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PEARL is hiring! New as of July, 2018!

The Pediatric Emotion And Resilience Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University invites applicants interested in an advanced Research Assistant position beginning in summer 2018 (ASAP). The position will involve responsibilities including recruiting and scheduling participants for research studies, data collection (MRI, clinical, and behavioral), neuroimaging data analysis, administrative duties, IRB management, and general management of lab operations. Individuals with an interest in the neurobiology of mood disorders are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have completed a degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and have prior experience conducting clinical research. The job requires exceptional organizational skills, high motivation and initiative, the ability to work with children, and the ability to interact efficiently and courteously with others. The position requires a 1-2 year commitment.

Interested applicants can send their CV and a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals to Dr. Manpreet Singh (mksingh@stanford.edu). Additional information can be found at (http://med.stanford.edu/pedmood).


A post-doctoral position is available for a qualified and creative scientist with training in the use and analysis of functional neuroimaging.  Experience in functional and structural neuroimaging with human clinical participants is especially desirable.
This study is funded under the NIH’s Research Domain Criteria initiative.  We are acquiring a high-dimensional multimodal neuroimaging data over multiple repeated sessions. Participants also complete a cognitive-emotional behavior battery and lab draws for markers of insulin sensitivity and genetics during the in-person visits.  Outside the lab sessions, the study includes acquisition of growth charts, and naturalistic treatment information.

In this study, we are investigating the dynamics of brain circuits related to emotional and cognitive self-regulation over the course of development.  Plasticity will be related, in some cases, experimentally to medication and psychosocial interventions that are provided by our clinical team.  The focus of analysis will be on the activation and connectivity of large-scale human brain circuits implicated in aspects of self-regulation, including emotional arousal, reward processing, and cognitive control.  We will acquire both task-elicited and resting state imaging data.  Imaging data will be related to behavioral information from the cognitive-emotional batteries and from reports on daily experiences.  The position will be based at Stanford, within the Pediatric Emotion And Resilience Lab.   


The candidate must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience/neuroimaging or related fields. The position requires:

  1. Profound experience in statistical analysis using functional magnetic resonance imaging in particular. Computational approaches will include multiple forms of connectivity analysis and the integration of neuroimaging data with behavioral and self-report data.
  2. A demonstrated capacity to drive first author publications.
  3. A clear interest and motivation to pursue research in neuroimaging, personalized neuroscience, and innovative ways to think about the neuroscience of mood disorders.
  4. The capacity to interpret the clinical relevance of neuroimaging results.

Written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively, and self-motivation are highly valued.


For more information, contact Dr. Singh at (650) 725-5922
Send applications with a resume and cover letter to mksingh@stanford.edu
The position is open until filled.


The supervising PI for this position is Dr. Manpreet K. Singh, Stanford University. 

The position will be based within Dr. Singh’s Pediatric Emotion And Resilience Lab, the PEARL, at Stanford University.  The PEARL is based within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Stanford School of Medicine.  The Department maintains a staff of hardware and software technicians to support faculty research.  On-call clinical resources are detailed in the letter in the Protection of Human Subjects section.