NIMH-Sponsored Postdoctoral Fellowships in Traumatic Stress Disorders

Collaborating research groups at the VA Boston Healthcare System anticipate up to two NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowships to begin by September 3, 2020. These training positions are designed to prepare researchers for academically-oriented careers in the psychology and neurobiology of stress-related disorders. Previous fellows have launched successful careers in universities and academic medical settings. Candidates with backgrounds in neuroimaging and/or genetics are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship program is affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine and is located primarily at the Jamaica Plain Campus of VA Boston. Affiliated centers include the Behavioral Science and Women’s Health Sciences divisions of the National Center for PTSD, the Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders, the Neuroimaging Research for Veterans Center, and the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research. These programs offer outstanding resources including existing datasets, technical support personnel, well-equipped laboratories, advanced computing facilities, and a broad range of professional expertise. The anticipated salary and benefits package is competitive, and supplemental funds will be available to support further coursework and other educational opportunities, conference attendance, and travel.

The program offers training in several core areas. Candidates may contact the following program leaders prior to application for more information about the specific cores: Clinical Neuroscience and Neuroimaging(David Salat:,Molecular Biomarkers and Genetics(Mark Miller:, Assessment, Diagnosis, and Epidemiology(Brian Marx:, Treatment Development and Optimization(Denise Sloan:, and Implementation and Dissemination(Katherine Iverson:

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects conducted by program faculty, initiate independent research projects, conduct secondary analyses on existing data sets, prepare grant applications to federal and other funding agencies, and learn about all aspects of laboratory management. Each fellow will have a senior faculty member assigned to serve as a primary mentor. For license-eligible clinical psychology fellows, arrangements are available outside the program to provide direct clinical services to patients under the guidance of a clinical supervisor.

Materials will be reviewed and interviews arranged on a first-come basis. Preliminary applications should include a statement of interests and goals, a curriculum vita, and three professional references that should be sent directly by the recommendation writer. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to starting the program. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted electronically no later than December 2, 2019 to Denise Sloan, Ph.D. ( The VA Boston Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer.