A postdoctoral research position is available in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in the lab of Dr. Bea Luna. The candidate should be interested in probing the brain mechanisms underlying the development of cognition and motivation through adolescence in a friendly and collaborative environment. We use 3T Prismas, 7T, and mMR (simultaneous MRI/PET) scanners applying multimodal MRI approaches including but not restricted to: fMRI, rsfMRI, DTI/DSI, and MRSI as well as other platforms such as MEG, EEG, and DA characterization through PET imaging to characterize the neural basis of the development of cognitive and motivational processes primarily in normative development through adolescence but also substance use and psychosis. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, psychology or a related field. Preferred technical qualifications include experience with fMRI (including analyses in FSL, AFNI, or similar), strong programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python), strong knowledge of statistics, and the ability to run or learn to run basic and more complex statistical analyses in Matlab, R, Python, etc.
The successful applicant will build on an independent line of research related to the general research program of the lab. They will also be expected to help mentor trainees and provide input and direction on existing projects. Applicants should be willing to commit to a minimum two-year appointment. Opportunities for transition to faculty positions are available. We will have an open enrollment starting August 1st, 2017 until the position is filled.