New Update on BGA 2020 – online!

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We are pleased to announce that BGA will be hosting the 2020 annual meeting online! The format will be a 24h conference with ‘local hosts’ in the US, Europe, and Australia. Check back here often for updates. Initial information follows:

Date of the online conference: June 26th (exact times will follow)
Abstract submission deadline: June 8th – strict deadline! Submissions will be by email using This Template. Please send submissions to BehaviorGeneticsAssociation@gmail.com.
Platform: Zoom (talks will be recorded)
Poster session: Instead of large format posters we will have pre-recorded mini presentation (max 5 slides and 5 minutes narrative, details follow)
Registration Fee: Registration will be by donations – we suggest $24 (e.g. a dollar for each hour of fun)
Awards: All awards (except for the Dobzhansky) will be awarded
Business Meeting: Will take place during the online conference (details to follow)

As you can see, deadlines are short. Please start preparing now. Further details can be seen by clicking ‘Continue reading’ below, or visiting the Current Meeting page.

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Department Chair, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington (USA)

The Indiana University School of Public Health–Bloomington (SPH‐B) invites applications for the position of Chair for a newly reorganized department, Health & Wellness Design.

This exciting opportunity is well suited to a visionary and a dynamic leader who will work with the school to achieve a revitalized vision of the department to promote health by design and then work with the university to bring that mission and ethos to fruition.

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Post-doc, University of Southern California (USA)

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join NIA/NIH-funded research projects of two longitudinal studies of aging, the Project Talent Aging Study (PTAS) and the Project Talent Twin and Sibling (PTTS) Study. Each of these studies fielded recent late-life follow-up assessments of a large cohort of adolescents that began in 1960. Key aims of PTAS and PTTS are the study of early life family and environmental influences, individual factors (e.g., personality, social, cognitive ability), and genetics in predicting adult socioeconomic and psychosocial characteristics, and later life cognitive and physical health.

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PhD, Post-doc, University of Helsinki (Finland)

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, invites applications for the position of DOCTORAL CANDIDATE or POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER for a two-year, full-time fixed term starting 1 May 2020 (or as agreed; no later than 1 September 2020).

The appointee will work at the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy (KRIMO) in the research group of associate professor Antti Latvala. Latvala’s research utilizes nationwide register data and family-based, genetically informed research designs to study criminality, mental health, and related factors. The appointee will contribute to an ongoing research project examining effects of parental criminality and incarceration on offspring psychiatric and developmental outcomes, and is expected to publish the results in top-level international peer reviewed scientific journals. The project will include collaboration with researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Faculty position, University of Arkansas (USA)

FACULTY POSITION OPPORTUNITY IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND NEUROSCIENCE

The Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) is seeking a human developmental scientist for a tenure-track or tenure-eligible faculty position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The BIRC is a clinical/computational neuroscience center and center of excellence in training and career development. This faculty position is a key component of a strategic plan to extend our human neuroimaging research program into early to late childhood and early adolescence to inform the neurodevelopmental trajectory of drug use and other mental health disorders.

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Identify important new directions for health-related behavioral and social science research by March 29, 2020

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is seeking broad public input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR).

Specifically, OBSSR requests your input on research directions that will support the achievement of the scientific priorities in the OBSSR Strategic Plan 2022-2026 (see current strategic plan) and that will advance or transform the broader health impact of BSSR. OBSSR is interested in focusing on research directions that are trans-disease and cross-cutting in nature and address critical gaps in the field.

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Post-docs, PhD, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo (Norway)

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway has total three vacant postdoc and PhD positions.

Position 1: Postdoctoral fellow in social differences and mental health Centre for Fertility and Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health; Position 2:  Doctoral research fellowship in social differences and mental health Centre for Fertility and Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health; Position 3: Postdoctoral fellow on gender differences in education and health Centre for Fertility and Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

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Post-doc, University of Alberta (Canada)

The Departments of Medical Genetics and Psychiatry at the University of Alberta has an opening for a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the area of Psychiatric Genetics, specifically involving genetic and genomic studies in psychiatry. The successful candidate will possess a relevant doctoral degree (in Psychiatric Genetics/Genomics or equivalent) with training in statistical genetics. Experience in genome-wide association analysis as applied to addictions and mental health with relevant techniques such as admixture analysis and running linear mixed models using GCTA or SAIGE with a covariance matrix is essential. A strong track record of refereed journal publications is desired and helpful for securing awards. A high standard of communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with creative problem-solving and dedication to tasks are required. See here for more details.

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Summer School Announcement

Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Summer school: Nature & Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics

We offer a summer school in Amsterdam, which is open to bachelor students, master students, PhD students, and researchers from around the world who would like to gain knowledge and hands-on data-analysis experience with twin data, and various omics data (from genomic to epigenomic data). This year, the summer school takes place from July 18 till August 1 2020. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.vu.nl/en/programmes/short/summer-school/courses/nature-and-nurture/index.aspx

 

Research Master Announcement

Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Research master: Genes in Behaviour and Health

The research master Genes in Behaviour and Health is a two-year full time programme that will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the relevant research methods to design and carry out high-quality research within the field of behaviour genetics and genetic epidemiology.

Opting for the research master’s programme brings you into an inspiring research environment. The Department of Biological Psychology is famous for its Netherlands Twin Register, an unique data repository, containing genetic and environmental information for more than 50,000 twin families, who are followed longitudinally. You will be taught by expert staff members and by researchers from other institutes worldwide who regularly visit to give lectures and workshops. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to apply go to vu.nl/genes