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Postdoctoral Fellowship in our Center for Autism Research

Location: East Hanover, NJ  

Kessler Foundation, in collaboration with Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School and the VIA Institute on Character, is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in our Center for Autism Research.  The Center’s primary goal is to improve quality of life for people on the autism spectrum. Using a broad range of techniques — including principles of positive psychology, virtual reality, web-based interventions, neuroimaging, and eye-tracking — the team works to develop and test innovative interventions to address the complex issues facing this population, such as overcoming barriers related to community integration and social functioning.

This specific fellowship opportunity seeks a postdoctoral research fellow who is interested in conducting cognitive and behavioral neuroscience research with a focus on universal character strengths as studied in the VIA classification of strengths.  The two-year funded program aims to prepare scientists for a career in clinical research within the specialty area of functional neuroimaging and positive psychology.

Responsibilities include
  • Lead a project investigating the neural substrates of character-strengths interventions using neuroimaging. The goal is to advance the science of character strengths using cognitive neuroscience techniques, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).
  • Assist in ongoing positive psychology research endeavors involving large numbers of subjects (tens of thousands) as well as autism research including functional neuroimaging, the assessment of social cognition, and outcomes research.
  • Work on various aspects of research projects from inception (study formulation, grant-writing, etc.) through dissemination (conference presentation and manuscript publication), with opportunities to collaborate with clinicians.
  • PhD degree in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or a closely related field.
  • Strong neuroimaging skills, with solid fMRI experience, particularly task-based fMRI and resting-state analysis.
  • Ability to independently develop data processing/analysis methods.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Preferred qualifications
  • Research experience involving human subjects.
  • History of publication and presentation of original research.
  • Interests and/or experience in the following areas:  autism, positive psychology, character strengths.

All fellows participate in an extensive training curriculum and didactic offerings.  Multidisciplinary mentored training opportunities are individually tailored to achieve specific goals considering each fellow’s prior background and interests.  More information can be found at Postdoctoral Fellowship Program | Kessler Foundation.

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