Job Title: POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
Typically Reports To: Director or Principle Investigator
The UAB CI Therapy Research Group, under the co-direction of Drs. Taub, and Uswatte, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support work on a newly awarded R01 from the National Institute of Aging. The goal of the funded project is to test in adults with chronic cognitive impairment after stroke whether a set of behavioral techniques for transferring therapeutic gains from the treatment to everyday setting enhances the gains in carrying out everyday tasks with important cognitive components observed after cognitive training. The behavioral techniques are adapted from Constraint-Induced Movement therapy. The cognitive training is the cognitive processing speed game, Double Decision (also knows as Useful Field of View or UFOV Training), developed by Karlene Ball, PhD, and collaborators. In addition to Drs. Taub and Ball, there will be opportunities to work with Drs. Gitendra Uswatte (rehabilitation psychology), David Knight (neuroimaging), Victor Mark (behavioral neurology), Amy Knight (neuropsychology), and Timothy Elliott (rehabilitation psychology). The primary appointments of Drs. Taub, Ball, Uswatte, and D. Knight are in the Department of Psychology; those of Drs. Mark and A. Knight are in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Elliott is in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M. UAB ranks 27th in the nation in NIH funding, and features an active office of postdoctoral education.
Our lab has particular interest in the Fellow taking responsibility for the study’s focal family caregiver and follow-up components of the intervention, which are new and can benefit from development. Other high priority areas are development and delivery of other aspects of the intervention and data management and analysis. There will also be opportunities in engage in multi-modal neuroimaging collection and analysis. Writing-up of data for publication and involvement in grant applications will be desirable and encouraged. Opportunities to supervise undergraduate and graduate students will be present.
The position is for one year initially, with up to three additional years contingent on satisfactory performance.
An advanced research or clinical degree is required for this position. We seek individuals with a PhD in Psychology or related fields with training in performing behavioral interventions. Individuals with an MD, DO, ND, or other advanced clinical degree are also eligible to apply if they have significant research experience and significant behavioral training. We will consider strong candidates who are ABD, if minimal work remains to complete doctoral training. We will also consider candidates who have already completed one or more years of post-doctoral training. The Fellow will be expected to be a strong scientific writer and have strong data management and analysis skills.
Expertise in health psychology or behavioral medicine, particularly working with family caregivers, is highly desirable. Experience with and knowledge about cognitive training and neuropsychological testing would also be desirable, as would experience with neuroimaging. Possession of unique statistical and data-analytic techniques (e.g., analysis of longitudinal data, linear mixed modeling, analysis of interviews using LIWC) is helpful, but not required. Strong communication, organizational, and team-building skills will be a plus.
Interested candidates, please contact Dr. Edward Taub by email: email@example.com
About our Postdoc Office:
UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.
About the University:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.
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