The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) and Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas currently are seeking one postdoctoral fellow interested in advancing their research skills and progressing towards a career as an independent, externally funded investigator studying autism spectrum (ASD) or related neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Fragile X Syndrome). Fellows will participate in our postdoctoral ASD research training program involving a structured curriculum consisting of bi-weekly professional development and research seminars. Fellows also will receive intensive instruction on the development of externally funded award applications with the goal that a full submission will be completed within the first year of training.
Fellows should identify the primary mentor from our team that they are most interested in working with, including Drs. Matthew Mosconi, Steve Warren, Nancy Brady, John Colombo or Brian Boyd. Current research interests of our faculty include but are not limited to sensorimotor and neurocognitive development in ASD, functional brain development in ASD, neurodegenerative processes associated with Fragile X Tremor-Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS), language and cognitive development in Fragile X Syndrome and ASD, repetitive behaviors in ASD, and behavioral treatment strategies for individuals with ASD. Fellows also will be able to gain experiences in multiple measurement approaches including observational coding, caregiver rating scale development, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and neurocognitive test development. Prior doctoral or postdoctoral training experience studying ASD or related disorders is strongly encouraged though not required.
For more information go to https://employment.ku.edu/staff/16376BR. To apply, submit an online application including a cover letter, vitae, professional writing sample (e.g. publication, dissertation), 1-2 page research statement including a description of the primary research interest(s) and potential match with a member or members of our mentoring team, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2020 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following persons has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and are the Title IX Coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses; Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).
Responsibilities: Fellows will work with their primary mentor during the 1.0 FTE position, but also will have the opportunity to gain valuable research experiences working with collaborators at KU and the KU Medical Center. Fellows will be tasked with the following responsibilities:
70% - Work with mentor to design and complete research projects individuals with ASD and related disorders. This includes active involvement in the design of new patient studies, helping to conduct and analyze data from ongoing studies, regular participation in weekly lab meetings, assisting in data entry and analysis, helping to maintain active IRBs, and participating in the training and supervision of study personnel.
30% - Work with research mentor and collaborators to prepare grant applications and disseminate findings in peer-review journals and at national/international scientific meetings (e.g., INSAR).
To apply, submit an online application including a cover letter, vitae, professional writing sample (e.g. publication, dissertation), 1-2 page research statement including a description of the primary research interest(s) and potential match with a member or members of our mentoring team, and contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2020 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.
Advertised Salary Range: Consistent with NIH rates and based on years of experience
Application Review Begins: 15-Mar-2020
Anticipated Start Date: 01-Jul-2020
Limited Term End Date: 30-Jun-2022
Work Location: University of Kansas - Lawrence
FLSA Status: Professional
Employee Class: U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Work Schedule: 40 hours/week
Job Family: Research-KUL
Conditions of Employment: Contingent on Funding, Limited Term
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).
PhD in a discipline related to the proposed research program, including but not limited to Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Special Education, Neuroscience, or Speech and Language Sciences.
Excellent writing and analytic skills as evidenced by application materials and multiple peer-reviewed publications and/or presentations.
NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.
History of presenting ASD related research at scientific meetings, including the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and Society for Neuroscience (SfN), and collaborating with members of these groups.
Experience implementing and interpreting behavioral, cognitive, or systems neuroscience approaches (e.g., eye movement recording, MRI) in studies of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Experience with statistics and advanced quantitative methods.
Internal Number: 16376BR
About University of Kansas
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