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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 700126
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Psychology Social Science 10038698
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 48671.00-58900.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The MSU Clinical Neuroscience lab is seeking a research associate (postdoctoral fellow) to begin in 2021. The lab uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to study the mechanisms of psychotic disorders. We are particularly interested in characterizing abnormal sensory and motor processes and understanding their relevance for clinical symptoms. Many of our current projects focus on visual perception and eye movements. The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology, which provides an excellent research and training environment. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing NIH-funded research and to develop independent studies within the broader aims of the lab. Main responsibilities will include experimental design, data analysis, data interpretation, and manuscript preparation. In addition, this position may involve some data collection and supervision of undergraduate students. Provided expertise in this area, this position will also involve conducting or supervising clinical interviews. We strongly believe that science is a team effort and that diversity within this team is integral to creativity and discovery. As such, we encourage applications from those individuals who identify as members of marginalized or historically disadvantaged groups. We strive towards creating an inclusive lab climate and a training environment that supports the needs of all individuals.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -clinical or cognitive psychology, neuroscience, or a related field

Minimum Requirements

Requirements include a Ph.D. in clinical or cognitive psychology, neuroscience, or a related field by the start date of the position. Applicants should have a strong publication record and statistical training.

Desired Qualifications

Programming skills (Matlab or Python), experience with human neuroimaging, eye tracking and/or visual psychophysics are desired. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently, and experience conducting research with clinical populations (although this is not required). 

Required Application Materials

1. Cover letter explaining professional developmental goals and research focus
2. CV
3. Names and email addresses of three references

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and continue until the position is filled. Any questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Katy Thakkar at

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