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Posted: July 29, 2022

Open position for senior scientist and/or postdoctoral fellow: Reyes lab

Job Overview

Positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Teresa Reyes in the Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Studies in the lab seek to understand how early life environmental challenges can shape brain development, at the molecular, cellular, and behavioral levels. A primary interest involves understanding neuroimmune interactions that mediate environmental impacts on brain development. The lab uses multiple behavioral neuroscience techniques, including: gene expression analysis (e.g., RNAseq), immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy, coupled with advanced cognitive/behavioral assessments.

What to expect: The candidate will be provided with training in research areas with which they are less familiar, as well as professional development opportunities. The Reyes lab is committed to a diverse and inclusive lab environment in which everyone is supported to reach their full potential.

Required Education
Ph.D in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or related field

Required Experience
The candidate should have experience in standard research skills, including standard molecular and cellular biology techniques as well as prior work with rodents. Strong critical thinking, problem solving, and attentiveness to detail are required. They should also be able to lead projects and work cooperatively with others as well as communicate research results effectively.

Additional Qualifications Considered
Applicants with experience in advanced molecular techniques (i.e.,RNA-Seq) and/or computational approaches are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Dr. Teresa Reyes at [email protected]


Posted: July 21, 2022

Post-Doctoral Fellow Position

Integrative Microbiota and Physiology Lab
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Fellow position to work in Integrative Microbiota and Physiology Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The primary focus of this position will be to work on an NIH funded grant aimed to understand how psychological stress mediates microbiome-host interactions at gut mucosal surfaces.  A postdoctoral fellow in this position will also have the chance to work on other projects ongoing in the lab related to effects of exercise, nutrition, and aging on microbiome-host interactions.

This position is available for 2 years with additional years likely.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Research

  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to develop and deliver high quality science in the final form of peer reviewed publications as well as oral/poster presentations.
  • Manage and conduct studies with transgenic mouse lines
  • Manage and conduct studies involving germ-free and gnotobiotic mice
  • Collect and analyze samples (blood, tissue, microbiome, etc.)
  • Assist with developing progress reports toward meeting goals and objectives of NIH grant
  • Assist PI in grant writing
  • Apply for external fellowships that promote fellow’s future career goals

Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in microbiome sciences, mucosal immunology, or related field from an accredited university is required
  • Experience in developing manuscripts for submission to professional, peer-reviewed journals is required
  • Experience in presenting at professional conferences is required
  • Experience working with mouse models is highly recommended

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest (1 page maximum), CV, and contact information for three professional references to Jacob Allen ([email protected]).  The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The start date is flexible. 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.


Posted: July 20, 2022

Funded Postdoctoral Scholar or Senior Scientist Position in the Pyter Lab at Ohio State University

The Pyter Lab invites diverse applicants to apply for a *funded* multi-year postdoctoral or senior scientist opening at the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research in the College of Medicine at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. The project is on master clock mechanisms underlying the behavioral side effects of cancer chemotherapy that are associated with inflammation. We will study behavioral, cellular, and molecular rhythms in mouse models of chemotherapy. We are collaborating with Dr. Karl Obrietan’s circadian neurobiology lab on this specific rhythms project. The Pyter lab team generally studies the biological mechanisms by which tumors (outside the brain) and cancer treatments alter neurobiology and behavior. These mechanisms include immune, endocrine, and microbial. We primarily use basic science approaches in rodent models, but also conduct clinical research with cancer patients. The successful candidate will receive mentorship and training in these approaches, as well as in experimental design, execution, data analyses, scientific communication, and other areas of professional development to advance their career interests and goals.

For more information, please contact Dr. Leah Pyter at [email protected], visit our website at https://u.osu.edu/pyter.1/sample-page/, and/or follow us on Twitter at @PyterLab.

