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).

Post-doc – Genetics of Psychopathology, University of Chicago (USA)

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN GENETICS OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

A one-year research fellowship is available at the University of Chicago beginning July 1, 2020, for a recent PhD with expertise in molecular genetics, particularly expertise in creating and using polygenic risk scores. The fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to study relationships between polygenic risk scores and neural structure and functioning and psychopathology in a large sample of genotyped and imagined children. Expertise in biometric twin analyses would be advantageous, but not essential. This is an opportunity for an efficient scientist to author a number of high impact papers in a short period of time.

Please send an email describing your interests and a CV to Benjamin B. Lahey: blahey@uchicago.edu.

Post-doc, University of Missouri (USA)

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Alcohol and Addiction Research.

 

The Department of Psychological Sciences, at the University of Missouri, (MU) has TWO openings for POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS IN ALCOHOL AND ADDICTIONS RESEARCH. Postdoctoral research fellows will undertake advanced training in addictions and pursue their own research interests under the supervision of one or more faculty preceptors. The positions are funded through an NIH Institutional Training grant (only US citizens and permanent residents can be considered) or a Mission Enhancement funding source (without residency limitations). Doctoral candidates and recent Ph.D.’s interested in research opportunities offered by the training grant faculty (and described in the faculty pages of this website) are encouraged to contact us for more information.  Information on postdoctoral traineeship stipends and requirements, including service payback, is available here and here.

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Symposium Announcement

Skirting Mendel: Non-Classical Mechanisms of Phenotypic Variation, Inheritance and Disease, hosted by Keystone Symposia will be held March 15 –19, 2020 at Whistler Conference Center in British Columbia, Canada. This is an exciting program that will appeal to geneticists, epigenomicists, chromatin biologists, developmental biologists, mathematicians, physiologists and clinical scientists. The symposium will be hosted together with the Higher-Order Chromatin Architecture in Time and Space.  You can find all of the details and registration information at keystonesymposia.org/20X4. The registration date is just weeks away (Feb1) and there are still short talk slots available.

**The speaker list for the variation half of the meeting is below!

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