Postdoctoral position: Brain development in infants and children

Institute: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Department of Radiology and Lurie Family Foundations’ MEG Imaging Center)

Application deadline: June 15th of 2018

Responsibilities: We are looking for two highly motivated postdoctoral candidates to work on projects using MEG and structural MRI to study brain development (function and structure) in (1) typical developing infants and toddlers and (2) typically developing children and adolescents and children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. You will be part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team (neuroscientists, physicists, psychologists, and study coordinators, research assistants and technicians). You will work on collecting and analyzing MEG data (infant MEG system and adult MEG systems), and help to write MEG + MRI papers for longitudinal studies examining brain development. MEG analyses focus on primary sensory encoding (auditory, visual, somatosensory), face recognition, and resting-state brain activity. Both postdoctoral positions are for 2 years, with the possibility to extend 3 additional years. These positions provides an almost unique opportunity to learn how to conduct longitudinal multimodal imaging studies in younger populations.

Work environment: The Lurie Family Foundations’ MEG Imaging Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is equipped with 3 MEG systems (CTF, Elekta, Artemis 123), a research dedicated MRI (3T Prisma), and 6 clinical/research MRIs. The mission of the research group is to conduct cutting-edge multimodality imaging research in typically developing children as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disorders (e.g., intellectual disability, Rett syndrome, 47-XYY, 16p11.2 deletion). CHOP is a very highly ranked children’s hospital in the USA. Our center currently hosts 7 PhD researchers, 4 PhD Clinical Psychologists/Neuropsychologists, 6 MEG/MRI technicians, 2 postdocs, and 8 research coordinators and assistants, offering a multidisciplinary research environment. Additional information is available at: https://imaging.research.chop.edu/.

The candidate should have a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering, cognitive science, or related fields. The candidate should have good interpersonal skills, with experience working with a multimodal brain imaging team a benefit. Experience conducting electrophysiology research (EEG or MEG) is required. Previous experience conducting brain imaging research with infants and children is an advantage but not required. Salary is competitive.

Both positions are available starting immediately, but the start date is negotiable. Interested applicants should email J. Christopher Edgar (edgarj@email.chop.edu) their CV and a separate letter describing research background and interests and why you feel you are a good fit for the infant or child/adolescent research project and this research team. Please also send two or three letters of recommendation.

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