Dr. James Bjork of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS) is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to conduct human-subject neuroimaging research on the neurobiology of motivation and cognitive control in adolescents or adults who are at neurobehavioral risk for (or who currently have) substance use disorders. Research foci include:
· individual-difference neuroimaging studies of in drug-abusing populations · longitudinal study of adolescent neurodevelopment (abcdstudy.org) · pharmacological challenge studies on neurotransmitters and brain function · brain biomarkers in clinical trials of pharmacotherapies for addiction
This is a great opportunity for developmental psychologists or cognitive neuroscientists who would like to branch into more medical questions, since the lab has physician coverage and is equipped for clinical trials. Other positive features include the lower cost of living and lighter traffic of Richmond, VA. Washington DC is a two-hour drive. In addition to NIH- and industry funding, the lab also has potential availability of intramural funds for conceptually-relevant independent projects. Finally, a collaborative relationship with the Richmond Veterans Administration Medical Center affords additional opportunities for funded research on the cognition of suicidality in US military veterans.
Applicants must have a PhD or MD degree with a strong background in psychology, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology or neuroscience, and must also be verbally fluent in English for structured psychiatric interviews of research participants. Also eligible are individuals with engineering or mathematical backgrounds who have training in signal processing and time-series analysis who are interested in learning neuroscience and applying these skills to brain image analysis in service of public health.
Dr. Bjork will train the fellow in task-fMRI analysis as needed, but existing experience with analysis of fMRI time series data with resting-state or task-elicited activations using neuroimage analysis software (e.g. AFNI, SPM, FSL, CONN, GIFT) is preferred. Especially sought are candidates with expertise in computational modeling of task-fMRI data.
Applicants must either be an American citizen or otherwise eligible for a J-1 Visa.
Additional Salary Information: Pay based on NIH scale.