Posted: July 11, 2022

Postdoctoral Fellow (or post-Master’s) Position Available in the Osborne Lab

The Psychoneuroimmunology of Pregnancy and Postpartum (PIPPI) Laboratory focuses on clinical and translational studies of the biological mechanisms of affective and anxiety disorders at times of reproductive transition, with a special focus on the immune system. Our lab investigates changes in immune functioning across pregnancy and postpartum and how those changes may be associated with the development or exacerbation of psychiatric illness. We focus on analysis of peripheral cytokines, flow cytometry to examine immune cell counts, stimulation of cells to measure cytokine response, and extracellular vesicle communication. We also work on related systems, including the metabolism of neuroactive steroids and their relationship to GABA-A receptor configuration, as well as maternal physiological measures such as heart rate variability and skin conductance. All of our research is conducted in humans and we work in close collaboration with several basic science labs and with colleagues in neuroimaging. We are looking for a talented postdoctoral scientist to take on an active leadership role in the growth of our laboratory, particularly in the area of conducting immune analyses. There will be extensive opportunities for career development including mentoring and leading research projects, presenting original research at meetings and national/international level conferences, publications, and writing grant applications. The lab is located in the E Building of 1300 York Avenue in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, NY.

Job Requirements
We are looking for motivated scientists to join our fast-paced and growing team. Candidates should have the ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative research team. The candidate is expected to have strong written and verbal communication skills, an ability to establish clear goals and organize and prioritize work, and the ability and willingness to work with a diverse team of clinicians and scientists, including postdocs, students, and technicians. Required Experience: Ph.D. with expertise in immunology, molecular biology, or neuroscience. Experience in techniques related to immunology such as flow cytometry, imaging, molecular biology and animal models of inflammation, multiplex cytokine analysis, cell stimulation, basic immunology techniques (ELISA, cytokine detection by ELISAs and multiplex), qPCR, are desirable. Strong statistical skills and skills in interpretation and analysis of data are crucial. Exceptional candidates who have these skills and a master’s degree with appropriate experience may also be eligible.

Contact
Lauren Osborne, M.D.
OBGYN
[email protected]


Posted: May 6, 2022

Assistant Scientist/ Assistant Professor in Healthcare Delivery Sciences and/or Population Health
Sanford Research

Job description
Sanford Research invites applications for full time faculty at the rank of Assistant Scientist within Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, SD, with commensurate rank of Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Medicine at The University of South Dakota. Sanford Research is the non-profit research branch under Sanford Health.

We seek outstanding scientists with research programs that focus on healthcare delivery and/or population health research in areas including areas such as healthcare IT, healthcare economics, and evidence-based practices an intervention. Successful candidates will build upon, enhance, and complement our existing infrastructure in accessing and utilizing healthcare data https://research.sanfordhealth.org/services/core-facilities/data-exchange-core, a common data model, and behavioral economics https://research.sanfordhealth.org/services/core-facilities/behavioral-economics-core.

Qualifications
Faculty applicants should hold a terminal degree in their field (such as MPH, MD, PhD), have a strong research track, and complement the existing strengths and the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of Sanford Research. Physician Scientists are encouraged to apply. Candidates will be expected to develop independent research programs and secure extramural funding.

Application
Sanford Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes: 1) detailed curriculum vitae, 2) description of research experience and future research plans with specific details on the relevance of their research to behavioral science and population health, and 3) three letters of recommendation. Submit materials via email to: [email protected].

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,525 physicians, over 215,000 Sanford Health Plan members, and more than 230 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. Over $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition.


 Posted:  December 29, 2021

T32 Postdoc Opportunity Training Program in Emotion Research

Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Center for Healthy Minds


Job Description: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded Training Program in Emotion Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will have one, 1-year post-doctoral position starting in Fall 2022. (We will submit our competitive five-year renewal proposal in May 2022 for the period of 8/1/2023-7/31/2028. If the training grant is successfully renewed, we may be able to offer two additional years of funding for this position.) Applications are due on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.  For more information, please visit emotion.wisc.edu/.  

