[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Position in Pain and Affect

Atlas, Lauren (NIH/NCCIH) [E] lauren.atlas at nih.gov
Wed Jul 24 14:21:15 CEST 2019

Our lab, the Section on Affective Neuroscience and Pain (ANP Lab), is recruiting one to two postdoctoral researchers with expertise in computational modeling, fMRI, and/or affective science to lead new projects on the psychological modulation of pain and emotional experience using high field imaging (7-Tesla MRI). Our lab is part of NIH's intramural research program, and is affiliated with the intramural programs of NCCIH, NIMH, and NIDA. For more information on postdoctoral positions within NIH, see https://www.training.nih.gov/programs

Research in the ANP Lab focuses on the mechanisms by which expectations, learning, and other cognitive and affective factors influence pain, emotion, and clinical outcomes. We combine approaches from experimental psychology, neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and computational modeling to investigate pain and emotional experience in healthy individuals as well as individuals with chronic pain and/or affective disorders. We are particularly interested in the intersection of appetitive and aversive learning, how psychosocial factors influence pain and clinical outcomes, and questions motivated by pain’s central role in the opioid crisis.  Postdoctoral researchers are expected to develop their own projects, with guidance, and to collaborate with other researchers in the lab. For more information about our research, see: https://nccih.nih.gov/research/intramural/atlas-lab

We are looking for someone to spearhead new projects using high field imaging (7T-FMRI) to examine pain and perception across domains. The candidate should have a strong background in psychology and neuroscience and must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment. Candidates with successful publications in the fields of pain, emotion, and/or computational modeling are encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral positions require experience with 1) design of behavioral and fMRI experiments and 2) analysis of fMRI data using statistical parametric mapping packages (SPM, AFNI, etc.). Programming skills in MATLAB, C, and/or Python are highly desirable. These requirements will be flexible for candidates with clinical experience in pain populations. Appointments and salary are commensurate with research experience and accomplishments.
The candidate will be supported with the excellent intramural NIH fellowship in a stimulating and interactive research environment at NIH. NIH has exceptional multidisciplinary research facilities including structural and functional MRI, MEG, PET, and TMS. Our lab is fully funded with dedicated weekly scan time, a full-time data analyst, and the opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s foremost fMRI experts. Training in advanced imaging and other techniques is available, as are courses in grant writing and career development. 

How To Apply
Applicants should submit a CV, a brief description of research interests and career goals, and the names of three references to: lauren.atlas at nih.gov(Investigator/Chief, Section on Affective Neuroscience and Pain, NCCIH/NIMH/NIDA, NIH).

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Department of Health and Human Services and NIH are equal opportunity employers committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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