Social Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders, Stony Brook University

Postdoctoral Position in Social Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders

Stony Brook University Department of Psychiatry (in the lab of David Hsu, Ph.D.) is seeking a postdoctoral associate who is:

- interested in studying social stress and psychiatric disorders
- experienced or interested in learning fMRI and/or neuroreceptor PET

Required Qualifications (Evidenced by attached Resume):

MD and/or PhD in Affective, Behavioral or Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology or a related field. Strong interest and motivation to pursue neuroimaging research in the area of social/affective neuroscience and to work with healthy and psychiatric populations (e.g., mood, anxiety, substance use, personality, eating disorders). Strong scientific writing skills and demonstrated capacity to publish first-authored research publications in psychology/psychiatry/neuroscience/neuroimaging journals. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience with neuroimaging and behavioral data analysis. Strong interest and capacity to pursue independent ideas.

Preferred Qualifications:

Familiarity with image processing (e.g. SPM) and statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS). Experience in developing and implementing image processing or related algorithms, particularly for fMRI and PET. Background or strong interest in social psychology. Some experience working with clinical populations.

Brief Description of Duties:

The Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University is seeking a Social Neuroscience Postdoctoral Associate. The successful candidate will work in the laboratory of Dr. David Hsu, Ph.D., on a funded NIMH R01 to study the neural mechanisms (PET and fMRI) involved in processing social stressors (eg. social rejection, exclusion, loss) and social reward. The goal is to determine neural mechanisms for sensitivity to social stressors and reward in both healthy and psychiatric populations.The candidate will also have access to numerous internal funding mechanisms to pursue independent research initiatives. The successful incumbent will be responsible for the following:

- Develop, implement, and maintain stimulus presentations, behavioral paradigms, and protocols for PET and fMRI scans; train new lab employees/graduate students.
- Conduct PET and fMRI scans in conjunction with trained technologists at Stony Brook University and the University of Michigan. PET scans for examining the mu-opiod receptor system will be conducted with an ongoing collaboration at the University of Michigan
- Analyze and maintain PET and fMRI image and behavioral data.
- As part of career development, apply for mentored research grants (e.g. NIH NRSA, K01).
- Present results at scientific conferences, prepare and publish manuscripts.

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Faculty Profile and contact for Dr. David Hsu: