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Department of Psychiatry

NIH/NIDA T32 Translational Addiction Research Fellowship


The Center for the Studies of Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow with strong technical skills in neuroimaging, and a potential interest in the clinical neuroscience of addiction, for a position in our NIH/NIDA T32 Translational Addiction Research Fellowship. The selected candidate will become a member of our inter-disciplinary clinical neuroimaging laboratory with ongoing, funded projects in cocaine, nicotine and alcohol addiction. The T32 Fellowship position is funded up to three years.

Our laboratory is especially focused on understanding brain vulnerabilities that may underlie the difficult clinical problem of relapse, with the goal of improving addiction treatment. Within this general domain - we are pursuing several vulnerabilities (e.g., heightened response of motivational/reward circuit response to drug cues; poor frontal modulation of the limbic response to appetitive and aversive/stress cues; poor inhibition, impaired decision-making, etc.) using brain measures both as predictors of relapse, and as brain targets for medication discovery. Recently, we have begun to combine brain imaging and hypothesis-driven genetics with the goal of understanding the heterogeneity in relapse, and in medication response, for our clinical populations. Though our primary tool is MRI (BOLD, ASL, and structural), we also have ongoing neuroligand (SPECT) imaging. We have significant existing datasets, offering a technically-skilled post-doc a stream of immediate publication opportunities.

Our addictions research group is part of an extensive network of neuroimaging efforts across several research Centers and schools at Penn (Perelman School of Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, Annenberg School of Communications, Wharton School of Business), and the adjacent Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The imaging resources include multiple MR scanners, as well as capabilities for MRS, MEG, PET, and soon-to-come, concurrent MRI-PET scanning. Our custom, web-based neuroinformatics software, WISDM, enables rapid sharing and display of raw data and imaging results, facilitating collaborations within and beyond our lab.

Successful candidates will have strong communication skills and clear technical expertise, including prior experience with one or more statistical packages for neuroimaging (e.g., SPM, FSL, AFNI). Demonstrated ability to apply more advanced tools (e.g., connectivity, causal modeling, FIR, etc.), and to integrate imaging and non-imaging (behavioral measures; genetics) will be an advantage. The ability to publish research findings is important for this position. Candidates will have completed a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., engineering, biomedical engineering, biophysics, mathematics, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, etc.).

The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status (green card) is required. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please e-mail a CV, a one-page letter of your interest in, and potential fit for, the position, and the names of 3 references to the laboratory director and NIDA T32 Director, Dr. Anna Rose Childress (childres@mail.med.upenn.edu).

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position

Posting Department: Neuroscience

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The Department of Neuroscience and the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS) at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania requests applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor (or possibly Assoc. Prof.) level in basic or disease-related neuroscience. Special attention will be given to those applying innovative molecular approaches. Highly competitive lab space and start-up funds are available for the successful candidate. The Department of Neuroscience is located within a vibrant environment on the U Penn campus. The MINS includes more than 100 labs, spanning the breadth of the neurosciences, brought together to foster collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to advance our understanding of the brain.

Applicants should submit a list of at least 3 referees (names), cover letter, CV, and 2-3-page detailed research plan as a single PDF file. We may request the letters of recommendation only after a preliminary screening process.

First consideration will be given to applications received by September 30, 2015, but applications will continue to be accepted.

U Penn is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and encourages applications from women and all minorities.

Penn presents a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia, and also a wealth of opportunities and a wide array of employee benefits, including: comprehensive health care options, a competitive retirement program, health promotion and wellness services, and tuition assistance. Philadelphia is a historic city offering a blend of centuries-old architecture, vibrant culture and art, diverse lifestyle, outdoors activities, various sporting events, and an outstanding quality of life.

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