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Post-doctoral position – Human Neurocognitive Aging

posted Dec 26, 2015, 9:42 AM by Bradley Harden
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Psychiatric Neuroimaging (PI: Arnold Bakker, Ph.D.) has a vacancy for 1-2 postdoctoral scholars to perform federally-funded research in the areas of learning and memory, aging, dementia and depression using human functional neuroimaging methods. As part of the research team, the candidate will be responsible for the design and implementation of behavioral and imaging experiments aimed at assessing learning and memory performance, or the effects of depression on learning and memory and cognition, broadly in both young and older adults and in individuals with memory complaints or mild cognitive impairment. Our studies focus primarily on the role of the medial temporal lobe and particularly the hippocampus in memory function, age- and disease-related memory impairment and neuropsychiatric conditions. We are also interested in neural network approaches to learning and memory, cognitive aging and intervention using studies of resting state activity and functional connectivity.

The Division of Psychiatric Neuroimaging is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (JHADRC), the Division of Geriatric Psychiatryand Neuropsychiatry, the Kirby Center for Brain Imaging, the Center for Imaging Science (CIS) and the HOPE4MCI study. These affiliations and the Johns Hopkins community in general provide a rich and unique environment for collaboration and education for candidates interested in learning and memory in aging and disease, and neuropsychiatry.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in cognitive neuroscience and will have significant experience with functional MRI, as well as a background in learning and memory. A Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science or Psychology is required. The successful candidate should also have excellent writing and communication skills and be willing to learn new MRI analysis methods. Salary will be dependent on the experience of the individual candidate.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest including a brief description of research interests, a curriculum vitae including a record of research accomplishments, and the names of three professional references to Dr. Arnold Bakker (abakker@jhu.edu).
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