Position Summary: The Neuroinflammation, Pain, and Fatigue Laboratory is seeking a human neuroimaging researcher to supervise neuroinflammation projects. The studied conditions include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue/myalgic encephalomyelitis, Gulf War Illness, multiple sclerosis, and “Long COVID”. Projects are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DoD), as well as non-profit institutions. Both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) projects are involved, though candidates do not need prior experience with PET. The laboratory and neuroimaging facilities are located at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). Remote, In-Office, and Hybrid positions will be considered.
Responsibilities: The Fellow will be chiefly responsible for ensuring neuroimaging projects are conducted with the highest scientific and ethical rigor. Examples of duties include supervising data acquisition practices, overseeing MRI data analysis, writing scientific manuscripts, leading neuroimaging research teams, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. The Fellow will manage two graduate students and up to four undergraduates. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to pursue their own pilot projects, and apply for extramural training or project funding.
The position is intended for two years, with additional years contingent on funding.
Minimum Requirements: An advanced research or clinical degree is required for this position. Individuals may have a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or related fields. Individuals with an MD, DO, ND, or other clinical degree may also apply if they have significant research experience. Candidates should have experience with human brain MRI studies and a high comfort level with at least one of the major MRI analytic software packages. Most of the MRI work will focus on MR multi-voxel spectroscopy using already-established pipelines.
Other Requirements: Applicants should have experience mentoring research trainees. Possession of unique statistical and data-analytic techniques (e.g., machine learning, analysis of longitudinal data, linear mixed modeling) is helpful, but not required. The applicant should have strong leadership, scientific communication (written and oral), organizational, and team-building skills.
About the lab: We focus on developing new diagnostic techniques and treatments for chronic diseases of the central nervous system. Our primary laboratory techniques include clinical trials of pharmaceutical and botanical treatments, observational analyses of inflammatory disease mediators, experimental immune provocations with endotoxin and other agents, and neuroimaging (MRI and PET). We emphasize the exploration of inflammatory and neuroinflammatory causes of chronic diseases.
To Apply: To apply for the position, please submit a CV and statement of interest directly to the principal investigator, Dr. Jarred Younger, at email@example.com. You are welcome to send any questions about the position as well.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.