Postdoctoral Associate of Neuroscience in Computational Psychiatry Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology United States


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Position Summary:

Postdoctoral Associate positions in Computational Psychiatry
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Roanoke, Virginia

Multiple openings are available immediately in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Virginia Tech Carilion 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 multi-dimensional 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 at-risk adolescents.

The labs are located in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, VA, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The VTCRIprovides 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.



How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 professional references to Apply to posting #
SR0170398. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

For additional information for this job posting, please contact:

Pearl Chiu, PhD and Brooks King-Casas, PhD and



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