Summer Research Internship in Computational Clinical Psychology

May 23rd, 2017 – August 15th, 2017
Application due: April 16th, 2017
Summer Research Internship in Computational Clinical Psychology
Dr. Glen Coppersmith, Qntfy

Qntfy is looking to recruit up to 10 psychology students interested to gain research experience in computational clinical psychology. Qntfy is a psychology and computer science startup that uses machine learning methods to quantify psychological phenomena, detect mental illness and prevent suicidality based on digital life data. Qntfy’s work has been featured in Scientific American, Mashable, and The Mighty. Qntfy routinely publishes its findings in peer-reviewed academic venues, some of which can be found here. Interns will spend 5 – 10 hrs per week working with a research associate to detect signs of psychological disorders and/or suicidality based on social media data. This internship is unpaid and educational in nature, and all tasks can be completed remotely.

Objectives & Responsibilities
This program will equip interns with research skills unique to computational psychology. These include developing annotation schemes to detect psychological constructs from social media and annotating social media data, a key task in the development of machine learning models. Interns will also gain significant topic knowledge and engage with experts in computational psychology during weekly research meetings. Opportunities may also be available for interns to produce an academic paper and conduct an independent research project related to their current studies. Interns must dedicate 5 – 10 hrs per week to the internship over the course of 12 weeks.

Requirements
Successful applicants will be graduate or undergraduate students of psychology with an interest in studying social media to detect psychological disorders and/or suicidality. Knowledge of clinical psychology diagnostics and psychometrics is useful. A background in computer science is useful, but not necessary.

To apply, please contact Kate via kate@qntfy.com with the following information:

  1. Your name, degree program, institution, and anticipated graduation term
  2. A cover letter outlining reasons for your interest in the position
  3. Your resume or CV
  4. An unofficial college transcript
  5. Two references

Applications must be received by 11.59pm, Sunday April 16th, 2017.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities at Wayne State University

Three-year Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition (PFT) program at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Wayne State seeks recent PhD graduates or those will have defended their dissertations before September 1, 2017, to apply for consideration of a three-year fellowship. Eligible fields include studies that focus on urban disparities, with a particular emphasis in medicine, public health, STEM and biomedical fields; individuals from other disciplines are encouraged to apply if they feel their research and scholarship contributes to urban disparities studies, STEM, or the biomedical sciences. WSU defines “urban disparities studies” as the following:

Urban disparity studies span several academic disciplines and generate pivotal knowledge to address inequities specific to urban areas such as Detroit. Topics can include, but are not limited to, medicine and public health, economic and environmental sustainability, housing, transportation and social justice, to name a few. These studies can be interdisciplinary and collaborative, and employ diverse perspectives.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents when they submit the application.

Fellows will receive a stipend that is 20% higher than the current NRSA rate, an excellent benefits package. Each fellow will also be assigned a faculty member, opportunity to engage with the learning communities at WSU, and funding for two national conferences per year. Additionally, fellows who are awarded external grants during their tenure will be considered for a tenure-track appointment at WSU.

Applications are due April 15, 2017. Full details, including FAQ’s and a link to the application, available at the following: https://wayne.edu/gradschool/postdoc-pft/

Research Scientist position at Texas Tech University & Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The Tang Lab at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University and the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is seeking a full-time Research Scientist to participate in a long-term project on the neuroscience of mental training such as mindfulness and cognitive training. This position can begin immediately but the start date is flexible. The position has an initial one-year term that is renewable up to five years.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or other fields and have experience and expertise collecting and analyzing fMRI or EEG data, particularly using advanced analysis techniques (e.g., multivariate analysis, functional and effective connectivity). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on diverse projects with Dr. Tang and his collaborators in the National Institute of Health (NIH), U Penn and Stanford University.

The basic research in the Tang Lab focuses on understanding and optimizing brain functioning and behavior. For instance, how experiences (culture, training or learning) affect  brain processing and reshape brain networks that support attention, cognitive performance, cognitive control, emotional regulation, habit formation, behavioral change and integrative health over the lifespan. The translational research covers preventive intervention of behavioral problems and mental disorders using mental training. The Tang Lab uses multi-modal methodologies including behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, PET) and computational modeling, physiology (cortisol, heart rate variability, sIgA), preventive intervention, and genetic methods in research on different ages of healthy and patient populations.

To apply, please send CV and the contact information of three references to Prof. Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang at yiyuan.tang@ttu.edu

For more info, see https://www.depts.ttu.edu/psy/people/ytang/,  www.yi-yuan.net

Full Time Lab Coordinator/RA position at UCSB

The Social Cognitive Development Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Dr. Zoe Liberman, has an open position for a Junior Specialist (Lab Coordinator/RA). We seek applicants with strong research experience in infancy and/or early childhood. Minimum requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field, previous work with children (research setting preferred), and excellent communication and computer skills. Candidates must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others, and have strong multi-tasking and organizational skills. Because the lab does research on campus and at local museums, applicants must be comfortable communicating and interacting with a wide variety of audiences including community members at partner institutions, administrators, teachers, parents, and young children.

