Postdoctoral Position in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position
Purdue University

Applications are invited for position of Postdoctoral Research Associate for a series of projects led and co-led by Dr. Bridgette Kelleher. Dr. Kelleher is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences (associate professor effective 8/10/20), Principal Investigator of the Neurodevelopmental Family Lab, and Co-Director of the Purdue Autism Research Center. Dr. Kelleher’s research uses telehealth-based methods to assess early development of children at risk for adverse health outcomes. The candidate’s primary role will be to support execution of a number of ongoing projects, including project management and data dissemination. Approximately 50% of their effort will be devoted to a new project funded by the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience that is co-directed by Dr. Kelleher and Dr. Carolyn McCormick, assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Director of the MAC Lab. The candidate will work with Drs. Kelleher and McCormick to lead an interdisciplinary team of life scientists and engineers using human centered design to develop novel biosensors to support clinical research in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, Angelman syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease. The successful candidate will also support Dr. Kelleher’s ongoing telehealth-based studies of early development in children at elevated likelihood for developing autism, such as the PANDABox project and Purdue Early Phenotype Study. The majority of the candidate’s efforts on Dr. Kelleher’s individual projects will support data dissemination, including analyzing data and writing manuscripts.  

The position is 40 hours per week with a possible duration of two years, contingent upon successful performance in the first year. Longer-term employment is possible pending additional funding. Application review begins immediately, with start date as early as August 1, 2020.

The candidate will be primarily housed in the Neurodevelopmental Family Lab, which is directed by Dr. Kelleher. Our lab family includes over 40 postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, and staff members who work together to facilitate research that optimizes outcomes for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. Diversity and inclusion are central to our lab’s mission, and we encourage applications from candidates who will prioritize facilitating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. As part of their job duties, the candidate will participate in a variety of professional development activities, including activities with the Purdue Autism Research Center, leading publications and presentations, and participating in laboratory-wide and individual mentorship on building a career relevant to children with neurodevelopmental disorders.


Ph.D. in psychological sciences, human development, neuroscience, or a closely related field

Preferred: work or applied experience with children and families; personal or professional experience with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Commitment to supporting an inclusive and diverse laboratory environment
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and professionalism as a collegial team member
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Strong experience with data management and analysis (experience with longitudinal analyses preferred but not required)
  • Ability to efficiently multi task and meet deadlines
  • Skill in taking initiative, assuming responsibility and handling confidential information with discretion
  • Valid US or Canadian driver’s license
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Submit materials online through the Purdue Careers website

Carolyn E.B. McCormick, PhD

Assistant Professor

Human Development and Family Studies

Hanley Hall, Rm 229
1202 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055