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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia

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The Translational Lab (; PI: Pete Hitchcock) in the Department of Psychology at Emory University is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow. The lab mission is to understand when and why decision-making goes awry in depression and anxiety disorders and to develop potent and scalable interventions to improve it. We use carefully designed experimental tasks, and reinforcement learning and sequential sampling models thereof, to understand individual differences and psychotherapy-relevant clinical principles. We also plan to develop brief self-guided interventions over the coming years.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to design experiments, analyze and model data, present and publish findings, apply for external funding, and help mentor and train other lab members. The position is a great fit for someone looking to build skills and publication record while preparing for an independent research career.

Required skills or qualifications:

  • A PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, or a related field

The ideal candidate would have some combination of:

  • experience with computational modeling or advanced quantitative methods

  • strong programming skills

  • knowledge of the mechanisms of depression and anxiety disorders

  • knowledge of psychotherapy treatments

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter describing research fit

  • CV

  • Names and contact information for professional references

  • One or more representative publications (or preprints/in prep papers)

Informal expressions of interest or questions about the position can be directed to .

JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.

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Job Number 129184

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory College

Department ECAS: Psychology

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Required Documents Cover letter, List of References, Research Papers