Opening for postdoctoral fellow

Applications are being sought for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in neuroimaging methods, data collection, and analysis in the PD Lab (Personality and Dysregulation Lab) of Dr. Naomi Sadeh at the University of Delaware. The lab is currently conducting studies examining brain networks that contribute to impulsive and harmful behaviors in adults with and without mental illness. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in functional/structural MRI (e.g., FSL, FreeSurfer), programming (e.g., MATLAB), and an interest in impulsivity, self-regulation, and/or externalizing psychopathology (e.g., antisocial personality disorder, alcohol/substance use disorders). Clinical training is not required, but would be considered an asset. The position is open to individuals who have completed a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field or an M.D. Preference will be given to individuals with strong organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, experience working in research teams, and a demonstrated ability to work well with others. Applications from any area of Psychology are encouraged, especially from individuals who have an interest in externalizing disorders. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge network-analysis methods (e.g., graph theory). The postdoctoral researcher will be heavily involved in data analysis and the preparation of findings for manuscript publication and conference presentations. The anticipated start date is Summer 2019 (with flexibility) and would last for a two-year period with potential for renewal.

If you are interested in being considered for the position, please send a current CV, a brief statement of interest that outlines your qualifications for the position, reprints of selected papers, and the names of three professional references to Dr. Naomi Sadeh at nsadeh@udel.edu<mailto:nsadeh@udel.edu>.

Welcome to the PD lab

The Personality & Dysregulation lab conducts research on why people engage in risky, impulsive, and self-destructive behavior, with a special emphasis on elucidating how personality factors and sensitivity/ resiliency to life stress contributes to these harmful behaviors. We study mental disorders in adulthood that are marked by severe self-regulation deficits (e.g., psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders) and related public health problems (e.g., suicidal behavior, violence, substance use, criminal behavior). Research in the lab spans biological (neurobiology, genes), psychological (personality traits, emotion-cognition interactions, psychopathology), and environmental (traumatic life events, stress exposure) units of analysis. Ultimately, we hope to use the knowledge gained about the origins of impulsivity and deficits in self-regulation to improve prevention and treatment efforts for individuals at high risk for these clinical outcomes, including psychiatric patients, traumatized individuals, and criminal offenders.​