BGA in Stockholm

THIS YEAR’S BGA ANNUAL MEETING TOOK PLACE IN STOCKHOLM, June 26-29, WITH LOCAL HOSTS NANCY PEDERSEN AND HENRIK LARSSON.

Highlights of the program were keynotes by Drs. Cynthia Bulik, Tonu Esko, and Margaret Gatz (Dobzhansky Lecture), and the first ever (ABBA) debate! You can find the program HERE.

We congratulate the following BG members that were awarded:

  • Rowe Award: Chaoyu Liu 
  • Thompson Award: Kirstin Purves
  • Fulker Award: Camelia Minica  doi:10.1007/s10519-018-9904-4
  • Fuller Scott Award: Michel Nivard
  • Dobzhansky Award: Jack McArdle & Carol Prescott

 

Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award

The American Psychological Foundation is currently seeking nominations for the APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. Please share the below call with groups and individuals who have the qualifications mentioned in the call for applications. 
This award recognizes a significant career of contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology. The awardee receives a plaque, a $4,000 award and an all-expense paid round trip to the APA Annual Convention, where the award is presented. Awardees are also invited to give a special address.

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2 Post-docs, VU Amsterdam

The CTGlab has two vacancies for postdocs: one in statistical genetics and one in bioinformatics. Research in CTGlab explores the genetic and environmental causes of individual differences in behavior, cognition and mental and physical health. We integrate knowledge from different fields (biology, genetics, neuroimaging, bioinformatics) and use and develop statistical tools to analyze and understand genomic data for complex traits.

If you are familiar with GWAS, post-GWAS analyses, know how to code and want to work in Amsterdam in the CTGlab-team (see: https://ctg.cncr.nl), then please contact Dr. Danielle Posthuma, or check out the vacancies:

Post-doc, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

We welcome applications for a postdoctoral position in developmental behaviour genetics in the research group headed by Dr. Terje Falck-Ytter, Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institutet (https://staff.ki.se/people/terfal).

This position is tied to the BABYTWINS study (https://ki.se/en/kind/babytwins), in which we assess brain (EEG) and behavior (including eye movements) in 5 month old twins who are subsequently followed to the age of three years of age (n = 620 infants). The 5-month data collection in the BABYTWINS study, which is unique of its kind in the world, will be completed by the end of 2019.

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Assistant Professor (TT), Institute for Behavioral Genetics (USA)

The Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado Boulder, invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship with an academic appointment in one of the following departments: 1) Psychology and Neuroscience, 2) Integrative Physiology, 3) Economics, 4) Computer Science, 5) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 6) Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

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PhD Candidate – PROMENTA (Oslo, Norway)

Applications are invited for a 3-4 year position as PhD fellow in psychology in “Genetic and environmental factors in wellbeing and mental health”, at the PROMENTA Research Center, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.

The PhD fellow will collaborate with colleagues at PROMENTA, and internationally, to examine the role of genetic and environmental factors in wellbeing and mental health. The PhD project will aim to examine a) causal factors and processes in wellbeing, b) the genetic and environmental underlying structure of the broader wellbeing spectrum, and c) gene-environment interplay in wellbeing and mental health. Methodologically, the project will be based on longitudinal twin studies and molecular genetic studies, with data from the Norwegian Twin Registry and the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). The MoBa is a unique pregnancy cohort comprising genetic and phenotypic data from 250 000 individuals nested in family trios.

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Post-Doc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)

The Department of Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Personality Psychology. The candidate will be afforded the opportunity to work with any of the personality-oriented researchers at the university, including Jaime Derringer, Daniel Briley, Chris Fraley, and Brent Roberts. The postdoc will also teach one Psychology of Personality course per semester.

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Post-doc, University of California, San Diego (USA)

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Behavior Genetics of Aging in the University of California, San Diego Department of Psychiatry.  If interested, contact Drs. Matthew Panizzon at mspanizzon@ucsd.edu or William Kremen at wkremen@ucsd.edu.

The fellow will work primarily on analyses and manuscript preparation for  Interplay of Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies (IGEMS) consortium Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) grant.  IGEMS is a collection of twin studies from Australia, the United States, and Europe comprising over 47,000 individuals. IGEMS contains information on a wide range of risk and protective factors for AD measured across the lifespan, in addition to genome-wide genotyping.  Research will emphasize the additive and interactive effects of genetic and environmental risk/protective factors on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and MCI.

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Post-doc, University of Colorado Boulder (USA)

We are recruiting highly motivated late stage graduate students or Post – Doctoral researchers with experience in programming, statistics, and/or genetics to help us develop methods to elucidate the genetic architecture of complex traits using genome-wide data. This NIH funded work is being conducted at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG), University of Colorado Boulder (PI Matthew Keller) in collaboration with Peter Visscher and Jian Yang at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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