The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research seeks to hire a Post Doctoral Associate (9742R5: Researcher 5) interested in studying the effects of substance use on brain development in our ongoing longitudinal studies of twins who have been prospectively evaluated from preadolescence through young adulthood. Candidate expectations are: (1) Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience or related field; (2) neuroimaging experience; and (3) expertise as demonstrated through publications or funded research. The applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers (including neuroscientists, geneticists, psychopathologists, developmental psychologists, and statisticians) interested in the development of substance use and other common mental disorders. The MCTFR dataset is unique in terms of the breadth of its assessment (e.g., a rich set of clinical, personality, and endophenotypic measures), developmental informativeness (participants have been assessed every 3-4 years, spanning ages 11 through 34), comprehensive measurement of environmental risk (e.g., prenatal, familial, peer group, neighborhood), inclusion of biological measures (e.g., anatomical, resting state, functional MRI; DTI; dense array EEG/ERP; neuropsychological function) and extensive coverage of molecular genetic variants in a prospectively studied samples of twins (1800 pairs). In addition, the MCTFR is now the twin research hub for the NIH Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) project, a 10-year longitudinal study of nine-year old children designed to evaluate how substance use affects adolescent neurocognitive development (http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-launches-landmark-study-substance-use-adolescent-brain-development). The MCTFR affords excellent opportunities for the person filling this position to develop an independent program of research in addition to working with these data.
· (10%) Collaborate with MCTFR principal investigators, research associates, other post-doctoral associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students to develop and advance research topics;
· (20%) Process and analyze MRI data relevant to brain structure and function;
· (40%) Develop and complete hypothesis driven research focusing on MRI data and relating it to other MCTFR predicting, mediating, and moderating variables in composite datasets using epidemiological, behavior genetic, longitudinal and other data analysis methods;
· (10%) Prepare preliminary reports for MCTFR Principal Investigators and our research seminar;
(20%) Publish at least four papers annually in top research journals.