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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate positions in Computational Psychiatry
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute @ VTC
Roanoke, Virginia

Multiple openings are available immediately in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute ( Projects in the labs use fMRI to examine the neuroscience of motivated behavior and social influences on decision-making with methods adapted from behavioral & computational neuroscience, experimental economics, computational psychiatry, and psychology; ongoing projects focus on processes in healthy and psychiatric individuals. Qualified candidates with basic science backgrounds are welcome, and training in applied science will be provided; a subset of projects also involve multidimensional biomarker development. For interested candidates, the labs provide plentiful opportunities to examine how neurobehavioral anomalies may be quantified and rehabilitated in depression, substance dependence, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, and atrisk adolescents.

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute @ VTC provides full access to outstanding infrastructure, including three research dedicated Siemens 3T scanners and a high throughput computing cluster. The successful candidate will play a lead role in highly collaborative multidisciplinary scientific efforts.

Required Qualifications

1) PhD in computational or cognitive neuroscience, engineering, psychology, experimental economics, or a related field;
2) Facility with computational neuroscience, signal processing, Bayesian inference, or machine learning; and
3) Demonstrated potential for excellence.

Preferred Qualifications

• Good writing skills; particularly with respect to report writing and editing.
• Creative, independent, and highly motivated, with good communication skills.
• Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as in a fast-paced research environment with a team.


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

May 7, 2020

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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