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Postdoctoral Associate in Child Psychopathology

We are seeking an exceptional, motivated and creative Postdoctoral Associate to be involved in prospective studies of infants at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as toddlers and preschoolers with ASD. The Associate will join an interdisciplinary research team consisting of experts in developmental neuroscience at the Social Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program: https://medicine.yale.edu/lab/chawarska/.

The post-doc associate will have an opportunity to work as part of the Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Program Project (ace.yale.edu) team at the Yale Child Study Center (CSC) led by Prof. Chawarska. The Yale NIH ACE Research project represents a joint effort across child psychiatry, pediatrics, radiology, and statistics departments at Yale. The ACE project aims to identify prenatal and neonatal precursors of later core symptoms of ASD. The post-doc associate will also participate in studies aimed at decoding bases of comorbid symptoms in ASD in preschoolers.

During the two-year post-doctoral program, the associate will be expected to lead and participate in the development and implementation of novel eye-tracking and behavioral protocols targeting early markers of core and comorbid features in autism. The post-doctoral associate will also be expected to take a leadership role on data analysis and manuscript preparation based on the extensive data collection at the SANA Program. The post-doctoral associate will train and supervise research staff and students and assist with data management. Other responsibilities may include assisting with behavioral, physiological and neuroimaging studies as well as in grant writing. Candidates with a strong methodological background, statistical skills, expertise in eye-tracking and programming, excellent communication skills, and a strong publication record will be reviewed favorably.

The Yale CSC is a leading institution for clinical diagnostic services and multidisciplinary research on ASD involving behavioral neuroscience, physiology, neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and treatment. The CSC, and more broadly, the Yale School of Medicine is a vibrant and exciting training environment for young researchers with extensive opportunities for networking and career development: https://postdocs.yale.edu/. Training opportunities outside the Lab will include participation in a weekly autism research seminar, weekly Grand Rounds, as well as other extensive didactic experiences available at the Yale Child Study Center, Magnetic Resonance Research Center, Departments of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Statistics, as well as at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Yale School of Medicine provides excellent grantsmanship training opportunities and facilitates access to funding opportunities for post-doctoral trainees: https://your.yale.edu/policies-procedures/other/funding-opportunities-and-resources-junior-faculty-and-trainees.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a postdoctoral appointment, candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent from a program in developmental, clinical, or cognitive psychology, computer science, neuroscience, or a related field. When a candidate has completed all the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not yet been formally conferred, the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree, together with a statement of the date on which the degree is to be conferred. Yale University School of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from women and minority candidates.

Award Details

Sponsor Institution: Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Program Director: Katarzyna Chawarska

Salary: $52,704 per year; commensurate with NIH postdoctoral levels of experience (plus full healthcare coverage and benefits)

Term of Position: 2 years

Start Date: July 1, 2021

U.S. Citizenship: Not Required