The following faculty all desire post-doctoral candidates:

Richard J. Davidson: Dr. Davidson is recruiting for two separate post-doctoral scholar positions:

1) Postdoctoral scholar in collaboration with Dr. Stacey M. Schaefer for a large multimodal neuroimaging and psychophysiological R01 study (current n=159, goal n=350) examining how individual differences in emotional response time courses and stress response time courses (e.g., responses to the Trier Social Stress Test) relate to mental health, brain structure and function, immune function, cognitive abilities, reward learning, affective biases, diurnal cortisol, daily emotional dynamics (via ecological momentary assessment), and coping with real life stress and adversity experiences,
including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants with interest and/or specialization in any of the above are encouraged to apply as this large dataset affords the opportunity to gain training in many different methodologies and test varied hypotheses regarding the intersection of emotion, stress, life experiences, cognition, the brain, health, and wellbeing.

2) Postdoctoral scholar in collaboration with Dr. Christine Wilson-Mendenhall to conduct research focused on characterizing and measuring emotional skillsets that may underlie beneficial change in contemplative interventions, such as mindfulness-based or compassion-based interventions. This research investigates behavioral and experience sampling methods for assessing target emotional skills and qualities, with an emphasis on feasibility and remote implementation. This work also includes a theoretical focus on characterizing key constructs, which often occurs through interdisciplinary collaboration with scholars of Buddhist philosophy and traditions.


Ryan J. Herringa: The BRAVE Research Center focuses on neurodevelopmental mechanisms of risk and resilience in youth following trauma. Current R01 funded studies include 1) a longitudinal neuroimaging study examining maltreatment-related trajectories in adolescent affective disorders, 2) neurobehavioral mechanisms of parent-child fear learning and extinction in pediatric PTSD. Candidates with interest and experience in neuroimaging analyses as well as advanced analytical skills such as machine learning will be strongly considered.


Melissa A. Rosenkranz: Dr. Rosenkranz’s program of research is focused on investigating the biology of the bi-directional mind-brain-immune pathways through which emotion and inflammation are mutually influential. She uses a wide range of tools for this purpose, including functional and structural neuroimaging (multi-modal MRI and PET). Behavioral interventions, such as meditation, are an important aspect of this work, where the neural processing of stress and emotion are examined as modifiable targets for treatment of chronic inflammation. More recently, she has begun pursuing
questions related to the impact of inflammation in the body on brain health and long-term cognitive function.


Applicants:  Please send the following items by Tuesday, February 15, 2022 to the Training Program in Emotion Research administrator, Ms. Jane Lambert, at: [email protected]

  1. Cover letter: Identify the program faculty member(s) with whom you wish to train.
  2. CV
  3. Research statement
  4. Three letters of reference (These can be submitted separately by the letter writers themselves, and will be accepted until February 18.)

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.



Nominations for Chair of Medical Social Sciences

Posted: December 6, 2021

The Office of the Dean invites applications for the position of chair of the Department of Medical Social Sciences. After serving superbly as the inaugural chair of the department since its formation in 2009, Dave Cella, PhD, has asked to return to the regular faculty. He will continue to serve as chair until his successor has been appointed.

The new chair will report directly to the dean of the medical school and will be responsible for oversight of all research, academic and administrative affairs of the department. This includes responsibility for building and maintaining world-class programs in translational, clinical and outcomes research. Recruiting, developing and retaining outstanding academic investigators is also an important responsibility of the chair.

The Department of Medical Social Sciences is unique among departments at Feinberg in that it leverages the social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and economics, to forge innovations and effective applications of those innovations to improve the health of the community and society. Areas of research expertise among the faculty include outcomes science, health outcomes measurement, patient-reported outcomes, clinical trial design and interpretation, qualitative and quantitative analytic methods, and developmental mechanisms of health and disease.

The successful candidate will have training in a field relevant to the medical social sciences with a PhD and/or MD or equivalent, a national and international reputation as an expert and leader in their discipline, significant sponsored research funding, and appointment as an associate professor or professor.

Interested faculty should email their CV and a brief personal statement describing their interest in and qualifications for the position to Ila Allen, PhD, recruitment coordinator, [email protected]. A more detailed position specification is available upon request.

