We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for this National Multiple Sclerosis Society-funded postdoctoral fellowship available in the Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Victoria Leavitt to study cognitive rehabilitation in MS with an emphasis on multimodal neuroimaging methods. Current studies in Dr. Leavitt's lab focus on treatment interventions involving pharmacologic and behavioral approaches to impacting modifiable lifestyle factors including diet, exercise, and intellectual enrichment that contribute to protection against cognitive decline. Dr. Leavitt has ongoing studies investigating neural candidate biomarkers for cognitive impairment in MS, treatment interventions, and longitudinal studies to identify risk/protective factors for cognitive decline in MS. In addition, there is an ongoing study involving large data analysis.
Eligible candidates for this 2-year position must have a Ph.D. or M.D. with a background in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology, bioinformatics, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, neuroimaging, biostatistics, or a related discipline. Our division has a well-established record of post-doctoral training. The fellow selected for this position will be co-mentored by Dr. Leavitt and Dr. Yaakov Stern, Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Division, and will also have opportunities to work with other faculty mentors in the Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Center including Philip De Jager, MD, PhD, Claire Riley, MD, and Christoph Juchem, PhD. Our multidisciplinary care center is a world-class treatment and research facility devoted to exemplary patient care and ground-breaking clinical research.
The Cognitive Rehabilitation in MS Fellowship Training Program is designed to provide a solid research foundation for studying cognitive rehabilitation in MS with a specific focus on the development of science-based treatments. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare the fellow for an independent research career. The fellow will be involved in studies utilizing a broad range of interrelated research approaches including classic neuropsychological evaluation, experimental cognitive techniques, and cognitive neuroimaging techniques including structural and functional MRI, DTI, resting BOLD, FLAIR, and MRS.
Eligible candidates for this 2-year position must have a Ph.D. or M.D. with a background in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology, bioinformatics, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, neuroimaging, biostatistics, or a related discipline
Hiring Salary Range- $60,000-$65,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
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