Job Detail

1169
8/7/2019
Open Until Filled
Postdoctoral Research Associate I
University of Arizona
Department of Psychiatry
Post-doctoral Position
$50,000 - $59,999
https://uacareers.com/postings/35861

Position Summary:

The College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is leading the effort to understand, diagnose, treat, and prevent psychiatric disorders, prepare future clinicians, provide state-of-the-art care, and give direction to community efforts to improve behavioral health.

William “Scott” Killgore, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience that joined the University of Arizona July 1, 2014. He brings an active research program from Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, including his Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) Laboratory. The Lab is devoted to the study of emotional intelligence, PTSD, mTBI, stress and related conditions. Dr. Killgore’s innovative work is funded by the Department of Defense, and recent research focuses on effects of prolonged sleep deprivation, chronic sleep restriction, and the use of stimulant countermeasures on the cognitive-affective systems within the brain.

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available within the Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory directed by William “Scott” Killgore, PhD. https://scanlab.arizona.edu/ This position is focused on the area of emotional intelligence training and will work alongside Dr. Killgore to lead a study on the efficacy and refinement of an online emotional intelligence training program.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work collaboratively with the Study Coordinator, Lab Manager, and Principal Investigator to play an integral role in all aspects of this research project including:

  • Designing emotional intelligence training materials.
  • Overseeing all aspects of the study from recruitment to mentoring research technicians.
  • Writing protocols, reports, or grants.
  • Conducting emotional, social, personality, and psychophysiological assessments.
  • Behavioral data analysis.
  • Publishing findings in peer-reviewed journals and other venues.
  • Presenting findings at professional conferences.

A Ph.D. in psychology, affective neuroscience, cognitive/social neuroscience, and/or related field is required.

Preference will be given to candidates with backgrounds in studying emotional/social processes using psychophysiological (e.g., EEG, skin conductance, heart rate variability, biomarkers) or neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI, DTIVBMPET, connectivity) methods. A strong background in computational methods used in neuroimaging (e.g., Matlab, UNIX,LINUX, C/C++, SPMAFNI, Freesurfer, FSL, TrackVis, CONN) is preferable. Exceptional skills in experimental design, quantitative methods, and statistical analysis, and the ability to carry out independent data manipulation and sophisticated statistical analyses using standard software packages (e.g., SPSS, R, STATABMDPJMPSAS) are particularly desirable. Experience in psychometric test development and or development of internet/computer-based training programs is desirable. The successful candidate must demonstrate solid mastery of written English, preferably with strong evidence of peer-reviewed publications.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Design emotional intelligence training materials.
  • Write protocols, reports, and grants.
  • Administer emotional, personality, and psychophysiological assessments.
  • Conduct statistical analysis of behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging data.
  • Oversee overall study coordination including subject recruitment, research technician training and education.
  • Publish findings in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and other venues.
  • Travel and assist with aspects of project that are conducted at remote sites, as necessary, and various other duties or projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Exceptional knowledge in areas of emotional intelligence, emotional/social cognition, cognitive/social neuroscience, psychology/social psychology and/or other related field.
  • Outstanding ability to effectively communicate across a diverse group of study participants, study coordinators, and researchers.
  • Strong organization skills including significant attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team, including conflict resolution skills and a collaborative mindset.
  • Exceptional level of integrity, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and computer skills.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of human-subjects research.
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analyses.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in psychology, affective neuroscience, cognitive/social neuroscience, and/or other related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in studying emotional/social processes using psychophysiological (e.g., EEG, skin conductance, heart rate variability, biomarkers) or neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI, DTIVBMPET, connectivity) methods.
  • Technological knowledge base in graphic design, computer programming and/or user interface design.
  • Experience in developing web-based intervention platforms.
  • Background in computational methods used in neuroimaging (e.g., Matlab, UNIXLINUX, C/C++, SPMAFNI, Freesurfer, FSL, TrackVis,CONN).
  • Experience in neuroimaging and/or psychophysiological data collection and analysis.
  • Strong peer-reviewed publication record in the area of emotional intelligence, social cognition, or affective neuroscience.
  • History of work on projects relating to emotional intelligence, emotional/social cognition, and/or affective neuroscience.
  • Exceptional skills in experimental design, quantitative methods, and statistical analysis, and the ability to carry out independent data manipulation and sophisticated statistical analyses using standard software packages (e.g., SPSS, R, STATABMDPJMPSAS).
  • Demonstrated solid mastery of written English.

Inquiries about the position and application process may be addressed to Emily Taylor (Lab Manager, SCAN Lab) at emilytaylor@psychiatry.arizona.edu

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness., age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Emily Taylor
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson AZ, 85724


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