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Developmental Psychobiology is an international, peer-reviewed journal. It publishes original research and review articles on all aspects of psychobiology research, spanning studies with human and non-human populations with an emphasis on understanding the links between biology, neuroscience, and behavior. The successful candidate for the position of Editor-in-Chief will be recognized internationally for his or her achievements in this area and have a good track record of publications and presentations at conferences. He or she will also have an extensive international network of contacts, so that the profile of the Journal can continue to be developed. The ideal candidate will be skilled in diplomacy, networking, and written and verbal communication. 

The duties of the EIC include: 

• Managing the day-to-day operations of the Journal, especially the peer review process, with support from a journal administrator provided by the Publisher 

• Facilitating thorough, fair, and fast peer review through the delegation of Associate Editors, the invitation of peer reviewers, and the synthesis of peer review reports into a manuscript decision 

• Encouraging submissions from authors and serving as an ambassador of the Journal 

• Monitoring and improving Journal operations and the effectiveness of the Journal's editorial goals and policies 

• Collaborating with the Publisher to explore strategic new initiatives, policies, and subject areas in order to enhance Journal quality and growth 

• Maintaining regular communication with the Publisher to discuss the journal's performance, operations, and management of the Associate Editors 

• Managing Editorial Board, including inviting and retiring members and monitoring performance 

• Maintaining regular communication with the Associate Editors and the Editorial Board to keep them engaged and energized.

Attend the annual ISDP meetings and chair the Wiley board meeting at that time.


The EIC shall have the power to delegate specific responsibilities to Associate Editors and the Editorial Board. Ideally, to keep the flow of papers maintained and the decision times to a minimum, the successful candidate should plan to spend a little time on the Journal each day. The EIC will be expected to start in April of 2017.

A search committee has been formed by members of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology to assist Wiley in selection of the new editor. Applicants should send a covering letter, curriculum vitae, and a short assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Developmental Psychobiology and your vision for how you would like to see it develop in the future. Please send all application materials by January 1, 2017 to:

Serena Tan, Journal Publishing Manager, at setan@wiley.com
Nathan Fox, President, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology at fox@umd.edu


The Developmental Psychology program [with a pending name change to Integrative Program in Developmental, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience (DCBN)] in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston invites applications for the Ph.D. program for the 2017-18 academic term. Deadline for applications is December 1, 2016.  See:  http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/admissions/

The program

  • 10 faculty members, a diverse yet interactive group, interested in understanding how the brain and behavior change over time: http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/Faculty/
  • 4 areas (Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive, Developmental)
  • 1 truly interdisciplinary educational experience
  • Participate in research funded by various federal agencies and private foundations
  • Potential to collaborate with faculty who contribute to physical and mental health research and education across several colleges, departments, and institutions
  • Tuition fellowships cover tuition & fees; Research Assistantships & Teaching Fellowship opportunities

The Psychology Department

  • New external funding of $7.5 million in 2015-2016 fiscal year
  • The Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES), a university-wide research center resource: https://www2.times.uh.edu/
  • State-of-the-art animal facilities including an Animal Behavior Core for rodents
  • Brand new genetics, imaging, and molecular laboratories
  • Human laboratory facilities available for eye-tracking, EEG, neuroimaging

The University of Houston

  • Tier 1 (Highest Research Activity; Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement Teaching)
  • The 2nd most ethnically diverse public research university in the US and recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution
  • About 40% of all sponsored research funds are on health-related topics
  • Part of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world 

The City of Houston

  • Fastest growing large city in the US
  • Most affordable urban area in which to live
  • Multitude of cultural events, arts programs, shopping, and entertainment
  • Terrific restaurants of various cuisines
  • Two major airports
  • Tropical climate with mild winters
  • Parks, bike trails, proximity to beaches

For more information, please see: http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/


Sanford Research, Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral traineeship in maternal-child health and child development. Appointment is for 2 years, with the second year contingent upon satisfactory progress. This interdisciplinary experience emphasizes fetal exposures, physiology, American Indian health, community-based participatory research, and longitudinal assessment and analysis. This position will be involved in conducting analyses, writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, reports, and for presentation to academic and community audiences. Trainees will also gain experience in grantsmanship, as well as research design, planning, and execution.  Dr. Amy Elliott’s lab studies the effect of prenatal and early childhood exposures on development.  Al her work occurs through collaborations with investigators and communities across the United States, as well as in South Africa.  This post-doctoral fellowship position will be involved in the Safe Passage Study and Environmental Influences and Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. Trainees will be responsible for writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, reports, and for presentation to academic and community audiences.

Applications are sought whose pre-doctoral training and subsequent experience include a strong concentration in the social behavioral sciences, such as epidemiology, public health, psychology, family studies, sociology, or social work. Ideal candidates possess would expertise in multivariate statistics, including structural equation modeling and growth curve modeling, and experience in preparing research for publication in scholarly journals.

Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vita, statement of research interests, graduate transcripts, three (3) letters of reference with emphasis on the individual’s research promise, and samples of published and unpublished theoretical and empirical work. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Address questions to Dr. Amy Elliott at amy.elliott@SanfordHealth.org, Sanford Research, 2301 E. 60th St. N., Sioux Falls, SD 57014.

Organizational Summary
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana and China. Sanford Health includes 43 hospitals, 150 clinic locations and nearly 1,400 physicians in 80 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 27,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.



The Child Development Research Group (CDRG) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is inviting applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD in Experimental Psychology (Developmental). CDRG is comprised of five active research labs that conduct basic research on human development in infancy and early childhood. Specifically, our research interests focus on understanding the early development of action, perception, cognition, and language.

In addition to enhancing our current knowledge of developmental processes, another goal of our program is to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas, theories, and methodologies for faculty and graduate students alike. In particular, the core developmental faculty offer varied research environments using distinct methodologies (EEG/ERP, fNIRS, eye-tracking, kinematics, preferential looking) and cover a broad range of theoretical approaches (dynamic/developmental systems, statistical learning, information processing, developmental cognitive neuroscience) while promoting a collaborative and interdisciplinary study of early development at multiple levels of analysis.

Candidates should hold a Bachelors or Masters in Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, or related fields. Candidates with previous research experience (undergraduate or post-baccalaureate), knowledge of child development, computer programming and/or statistical analyses are especially encouraged to apply. The application deadline is December 1, 2016. For more information, visit the Department of Psychology website (http://psychology.utk.edu/phd_experimental.php).

See below for more information about each lab. Students are invited to directly contact the lab directors.

The Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Jessica F. Hay (jhay@utk.edu), studies language acquisition, speech perception, and statistical learning. We test both infants and adults using behavioural methodologies (habituation, preferential looking, eye-tracking) to discover how perceptual and experiential factors impact learning within a developmental framework. We have an ongoing 5-year grant from the NIH – Infant statistical learning: Resilience, longevity, and specificity. To learn more about our lab please visit our website (http://infantlanguagelab.utk.edu).

The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Lab, directed by Dr. Greg D. Reynolds (greynolds@utk.edu), is currently exploring three main lines of research on infant cognitive development: brain-behavior relations and the development of attention; intersensory perceptual processing and infant visual attention; and the role of experience in the development of attention, face processing, and recognition memory.  Behavioral, psychophysiological (heart rate, EOG, eye-tracking), and neural (event-related potentials) measures are integrated across studies following a Developmental Systems Theory approach. Research in the lab is currently funded by NIH. To learn more about the DCN lab please visit our website (http://dcnlab.utk.edu).

Attention, Brain, and Cognition (ABC) Lab, directed by Dr. Aaron T. Buss (abuss@utk.edu), studies executive function in early childhood and adulthood. The ABC lab uses various methodologies including behavioral measures, neural measures obtained from functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and neuro-simulations using dynamic field theory. The lab currently has multiple research projects ongoing that examine flexible rule-use, the dynamics of action selection, selective attention, and the interaction of label learning and attention development. To learn more about the ABC lab please visit our website (http://abclabutk.weebly.com).

The Infant Perception-Action Lab (IPAL), directed by Dr. Daniela Corbetta (dcorbett@utk.edu), investigates the perceptual-motor development of infants in their first year of life. The IPAL lab uses eye-tracking, motion analysis, and behavioral analysis to understand the cognitive, attentional, and embodied reorganizational processes underlying the formation of actions.  Currently the lab examines the role of visual attention in the development of reaching, how patterns of spontaneous movement exploration (manual and locomotor) contribute to the formation of goal-directed movements. Many of these questions are explored through dense longitudinal studies. The lab also collaborates on NSF and NIH funded projects. To learn more about the IPAL visit http://web.utk.edu/~infntlab/ 

The Infant Visual Cognition (IVC) Lab, directed by Dr. Shannon Ross-Sheehy (rosssheehy@utk.edu), explores visual cognitive development in both typically developing, and at-risk infants. Particular areas of interest include visual attention, visual working memory, and perceptual development, and most studies include a combination of eye tracking and behavioral techniques. We are especially interested in the way infants use their eyes to learn about the world, and how these unique eye movement patterns predict later cognitive development.



The Department of Psychology at Columbia University invites applications (for a tenure-track position) in the Department of Psychology at the assistant professor level to begin July 1, 2017. We seek applications from individuals with specializations in Cognitive Neuroscience that complement current areas of expertise within the Department. Examples of research areas of special interest include decision-making, memory, learning, attention and high-level cognition. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of research productivity and teaching commensurate to the level of the faculty position. Individuals with multi-method expertise, ranging from behavioral methods to fMRI, lesion/patient studies, psychophysiology, genetics, etc. are of particular interest.

Review of applications begins October 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Using our online application site, applicants should submit their vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, copies of relevant papers, and arrange for three letters of reference. Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application site, where you can also find further information about this position: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=63453.

For more information about the Psychology Department please visit: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.



HOPE COLLEGE invites applications for a tenure-track opening in Developmental Psychology for Fall 2017. Rank is open, with preference given to assistant professor. Candidates will teach lifespan developmental psychology and introductory psychology or research methods, plus advanced courses in their area of expertise. We welcome applicants with interest in teaching domestically and/or internationally cross-cultural courses, and applicants passionate about contributing to the department’s emphasis on mentoring our growing number of students from underrepresented populations. Because the Psychology Department is a national leader in faculty-student collaborative research, candidates must have a program of research that can excite and involve undergraduates. Being an outstanding teacher and engaging undergraduates in all phases of the research process are two essential elements of this position.  Applicants must have a completed PhD in psychology by Fall 2017, a demonstrated capacity to teach effectively, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education in the context of Hope’s mission.

The Psychology Department at Hope College has 12 tenured/tenure-track faculty and graduated 90 majors last year. Hope College offers an interdisciplinary minor in neuroscience that graduates 12 minors per year. Startā€up funds for research are available, along with internal research support and assistance in seeking external funding.

Applications are accepted online at www.hope.edu/employment/faculty.  As part of the online application, candidates will upload the following documents: a cover letter that clearly describes ways in which the candidate will support each element of Hope College’s mission (http://www.hope.edu/about/mission.html), a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans, sample publications, a statement of teaching experience and approach to teaching, and formal teaching evaluations.

Additionally, please arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to jobs@hope.edu.

Applications received by October 7, 2016, will be assured full consideration.

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply. Hope College is an equal opportunity employer.

Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. Hope offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential education to 3,200 undergraduate students from more than 40 states and 45 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian atmosphere, friendly campus community, and well-balanced academic and co-curricular offerings. Hope’s beautiful campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan and less than seven miles from Lake Michigan.

Hope College is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship and for providing exceptional professional preparation and life-changing educational experiences that equip our students for success after graduation. The college has consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives.

Hope College is financially sound, with more than 40 consecutive years of balanced budgets, an endowment of approximately $200 million and no deferred maintenance, and over $140 million invested in the construction of new facilities during the past 12 years. The college completed its newest buildings, the Kruizenga Art Museum and the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, in 2015 and will open the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center in 2017.

In 2015, Hope College launched its 10-year strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025, which consists of six goals, focused on: academics; Christian formation; global engagement; community; reputation and influence; and value. Developed by the campus community, the strategic plan supports the college’s mission, “to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.”

More information about the position, the college, and the community is available at tinyurl.com/HopePsychJob.


The Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut in Storrs invites applications for multiple tenured or tenure track positions.  Area of expertise and rank are open. This is a full-time, 9-month appointment with a start date of August 23, 2017. See full description at http://psych.uconn.edu/2016/09/02/psychological-sciences-faculty-positions-available/

Minimum Qualifications: Must have a Ph.D. in Psychology or a closely related field by time of appointment. Must demonstrate a vibrant research program. Must have a record of publication and evidence of (or promise of) obtaining external research support. Must be able to strengthen a graduate program in Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental, Industrial-Organizational, or Perception-Action-Cognition. Must have a record of excellent teaching and a commitment to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Must be willing to join a pool of instructors teaching a high enrollment introductory psychology course covering the topics of research methodology, neuroscience, sensation, perception, learning, memory, and language. 

