Dr. Jane Roberts and the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab at the University of South Carolina (www.uscdevlab.com) are pleased to announce the availability of one full-time NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship position. This is a two-year position, with possible option of extension. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ongoing projects, which focus broadly on the developmental features of fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and siblings of children with autism. We examine multiple aspects of children’s development including attention, language, social behavior, physiological responsivity, anxiety, and behavioral regulation. The fellow will receive hands-on experience conducting research studies with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. Autism spectrum disorder diagnostic training will be offered (e.g., ADOS research reliability). The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in specialized training in the use and interpretation of physiological data (i.e., heart activity, EEG, salivary cortisol). The fellow will be expected to advance ongoing projects and to collaborate with Dr. Roberts and other lab members to develop new studies. There will be a significant emphasis on manuscript preparation, as well as professional development such as project initiation, mentoring students, grant writing and transitioning to independence. The fellow will be encouraged to submit their own application for external funding to a major federal agency or private foundation (e.g., NIH, Autism Speaks).
Dr. Roberts’ research is multifaceted and this opportunity is appropriate for applicants with backgrounds in various aspects of development in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. The team is multi-disciplinary including faculty, staff and students with training in Communication Sciences, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience as well as Clinical, School, and Developmental Psychology. While this fellowship has a primary focus on research, there is a great deal of clinical training so applicants interested in a primary focus on either research or clinical skills are encouraged to apply. We have a licensed psychologist as a team member, and she can provide supervision as needed. The ideal start date is Fall 2018; however, there is flexibility.
Interested candidates are invited to e-mail a CV and statement of interest to:
Jane E. Roberts, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
USC Neurodevelopmental Lab