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Postdoctoral Associate

Blacksburg, Virginia , USA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution and ranked eighth nationally among public universities in The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” for 2010, is committed to the mission of teaching, research and community outreach. Serving a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8,000+ faculty and staff in the U.S. and around the world, Virginia Tech’s core foundation is reflected in its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff.

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for an NIH-funded postdoctoral position in the lab of Dr. Pearl Chiu ( at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute ( Projects in the lab use fMRI to examine the neurobiology of motivated behavior and social influences on decision-making with methods adapted from experimental economics, behavioral & computational neuroscience, genetics, and psychology. We also have a strong interest in developing quantitative data-driven methods for assessment and diagnosis. For candidates interested in psychiatric neuroscience, the lab provides plentiful opportunities to examine how neural anomalies may be quantified and rehabilitated in conditions including depression, substance dependence, and PTSD.

Postdoctoral Associates contribute to the goals of the lab through designing and conducting research projects, preparing data for peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and representing the results at conferences.

The lab is located in the newly established Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, VA. The VTCRI provides full access to outstanding infrastructure, including three research-dedicated Siemens 3T Trio scanners and a high-throughput computing cluster. The successful candidate will play a lead role in highly collaborative multidisciplinary scientific efforts among the VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute, the Carilion Healthcare System, and departments across Virginia Tech.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the positions are filled. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Virginia Tech Carilion is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Required Qualifications:

Minimum requirements for the position include: 1) a PhD in cognitive or computational neuroscience, engineering, psychology, experimental economics, or a related field; 2) facility with signal processing or computational/quantitative methods; and 3) demonstrated potential for excellence. Please forward a statement of interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation.

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How to Apply for this Job:

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Pearl Chiu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Virginia Tech Department of Psychology

Employee Category: Special Research Faculty

Appointment Type: Restricted

If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 2 years from hire

FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year

Percent Employment: Full-time

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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience

Department: VT Carilion Research Institute


Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, Virginia

Work Schedule: M-F 8:00-5:00 and as needed

Job Posting Date: 04/10/2012

Review Begin Date: 04/24/2012

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Restricted to university employees only? No

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