NIH/NIDA Funded Postdoc at Penn State (Developmental Neuroscience)

We are seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Scholar with expertise in human magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with developmental cohorts to work on a study of the impacts of food insecurity on reward neurobiology in children (8 – 10 years old). This position is supported by a research award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1R21DA050164-01) and will be based in the Child Study Center in the Department of Psychology, at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus in State College, PA.

The primary responsibility of this position will be to provide neuroimaging research support. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to experimental design, project coordination, oversight of junior research associates and/or trainees, and data analyses. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in functional and structural MRI analysis methods using standard processing packages (e.g., SPM, AFNI, FSL, Freesurfer, etc.) and experience with advanced data analysis methods (e.g., structural equation modeling) would be advantageous.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will also be expected to contribute to manuscript preparation and presentation of study-related outcomes at key scientific meetings. Extensive mentorship will be provided to the successful candidate in order to facilitate the transition to an independent research career. This position will also provide an opportunity to interact with several vibrant research communities at Penn State, including the Social Sciences Research Institute ( and the Social, Life, and Engineering Science Imaging Center (, among others. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal in subsequent years. Salary and benefits are based on NIH guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates should upload a CV, cover letter, statement of research interests, and 2-3 relevant publications at In addition, applicants should arrange for 3 professional references to be submitted separately to Dr. Emma Jane Rose (PI & Director ROAR (Research on Adversity and Risk) Lab) at

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by November 1, 2022, will be given full consideration, although the position will remain open until filled.

For further information about this appointment, please contact Dr. Emma Jane Rose at or 814-865-0114.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

This position requires the following clearances:

· PA State Police Criminal Background Check

· PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form

· Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

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