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Detroit, MI, United States
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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Psychiatry

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Post-Doctoral Fellow - Psychiatry at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

Perform scientific techniques or research protocols.  Assist the Principal Investigator in designing and performing protocols. Design and perform experiments. Collect and log research data.  Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines.  Assist other lab members with experiments as required.  May mentor research assistants and students.

With the assistance of the mentor, find and write research grants with the goal of obtaining additional research grant funding. Responsibilities may also include coordinating correspondence with applicants and grantees, acknowledging receipts of proposals, and maintaining a system to track proposals. 

Evaluate and perform preliminary analysis of the data using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated.

Prepare and present presentations regarding research project results for professional, scientific and academic conferences.  Summarize and organize data results for submittal to academic and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.  Write scientific manuscripts and other documents for publication. Fact-check, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy.

Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required.  Order and organize required research supplies and records.  Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Duties may include:
•Data collection for ongoing research protocols for adults, children, adolescents, and parents/caregivers (in-person and virtual settings). Data collection modalities may include: surveys, behavior, fMRI/MRI scanning, clinical interviews, biological samples (blood, saliva, urine), EEG, EMG, SCR, exercise session, etc. 
•Data archiving, organization, processing, and analysis
•Assist with lab management duties, including supervising and coordinating the work of student volunteers and other laboratory staff
•Communicate and coordinate with collaborators and partnered organizations (e.g., MR Research Facility, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne Pediatrics)
•Participant recruitment, enrollment, and management. Participating in recruitment, which may include close interaction with or conducted in schools, clinics, or community organizations in the Detroit area. Coordinate recruitment events and oversee the recruitment team.
•Scheduling, communications (e.g., email, phone, text), and assessments for various research studies. 
•Posting advertisements and flyers in person or online.
•Preparation of IRB documentation and submissions in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team
•Laboratory maintenance activities, such as finances and spending, inventory, computer maintenance, and cleaning.
•Preparation of grant materials, presentations, and publications in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team.
•Attend and engage in team and lab meetings

Unique duties:

The Trauma History Investigation of Neurodevelopment in Kids (THINK) lab at Wayne State University (www.wsuthinklab.com), directed by Dr. Hilary Marusak, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The THINK lab studies the impact of stress and trauma on brain and behavioral development in children and adolescents, the impact of cannabinoids on the developing brain, and pediatric anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our research uses several neuroscientific techniques, including genotyping, blood biomarkers, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and psychophysiology (skin conductance responses), and investigates several behavioral and pharmacological interventions (e.g., exercise, cannabinoids, mindfulness) to improve mental health outcomes in youth. We are also engaged in research on the impact of cannabis treatment on brain network functioning and neuroinflammation in military veterans with PTSD. The postdoctoral research fellow is an engaged, essential member of the lab and will be generally responsible for having overall knowledge of different lab projects and personnel, and assisting with managing the day-to-day logistics of the lab.


Education - Doctorate degree
Requires advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning, predominantly intellectual in character.
This knowledge is acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.  
Experience - Intermediate (3 to 4 years job-related experience)
Job related experience can include doctorate training.  Experience performing basic research techniques,
preferred.  Must have distinguished themselves in research.  Prior recipient of funding for research based on individual achievements.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to work independently. Ability to secure grants and funding for research.  Ability to collect, analyze, summarize and interpret research findings in reports and communicate results to the field. Knowledge of and experience with current scientific integrity principles. Excellent time management and organization skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.  Microsoft office software skills.

Preferred qualifications:

Eligible candidates will have a PhD or MD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or other relevant field, and first-author publication(s) from their PhD or MD. Experience in clinical research with children, adolescents, or adults is preferable. Applicants must enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults, and individuals from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds. Requires flexibility in availability and scheduling, including weekend and evening hours. This position demands initiative and the ability to work flexibly on multiple tasks simultaneously under minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, professionalism, office organization, time management, attention to detail, strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint), ability to work independently and as a team. Applicants who have some experience in human subjects research are preferred. Applicants with some experience with exercise physiology, coding or programming (e.g., Python, Matlab), statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R), psychological experiment software (e.g., Presentation), fMRI analyses software (e.g., SPM), publications, conference presentations, data management, and/or phlebotomy will be a bonus. Must be fully vaccinated and compliant with all campus health requirements (e.g., mask mandate). Applicants who are interested in a two-year commitment and who are interested in learning phlebotomy will be prioritized.


H06 - School of Medicine

Primary department:

H0613 - Psychiatry

Employment type:
  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Research

Funding/salary information:
  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Hourly rate:
  • Salary minimum:
  • Salary hire maximum:

Working conditions:

Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.

Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No
  • Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
  • Prior posting/requisition number:

Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions.
Learn more at: WSU Covid-19 Website

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Wayne State University
Human Resources * 5700 Cass Avenue * Suite 3638 AAB
Detroit, MI * 48202

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