The Hormones and Behavior Lab in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU: http://psychology.msu.edu/) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow interested in understanding hormonal and genetic risk factors for eating disorders and comorbid conditions using multi-method approaches (behavioral genetics, hormone assessments, clinical interviews, and laboratory tasks). The fellow will lead and support research efforts on a NIMH-funded study (Co-PIs: Drs. Kelly Klump and Kristen Culbert) examining phenotypic and genetic influences of hormones on dysregulated eating in a large sample of child and adolescent twins from the Michigan State University Twin Registry (MSUTR:https://msutwinstudies.com/).
In addition to this primary project, the MSUTR has ample data from other NIH-funded projects that have explored genetic, neurobiological, and environmental factors on a range of health and psychopathological outcomes. Fellows will be encouraged to initiate independent research projects, contribute to manuscripts from the primary project, conduct secondary analyses on existing data, and prepare applications to federal and other funding agencies for research support.
We are seeking candidates with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, behavior genetics, or a related discipline. Successful applicants will have substantive interests and experience in studies examining genetic, environmental, and/or neurobiological influences on eating disorders or other forms of psychopathology (e.g., depression, anxiety). Strong data analytic skills are desirable, and prior training in behavioral genetics or a strong interest in learning behavioral genetics methodology is preferred. Experience with conducting semi-structured clinical interviews is also desired, but not required. The fellow will join a collaborative and multidisciplinary research team (clinical psychologists, neuroscientists, statisticians) and will have the opportunity to work in a high-quality and productive research environment.
Desired start date is July or August 2019, but the date is flexible.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Interested applicants should apply via the Careers @ MSU webpage (http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/500851/research-associatefixed-term) and include all required application materials.
Required Application Materials
- A letter of intent explaining past experiences in the field, research/academic interests, and primary reasons for an interest in the position
- The names and email addresses for three professional references
- Reprints of 2-3 scientific publications