Hiring Postdoc Position at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)

New post doc position available at Jobs – Dynamic Social Cognition Lab!

We are seeking a computationally oriented Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Dynamic Social Cognition Lab (DSC Lab, pateldsclab.net) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), located next to each other in New York City. Columbia University is a world-recognized leader in neuroscience research, and NYSPI has long been a leader in psychiatric research. The DSC Lab is focused on using a combination of naturalistic stimuli (such as movies), eye-tracking, and high-precision neuroimaging methods to study social cognition deficits in schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. This postdoctoral research associate will serve as the scientific lead of a new project aimed at using advanced fMRI techniques to precisely map the locations of and interactions between cortical systems involved in the perception of social scenes. This project will involve the intersection of resting-state fMRI, task fMRI, movie fMRI, oculomotor behavior, and computer vision techniques. You will also have the opportunity to work with our collaborators, the members of the Clinical Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (C3N) Center, the NYSPI MRI Unit, and other investigators here at Columbia University/NYSPI.

Your role will be to oversee implementation of fMRI experiments, acquisition of behavioral and fMRI data, processing and analysis of fMRI data, applying AI-based feature detection methods to analyze movie content, presenting results at conferences, and producing manuscript. You will work with lab staff members in the implementation of the project and will be working closely with the PI to design and implement the analyses.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field (such as neuroscience, psychology, computer science, or medicine)
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills:
    • Scripting experience in MATLAB, Python, and/or shell
    • Background in relevant statistical (regression, permutation testing) and neuroimaging analysis methods (graph theory, clustering techniques)

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Interest in neural mechanisms of visuospatial and social cognition as well as clinical psychopathology
  • Desirable experience includes use of machine learning/AI methods for neuroimaging and behavioral data analysis and/or visual feature extraction from movies
  • Experience with behavioral and neuroimaging data acquisition and processing, including eye-tracking and data management

The start date for this positions is flexible, 1-6 months from now. The initial appointments will be for 1 year, with potential for extension. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and the positions will remain open until filled. Columbia University and NYSPI are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Actions employers, and we encourage women, minorities, persons at economic disadvantage, and persons with disabilities to apply.

For more information or to apply, please send a CV, statement of interest/cover letter, one relevant manuscript, and the names of three references to bahar.selimbeyoglu@nyspi.columbia.edu.