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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 with elevated likelihood for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as toddlers with ASD. The Associate will join an interdisciplinary research team at the Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program.

The postdoctoral associate will work as part of the Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Program Project 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 and data science departments at Yale. The ACE project aims to identify prenatal and neonatal precursors of autism symptoms.

During the two-year postdoctoral program, the associate will be expected to lead and participate in the development and implementation of novel eye-tracking, MRI, fNIRS, and behavioral protocols targeting early markers of core and co-occurring features in autism. The postdoctoral associate will also be expected to take a leadership role on data analysis and manuscript preparation based on the extensive data collection through the ACE and SANA research programs. The postdoctoral 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, MRI, and fNIRS, as well as in 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 early intervention. 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. 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 and Data Science; Haskins Laboratories; 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 postdoctoral 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 is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2022

Award Details

Sponsor Institution: Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Program Director: Katarzyna Chawarska

Salary: $53,760 per year; commensurate with NIH postdoctoral levels of experience (plus full healthcare coverage and benefits)

Term of Position: 2 years

Start Date: July 1, 2022

U.S. Citizenship: Not Required