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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, Genetics of Musicality, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab soon anticipates an opening for a genetics-focused postdoctoral fellow, start date flexible. The postdoc will develop and carry out new studies of the genetic basis of human musicality traits 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, 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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Post-doc, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky (USA)

The Louisville Twin Study has an open postdoctoral research associate position. In collaboration with research groups at the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia, the postdoctoral research associate will work on a National Institute on Aging sponsored R01 research study. The overall aim of the project is to test whether cognitive development, biological aging, and amyloid aggregation predict cognitive functioning at midlife.

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Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Oslo)

Researcher on genetic factors for mental disorders Department of Mental disorders, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)

We have an exciting position as researcher available at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Oslo funded through the Research Council of Norway on the project “Intergenerational Transmission of risk for common mental disorders” with a duration of 16 months with the possibility of extension. The successful applicant will work on novel data from more than 100,000 children and their parents from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), including genomic data, longitudinal questionnaire data from pregnancy onwards, and National registry data. The focus of the project is on the role of genetic and environmental risk factors in intergenerational transmission of risk for common mental disorders and personality traits. We will also examine associations between genetic risk factors and a number of environmental exposures, and the interplay between genetic and environmental risk factors.

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