Postdoctoral Position in Psychiatry

University of Bern University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Post-doctoral position
80 - 100 %

We are seeking two post-doctoral fellows (80 – 100 %) to join Stegmayer's lab at the University of Bern for a maximum of six years. We are looking for candidates ready to hit the ground running with experience in neuroimaging (structural or functional MRI), and interest in emotion regulation and psychiatric disorders. Start as soon as possible. The position will be located at the University Hospital of Psychiatry at the Center for Translational Research at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

The successful candidate will be joining a diverse team performing cutting-edge research on emotion regulation and psychiatric disorders under the mentorship of Dr. K. Stegmayer, MD. The lab uses and develops techniques and approaches to characterize brain network organization, function and dysfunction in adults with psychiatric disorders.

Job description includes but is not limited to: MRI data acquisition, data analyses (event-related task activation, resting state, structural data processing (e.g. DTI, cortical thickness and volumetric), co-supervision of undergraduate and graduate research assistants, co-authoring manuscripts and grants, presenting research progress at lab meetings, conferences, and other scientific forums.

Candidates must possess, at minimum, a PhD Degree or an equivalent degree having solid technical/analytic neuroimaging and statistical techniques. Expertise can include neuropsychology, biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences, neuroscience or related disciplines.

Candidates should have excellent organizational and problem solving skills, ability to play, prioritize and keep multiple projects/tasks moving forward simultaneously. A strong track record of documented productivity, experience with human subjects studies, experience with grant writing a plus. Candidates should also feel comfortable interacting with human subjects. Candidates should also have proficient writing skills and have demonstrated ability to complete projects as evidenced by first author publication(s).

Strong candidates will have prior experience with programming (MATLAB or other relevant programming experience) and neuroimaging. In particular, research experience in structural MRI analysis methods (e.g. segmentation, atlas and longitudinal registration; advanced modelling for diffusion MRI) or functional MRI analysis methods (e.g. task-based deconvolution, connectivity analysis or multimodal MRI experience) strongly preferred. Experience with Matlab, FreeSurfer, FSL, and or the HCP or other diffusion pipelines are desired skills.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Experience in neuroimaging at large
  • Experience in data acquisition and data analyses
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including strong communication and management skills
  • Analytic, reasoning and problem-solving skills
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of emotion regulation
  • Experience with event-related task activation, resting state and / or structural data processing (DTI, cortical thickness and volumetrics)
  • Experience with Matlab
  • Experience with human subjects studies
  • Experience with high impact peer-review paper and grant writing
Please apply by sending your resume, a cover letter, and contact information by email for at least three references to by February 28th 2021