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Postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuroscience of mood disorders – Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital

The Department of Psychiatry is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to our work in clinical neuroscience related to emotion processing, brain chemistry, and hormones in mood disorders. The position will be in the Holsen Lab (PI: Dr. Laura Holsen;, in collaboration with the Mood Trajectories and Outcomes Lab (PI: Dr. Pamela Mahon;, offering the candidate exposure to multiple topical areas that bridge the two labs (stress, sex differences, mood regulation). The focus of the work is on understanding neurobiological factors that drive mood trajectories and cognitive change using 7T and 3T multimodal imaging techniques (functional MRI, structural MRI, MR spectroscopy). The broad goal of the research is to ameliorate negative health outcomes associated with poor illness trajectories in mood disorders. We work in close collaboration with colleagues in psychiatry, endocrinology, and radiology/functional neuroimaging.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School offers an excellent environment to engage in multidisciplinary, dynamic research training through various collaborative opportunities. Resources include state of the art imaging facilities at the Brigham and Women’s MRI Research Center (BWMRC) and clinical research coordination through the Physiologic Unit of the BWH Center for Clinical investigation [part of the Harvard Catalyst]. The Fellow will have opportunities for publications and presentations using new and existing datasets, and be encouraged to prepare independent research grants. Mentorship will be provided by the PIs, along with opportunities to interact with a diverse team of collaborators including clinicians, neuroscientists, neuroendocrinologists, neuroanatomists, psychiatrists, and physicists.

Qualifications/Requirements: Successful applicants will have completed a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. (post residency) in neuroscience (affective, nutritional, or cognitive), psychology, or a related discipline. Qualified applicants must have a solid foundation in conducting fMRI studies, expertise and coding ability in relevant analysis software (SPM, CONN, MATLAB, and UNIX/Linux environments) and a publication record of first-author research papers that includes neuroimaging studies. We are looking for candidates with strong technical skills, including competence in task implementation, pre-processing, and analyzing fMRI data (task-related and functional connectivity). Experience working with clinical populations (individuals with psychiatric disorders) is preferred.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and an aptitude for writing manuscripts and grant applications are essential. The successful applicant will have the ability to work both within a team and independently, managing several projects simultaneously and training/mentoring research assistants. We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven, creative, and interactive scientists.

How to apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, statement of past research experience and long-term career goals, and three letters of references (sent in confidence) to Dr. Laura Holsen:


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