Postdoctoral Scholar
College of Medicine
2d ago


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The Sleep Research & Treatment Center (SRTC) in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, PA) seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar for a 1-3 year position to work on an NIMH-funded project awarded to Dr.

Julio Fernandez-Mendoza. The position requires a PhD in biological sciences, with a degree in neuroscience preferred. Previous experience in sleep research, EEG spectral analysis, sleep lab methods and statistical analyses (SPSS / SAS / R) using large data-sets is highly desirable.

The SRTC is world-renowned for having established a longitudinal cohort of young children (N 700) followed-up as adolescents (N 421) comprehensively studied in the sleep lab.

The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Fernandez-Mendoza and a graduate student as well as five other multidisciplinary co-investigators on an innovative project studying how childhood and adolescent sleep EEG cortical activity, and its longitudinal trajectory, relates to neurocognitive and behavioral / emotional outcomes.

The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in other projects investigating sleep-related biomarkers in young adults.

The successful applicant will present their work at national and international professional conferences. Strong writing and communication skills highly desired.

Independent manuscript preparation and publication is expected. Opportunities for grant preparation and submission will also be made available as part of a career development plan.

The Department of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a growing, vibrant department in a strong academic medical center.

Our educational programs include psychiatry residency, child and adolescent fellowship, psychology internship and externship, biomedical graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

We host specialty clinical and research programs, including research that crosses the translational spectrum. We have a strong collaboration with basic and clinical researchers in other neuroscience disciplines across several Penn State campuses.

JOB SUMMARY : The postdoctoral scholar will develop specialized expertise in spectral analyses of the sleep EEG in children and adolescents and their association with neurocognitive and emotional / behavioral functioning.

Additionally, the scholar will develop expertise in general sleep testing and will be able to begin to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team, including epidemiologists and biostatisticians.

This position will allow the selected candidate to acquire advanced expertise in large, deeply-phenotyped population-based data sets.

The postdoctoral scholar will have access to a wide range of learning and career development opportunities at Penn State, including research seminars, lectures and workshops.

Priority will be given to candidates with an interest in developing a research career by applying for further funding as a principal investigator and becoming an integral part of the SRTC.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS : Doctorate degree (PhD) in biomedical sciences required. Experience in conducting sleep studies and / or EEG spectral analyses highly desired.

Applicant should have the organizational skills necessary to manage the responsibilities of a daily research project, including data extraction, processing and analyses.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES : Research experience in the form of participation in a biomedical research lab, publications and / or presentations of research required.

Experience with spectral analyses of the EEG during wake and / or sleep highly desired. Experience with sleep studies also desired.

Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with graduate students and other investigators, excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills.

APPOINTMENT TERMS : This is a 1-3 year, full-time, position with benefits. Salary range is contingent upon post-degree experience in accordance with 2019 NRSA rates


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