Postdoc - U Maryland - Affective and Clinical/Translational Neuroscience

Candidates are being considered for a 1-year NIMH-funded postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Shackman in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park ( For U.S. citizens residing in North America, we are open to this being a largely remote (‘tele-work’) position.

The focus of this position will be to support on-going analytic and manuscript projects focused on the neurobiology of fear and anxiety and its role in the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, and psychosis. A secondary focus will be linking variation in circuit function to thoughts, feelings, and behavior in the clinic and real-world, indexed via semi-structured interviews and smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment (EMA). In most cases, data have already been collected. There will be opportunities to become involved in other projects, develop new analytic strategies, and develop mentored fellowship and grant applications (e.g. F32/K).

We are particularly excited about candidates with excellent writing, organizational, and statistical skills, and a strong background in functional neuroimaging and affective/clinical neuroscience. Expertise in HLM/MLM and related analytic techniques (e.g. SEM) or machine learning is desirable but not necessary. We want someone who is comfortable teaching themselves new techniques and who can jump right into doing science, so decent-or-better technical skills are mandatory. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and excellent organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills. This is a 1-year position that is potentially renewable, contingent on performance and funding.

Applicants should send a cover letter or portfolio describing relevant skills, experience, and interests—please provide concrete details about your technical contributions to past projects. Please include a current CV and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Shackman (; the Director of Laboratory Operations, Kathryn DeYoung (; and the Laboratory Manager, Jazmine Wedlock ( Applicants will be considered until the position is filled. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer. Read more about the NIMH R01 project here and here. Read more about the NIDA R21 project here and here.

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Alexander J. Shackman, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program
University of Maryland4094 Campus Drive (Biology/Psychology Building)
College Park, MD 20742-4411
Telephone: +1 (608) 358-5025Email: