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Post-baccalaureate Research Associate - updated February 23, 2023

We are seeking a full-time post-baccalaureate research coordinator to supervise and coordinate data collection and overall study conduct for an NIMH R01, Acute Predictors of Long-term Post-trauma Outcomes in Youth Victims of Violence. The appointment is in the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, directed by Christine Larson, PhD. The research associate will work under the supervision of Dr. Larson and Mike Levas, MD of the Medical College of Wisconsin Pediatric Emergency Department.In this study youth (ages 10-17) who experienced a trauma recruited from the Children’s Wisconsin Emergency Department. Data will be collected at 2 weeks, 3 months, and 12 months post-trauma and each time point will include structural and functional MRI, self-report and interview assessment, and additional cognitive and behavioral testing.

The research coordinator will be responsible for managing all aspects of data collection with the youth and a parent, including training and supervising volunteer research assistants, programming tasks, maintaining and updating data collection protocols, assisting with data collection, overseeing management of collected data, assisting with data analysis, and other study and laboratory tasks as needed.

Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree at the time of beginning the position in a relevant academic field,  experience conducting human subjects research, strong interpersonal skills, and ideally experience with neuroimaging and/or working with youth.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to send the following to Dr. Larson at larsoncl@uwm.edu.
• Current CV
• Brief (250-500 word) statement of research experience, interests and career goals

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

A postdoctoral position is available with the Milwaukee Trauma Outcomes Project and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Medical College of Wisconsin. Fellows will be co-mentored by Dr. Christine Larson and Dr. Terri deRoon-Cassini. The fellow will support NIH funded projects examining relations between neurobiological indices (multimodal neuroimaging, endocannabinoid signaling) and socio-environmental stress and protective factors (e.g., neighborhood disadvantage, discrimination, social support, community cohesion), and in turn how these measures predict long term risk for PTSD and other outcomes among recent trauma survivors.

Projects include a significant focus on addressing systemic barriers affecting racial/ethnic minorities and those facing socioeconomic disadvantage. Fellows will be able to take lead authorship on papers using extant data and will also have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing projects, including studies of urban Black trauma survivors and youth victims of violence. The fellow will also contribute to mentorship of junior trainees.

Candidates will hold a Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology or a related field with experience in analysis of multi-modal neuroimaging data. Expertise with trauma, stress or related problems is desirable, but not necessary. A track record of publications is preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position will be paid through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). UWM is classified as an R1 institution in the Carnegie classification. UWM and the UWM Psychology Department are dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in recruitment and employment. Qualified applicants should send a .pdf including a cover letter, CV, representative publications, and contact information for three referees to Dr. Larson at larsoncl@uwm.edu.

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