Duties and responsibilities: Participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research studies. (10%) Train and supervise data collection personnel. (10%) Perform clinical assessments. (10%) Develop data collection instruments and procedures, and be involved in collecting and evaluating data. (10%) Collaborate in design, organization, and be involved in collecting and evaluating data. (10%) Query databases and analyze data. (25%) Collaborate on reports and publication of findings. (25%)
UNIT DESCRIPTION Dr. MacDonald's Translational Research in Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms (TRiCAM) laboratory is a research laboratory within the Department of Psychology, a division of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. We explore the numerous problems that come from this simple question, including basic cognitive and affective studies, clinical studies, and studies that develop new scientific methods.
We explore cognitive and affective processes in healthy populations to determine how these mechanisms work. For example, how does the prefrontal cortex control behavior? What emotions are associated with social decisions such as whether to trust someone? Work in the TRiCAM laboratory also explores the neural and genetic basis of these processes. For example, what brain regions are associated with controlling an emotional response? Is a particular gene relevant to inhibiting an automatic action?
The Translational Research in Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms (TRiCAM) laboratory, a research laboratory within the Department of Psychology, is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral fellow. This position is ideal for a recent Ph.D. graduate in clinical psychology, or a closely related field, with interest in neuroplasticity and harnessing brain mechanisms to improve the health of people with serious mental disorders. The successful applicant will join an active laboratory under the direction of Professor Angus MacDonald with a team of full-time staff, graduate students and undergraduate researchers addressing a broad array of questions of interest to clinical cognitive neuroscience and psychopathology. In particular, you will have a leadership role in a multidisciplinary clinical trial of the impact of transcranial electrical stimulation and cognitive exercises on brain connectivity, cognitive functioning and the symptoms of psychosis. You will have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques, publish scientific papers, attend conferences and build your network with our laboratory’s collaborators across the U.S.
Essential Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field
Preferred Qualifications: Expertise in clinical psychology concepts and psychopathology An established scientific publication record Strong data management and data analysis skills; Experience in programming experiments; Experience with biological laboratory procedures, such as drug screening and genetic testing Experience with brain imaging methods such as MRI or EEG data collection, preprocessing and analysis. Evidence of facility in scientific interpretation and writing
Internal Number: 335416
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