Post-doctoral Positions in Affective Neuroscience at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Two post-doctoral positions are available within the Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, directed by Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D.

The laboratory is part of the Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research (CDASR), a vibrant research center with over 40 scientists/staff/students that embraces a multi-disciplinary approach to improve our understanding of the psychological, environmental, and neurobiological factors associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan (

Currently ongoing studies in Dr. Pizzagalli’s laboratory focus on reward processing, stress responsivity, and executive functioning in a range of populations including individuals with current or past major depression, as well as at-risk samples (e.g., offspring of parents with MDD or individuals exposed to early life stress). These studies employ a variety of approaches, including high-density EEG, fMRI, PET, MRS, computational modeling, and assays of hormonal/inflammatory markers. Opportunities will be available to pursue independent research and interdisciplinary collaborations across Harvard Medical School. Depending on research focus, candidates will have access to three research-dedicated human MRI scanners (3 T, 4 T) and one animal MRI scanner (9.4 T), as well as two high-density EEG systems.

Qualifications: For the first position, a strong background in EEG/ERP techniques is required. For the second position, a strong background in functional/structural MRI techniques is required. For both positions, clinical training, computational modeling expertise (e.g., machine learning) and/or experience with a second imaging modality are a plus.

To apply, send a CV, a cover letter describing research interests, as well as names and email addresses of three references to Diego A. Pizzagalli ( Review of applications will begin immediately (expected start date: Summer 2020, although an earlier start will be possible).

McLean Hospital, which is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an equal opportunity employer, McLean seeks qualified candidates for all posted employment opportunities without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability or veteran status. McLean particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

About the institution
Since 1811, McLean Hospital has been a world leader in scientific investigations and treatments of mental illnesses as well as in training generations of scientists and clinicians.

McLean Hospital maintains the largest program of research in neuroscience and psychiatry of any private psychiatric hospital in the United States. McLean Hospital has been ranked as America’s best freestanding psychiatric hospital for 17th consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report.

McLean Hospital is located in Belmont, Massachusetts, 9 miles west of Boston.