 



Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunities

Posted: December 6, 2021

Stonestreet Lab
Women & Infants Hospital / Brown University

Email: [email protected] 401-274-1122 x 47429
Salary: Negotiable

Availability: Jan, 2022

Preferred Experience:
Neonatal rat models and neuroscience

Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in Barbara S. Stonestreet, M.D.’s Perinatal Brain Laboratory at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Department of Pediatrics - Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, RI.

The overall goals of our laboratory are to study the development of the blood-brain barrier and the effects of injury on the blood-brain barrier development such as ischemia and inflammation related injury. We study these effects in neonatal rodents. The other major area of interest of our laboratory is neuroprotective strategies using two a unique patented neuroprotective agents, inter-alpha inhibitor proteins and purine derivatives. The projects involve small animal surgery, molecular and immunohistochemical analysis of the neurovascular unit and brain parenchymal cells and uses state-of-the art imaging etc. The candidate will work in a highly-productive scientific environment with the PI, lab technicians, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students. Therefore, the candidate will employ innovative approaches to generate high quality data that the candidate is expected to communicate with the research community. The candidate will receive comprehensive mentoring in research and grant writing, has to be highly motivated, enthusiastic, committed, and have an outstanding work ethic.

Requirements: Preference will be given to individuals with PhD and/or MD (MS or recent graduate could be considered) in neuroscience/pharmacology/or related disciplines; expertise with in vivo animal experimentation and hands-on experience with along with neuroscience expertise; familiarity with neuroscience bench work techniques, including molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, cellculture, antibody, protein production, and proven writing ability. Experience with surgical procedures (large animal and/or Vannucci neonatal rat models), neurobehavioral, MRI, radioactive materials, data acquisition, and statistical analysis is preferred. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills, and appropriate experience.

 


Assistant Professor in Residence

The University of California, Irvine, Department of Pediatrics is recruiting a translational research scholar for a faculty position in the area of the developmental origins of health and disease. The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher in intergenerational effects of biobehavioral processes in pregnancy, with a specific emphasis on child obesity and metabolic dysfunction. The candidate should be able to synthesize concepts from maternal-fetal medicine, pediatrics, behavioral medicine, developmental cell biology, and endocrinology and metabolism, and integrate them vertically from a cell to whole-body level. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in adipocyte biology and invivo measurement of body composition, particularly whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques in pediatric populations. This is an academic senate appointment expected to be at the Assistant Professor level. Salary will be commensurate with training and experience. UC Irvine, located in Orange County, with a population of more than three million, has a long and distinguished tradition of excellence in translational medical science.

Requirements – Successful candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral-level degree, an established record of research accomplishment with scholarly activity and publications commensurate with experience, and demonstrated success with extramural funding, particularly NIH awards. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop an independent research program, secure extramural funding, and participate in interdisciplinary research and training.

For further information and correspondence, please contact Pathik Wadhwa, MD, PhD at [email protected]

TO APPLY: Please log onto UC Irvine’s RECRUIT located at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF07219. Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for the position:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A description of current research and future plans
  • Names of at least three to five referees

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy

 


Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Psychoneuroimmunology and
Tailored Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress
University of California, Los Angeles

Posted November 4, 2021

Application Review Date: November 30th, 2021
Application Formhttps://forms.gle/AAG9aPYKzr7MiNs17

The UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research (PI: George Slavich) seeks to hire up to two full-time post-doctoral research fellows to begin in August 2022. These postdoctoral fellows will conduct research in the area of life stress, health, and resilience, with a focus on understanding psychobiological processes linking adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and health, and, in addition, how the effects of life stress on health can be mitigated using a personalized psychosocial intervention program.

