Opportunities

Faculty Positions

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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Position in Diffusion Tensor Imaging for Brain Ark
Psychology Department
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Despite the advances in neuroimaging tools, they have not been widely applied to the brains of non-human animals. Apart from humans, non-human primates, rats and mice, almost no information exists about the connectivity of other species’ brains. For example, what is it in a tiger’s brain that makes it a tiger? Or in a bear’s brain that makes a bear? The relationship between brain and species is fundamental to understanding the evolution of the nervous system, and can illuminate sensory, motoric, and cognitive adaptations that help situate each species in its ecological niche. A postdoctoral position is available in the Canine Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Emory University. We are using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in opportunistically-acquired brain specimens of a wide range of mammals to construct a digital “Brain Ark.” The successful candidate will join a dynamic environment with a dedicated 3T research scanner, supercomputing cluster, and collaborations across multiple disciplines. Prior DTI experience is required, and a strong computational background is desirable. To apply for this position, please go to http://apply.interfolio.com/41710 AA/EOE.

For more information about the position, please contact directly:

Gregory S. Berns, M.D., Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics and Psychology
Director, Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience

URLs:  brainark.org and www.neuropolicy.emory.edu
Email:  gberns@emory.edu

Research Assistants

Research Assistants
Emory’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP) - Psychology Department

Emory’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP), an interdisciplinary clinical research program directed by Dr. W. Edward Craighead, is looking for students to help with a new research project.  Students’ primary responsibility will be to watch and rate videos of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for adult depression. Students will rate aspects of the interaction between patients and therapists.  Some of the therapy sessions were conducted in Spanish, so we are  interested in recruiting some students whose “first language” is Spanish. 

Potential benefits of this position include a rare opportunity to observe psychotherapy sessions, to learn more about clinical psychology, and to gain research experience that could strengthen graduate school applications.  Course credit will also be available for eligible students. 

Students interested in applying for this research position must commit to working 9 hours per week for two semesters.  Also, note that the location of this opportunity has not been finalized, and it is possible that it will be located in the psychology building (PAIS) on Emory’s main campus or at the CAMP clinic, which is located at Emory’s Executive Park campus, where free parking and Emory Shuttle service is available. 

If you are interested in applying for a research assistant position, please complete the attached application and send it, your resume, and an unofficial transcript to Jamie Kennedy: jamie.kennedy@emory.edu

Thanks for considering this opportunity!


Research Assistantships Available
Emory's Speech and Language Perception Lab - Psychology Department

Our work broadly addresses the social, linguistic, and cognitive factors that affect humans' ability to perceive and understand spoken language.  The influences on speech perception are manifold, and can be seen at levels as local as the specific sounds in a word or as global as an individual's lifetime experience with speech.  Our goal is to identify how our mind/brain processes spoken language using primarily behavioral and acoustic methods, but also neuroimaging techniques to explore the mechanisms underlying our ability to understand and use spoken language. 

The primary responsibilities of research assistants (RAs) in the laboratory will be testing & recruiting human participants for speech and language tasks, contributing to literature reviews & research design, assisting with data preparation & analysis, and attending lab meetings. 

Potential candidates should be second semester Freshmen or beyond, self-motivated, and eager to learn. Experience with Microsoft Excel and completion of LING-201 and PSYC-110 are preferred, but not required. Hours are flexible, but the position requires ~3-12 hrs/wk commitment.  RAs will receive research course credit for their scholarly work in the lab.  

To be considered for the position or for additional information about the lab and research opportunities, please email the principal investigator, Dr. Lynne Nygaard, Ph.D, a faculty member in the Psychology Department and core faculty in the Linguistics Program at lnygaar@emory.edu. 

Applicants should provide a brief, clear description of their relevant experience and interests and a copy of their CV or resume.


Research Assistant Position Available

We are currently conducting a study examining individual difference correlates of peripersonal space perception in the psychology department, and we are in need of research assistants to help us run the experiment next semester. In order to effectively conduct the experiment, we need both male and female research assistants. Currently, we have female research assistants, so we are looking for male research assistants at this time. We are also looking for individuals who can dedicate six hours minimum per week to the study. There will be opportunities to help with data analysis and the research project in addition to helping run participants. 

If you are interested in this research opportunity, please send your CV and a brief statement of interest to sbowes@emory.edu. We will then schedule times to conduct brief interviews. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteers

External Opportunities

The Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta, GA
Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience
Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering
Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience
Education Sciences Fellowship

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering four fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering, the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, and the Education Sciences Fellowship. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2019 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2019, and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details at: cohenfellowship.org and simonsfellowship.org. 

The Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience will involve cutting-edge social neuroscience research in infants, toddlers and adolescents. Fellows will work to further the understanding of autism through eye-tracking research, guiding a project from the point of data collection to publication of results. 

The Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience will involve integrating computational strategies with clinical research goals. Fellows will develop methods for the analysis of visual scanning and eye-tracking data, computational models of visual salience, and data visualization techniques, all with the aim of advancing the understanding of autism and efforts at early diagnosis. 

The Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering will involve researching early vocal development, including speech production and speech perception, as part of a program to map out both typical and atypical development of spoken communication in early childhood. 

The Education Sciences Fellowship will involve research in educational innovations in autism, from early child care through high school. Fellows will learn about classroom-based interventions to increase social emotional engagement and inclusion, gaining experiences with observational research methods, cutting-edge intervention research, and implementation science approaches.


University of Florida
Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development Laboratory (NBDL)
Research Coordinator

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development Laboratory (NBDL) of Dr. Zheng Wang (https://ot.phhp.ufl.edu/about/people/faculty/zheng-wang/) is seeking one full-time Research Coordinator to help lead studies of behavioral and brain degeneration in aging individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disorders (Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome). These clinical research projects are conducted through the Rehabilitation Science Program and the Department of Occupational Therapy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida and in collaboration with the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD: http://card.ufl.edu/), the Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience (LRN: http://lrnlab.org/) and the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Human Imaging Core (https://www.ctsi.ufl.edu/research/laboratory-services/human-imaging-core/), providing diverse research and clinical training opportunities.

Responsibilities for the position include administering neuropsychological, sensorimotor, and MRI testing, scoring cognitive and sensorimotor test data, data entry, preparing Institutional Review Board (IRB) reports, developing laboratory manual, and participating in meetings reviewing and interpreting data, preparing manuscripts, and planning future studies. This position provides the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working with clinical populations, developing skills in psychological, neuropsychological, sensorimotor, and MRI testing, and participating in each phase of the research process within large-scale research studies.

Applicants should have a BA or BS in Kinesiology, Psychology, Rehabilitation Science, Neuroscience or a related pre-health field. Interested persons are asked to make at least an 18 months commitment due to the extensive training required. The position is anticipated to start in Jan 2019.

Interested individuals should send a resume or CV and a brief cover letter stating your career goals to zheng.wang@phhp.ufl.edu.