The Emory University Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Core and Rutgers Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to assist Drs. Longhcuan Li, Sarah Shultz and Jennifer Mulle in their neuroimaging studies of patients with 3q29 deletion syndrome.
3q29 deletion syndrome is a relatively rare condition that is associated with a 40-fold increase in risk for schizophrenia. It is also associated with a variety of other neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric outcomes, including intellectual disabilities, autism, and anxiety. Consequently, it provides an opportunity to transform our understanding of disease and lead to the development of effective treatments.
The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to investigate the effects of the 3q29 deletion on brain structure and function using the largest-ever MRI dataset collected in these patients. The postdoctoral fellow will perform analyses to identify volumetric, structural connectivity, and functional connectivity differences in 3q29 deletion patients compared to controls, and examine
associations between brain measures and phenotypic heterogeneity among 3q29 patients. There will also be opportunities to contrast neuroimaging data from 3q29 deletion syndrome with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. The postdoctoral fellow will also be responsible for preparing manuscripts and presenting results at national and international conferences.
This is a fully-funded 2-year position. The postdoctoral fellow will be housed within the Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Core (led by Drs. Shultz and Li) at Emory University, and will also work closely with Dr. Jennifer Mulle at the Rutgers Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine.
– Doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, clinical psychology or related fields, with a strong background in MRI image processing and connectivity analyses
– Coding experience in MATLAB, Python, and/or Linux bash scripting
– Experience and/or interest in translational neuroscience and psychiatric genetics is preferred
Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.