This position is the result of California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris’ focus on reducing health disparities due to ACEs. The fellowship is supported by a $3 million grant from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (PI: George Slavich), in partnership with the Office of the California Surgeon General and the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (funding announcement: https://opr.ca.gov/ciapm/activity/research/aces/awardees.html). The position(s) provide full salary and benefits as well as the opportunity to work and professionally grow with a world-class collaborative team of researchers (see below). The desired start date is August 15th, 2022. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The project around which this fellowship is based combines the best of stress science and precision medicine to address the health impacts of ACEs through a collaborative precision medicine approach. The aim of the parent project is to harness the power of cutting-edge tools from psychology, immunology, multiomics, and translational bioinformatics to identify social, molecular, and immunological processes that can be targeted to mitigate toxic stress effects and enhance personalized resilience in California. The project is led by Dr. George Slavich (UCLA) and is co-directed by Dr. Michael Snyder (Stanford). Other Co-Investigators include Drs. Atul Butte (UCSF), Patricia Lester (UCLA), Alicia Lieberman (UCSF), and Shannon Thyne (UCLA). The position(s) will be based at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Slavich, although the postdoctoral fellow(s) will have the opportunity to interact with the entire investigative team.

In this position, the postdoctoral fellow(s) will assist with project management, take the lead on analyzing and interpreting study data, write collaborative empirical and review articles, and develop professional presentations with Dr. Slavich and his investigative team on the topic of stress, health, and resilience. Other related duties may also be assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (or expected Ph.D. by start date) in psychology or a related field relevant for studying the psychoneuroimmunology of stress, health, resilience and/or prevention science
  • Advanced data analysis skills, including the ability to analyze multi-wave longitudinal data
  • Evidence of past scientific productivity and future promise
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

The successful candidate will have core expertise with relevant conceptual and/or technical training in one or more of the following areas:

  • Effects of childhood/early life adversity on health in adulthood
  • Precision medicine and health, particularly using digital health technologies
  • Ambulatory monitoring of stress physiology using wearables
  • Intervention science
  • Psychobiology or psychoneuroimmunology of stress and health
  • Social safety signaling

The UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research pioneers cutting-edge research on stress and health, and is located in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA (see https://www.uclastresslab.org). Self-motivated, highly reliable, scientifically creative individuals, who are looking to work and professionally grow in an exciting, multi-disciplinary environment are encouraged to apply. Women, minorities, BIPOC, and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds or circumstances are especially encouraged to apply. Complete UCLA salary and benefits information is online at: https://www.postdoc.ucla.edu/.

To apply, please complete the online Job Application Form, which will request: (a) basic application information, (b) updated CV, and (c) one-page (max) cover letter. Applicants should submit their materials by November 30th, 2021, to ensure full consideration. Application feedback will not be provided but as a professional courtesy, all applicants will be notified when a final decision has been reached. We kindly request that applicants do not reach out to the lab staff or PI at this stage of the application process.

The shared values of the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our community and affirms our unswerving commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program at DGSOM Cultural North Star.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.

Recent Project News

  


Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Psychobiology of Drug Use &
Health Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth
University of California, Los Angeles

Posted November 4, 2021

Application Review Date: November 15th, 2021
Application Formhttps://forms.gle/AAG9aPYKzr7MiNs17

The UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research (PI: George Slavich) seeks to hire a full-time post-doctoral fellow as soon as possible. This one-year position is funded by NIDA (U01 DA036926) and comes with full salary and benefits. The position is available immediately and the start date is flexible, although sooner is better. Remote or hybrid work is possible.

This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to work with a highly collaborative team of investigators, including Dr. Slavich and Dr. Michele Kipke at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The fellowship will entail working on a longitudinal project investigating African American and Latinx sexual- and gender-minority youth engagement in HIV prevention and care continua, drug use, and mental and physical health outcomes using mixed methods. In this position, the postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for coordinating with various laboratories to ensure that biological specimens are properly analyzed. In doing so, the fellow will not be expected to conduct biological assays but will need to ensure that those logistics are managed effectively. Other key responsibilities will include taking the lead on analyzing and interpreting study data, communicating project updates to the investigative team, presenting at conferences, and preparing manuscripts for publication in collaboration with Drs. Slavich & Kipke and the entire study team. Other related duties may also be assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (or expected Ph.D. by start date) in psychology or a related field relevant for studying the psychobiology of health disparities and/or drug use
  • Strong prior conceptual and/or technical training in social-biological determinants of health
  • Advanced data analysis skills, including the ability to analyze multi-wave longitudinal data
  • Evidence of past scientific productivity and future promise
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

