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Department of Psychology
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
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Date Posted 06/03/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Mentor: Dr. Jarred Younger, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, School of College of Arts & Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Email: youngerlab@uab.edu
Position Summary

The Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Jarred Younger, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to manage human neuroimaging projects in chronic disease patients. The projects are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DoD), as well as non-profit institutions. Both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) projects are involved, though candidates do not need prior experience with PET. The laboratory is housed primarily in the Department of Psychology (Campbell Hall) at UAB, though imaging will occur primarily at UAB Highlands Hospital.

The Fellow will be chiefly responsible for ensuring that the neuroimaging projects are conducted with the highest scientific and ethical rigor. Examples of duties include: overseeing data acquisition at the 3 Tesla scanner, overseeing MRI data analysis, supervising/leading scientific manuscripts, leading neuroimaging research teams, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to pursue his or her own pilot projects. Grant writing is not a requirement of the position, but the Fellow will be encouraged and supported to do so.

The position is for one year initially, with two additional years contingent on satisfactory performance.

Minimum Requirements

An advanced research or clinical degree is required for this position. Individuals may have a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or related fields. Individuals with an MD, DO, ND, or other advanced clinical degree are also eligible to apply if they have significant research experience. Candidates must have experience with human brain MRI studies and a high comfort level with at least one of the major MRI analytic software packages. The Fellow will also be expected to be a strong scientific writer.

Other Requirements

Applicants should be comfortable interacting with patient populations on the phone and in-person, as well as working with and leading scientific teams. Possession of unique statistical and data-analytic techniques (e.g., machine learning, analysis of longitudinal data, linear mixed modeling, granger causality modeling) is helpful, but not required. The applicant should have strong leadership, communication (written and oral), organizational, and team-building skills.


None required.

About UAB:

UAB is a highly collegial and interactive environment. UAB has an active Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) which provides mentoring and career guidance. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB. A Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards is held annually. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and family-friendly environment. To learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham, please visit http://www.uab.edu/home/about

About our Postdoc office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 250 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

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