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Postdoctoral Fellow Openings:

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  • NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology: “Training in Research on Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS”
    HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
    The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry announces the availability of postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. The fellowship is funded by a NIDA training grant (T32-DA031098) led by Dr. Robert K. Heaton and his colleagues at the UCSD HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) entitled “Training in Research in Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS (TRAIN)”. The fellowship emphasizes research training in neurocognitive and everyday functioning outcomes (e.g., medication adherence, driving, technology-based tools for assessing and remediating neurocognitive and functional impairment) in addictions and HIV infection. Substances of interest include methamphetamine, cannabis, and alcohol. 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, neuroimaging, psychiatry, infectious disease, neurosciences, neuropathology, and neurocognitive interventions. There are also dedicated units in data management and information systems, biostatistics, and participant outreach. The HNRP currently supports dozens of federally- and state-funded grants, and provides 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 comorbidities/cofactors (e.g., mental illness, aging). The fellowship meets the requirements for clinical licensure in CA and the fellow will have an opportunity for up to 10% clinical training under the supervision of Marc A. Norman, Ph.D., ABPP-CN. Demonstrated interest/productivity in neuropsychological research is required. Previous research experience in addictions and HIV infection is desired, but not necessary. The University of California San Diego is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    *Potential fellowship applicants who wish to learn more about the fellowship may contact Dr. Heaton ; please copy TRAIN
    The formal application will require a letter of interest, curriculum vita and three letters of reference, and should be sent directly to Dr. Heaton. Additional information regarding the fellowship can be found at http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/psychiatrytrain.

  • Postdoctoral Fellows - Computational Biology of Psychiatric Diseases:
    Dr. Iakoucheva Lab
    A 2-3 year postdoctoral position is open in Dr. Iakoucheva lab to applicants with strong computational biology/systems biology/bioinformatics/statistics/machine learning backgrounds who are interested in applying their experience to study psychiatric disorders. The focus of the project is on functional interpretation of the large-scale genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data to gain insights into molecular mechanisms of autism and schizophrenia. The emphasis is on improving the understanding of the functional impact of coding and non-coding mutations identified in the whole-genome sequencing studies of psychiatric diseases; investigating spatio-temporal expression of alternatively spliced isoforms of psychiatric disease candidate genes; and relating protein interactions between isoforms with brain expression.

    Qualified candidates must have a recent Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Engineering or related field, and expertise in genetics, genomics, network analysis, or systems biology. Strong programming skills (Perl, Java, C++ and Python) and experience with high- performance computing are required. The ability to work with heterogeneous high-throughput biological data is essential. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, strong oral and written communication skills in English, and strong publication record. Candidates from psychiatric genetics and genomics fields will be given preference.

    *To Apply: Please send a resume and a brief statement summarizing research interests and experience to Dr. Lilia Iakoucheva

  • Postdoctoral Fellows – Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology:
    Dr. Iakoucheva Lab
    A 2-3 year postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Iakoucheva lab (http://iakouchevalab.ucsd.edu/) for research into the molecular basis of autism and schizophrenia. The goal of the research program is to achieve better understanding of the functional impact of genetic mutations on molecular and cellular neuronal pathways. This position is open to applicants with extensive laboratory experience who are able to employ cutting-edge molecular and cellular approaches to investigation of psychiatric diseases.

    Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Molecular or Cellular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or related field and a solid lab experience including sound scientific practice in research, methodology development and accurate laboratory techniques. Candidate must have strong ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects as well as to supervise and train rotation students. Interest in writing independent grant applications and prior writing experience is favorable.

    Preference will be given to applicants who have a strong record of research in one or more of the following areas: CRISPR/Cas genome editing, cell culture including neuronal, gene expression (RNAseq), miRNA targets, cell-based functional assays, yeast and mammalian two-hybrid approaches for protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-RNA interactions screening. Experience with common bioinformatics methods, in particular with genome sequencing and RNAseq data interpretation is desired. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to complete a project without constant supervision, strong oral and written communication skills in English, and strong publication record. Candidates from psychiatric genetics and genomics fields will be given preference.

    *To Apply: Please send a resume and a brief statement summarizing research interests and experience to Dr. Lilia Iakoucheva