Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Virginia Commonwealth University
General Description: A research postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Our Institute conducts research on the genetic and environmental risk factors for a wide array of psychiatric phenotypes via twin, family, and molecular genetic studies. For detailed information on various aspects of the Division, please visit our website at: http://www.vipbg.vcu.edu.
The fellow will work in a fertile, multidisciplinary training environment with opportunity to interact with leading researchers in psychiatric and behavioral genetics and genomics. Concordant with their interests and capacity, the fellow will have the opportunity to receive training in phenotypic characterization, risk factor identification and analysis, and application of genetic epidemiological and molecular genetic approaches to psychiatric disorders. This occurs via work with our multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians at VIPBG. The fellow may also participate in structured didactics available through our Ph.D. program in Psychiatric, Behavioral, and Statistical Genetics (PBSG).
Specific Description: This is a statistical/behavioral genetics postdoctoral position applying genetic epidemiological and molecular genetic methodology to the study of anxiety and depressive disorders. It is a two-year position funded under the NIH study: NIMH R01MH087646 “The Role of Genes and Environment in Anxiety Spectrum Disorders” under the supervision of PI, Dr. Jack Hettema. The planned projects include phenotypic and risk factor refinement in twin, family, and population-based studies that will be incorporated into large-scale molecular genetic analyses of these phenotypes, including gene-by-environment interaction models.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in statistical/behavioral genetics, quantitative psychology, or a closely related field with similar training. Competence in the manipulation and analysis of large datasets via standard statistical packages is required. Prior experience in structural equation modeling (via MPlus and/or Mx) applied to individual subject and twin level data is highly desirable. Starting date is flexible within early-mid 2012. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Application Procedures: Interested applicants please send your CV, a statement describing research training and interests, and two letters of reference to Jack Hettema, M.D., Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Hettema.
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