Thursday, September 30, 2010

Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Scientist Position -- Cognitive Neuroscientist in Adolescent Reasoning and Brain Development

Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Scientist Position
Cognitive Neuroscientist in Adolescent Reasoning and Brain Development

The Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas in collaboration with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Research position in Cognitive Neurosciences with a productive and innovative investigator whose research interests address brain plasticity, cognitive training and reasoning. Applicable research experience desired includes an understanding of hierarchical cognitive strategies that support higher-order reasoning processes to foster deeper understanding and strengthen overall brain function and reasoning during adolescence in daily life. Additional experience would be useful but not required in multi-modality neuroimaging platforms (electrophysiology, MR technology, PET, etc.) and genetic factors related to frontal lobe and higher order cognitive development in adolescence. The research may be applied to elucidate the emergence and treatment effects acquired during normal development and in brain injuries or psychiatric diseases such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Addictions, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia.

The Center for BrainHealth
School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences

Qualifications for the position include:
PhD, preferably completed in neuroscience, neuropsychology, neurocognition, or related field;
familiarity with fMRI, EEG, and physiological measures;
an ability to work well in a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative research team;
an interest in translational research between neuroscience and clinical populations;
and a strong record or potential for scholarly productivity.

The Center for BrainHealth is located in downtown Dallas adjacent to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The Center’s research is dedicated to applying cutting edge brain research to clinical populations to study brain plasticity. These projects cover a wide range of cognitive functions across the life-span, across a multitude of disorders, and across the most current functional brain imaging technologies. Established access available to special subject populations including: Alzheimers Disease (AD), Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), ADHD, Autism, Military and Former Military, as well as healthy Aging, Stroke, Adolescent, and Pediatric groups. Access to state of the art facilities including: Philips 3T research-dedicated MRI scanner and Four Neuroscan SynAmps2 systems equipped for both 64 and 128 channel recordings.

Benefits of the job include:
*Ability to be involved with established, innovative, multidisciplinary collaborations.
*Ability to work on research projects highly relevant to health outcomes.
*Potential for high publication rate
*High potential for innovation in research design
*Competitive salary and benefits
*One year position, renewable for 2nd year based upon available funding, performance, and productivity

Submit application materials at

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date for this position is September 1, 2010. Indication of gender and ethnicity for affirmative action statistical purposes is requested as part of the application.

The University of Texas at Dallas is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. UT Dallas strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty and administration.

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