Post-doc, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (USA)

The Department of Psychiatry, within the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher position, available immediately. This is a two-year position, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The successful applicant will contribute to a research program on the relationship between alcohol/drug use disorders and suicidal behavior (attempts and death).

Due to current government travel regulations, this position is not eligible for sponsorship to international candidates.

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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

GWAS summer school announcement, Tinbergen Institute (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Philipp Koellinger and Ronald de Vlaming will be teaching the 5th edition of the summer school in genome-wide data analysis in Amsterdam (6-10 Jul 2020).

They will introduce you to the working horses of complex trait genetics and discuss heritability, GWAS, population stratification, polygenic scores, Mendelian randomization, genetic correlation, multivariate approaches to genetic discovery, statistical power & study design. Potential applications of these tools in epidemiology and the social sciences will be discussed, including what these results mean and — importantly — what they do not mean. You will also be familiarized with data structures, relevant programs and commands in the computer tutorials. People who joined the summer school in the past included PhD students, postdocs, junior and senior faculty members from around the globe (e.g. US, EU, Australia, Asia) from various disciplines including economics, psychology, sociology, epidemiology, and (of course) behavioral genetics.

Please click here for a link for more information and to apply (deadline June 8, 2020).