Applicants should have a keen interest in studying intersectionality and stigma experienced by racial and sexual minority youth, as well as psychological and biological processes underlying health disparities (e.g., by assessing inflammatory activity, gene expression, biological aging). Prior experience or mentored training in health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, immunology, social genomics, and/or molecular and phenotypic biomarkers of aging is highly desirable.

The fellowship will be based at the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research, which is located in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA (https://www.uclastresslab.org). Self-motivated, highly reliable, scientifically creative individuals, who are looking to work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary environment, are encouraged to apply. Women, minorities, BIPOC, and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds or circumstances are especially encouraged to apply. Complete UCLA salary and benefits information is online at: https://www.postdoc.ucla.edu/.

To apply, please complete the online Job Application Form, which will request: (a) basic application information, (b) updated CV, and (c) one-page (max) cover letter. Applicants should submit their materials by November 15th, 2021, to ensure full consideration. Application feedback will not be provided but as a professional courtesy, all applicants will be notified when a final decision has been reached. We kindly request that applicants do not reach out to the lab staff or PI at this stage in the application process.

The shared values of the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our community and affirms our unswerving commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program at DGSOM Cultural North Star.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.

   


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multi-Omics and Precision Medicine Research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Posted November 4, 2021

Application Review Date: November 30th, 2021
Application Formhttps://forms.gle/AAG9aPYKzr7MiNs17

The Snyder Lab at the Stanford University School of Medicine (PI: Michael Snyder) seeks to hire a full-time postdoctoral research fellow as soon as possible. The postdoctoral fellow will apply ideas and methods from multi-omics and precision medicine to understand how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect, housing insecurity, and parental divorce affect mental and physical health over the lifespan.

This position is the result of California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris’ focus on reducing health disparities due to ACEs. The fellowship is supported by a $3 million grant from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (PI: George Slavich), in partnership with the Office of the California Surgeon General and the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (funding announcement: https://opr.ca.gov/ciapm/activity/research/aces/awardees.html). The position provides full salary and benefits as well as the opportunity to work and professionally grow with a world-class collaborative team of researchers (see below). The position is available immediately and the start date is flexible, although sooner is better. The initial job appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The project around which this fellowship is based combines the best of stress science and precision medicine to address the health impacts of ACEs through a collaborative precision medicine approach. The aim of the parent project is to harness the power of cutting-edge tools from psychology, immunology, multiomics, and translational bioinformatics to identify social, molecular, and immunological processes that can be targeted to mitigate toxic stress effects and enhance personalized resilience in California. The project is led by Dr. George Slavich (UCLA) and is co-directed by Dr. Michael Snyder (Stanford). Other Co-Investigators include Drs. Atul Butte (UCSF), Patricia Lester (UCLA), Alicia Lieberman (UCSF), and Shannon Thyne (UCLA). The position will be based at Stanford University under the direction of Dr. Snyder, although the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to interact with the entire investigative team.

The Snyder Lab (https://med.stanford.edu/snyderlab.html) is known for developing and applying a variety of innovative approaches to analyze genomes, epigenomes, transcriptomes (RNA), proteomes and regulatory networks (omics) for the understanding and managing of human health and disease. Applicants should be experienced in profiling using relevant multi-omics technologies and interested in applying multi-omics approaches to stress and health research.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to independently coordinating and conducting the multi-omics portion of this research project under Dr. Snyder’s supervision. Other duties include:

