Postdoctoral Position in Social Function

October 1, 2019
Memory and Aging Center

The Social Function Lab at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center has a postdoctoral fellowship position open for a researcher specializing in brain imaging analyses. Directed by Dr. Kate Rankin, the Social Function Lab is an NIH-funded research program that studies the neural correlates of behavior, socioemotional processing and social interactions, both in patients with neurodegenerative disease and healthy aging individuals.

Key activities during the fellowship will include analyzing fMRI (task-based and task-free), structural MRI, DTI and other data to examine the functional correlates of various social-cognitive and emotional mechanisms, as well as designing/conducting/analyzing data from task-based fMRI experiments with aging adults and patients. Interest in developing academic skills, including writing scientific papers, presenting at conferences and submitting proposals for independent funding, is a preferred characteristic of applicants. Over the course of the fellowship, the incumbent will gain substantial expertise in theoretical models of the neural processes underlying socioemotional cognition, and familiarity with the symptom constellations of the major classes of neurodegenerative disorders.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology or a related field with a strong background in quantitative MRI analysis (Matlab/SPM/FSL, etc.). Knowledge in the domain of social neuroscience will be considered an asset, as will familiarity with data management and statistical programs (e.g., R or SAS).

To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV and three names of potential references to [email protected].