Job Description

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Neuroimaging

Employment Type: Full Time, 3 years

Division: Environmental Health Sciences

We seek candidates who have completed doctoral training in neuropsychology with experience in pediatric neuroimaging who are highly motivated to develop expertise in applying neuroimaging (i.e. magnetic resonance imaging) methodologies and neuropsychological assessments to studies of children’s environmental health and neurodevelopment. Dr. Horton’s research focuses on examining associations between prenatal and early childhood exposure to environmental toxicants and neurodevelopmental outcomes by examining changes in brain structure and function from early childhood through adolescence. Outcomes of interest range from cognitive/behavioral development/executive function to risk of addiction. The position would involve working with a team of environmental epidemiologists, psychologists, pediatricians, chemists and neuroimaging experts. Work will involve neuropsychological assessments, MRI and fMRI in several ongoing longitudinal birth cohort studies, with opportunities to add supplemental studies. The position would also involve developing and applying novel imaging methodologies to further explore associations between environmental exposures and neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Training opportunities:
Dual Mentorship in environmental epidemiology and neuroimaging
Interdisciplinary advisory committee
Career Development seminars
Funded travel to one national scientific conference per year
Annual symposiums with opportunities to present
Formal and informal grant writing training

Duties and Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of this position are to support ongoing investigations and the development of new studies involving fMRI and other neuroimaging modalities in children with environmental exposures. This includes data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant preparation. Research is geared towards preparing for a NIH K grant application or equivalent and it is our intention that this work will lead to an NIH career development application submitted in years 2-3 of the 3-year fellowship. Fellows will attend and present at Division/Departmental seminars and relevant research conferences. Fellows may be asked to work with studies and training undertaking similar research projects.

Candidate must have a PhD or equivalent graduate degree in neuropsychology, neuroscience or related field with some experience in pediatric neuroimaging/neurodevelopment and an interest in children’s environmental health.
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