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Post-doc, Genetics of Musicality, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab is now accepting applications for a genetics-focused postdoctoral fellow https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/open-postdoctoral-positions. Using computational methods, the postdoc will develop and carry out new studies of the genetic basis of human musicality traits (e.g., rhythm ability and music engagement) and explore potentially shared architecture with other communication traits (i.e., speech/language), health traits, and related neural endophenotypes. A primary focus of the position will be to explore genetic contributions to the neural basis of musicality traits. The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop their own related projects in parallel, and will receive training in leadership, mentorship, and grantsmanship in preparation for an independent career.

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Post-doc, Penn State (USA)

The laboratory of Jenae Neiderhiser (Gene-Environment Interplay Lab) within the College of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position. The key aim of our research is to understand the how genes and environments work together to influence the development of children from early childhood to adolescence. There is also a specific focus on how the prenatal environment and other early life environmental exposures may influence the healthy development of children into adolescence. Our team takes an interdisciplinary approach integrating across developmental psychology, family process, biological and hormonal mechanisms, and behavioral genetics.

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Open Rank Faculty Positions, Indiana University (USA)

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Indiana University School of Public Health‐Bloomington (SPH‐B) invites applications to join the faculty of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. This is an open-rank search, and applicants at all levels (assistant, associate, or full professor) are welcome.  Individuals are sought who will contribute toward academic excellence in research and teaching in support of our mission to create knowledge and train the next generation to protect human health by improving the quality of environments where people live, work, and play.  Multiple positions are available.

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PhD, Post-doc, PROMENTA Research Center (Oslo, Norway)

Two positions are available at the PROMENTA Research Center, Section for Health, Developmental and Personality psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. PROMENTA is a newly established interdisciplinary research center focusing on mental health, drug use and wellbeing. Generally, we examine sources of mental health and wellbeing on a variety of levels, such as genetic risk, neurocognitive development, the psychosocial environment, and the socio-cultural context. For more information about PROMENTA, please visit www.promenta.no.

The positions are funded by a grant from the Research Council of Norway for the project “Homo sociabilis and genomics of the good life. Rethinking wellbeing and social relations – the role of genetic and environmental processes”.

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Post-doc, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

The department of Psychology, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) is seeking to appoint a 1 FTE Postdoctoral Research Assistant. The post-doctoral researcher will work within an existing team on the study “Integrated gene and brain mapping of language and reading abilities”. This position is funded by the BBSRC and uses cutting-edge neuroimaging, genetic, and epigenetic methods to understand the acquisition of reading and language abilities. The main data will come from Generation Scotland, a population based and multi-generational family study of around ~20,000 individuals. The researcher will work in collaboration with the principal grant holder (Dr Michelle Luciano) and other investigators (Dr Timothy Bates, Dr Heather Whalley, Dr Riccardo Marioni) and be responsible for key aspects of the research including data analysis, interpreting results, and disseminating research findings through scientific presentations and publications. The main project goal is to map genetic variation in language and reading abilities to components of molecular and neurobiological systems. We hope that identifying specific biological effects can ultimately contribute to improved literacy.

Applications are invited from those with a PhD or equivalent degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Genetics, Statistics, or Computer Science. Deadline: 12 July 2021

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Doctoral student and Post-doc, University of Helsinki (Finland)

We invite applications for a four-year (doctoral students) and a two-year (postdoctoral researcher) full-time positions starting 13 September 2021 (or as agreed). The appointees 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 from Finland and Sweden and family-based, genetically informed research designs, as well as other quasi-experimental methods to study criminality, mental health, and related factors. The appointees will contribute to a beginning project examining effects of parental incarceration on offspring mental health, criminality and developmental outcomes, or other criminality-related register-based research projects. The project may include collaboration with researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Post-doc, Emory University Department of Psychology (USA)

The Behavioral Genetics of Addiction Laboratory (PI: Rohan Palmer, PhD) at Emory University is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow with interest in multi-omic and genetic analyses of the onset and persistence of drug and alcohol use and disorders. This post-doctoral position will focus on translating genetic findings for generalized substance use and disorders into a predictive toolset that can inform future research and intervention/prevention programs. Candidates with demonstrated interest in integrating multiple-omics data (e.g., DNA, RNA, microRNA, Methylation, Proteomics data) and/or developing genetically-informed predictive models of substance use and disorders are encouraged to apply. The lab also works on cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of addictive behaviors, as well as personality, cognition, and several environmental and familial factors associated with substance addiction. The postdoctoral fellow will lead statistical analyses of combined datasets and biobanks with the support of the lab’s bioinformatics staff.

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Post-doc, King’s College London (UK)

New 4-year post-doc role on the Twins Early Development Study. Start date any time September 2021-January 2022. We are looking for an enthusiastic postgraduate with a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, life sciences, genetics, epidemiology or a related subject. The successful applicant will work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof Thalia Eley in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre and will be a member of her Emotional Development, Intervention and Treatment (EDIT) Lab. The post is part of a 5-year MRC-funded project led by Prof Eley, focussed on understanding genetic and environmental influences on the development and intergenerational transmission of anxiety and depression.

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Post-doc, Aarhus University, Denmark

The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University (AU), Denmark invites applications for an exciting position as Postdoc to do research in pharmacogenomics of ADHD as per 1st of September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a fixed-term fulltime position for two years. Deadline 1 Jun

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