuropsychology. Preference will be given to individuals interested in pursuing an academic career with a desire to lead independent projects and publish as a first author. Both recent graduates and those pursuing a second postdoctoral fellowship are welcome.
Psychosis Fellow: As a member of the Woodward lab (www.woodwardlab.com), the Psychosis Fellow will work on studies examining brain dysconnectivity and cognitive impairment in psychotic disorders. Current work is focused in particular on thalamocortical connectivity and cognitive networks supporting attention, working memory, and processing speed. This fellow will have the opportunity to work within a First-Episode Psychosis Program and interface with other investigators, students, and fellows.
Mood Disorders and Aging Fellow: Working with Dr. Warren D. Taylor, this Fellow will work on studies examining functional and structural neuroimaging biomarkers related to clinical and cognitive outcomes of depression in older adults. Current work focuses on neuroimaging markers of response to antidepressant medications, clinical-behavioral-imaging phenotyping of late-life depression, and determination of target engagement of novel therapeutic approaches. This fellow will have the opportunity to interface with other investigators, students and fellows focused on both cognitive aging, dementia, and mood disorders.
Both Fellows will also have opportunities to pursue additional research interests through access to secondary datasets, including local repositories of clinical, cognitive, neuroimaging, and genetic data; publically-available datasets (e.g. Human Connectome Project, Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange, etc.); collaborations with other faculty in the Center and within the Vanderbilt community, including the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Sciences (http://www.vuiis.vanderbilt.edu) and the Medical Imaging and Statistical Interpretation lab (https://my.vanderbilt.edu/masi/); and availability of competitive pilot data funding.
The Center for Cognitive Medicine is housed within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The Center has a series of dynamic and collaborative programs investigating the neural basis of psychiatric and cognitive disorders, focusing on depression, cognitive changes with aging, dementia, and psychosis. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a national leader in research and provides world-class neuroimaging facilities. Nashville is ranked as one of the best cities to work and live.
Applying: Interested candidates should send a cover letter (250 words or less) indicating which Fellowship they are interested in (psychosis and/or mood disorders and aging) and describing their research interests along with their CV to Dr. Warren Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Neil Woodward (email@example.com). Eligible candidates may then be asked for up to three references.
Graduate degree (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline;
For individuals with clinical backgrounds, interest in and preferably experience with neuroimaging analysis, including structural and functional MRI and/or diffusion tensor imaging;
For individuals with neuroscience backgrounds, expertise in neuroimaging analyses and experience with neuroimaging software packages (e.g., SPM, FSL, etc.);
Experience with statistics as demonstrated by graduate-level coursework and publication record;
While not required, familiarity with MATLAB is advantageous.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with NIH postdoctoral stipends (see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-131.html). Fellows are also eligible for benefits provided to regular employees of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including health insurance. Interested candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a comprehensive health care facility dedicated to patient care, research, and educating health care professionals. Research into the causes, mechanisms, and treatments of disease is a primary focus of research discovery. For 2016, VUMC received over $300 million in NIH funds and is ranked eighth in the nation of U.S. medical schools for NIH funding.... This work is supported by VUMC’s commitment to clinical and translational research and the Vanderbilt University NIH-funded CTSA.
The Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine is located with in the VUMC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This is a dynamic center with several core faculty focused on cognitive processes contributing to aging and mental health disorders. Faculty in the Center have active collaborations with Vanderbilt Departments of Medicine, Pharmacology, Psychology, and the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science (VUIIS).