The Mother-Infant Studies Lab in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU: http://psychology.msu.edu/ ) seeks a postdoctoral fellow who is interested in understanding the effects of prenatal stress on the mother-infant relationship and infant developmental psychopathology using multi-method approaches including behavioral observation, clinical interview, laboratory tasks, analysis of salivary hormones, heart rate, and fetal movement, among others. The position will center on an NICHD-funded longitudinal study examining the relationship between the timing of intimate partner violence and other stressors in the prenatal period and the development of infant emotion regulation. Fellows are also encouraged to develop related projects.
We are seeking candidates with a doctoral degree in clinical or developmental psychology, or related fields such as human development & family studies or human neuroscience. Successful applicants will have substantive interests in mother-infant research, and a goal of developing expertise in multiple methods to assess physiology and behavior. Research experience with high-risk mothers and young children, as well as with some of the physiological methods used in the lab, are desirable. Strong data analytic skills, particularly for longitudinal analysis, are also desirable. The position offers excellent transdisciplinary training across clinical, developmental, and neuroscience approaches to understanding prenatal stress, the mother-infant relationship, and infant development. The trainee will be supervised by Drs. Alytia Levendosky, Anne Bogat (MSU Department of Psychology), and Joseph Lonstein (MSU Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program).
Michigan State University is located in mid-Michigan and part of the University Research Corridor (http://urcmich.org/about/) that includes MSU, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University, offering opportunities for collaboration with some of the nation’s top scientists. This study involves a collaboration with the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry.
Qualified individuals must have completed a Ph.D. in clinical or developmental psychology or related field such as human development & family studies or neuroscience by the start date and must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status.
Start Date: July or August, 2019
Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application to http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/500343/research-associatefixed-term Please include:
- Cover letter explaining professional developmental goals and research focus
- Names and email addresses of three references
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.