Preferred Qualifications: Possess the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience. Be able to contribute to interdisciplinary or team science emphases in systems science, quantitative methods, cognitive science, neuroscience, or health science.  Have some post-graduate experience. Evidence of teaching effectiveness in large classes.

UConn is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


Requisition # 69238

Type of Position    TENURE-TRACK
Advertising Ends on:    Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:    Monday, June 27th, 2016
College:    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department:    Psychological and Brain Sciences

Salary:    Commensurate
Full/Part Time Status:    Full Time

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Developmental Science to begin in the academic year 2017. We invite applications from candidates with outstanding research records and exceptional promise who work within any sub-area of developmental science, including developmental cognitive or affective neuroscience. We are especially interested in candidates who work at the intersection of biological and psychological processes underlying development in typical or atypical human populations. Candidates must hold a PhD and have an established record of high-quality research. Candidates are expected to show strong promise of an externally funded program of research in developmental science. In addition to maintaining an ongoing successful program of research, the faculty member holding this position is expected to teach courses (graduate and undergraduate) in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor and requires that the PhD be received by August 16, 2017. The review of applicants will begin on October 10, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is experiencing a period of vigorous growth and enhancement, including construction of a new building containing laboratory, teaching, and office space. The DeLTA Center (Development and Learning from Theory to Application; http://deltacenter.uiowa.edu/) at the University Iowa also brings together a vibrant community of researchers interested in all aspects of typical and atypical development. There are also extensive opportunities for collaboration with developmental researchers across many other departments on campus, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (e.g., Biology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science), the Carver College of Medicine (e.g., Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurology), the College of Education, and the College of Public Health. There are also state-of-the-art MRI, fMRI, and fNIRS facilities at the University of Iowa, including a research-dedicated 3T scanner and a new 7T scanner, along with state-of-the-art, high-throughput genetic analysis facilities.

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Education Requirement:    

The appointment requires that the Ph.D. be received by August 16, 2017.

Required Qualifications:    

A record of research productivity in any sub-area of developmental science, including developmental cognitive or affective neuroscience.

Desirable Qualifications:   

  • An outstanding research record or one that shows exceptional promise in any sub-area of developmental science, including developmental cognitive or affective neuroscience.
  • Candidates who work at the intersection of biological and psychological processes underlying development in typical or atypical human populations.
  • Previous, independent teaching experience.
  • Experience in seeking and/or obtaining external research funding.

For more information, visit https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/69238 or contact:

Ruthina A Malone - ruthina-malone@uiowa.edu
Clas-Psychological Brain Sci
Phone: 319-335-2407
Department URL: http://www.psychology.uiowa.edu

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504, and the ADA in The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319/335-0705 (voice) or 319/335-0697 (text), The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1316.

Persons with disabilities may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu, to inquire or discuss accommodation needs.

Prospective employees may review the University Campus Security Policy and the latest annual crime statistics by contacting the Department of Public Safety at 319/335-5022.


The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Research, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (ASD(R&E)), is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Director for Social Science Research, including direction of the Minerva Research Initiative program. Please send resumes and any additional information you may deem relevant to Dr. David Montgomery (david.w.montgomery61.ctr@ mail.mil).

- Position is to be filled through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act mobility program 1 or through a Service liaison authority detail.

Intergovernmental Personnel Act mobility program

- Applicants must be an employee of a federal, state, or local government; an Indian tribal government, an institution of higher education, or other eligible organization such as a nonprofit institution or a federally funded research and development center, as defined in 5 CFR 334.102.

Service Liaison Authority Detail

- Applicants must be a GS-14/15 (or equivalent) employed within the Department of Defense or the Services.

- Master’s Degree in the social and behavioral sciences or relevant technical field is required; a Ph.D. degree is desired.

- Demonstrated experience with the management of large programs

- Demonstrated history of exceptional professional and/or academic achievement.

- Ability to quickly and effectively analyze, summarize and communicate the intellectual content of technical information to both academic and lay audiences, and have the ability to multi-task and respond to quick turn-around requests.

- Strong time management skills and ability to work independently; a self-starter.

