Post-Doctoral Fellow

Updated: about 14 hours ago
Location: Detroit, MICHIGAN
Deadline: Until Suitable Candidate is Found

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Position Title
Post-Doctoral Fellow  
Number of Vacancies
06 - School of Medicine  
Primary Department
H0613-Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences  
Essential Functions (Job Duties)
The Trauma History Investigation of Neurodevelopment in Kids (THINK) lab at Wayne State University (, directed by Dr. Hilary Marusak, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow. The THINK lab studies the impact of stress and trauma during childhood on brain development in children and adolescents, as well as, pediatric anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our research uses several neuroscientific techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG), and investigates several behavioral and pharmacological interventions (e.g., cannabinoids, exercise, mindfulness) to improve mental health outcomes in youth.
Essential Functions of a Postdoctoral Fellow may include:
Perform scientific techniques or research protocols. Assist the Principal Investigator in designing and performing protocols. Design and perform experiments. Collect and log research data. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist other lab members with experiments as required. May mentor research assistants and students.
With the assistance of the mentor, find and write research grants with the goal of obtaining additional research grant funding. Responsibilities may also include coordinating correspondence with applicants and grantees, acknowledging receipts of proposals, and maintaining a system to track proposals.
Evaluate and perform preliminary analysis of the data using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated.
Prepare and present presentations regarding research project results for professional, scientific and academic conferences. Summarize and organize data results for submittal to academic and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Write scientific manuscripts and other documents for publication. Fact-check, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy.
Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Unique Duties
Duties may include:
Data collection for ongoing research protocols for children, adolescents, and their parents/caregivers (in-person and virtual settings). Data collection modalities may include: behavior, fMRI/MRI scanning, clinical interviews, biological samples (blood, saliva, urine), EEG, EMG, SCR, surveys, etc.
Data archiving, organization, processing, and analysis
Assist with day-to-day logistics of the lab, including project management, laboratory meetings, and coordinating research personnel, and mentorship of students.
Communicating and coordinating with collaborators and partnered organizations (e.g., MR Research Facility, Children's Hospital of Michigan)
Preparation of IRB documentation and submissions in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team
Preparation of grant materials and publications in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team
Laboratory maintenance activities, such as inventory, computer maintenance, and sterilization
Doctorate Degree required.
3-4 years job related experience required. Job related experience can include doctorate training. Experience performing basic research techniques, preferred. Must have distinguished themselves in research. Prior recipient of funding for research based on individual achievements.
Requires advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning, predominantly intellectual in character. This knowledge is acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
Ability to work independently. Ability to secure grants and funding for research. Ability to collect, analyze, summarize and interpret research findings in reports and communicate results to the field. Knowledge of and experience with current scientific integrity principles. Excellent time management and organization skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Microsoft office software skills.
Preferred Qualifications
Eligible candidates will have a PhD or MD in Neuroscience, Psychiatry, or other relevant field, and first-author publication(s) from their PhD or MD. Experience in environmental toxicants, neuroimaging, computer science, or brain development is preferable. Applicants must enjoy working with children and adolescents and individuals from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds, and must have some weekend and evening availability. This position demands initiative and the ability to work flexibly on multiple tasks simultaneously under minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, office organization, time management, attention to detail, strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint), ability to work independently and as a team. Applicants with some experience with coding or programming (e.g., Python, Matlab), statistical software (e.g., SPSS), psychological experiment software (e.g., presentation), fMRI analyses software (e.g., SPM), physiology, publications, conference presentations, data management, and/or phlebotomy will be a bonus. Applicants who are interested in a two-year commitment will be prioritized.  
Testing Requirements
Not Applicable  
Test Scheduling
Working Conditions
Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.  
Job Type
Full or Fractional Time  
Job Category
Research Assistants/Associates  

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