The successful candidate will engage in specialized research regarding testing infants, toddlers, and children in behavioral experiments. This will include working as part of a team to recruit study participants and working closely with graduate students to further their research projects. The position will also require assisting the PI with recruiting and training undergraduate student RAs by sharing specialized knowledge and expertise in early childhood and infant research. In addition, the Junior Specialist will contribute to administrative tasks of the lab, including managing IRB protocols and reviews, and ordering and maintaining lab supplies to assure all research projects and are executed properly.

This position will allow growth as a researcher, with additional duties including study design, stimulus construction, audio and video editing, data management, statistical analysis, presentations at lab meetings and at developmental psychology conferences, and authorship on academic research articles. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal, depending on performance and availability of funding.

For primary consideration, application materials must be submitted by April 5, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.

Interested applicants must apply online via UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00978

Only candidates who submit the following materials will receive full consideration:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for 2 References

The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Seeking Lab Coordinator for UCSD’s Early Learning & Cognition Lab

The Early Learning & Cognition Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of California San Diego, under the direction of Dr. Caren Walker, is seeking a lab coordinator to begin on or around July 1, 2017, for a two year period.

The lab conducts research on abstract thinking and causal inference in early childhood, investigating how mechanisms like exploration, explanation, and counterfactual reasoning may influence conceptual change. Duties include research and administrative responsibilities, such as recruiting child participants and their families, recruiting local preschools, supervising undergraduate research assistants, and maintaining the lab’s IRB protocol.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related field, as well as experience working with young children. Interested applicants should submit a CV or resume and a cover letter by April 15th to Andie Nishimi at elclab@ucsd.edu (Subject Line: Lab Coordinator Application) to be considered for the position. The position will begin at part time – between 20-30 hours/week (negotiable) with the possibility of moving to full time (40 hours/week) if desired, pending the availability of grant funding. This may therefore be an ideal position for someone interested in obtaining experience in a developmental research setting, while also having the opportunity to work at a second position, part time.

Please feel free to contact the current lab coordinator – Andie Nishimi – at elclab@ucsd.edu with any questions!

Postdoc position at University of Texas at Austin

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas at Austin invites applicants for a postdoctoral position to investigate affective neuroscience in healthy populations and patients with clinical anxiety. The position is in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Dunsmoor and involves projects that utilize functional MRI and peripheral measures of psychophysiology, and incorporate aspects of Pavlovian conditioning, episodic memory, and decision making. Candidates will also have the opportunity to be involved in studies using real-time fMRI and immersive virtual reality.

Candidates should have a PhD in Psychology or Neuroscience (or related fields), proficiency in coding (e.g., Matlab, Python), and significant experience with functional MRI design, acquisition, and analysis.

Candidates can apply directly here with a statement of research interest, CV, and a list of 3 references: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/170323010712

Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.

UT-Austin is an internationally recognized research university in a truly unique city with amazing live music, food, and a distinctive culture.

Research Assistant with the Framingham Heart Study/ Neuropsychology

Since our beginning in 1948, the Framingham Heart Study, under the direction of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), formerly known as the National Heart Institute, has been committed to identifying the common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD). We have followed CVD development over a long period of time in three generations of participants.

Over the years, careful monitoring of the Framingham Study population has led to the identification of major CVD risk factors, as well as valuable information on the effects of these factors such as blood pressure, blood triglyceride and cholesterol levels, age, gender, and psychosocial issues. Risk factors for other physiological conditions such as dementia have been and continue to be investigated. In addition, the relationships between physical traits and genetic patterns are being studied.

The current positon is with the Neuropsychology group at the Framingham Heart Study.  Our goals are to identify and research factors associated with aging of the brain.  Much of our work is centered on the different forms of dementia that develop throughout the lifespan.  We routinely give neuropsychological tests to our participants to determine behavioral biomarkers associated with cognitive decline.

Job Description:

The research assistant will be responsible for administering neuropsychological tests, reviewing charts and writing up summary reports that will be used for determining diagnoses, and be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of specific projects – both related to data collection operations and specific research projects.  This includes working closely with the PI to keep the data collection and research project operations running smoothly and identify areas for better efficiency and/or effectiveness.  The management of the project needs to be in concert with the research objectives and kept abreast with the defined timeline and in adherence with all Framingham and BU’s policies and procedures. Additional responsibilities will include assistance with various other research projects, particularly related to the implementation, execution and analysis of novel digital health and cognitive metrics. Travel throughout New England and other states is required.  Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field, some experience in research, a willingness to work non-traditional hours and a car.   This position is ideal for those who plan to apply to graduate or medical school. Only those available for on-site interviews will be considered.  Benefits include those offered to all full-time Boston University employees (see http://www.bu.edu/hr/jobs/why-work-at-bu/benefits-summary/ for details.)

Please send resumes to Spencer Hardy (fhsneuropsy@gmail.com).