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Postdoctoral Scholar

Posted: 2 Dec 2016
Yoon Lab, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine and VA Palo Alto Healthcare System
Palo Alto, California, US

The Yoon Laboratory at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Palo Alto VA is accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position. We are seeking energetic and thoughtful individuals who are interested in making fundamental contributions to our understanding of schizophrenia and psychosis. The postdoctoral scholar will engage in cognitive neuroscience research focusing on elucidating the neural mechanisms of these conditions using advanced in vivo neuroimaging methods. Within the overall research framework of the lab, there will be a range of possible projects to be undertaken that best complement the particular interests and expertise of the applicant. These may include a mix of fMRI or magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) data analysis of previously acquired data and the initiation of new fMRI, MRS, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), pharmacology and multi-modal imaging studies. Currently, in the lab, there is an emphasis on the role of prefrontal-basal ganglia circuits in psychosis and schizophrenia, the use of high-resolution fMRI methods to measure basal ganglia activity, the application of novel network analysis to fMRI data, and translation of vision science approaches to schizophrenia research.

The Yoon Lab is physically located on the campus of the Palo Alto VA and enjoys full access to the rich resources of both this institution and Stanford University. As such, the postdoctoral scholar will have access to world-class neuroimaging facilities and opportunities for scientific growth through numerous educational events and potential collaborations at both institutions.


We are seeking applicants with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, computer science or related fields or a MD or MD/PhD with a strong interest and experience in these fields and/or psychiatry. The ideal applicant would have experience conducting fMRI or MRS studies, analysis of high dimensional data and an interest in applying advanced analytic methods to psychiatric populations. Additional programming experience is a plus. For those with primarily a clinical background and no prior neuroimaging research exposure, experience with psychiatric clinical research is essential, as well as a strong desire and capacity to quickly learn in vivo neuroimaging methods. For those with a clinical background, 20 percent clinical effort may be required. Additional responsibilities will include manuscript preparation, presentations at conferences and seminars, and management of research assistants, trainees and students.


A letter describing your interests and background, along with a CV, and copies of the most relevant publications highlighting your accomplishments, can be sent to Jong H. Yoon, MD.