  • Independently conduct in-depth profiling using multi-omics technologies, including untargeted proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and genomics, as well as measuring cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors
  • Process, analyze, and interpret physiological and behavioral activity data from wearable technologies (e.g., smartwatches)
  • Interpret study results
  • Maintain detailed records of processes and outcomes
  • Effectively and consistently communicate project management updates and results with the multidisciplinary and multi-site team
  • Perform literature reviews to remain current with new procedures and related research, and apply knowledge to ongoing research and the development of new protocols
  • Take the lead in preparing empirical articles for publication and presenting ongoing work to colleagues and/or at academic conferences
  • Oversee the supply and equipment budget under the supervision of the principal investigator or business manager
  • Other related duties may also be assigned

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., cell and/or molecular biology, genetics, inflammatory biology, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, functional genomics, personal omics profiling) by the time the position starts.
  • Prior experience conducting complex lab experiments in proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and/or genomics. Proficiency with basic molecular biology techniques, such as plasmid preparation, PCR, immunoblots, and ELISAs.
  • Meticulous record keeping for biological assessments and outcomes.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.

Self-motivated, highly reliable, scientifically creative individuals, who are looking to work and professionally grow in an exciting, multi-disciplinary environment are encouraged to apply. Women, minorities, BIPOC, and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds or circumstances are especially encouraged to apply. Complete Stanford University salary and benefits information is online at: https://postdocs.stanford.edu/.

To apply, please complete the online Job Application Form, which will request: (a) basic application information, (b) updated CV, and (c) one-page (max) cover letter. Applicants should submit their materials by November 30th, 2021, to ensure full consideration. Application feedback will not be provided but as a professional courtesy, all applicants will be notified when a final decision has been reached. We kindly request that applicants do not reach out to the lab staff or PI at this stage in the application process.

Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.

Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching mission.

Recent Project News

  


Opening for Postdoctoral Research Fellow
T32 Program on Biobehavioral Issues in Mental and Physical Health
Department of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
 

Posted November 3, 2021

Program Goal

The primary goal of our program is to train research scientists in the development and use of basic theories and research in psychology to elucidate issues in mental and physical health. The focus of the program is on research training in the integration of biological, psychological, social, ethnic/racial, and cultural levels of analysis to study mental health in relation to physical health. Quantitative methods, diversity science, and translational science are training strengths of the program. Research goals that integrate new ways of investigating psychopathology in line with the RDoC are welcomed. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-priorities/rdoc/index.shtml Underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Structure
One scholar will be appointed for two years beginning July to September 2022. A postdoctoral scholar enters the program with a designated primary and secondary faculty mentor. Individualized plans of supervised research (IDPs), involvement in labs, and appropriate coursework are designed by each trainee with mentors and approved by training directors.

Faculty
The program is led by Professors Chris Dunkel Schetter (Director), Julie Bower (Co-Director). and Annette Stanton (Co-Director). Nearly 20 faculty in psychology and other departments and schools at UCLA serve as faculty mentors in the program. These individuals have expertise in the following areas: Biological processes in mental and health and disorders; Psychoneuroimmunology; Stress, coping, and social support processes; Health behavior, obesity, and addiction; Ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic influences on mental and physical health. See website for full list of program faculty and their areas of research expertise: https://health.psych.ucla.edu/fellowships/. You may consult Director Dunkel Schetter regarding currently available primary and secondary mentors.

Requirements
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. from an accredited psychology program. In order to qualify for this federally funded grant, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national, or a foreign national possessing a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. Applicants are not eligible if they have received 3 years of prior PHS support.

Stipend
Stipend levels are set by the NIMH and depend on years of post-doctoral experience.

How to Apply
Applicants should send a brief letter describing: (1) their background, (2) area(s) of interest and possible mentors, (3) proposed objectives for the fellowship. A curriculum vitae and selected prints/reprints should be included. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the address (post or email) below. All correspondence should be addressed to:

Chris Dunkel Schetter
Department of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
1285 Franz Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
[email protected]

We review applications and conduct electronic or in-person interviews to make final decisions. Postdoctoral offers are made on the basis of the strength of the applicant, fit with the program, and maintenance of a balance of interests among the faculty mentors. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Last date for application is January 1.

For more information please visit our website: https://health.psych.ucla.edu/fellowships/