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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: ERICA DUNCAN, MD AND JOSEPH CUBELLS, MD, PHD
A POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP is available at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and the Emory Autism Center. The fellow will join the team of an NIMH-funded project to study the cognitive and psychophysiological phenotyping of subjects with 22q11 deletion syndrome, approximately one third of whom will go on to develop schizophrenia. This work will be done in coordination with collaborators working with stem cell derived neurons from our subjects to correlate human phenotypes with cellular and electrophysiological properties of the neurons. The fellow will be expected to perform the following functions under the supervision of the principal investigators: perform a range of psychophysiological recordings on subjects in studies; learn and perform cognitive testing; process and manage data; perform statistical analyses in collaboration with the team statistician and other investigators; prepare manuscripts for publication; prepare presentations of research results; review literature for related developments and techniques; handle IRB correspondence pertaining to studies on which he/she is working; develop related grant applications; and perform related responsibilities as required. The fellow will also be responsible for the maintenance of the database storing the project results, and coordinate the transport of biological samples to the wet labs working on the project. The fellow will participate in team meetings, data analysis and in manuscript preparation in conjunction with other study members.
Applicants must have a doctorate in a related field and must possess skills in statistics, writing, research design and methodology, have good working knowledge of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and related areas of neuroscience, be fluent in English, have strong computer skills, and have a green card or US citizenship. Knowledge of the following is an important plus: acoustic startle, EEG, evoked potentials, cognitive testing, and database management.
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