Neuroimaging Post-doc to work on addiction and TBI neuroscience rTMS project
The Herrold lab is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to perform neuroimaging data analysis for studies related to repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) treatment for co-occurring alcohol use disorder and mild traumatic brain injury. This is a VA fellowship at Hines VA in Hines IL, with dual post-doctoral fellow appointments at Hines and Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
Project Information: The objectives of this study are to 1) identify neural targets (i.e. site of stimulation) associated with both alcohol-related characteristics and self-reported functional disability, and 2) assess preliminary efficacy and sustainability of a high frequency rTMS protocol applied to these customized neural targets relative to the commonly used left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) site. Neuroimaging metrics will be assessed through a multi-modal, functional and structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Participants will complete a scan protocol including a 3D T1/MPRAGE, fMRI alcohol cue-reactivity task, 20min resting state scan, and DTI.
Setting: The post-doctoral fellow will be supervised by the project PI Dr. Amy Herrold at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Northwestern University Dept. of Psychiatry. Dr. Herrold works with an excellent interdisciplinary research team including experts in the fields of neuroimaging (Dr. Todd Parrish, Dr. Tim Durazzo) and traumatic brain injury (Dr. Theresa Bender Pape). Imaging data for this project will be acquired at the state-of-the-art, research-dedicated Center for Translational Imaging at Northwestern University using a 3-T Siemens PRISMA scanner https://cti.northwestern.edu/. We will utilize the Northwestern University Neuroimaging Data Archive (Alpert et al. 2016 Neuroimage 124: 1131-1136) for archiving, quality assessment, and to assist with data processing.
Funding & Duration: The Post-doc will be funded by the VA Office of Academic Affairs Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma Advanced Research Fellowship. The fellowship is 2 years with an optional third year. Dr. Herrold will work with the potential fellow to craft this application and the fellow’s own research project.
- US Citizenship
- Highly motivated & Independent self-starter
- PhD in neuroscience, psychology, engineering, or related fields
- Proficiency in one or more of the following: task-based and resting state fMRI, DTI, T1-based structural analyses.
- Proficiency in linux-based shells and scripting languages. Preferred experience with python, MATLAB, SPM, FSL, Afni and freesurfer.
- Excellent technical skills/aptitude (troubleshooting software failures)
- Must be willing to travel between Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital and Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus