Announcement:


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available postdoctoral opportunities:

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology

The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry announces the availability of a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. There is an option for a second year of funding, which is dependent on mutual interest and the availability of funding. The fellowship is funded by a NIDA training grant (T32-DA031098) led by Steven Paul Woods and his colleagues at the UCSD HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) and the Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center (TMARC). The fellowship emphasizes research training in neurocognitive, neuroimaging, and everyday functioning outcomes in addictions and HIV infection. The fellow will engage in an individualized, mentored clinical research training program that will include structured didactics. UCSD HNRP is directed by Igor Grant, M.D., and includes a multidisciplinary research team with experts in neuropsychology (e.g., Drs. Woods and Grant, as well as Robert K. Heaton, Ph.D.), neuroimaging (e.g., Gregory G. Brown, Ph.D.), psychiatry, infectious disease, neurosciences, and neuropathology. There are also dedicated units in data management and information systems, biostatistics, and participant outreach. The HNRP and TMARC currently support dozens of federally-funded grants and provide leadership for both national and international neuroAIDS research. Depending upon the fellow’s interests, additional research opportunities may be available in the treatment of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, as well as neuroAIDS in resource-limited settings, underserved populations, and comorbidies/cofactors (e.g., hepatitis C infection, mental illness,
and aging).

Demonstrated interest/productivity in neuropsychological research is required. Previous research experience in addictions and HIV infection is desired, but not necessary.
Potential fellowship applicants who wish to learn more about the fellowship may contact Dr. Woods via email (spwoods@ucsd.edu) or telephone (619-543-5004). The formal application will require a letter of interest, curriculum vita and three letters of reference and should be sent directly to Dr. Woods, preferably via email. Interviews may be conducted on-site at UCSD and/or at the February INS meeting in Seattle. 

The University of California San Diego is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Post-Doctoral Scholar in
Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Other Mental Disorders

Position to Start September 1, 2013

The UCSD Department of Psychiatry is pleased to accept applications for those interested in advanced clinical training and research experience in Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and other Mental Disorders (COD). Scholars will work within the UCSD COD Treatment and Research Program which provides empirically based integrated treatment services. The program originated as a SAMHSA funded Demonstration Project in 1997 and was among the first integrated treatment programs in the country. Areas of research focus include personality functioning, cognition, attachment style, trauma and dissociation as these factors influence treatment course and outcome.  

Postdoctoral Duties and Responsibilities
The scholar will spend at least 70% of their time in clinical activities and educational experiences and 30% of their time in clinical research. The scholar will develop advanced knowledge and skill in the delivery of trauma informed and empirically based integrated treatment. The scholar will develop knowledge and skill in conducting neuropsychological and personality assessments and providing feedback to patients and staff to assist in the development of treatment plans.  The scholar will have the opportunity to develop supervisory knowledge and skill through supervision of practicum students. The scholar will also develop clinical research knowledge and skills through involvement in the COD research lab. Scholars participate in two hours of weekly clinical supervision, research team meetings, a yearlong seminar on Addictions  and multidisciplinary evaluation team meetings.  

Qualifications: 1) completion of an APA-accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA-accredited clinical psychology internship by September 1, 2013, and 2) U.S. citizenship.

Application: Please submit a letter of interest (maximum 2 pages), CV, and the names of three references. The letter of interest should include: a brief summary of educational, clinical and research experiences relevant to co-occurring disorders. Materials should be submitted by email to pjudd@ucsd.edu by July 20th but position will remain open until filled.

 


Postdoctoral Position - Psychiatric Genomics

Postdoctoral Positions are available in the Beyster Center for Molecular Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Disease at UCSD. The Sebat laboratory is developing novel mutation-discovery approaches for the identification of risk genes for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. Our group is using high-throughput genomic methods including Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and microarray CGH to carry out comprehensive studies of genetic variation within and across multiple disorders. The goal of these studies is to identify the disease-relevant mutations and to understand how the disruption of genes and gene networks contributes to mental illness.
Central to these studies is development of new bioinformatics approaches to the analysis of very large genomic datasets. Some important computational challenges include the design of statistical techniques for testing the disease association of rare variants in genes and pathways and the design of methods for integrating genomic and clinical data.
We are seeking a talented and highly motivated computational scientist with an interest in developing and applying new bioinformatics approaches to large scale genetic studies. Excellent bioinformatic and programming skills, a background in genomics and a strong publication record are required. Applicants should send a CV and a list of three references by email to jsebat@ucsd.edu or by mail to:

Jonathan Sebat, Ph. D.
Chief, Beyster Center for Molecular Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Diseases
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University Of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093

 


Postdoctoral Position – Neurobiology of Schizophrenia

Postdoctoral positions are available in the Beyster Center for Molecular Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Disease at UCSD. Research in the Sebat laboratory is focused on the identification and characterization of risk genes for neuropsychiatric disorders. A new area of interest in our lab is in understanding how cellular processes in neurons are affected by schizophrenia-associated mutations. We are developing genetic models of schizophrenia in mouse, and we are developing in vitro models of disease mutations in human using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines.
Projects include (1) the development of iPSCs from patients with schizophrenia and related disorders, and the molecular and cellular characterization of neuronal cell types and (2) molecular and cellular characterization of mouse models of novel disease mutations identified in our ongoing genetic studies. The candidate will have a Ph.D. with a background in developmental biology or neuroscience. Experience working with iPSCs or Embryonic Stem Cells (ESCs) is preferred. Applicants should send a CV and a list of three references by email to jsebat@ucsd.edu or by mail to:

Jonathan Sebat, Ph. D.
Chief, Beyster Center for Molecular Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Diseases
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University Of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093

 


TWO POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS
are available in the laboratory of
Dr. Lilia Iakoucheva

COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY OF NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS

A postdoctoral position is open to applicants with strong computational biology/systems biology/bioinformatics/statistics backgrounds who are
interested in applying their experience to study systems biology of
psychiatric disorders including autism and schizophrenia. The focus of
the project is to develop computational, mathematical and statistical
methods applicable to the analysis of the large-scale genetic, genomic
and proteomic datasets. The final goal of the project is to discover
networks and pathways involved in these brain disorders.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer
Science, Biology, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Engineering or related
field, and expertise in statistics, genomics, network analysis, and
systems biology. Strong algorithm development and programming skills
(Perl, Java, C++ and Python) as well as knowledge of Unix, SQL, and
statistical packages are required. The ability to work with
heterogeneous high-throughput biological data, such as protein-protein
interaction and gene expression data, and the familiarity with protein
sequence and structure analysis are also essential for this position.
The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability for
independent and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork
skills, and strong publication record (at least two first-author
publications are required). Please send a resume and a brief statement
summarizing research interests and experience to lilyak@ucsd.edu.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS OF AUTISM

A postdoctoral position is available for research into the molecular
basis of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
The goal of the research program is to study the functional impact of
disease-associated copy number variants (CNVs) identified in large-
scale genetic studies. This position is open to applicants with
extensive laboratory experience and solid molecular biology and protein
biochemistry backgrounds who are interested in investigating molecular
mechanisms of psychiatric diseases. Duties and responsibilities will
include to plan, organize and conduct experiments using various
molecular biological techniques including RNA purification, real-time
PCR, Western blotting, plasmid vector design, EMSA, ChIP, SDS-PAGE,
protein expression and purification. Experience with common
bioinformatics methods, tools, websites and data resources (in
particular genome sequence analysis) is highly desired, and experience
retrieving, manipulating and managing data from public data
repositories such as NCBI, UCSC, and Ensembl is also essential. The
successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability for independent
and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and
strong publication record (at least two first-author publications are
required). Please send a resume and a brief statement summarizing
research interests and experience to lilyak@ucsd.edu.

 


Postdoctoral Position in Neuroimaging and Twin Research

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral research scholar position in neuroimaging and behavior genetics under the direction of Drs. William Kremen (Psychiatry) and Anders Dale (Radiology and Neuroscience).  The position focuses on training in the application of sophisticated neuroimaging methods (structural MRI, DTI, fMRI, and ASL) plus psychometric techniques (particularly twin analyses) that will be applied to the NIH/NIA-funded Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging (VETSA) in collaboration with investigators at Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Virginia Commonwealth University.  VETSA is a unique longitudinal study of over 600 middle-aged male twin pairs that focuses on understanding cognitive and brain aging.  Over 500 individual twins have undergone 3D structural MRI and DTI in VETSA wave 1.  These twins also underwent extensive neurocognitive assessment, personality and psychosocial measures, a medical history interview, in-lab physical health measures such as blood pressure and pulmonary function, and hormonal assays for cortisol, testosterone, and DHEAS.  DNA has been obtained from all subjects and, to date, they have been genotyped for APOE. Genome-wide genotyping of all VETSA subjects is planned. Wave 2 of the project, which was recently funded, will acquire five-year follow-up data, and also include fMRI and ASL scans.  Applications from many disciplines may be considered, and the position is open to qualified international applicants.  Requirements for the position are: 1) completion of relevant Ph.D. research activities within the past five years; 2) advanced writing and advanced statistical or neuroimaging skills, and 3) an interest in imaging genetics research.  Experience with multilevel data analysis, twin modeling, genetics, and/or neuroimaging is desirable.  The postdoctoral candidate will be encouraged to develop his or her own research projects that fit within the overall scope of the project.  The position will entail immersion in MR image analysis including  FreeSurfer and other methods, and in twin modeling (e.g., using Mx software).  This advertisement is for a 2-year appointment beginning immediately.  

To apply, please send:

            1.  A brief statement of research interest and goals, and any selected reprints
            2.  A copy of your CV
            3.  Names and addresses of three references.

For additional information or to apply, contact:

            William S. Kremen, Ph.D., Professor
            Department of Psychiatry
            University of California, San Diego
            9500 Gilman Drive (MC 0738)
            La Jolla, CA 92093-0738
            Tel:  858-822-2393
            Email:  wkremen@ucsd.edu

 

 

Postdoctoral Positions Available


University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: psychiatry@ucsd.edu