Post-Doc in San Diego

Post-Doctoral Associate

San Diego State University

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate with a strong foundation in clinical and developmental sciences to begin in January 2021 or Summer 2021. The Postdoctoral Associate will be primarily involved with coordinating the Brains in Growth-Emotions (BIG-E) Study (NIMH R01 grant), a collaborative project with San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of Maryland College Park (PIs: Drs. Lea Dougherty and Jillian Wiggins). The Postdoctoral Associate will work at the SDSU site. The primary focus of the BIG-E Study is to identify neural mechanisms of risk and resilience in childhood irritability. Neuroimaging experience is preferred but not required.

This is a one-year position (with the possibility of renewal for additional years).

Responsibilities include project coordination;
conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and MRI data collection); conducting and supervising clinical diagnostic interviews; data management; training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants; and assisting with research protocols and compliance. Opportunities for data analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant writing are available and encouraged.

Necessary qualifications include: 1) a PhD in Psychology (clinical or developmental psychology or neuroscience are preferred but not required) or related field; 2) research experience in the content of clinical or developmental research; 3) clinical experience conducting diagnostic interviews (preferred but not required); 4) excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

Interested applicants should send their CV, a letter of interest, reprints/preprints, and contact information for three
people who would be willing to provide letters of recommendation to Drs. Lea Dougherty ( and Jillian Wiggins ( with the subject line “BIG-E Postdoc.” Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. Email inquiries are welcome.  

San Diego State University is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer with a commitment to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Women, minorities, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.