Announcing Twins 2021 Budapest – The 19th International Congress on Twin Studies

11-14 November, online & in person & live where possible.
For all twin researchers, twin & higher order multiple advocates, & twin-curious.

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Post-doc, University of York

The Department of Education at the University of York is seeking a Research Associate for 10 months to work with Dr Umar Toseeb.  The postdoc will investigate the relative contributions of genetic and environmental influences on the longitudinal trajectories of mental health difficulties from childhood through to adolescence. This will be achieved through the secondary analysis of existing data from UK-based birth cohorts. The post would ideally be from January to October 2022, but we would consider some flexibility. Flexible and remote working options are available in line with University policies.

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Post-doc, VIPBG, Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)

The Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG; vipbg.vcu.edu) is pleased to invite applications for postdoctoral training with a focus on mental health. The Institute offers a rich multidisciplinary training environment. Our faculty include leaders in the fields of statistical and psychiatric genetics and represent a wide range of scientific backgrounds from molecular and statistical genetics to epidemiology, psychology and psychiatry.

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2 Post-docs, UCLA, (USA)

Applications are sought for two full-time Postdoctoral positions. The successful candidates will work as part of an interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Daniel Benjamin in the Department of Human Genetics at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. The focus of Dr. Benjamin’s lab is social-science genomics: the identification of genetic variation that is associated with variation in behavior and other social-science-relevant phenotypes. The Postdoc will play a major role in the Polygenic Index Repository, creating optimal genetic predictors for a range of behavioral traits. For examples of related past research, see the “Genoeconomics” tab at https://www.danieljbenjamin.com/publications.

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Post-doc, Genetics of Musicality, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab is now accepting applications for a genetics-focused postdoctoral fellow https://www.vumc.org/music-cognition-lab/open-postdoctoral-positions. Using computational methods, the postdoc will develop and carry out new studies of the genetic basis of human musicality traits (e.g., rhythm ability and music engagement) 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, Penn State (USA)

The laboratory of Jenae Neiderhiser (Gene-Environment Interplay Lab) within the College of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position. The key aim of our research is to understand the how genes and environments work together to influence the development of children from early childhood to adolescence. There is also a specific focus on how the prenatal environment and other early life environmental exposures may influence the healthy development of children into adolescence. Our team takes an interdisciplinary approach integrating across developmental psychology, family process, biological and hormonal mechanisms, and behavioral genetics.

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Open Rank Faculty Positions, Indiana University (USA)

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Indiana University School of Public Health‐Bloomington (SPH‐B) invites applications to join the faculty of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. This is an open-rank search, and applicants at all levels (assistant, associate, or full professor) are welcome.  Individuals are sought who will contribute toward academic excellence in research and teaching in support of our mission to create knowledge and train the next generation to protect human health by improving the quality of environments where people live, work, and play.  Multiple positions are available.

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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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