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Postdoctoral Autism fMRI Researcher

Application Window

Open date: January 8th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Mar 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jan 7, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence will hire a Postdoctoral Autism fMRI Researcher for a large NIH autism neuroimaging grant. The Center is in the Department of Neuroscience at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
The Center’s NIH Neuroimaging grant will address this serious gap in knowledge and identify functional biomarkers that are much more proximal and relevant to the early-age clinical problem and possible solutions. The successful Postdoctoral Autism Neuroimaging Researcher applicant will be expected to take a leading role in state-of-the-art functional and anatomical imaging, powerful analytic techniques, and ASD-relevant language and social emotion activation paradigms and resting state to discover in ASD and typical infants and toddlers neural biomarkers of variation in early social and language clinical presentation, trajectories, and outcome at age 3-4 years. The Postdoctoral Autism Neuroimaging Researcher will analyze results of new experiments in combination with existent Center neuroimaging dataset of >400 ASD and typical 1 to 4 year old's, and thereby reveal meaningful, clinically relevant prognostic biomarkers and biotargets for future experimental therapeutic paradigms.
In addition to spearheading the specific new studies, the Postdoctoral Autism Neuroimaging Researcher will also have the exciting and career enhancing opportunity to learn about and engage in other aspects of the Center’s research on the developmental neurobiology of autism, including studies of molecular, behavioral and eye-tracking abnormalities associated with autism. Center research has been nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence, and funded studies integrate behavioral, developmental, genomic, neuroanatomical and neurofunctional findings to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the developmental neurobiology of this disorder. The Center has ten Ph.D. faculty and staff and numerous outstanding collaborators locally, nationally and internationally. In the past ten years, the Center has been awarded more than $50,000,000 in grants and currently has more than $10,000,000 in NIH grants. The Center's sleep fMRI in ASD and typical infants and toddlers constitute an important percentage of all published infant ASD fMRI studies.
Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have Doctorate degree or its equivalent in the project area. Appointment is dependent on academic experience, scholarly achievements, skills and knowledge.

Preferred Qualifications: Skill with longitudinal data analysis, machine learning, network neuroscience, and/or other advanced neuroimaging or other multivariate biostatistical techniques. Experience performing and collecting auditory or visual neuroimaging paradigms and analyses is preferred. Experience with collecting neuroimaging data from infants or children is preferred, although strong experience collecting such data from adults is acceptable. Track record of productivity, leadership and success in working in a team environment. Knowledge of the clinical and developmental attributes of autism, demonstrated interest and experience with autism, and good knowledge of cutting-edge autism neuroimaging research.

Required Qualifications: Expertise in state-of-the-field fMRI and MRI analyses, advanced biostatistical skills, and interest in taking a leading role in conducting innovative multimodality neuroimaging and functional genomic studies of neurodevelopmental trajectories and clinical correlates in ASD. Neuroimaging skills should include experience with SPM, AFNI, and/or FSL; and FreeSurfer, BrainVisa, Human Connectome and/or similar analysis pipelines. Thus, applicants should have experience in fMRI mapping and time series analyses, automated cortical- and subcortical segmentation. Computational skills should include coding experience with MATLAB, Python, and/or R.

Applicants may apply at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02627

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

REQUIREMENTS
Document requirements:
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter
Statement of Research
Statement of Teaching (Optional)
Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements:
3 required (contact information only)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Diego, CA