Postdoc, University of Wisconsin–Madison (USA)

Training Program in Emotion Research

T32 Postdoc Opportunity Training Program in Emotion Research

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded Training Program in Emotion Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will have two, 3-year post-doctoral positions starting in Fall 2021. Applications are due on Sunday, January 31, 2021. For more information, please visit

The following faculty all desire post-doctoral candidates:

John J. Curtin: Dr. Curtin’s laboratory combines in situ personal sensing (i.e., digital phenotyping) and machine learning to develop, refine, and implement precision mental healthcare and harm reduction approaches for individuals with substance use disorders. Visit his website for additional information:

Simon B. GoldbergHeather C. Abercrombie and Richard J. Davidson: Drs. Goldberg, Abercrombie, and Davidson are recruiting for two separate post-doctoral scholar positions:

1) Postdoctoral scholar for projects evaluating and developing mobile health well-being interventions based in contemplative practices. Studies will use current gold-standard behavioral measures linked to neurocognitive systems, and develop novel measures, to interrogate the plasticity of well-being. In addition, affective computing methods will be used to develop novel “passive” measures that can be derived from natural speech, text, and/or video data streams.

2) Postdoctoral scholar with prior research and mental health training for a project evaluating a mobile health intervention for depression. The intervention is based in contemplative practices and designed to improve well-being and reduce depression. The study will evaluate intervention-related behavioral changes. In addition, affective computing methods will be used in the development of novel “passive” measures of the plasticity of well-being that can be derived from natural speech.  Drs. Goldberg and Abercrombie are licensed psychologists and will provide clinical supervision for mental health assessments within the study. Individuals with PhDs in clinical or counseling psychology interested in accruing post-doctoral hours for licensure are encouraged to apply.

Ryan J. Herringa: The BRAVE Research Center focuses on neurodevelopmental mechanisms of risk and resilience in youth following trauma.  Current R01 funded studies include 1) a longitudinal neuroimaging study examining maltreatment-related trajectories in adolescent affective disorders, 2) neurobehavioral mechanisms of parent-child fear learning and extinction in pediatric PTSD.  Candidates with interest and experience in neuroimaging analyses as well as advanced analytical skills such as machine learning will be strongly considered.

Michael R. Koenigs: The Koenigs Lab studies multiple clinical populations with deficits in social and affective function, including incarcerated individuals with psychopathic personality disorder, neurological patients with prefrontal brain damage, and psychiatric outpatients with mood and anxiety disorders. We employ a variety of measures, including clinical diagnostic interviews, cognitive and behavioral testing, physiological responses (e.g., heart rate, eye movements), and neuroimaging assessments of brain structure and function (e.g., fMRI).

Paula M. Niedenthal: Research in the Niedenthal Emotion’s Lab investigates the social function, physiological basis, and cultural shapers of human emotion expression and experience using a wide variety of cutting-edge analytic and experimental methods. We also apply our theoretical perspective to novel developments in the design of social agents including robots and voice agents. Dr. Niedenthal is recruiting a post-doc with interests in the physiological basis of emotion regulation and culture but will also consider applicants with interests in her other programs of research.

Melissa A. Rosenkranz: Dr. Rosenkranz’s research investigates the neural processes that underlie the relationship between emotion and inflammation in both healthy individuals and those with chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma. She also studies the mechanisms through which behavioral interventions, like mindfulness-based stress reduction can buffer the effects of stress and emotion on immune system function. Her research employs both fMRI and PET imaging modalities, as well as a diverse set of peripheral physiological, immune and endocrine measures. For more specific information: Post-doctoral Fellow Recruitment


Please send the following items by Sunday, January 31, 2021 to The Training Program in Emotion Research Administrator, Ms. Jane Lambert, at

  1. Cover Letter: Identify the program faculty member(s) with whom you wish to train
  2. CV
  3. Research Statement
  4. Three letters of reference (These can be submitted separately by the letter writers themselves, will be accepted until January 31st 2021).

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer