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Postdoctoral Associate Position

George Washington University
The George Washington University, Washington D.C.
full time position with competitive salary and benefits (see add)
Closing date
Jun 21, 2023

The Developmental Social Neuroscience (DSN) lab has an opening for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the George Washington University (GWU) under the supervision of Dr. Gabriela Rosenblau, who is also affiliated with the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) at GWU. This position is a 2-year, full time position, with potential for an extension.

The focus of the postdoc position is on developing novel algorithms for specifying social learning on the behavioral and neural levels and understanding the heterogeneity and differences in social learning in individuals with profound social deficits, particularly those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The newly developed computational algorithms will be validated and applied to large data sets that measure learning performance (i.e., ‘big data’). They will also be used to understand behavioral and clinical outcomes more broadly and applied to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) datasets. These projects will be performed in the context of a collaborative research grant between Dr. Christoph Korn, at Heidelberg University, Germany and Dr. Gabriela Rosenblau at GWU (NIH funded study (R01MH132236) and as part of a grant funded by the Simons Foundation for Autism Research (SFARI) to constrain the heterogeneity of autism.

 The project provides opportunities to engage in an interdisciplinary and international research project, which provides excellent training and networking opportunities. You will have the opportunity to engage with licensed clinical psychologists from Children’s National and will be co-mentored by Drs. Rosenblau and Korn. Additionally, you will be involved in biyearly workshops and training in Germany and the US with our additional project consultants Drs. Daniela Schiller and Jan Gläscher. You are also encouraged to attend the Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) investigator meetings, which will offer further opportunity for professional networking with leading researchers in the computational and cognitive neuroscience fields.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in psychology, (cognitive) neuroscience, data science, or a related discipline
  • Strong programming skills
  • Extensive experiences with data analytic methods
  • Some experience with statistical or computational modeling and prediction

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with image processing
  • Experience in autism or a closely related neurodevelopmental condition


The postdoc could start immediately, but later start dates are also available for appropriate candidates.  


The position does not require any teaching, but teaching opportunities and teaching mentorship are available if the candidate is interested.


Interested applicants can informally contact Dr. Gabriela Rosenblau through email, and formally apply to this post We are strongly committed to a diverse academic environment and place high priority on attracting underrepresented candidates who will enrich GWU’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

GWU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer committed to maintaining a nondiscriminatory, harassment–free, diverse work and education environment. The university does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of protected characteristics or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs, activities, or employment practices. GWU does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on the basis of protected characteristics or any other basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, activities, and procedures of the university, including participation in education programs and employment.



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