Postdoctoral Researcher/Developmental Neuroimaging

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
Prevention Research Center


The Program for Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment (P-TRAN) at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a qualified postdoctoral researcher with expertise in human brain imaging, specifically magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)) with children and adolescents. This position is supported by a recently awarded NICHD Center Grant (i.e., a CAPSTONE Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Child Abuse and Neglect; PI: Dr. Jennie Noll) and will be based in the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network ( and the Prevention Research Center (, both of which are located on the University Park campus in State College, PA. The primary responsibility of this position will be to provide neuroimaging research support (e.g., experimental design, implementation and data analysis) to a longitudinal project that will consider the biological embedding of child maltreatment in multiple biologic systems (e.g., neuroendocrine, autonomic, genetic, epigenetic, immunologic) and the impact of embedding on health outcomes, including neurodevelopmental trajectories. Candidates must have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or an allied field, or have completed all requirements for a PhD by the time of appointment. Applicants must have expertise in human subjects MRI, preferably with developmental cohorts. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience working with children who have experienced maltreatment or other high-risk groups. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to experimental design and co-ordination of the neuroimaging aspects of the project and data analysis. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in functional and structural MRI analysis methods using standard processing packages (e.g., SPM, AFNI, FSL, Freesurfer etc.) and experience with longitudinal and complex datasets would be advantageous. The postdoctoral researcher will also be expected to contribute to manuscript preparation and presentation of study-related outcomes at key scientific meetings. Extensive mentorship will be provided to the successful candidate in order to facilitate transition to an independent research career. This position will provide an opportunity to interact with several vibrant research communities at Penn State, including the Social Sciences Research Institute ( and the Social, Life and Engineering Science Imaging Center (, among others. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal in subsequent years. Salary and benefits are based on NIH guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Interested candidates should upload a CV, cover letter, statement of research interests, and 2-3 relevant publications. In addition, applicants should arrange for 3 professional references to be submitted separately to Dr. Emma Jane Rose (Associate Director for P-TRAN) at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For further information about this appointment, please contact Dr. Emma Jane Rose at or 814-865-0114.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088