Learn more at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/intergovernment-personnel-act/.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

As Associate Director for Social Science Research, the incumbent is under the general supervision of the Director for Basic Research within ASD(R&E), with close coordination with the DASD for Strategy and Force Development within the Policy organization of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The primary focus of this position is direction and oversight of the Minerva Research Initiative, a $30 M defense social science research program with a broad portfolio ranging from the mechanisms of radicalization to geopolitical power projection in a multipolar world. In addition, the incumbent will advise the Director for Basic Research in assessing scientific opportunities and will have opportunities to contribute to Strategy efforts within OSD Policy.

While not a supervisory position, the individual selected will ensure technical oversight of a portfolio of research through the coordination of designated Program Offices in the military service research organizations. Demonstrated skill in leadership and program management is highly desired.

ASD(R&E) is looking for a highly motivated thinker with superb analytic, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. This position requires the ability to bridge academic and policy communities and work collaboratively with DoD stakeholders, including the Service research organizations, OSD Policy offices, the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Intelligence Community, and the US Government interagency.

The Associate Director will be required to:

- Lead DoD Minerva-related concept development, technical standards, strategy, and policy activities;

- Oversee and coordinate Minerva project management and execution through Program Officers and contracting offices at Service basic research funding organizations;

- Manage program resources including budgeting and financial oversight of program investments.  Resources should be allocated across investment types and priority topic areas in a manner to best meet the program objectives;

- Run an annual research solicitation, including: the development of priority research topic areas;

ensuring that the evaluation is conducted according to DoD and Federal acquisition policies and with appropriate subject matter expertise, recommending a slate of awards for leadership approval based on formal evaluations in conjunction with portfolio balance interests and funding available; and coordinating the final awards for execution by the designated Service research organizations;

- Facilitate the transition of research insights to DoD decision makers and the broader national security community. This includes conducting program outreach across DoD and the interagency and connecting Minerva researchers to opportunities to serve as Subject Matter Experts for DoD;

- Serve as the primary DoD point of contact on activities related to basic research for social sciences. This includes briefing Minerva social science programs within the Department and to key external audiences, including interagency and foreign counterparts, Congressional staff, and the academic community;

- Organize an annual conference to enable technical oversight of research investments while facilitating productive connections between researchers and government practitioners.

As advisor to the Director for Basic Research, the Associate Director for Social Science Research will be

- Provide leadership in assessments of social science basic research programs and investments;

- Design and establish a light footprint biennial review process for social science basic research programs Department-wide

- Provide managerial and scientific advice to the ASD(R&E) Research Directorate and other senior personnel of the ASD(R&E);

- Provide critical input to planning, high level briefings, and documentation relating to defense basic research priorities;

- Recognize promising new scientific and technological concepts and findings in their infancy and evaluate their feasibility and applicability to Minerva and DoD missions broadly;

Security Clearance Information:

Minimum security clearance level required for this position is SECRET with ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance. Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmental Information (TS/SCI) access is strongly desired.


Columbia University - Developmental Pychobiology - New York, NY

The Nurture Science Program conducts basic and clinical research into behavioral disorders stemming from mother and infant attachment and learning. The program seeks to explain the physical development of the nervous system and how it affects development in the long term. We are exploring the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie mother/infant interactions within a new theoretical construct, the Calming Cycle. The pioneering theory proposes that early emotional behavior is shaped by sub-cortical conditioning that occurs at the autonomic level of the mother and infant. We are testing gut-brain signaling mechanisms associated with inflammatory responses associated with maternal separation/reunion. The program’s mission is translate basic and clinical research findings into testable interventions to help repair or prevent childhood behavioral and developmental disorders, and restore physical and emotional well-being of the family. We are seeking an ambitious senior or graduated postdoctoral fellow to help design, conduct and publish animal research. The candidate must be able to work independently and collaboratively within the program’s multiple disciplines and theoretical framework. Work will be conducted in a basic science laboratory in collaboration with a large group of basic and clinical researchers. Expertise in conditioning paradigms and animal behavioral methodologies is preferred. This is a two to three year position. Available immediately. Salaries will be commensurate with experience and training.

Robert J Ludwig
Managing Director
Nurture Science Program
Columbia University Medical Center
51 Audubon Ave, Suite 100
New York, NY 10032
(O) 212-342-4400
(C) 716-485-8886


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