Postdoctoral Positions in Clinical and Contemplative Neuroscience at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral Positions in Clinical and Contemplative Neuroscience
at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral positions are available under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew D. Sacchet within the Meditation Research Group of the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. These positions are fully supported by NIH and Foundation funds.

The Meditation Research Group (Directed by Dr. Sacchet; advances the science of meditation in both clinical and non-clinical contexts and the neuroscience of depression. The Group’s studies span and integrate affective and cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology and psychiatry, computer science and related computational disciplines, contemplative and religious studies, neuro- and micro-phenomenology, human neuroimaging, and psychoneuroimmunology including epigenetics and stress physiology.

The Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research (CDASR; Directed by Dr. Diego A. Pizzagalli; is 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.

Successful candidates will be expected to lead and collaborate on projects that advance one or both of the neuroscience of depression and/or the neuroscience of meditation. The candidate will have access to extensive existing and newly acquired data across these two domains. Opportunities will be available to pursue independent research and interdisciplinary collaborations across Harvard Medical School and beyond. Depending on research focus, candidates will have access to research-dedicated human MRI scanners (3T, 4T, and 7T) as well as two high-density EEG systems.

Qualifications: A strong background in functional MRI analysis is required. Expertise in clinical neuroscience or contemplative neuroscience is desired though not required. Additional experience with a second imaging modality (notably EEG) and in computational approaches (e.g., computational modeling, machine learning) will also be considered.

To apply, send a CV, a cover letter describing research interests, as well as names and email addresses of three references to Matthew D. Sacchet ( Review of applications will begin immediately (expected start date: early 2022, although other timeframes may be possible).

About McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School
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 is the flagship psychiatric affiliate and teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. 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 18 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Harvard Medical School as the best Research Medical School with the best Psychiatry Program. McLean Hospital is in Belmont, Massachusetts, approximately 5 miles from Boston. McLean Hospital is located in Belmont, Massachusetts, approximately 5 miles from Boston.

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.