Friday, February 3, 2012

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR), Twin cities, MN, USA - 1 Postdoctoral research position (substance abuse)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota has an opening for one or more post-doctoral research associates. We seek someone interested in the study of the development of substance abuse and related psychopathology in our genetically informed samples of twin and adoptive children and their parents prospectively studied from preadolescence through young adulthood.

The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers (including neuroscientists, geneticists, psychopathologists, developmental psychologists, and statisticians) investigating the development of substance abuse and related common mental disorders (e.g., major depression, antisocial personality disorder). The MCTFR dataset is unique in terms of the breadth of its assessment (e.g., a rich set of clinical, personality, and endophenotypic measures), developmental informativeness (participants have been assessed every 3-4 years, spanning ages 11 through 29), comprehensive measurement of environmental risk (e.g., prenatal, familial, peer group, neighborhood), inclusion of biological measures (e.g., dense array EEG/ERP, autonomic responsivity, neuropsychological function) and extensive coverage of genetic markers (660K SNPs as part of GWAS) in a prospectively studied sample of twin and adoptive adolescent sibling pairs and their parents (2500 families).

The MCTFR affords excellent opportunities for the person filling this position to develop an independent program of research in addition to working with these data. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in psychology, statistics, epidemiology, neuroscience, genetics or related fields. Experience with the analysis of complex data sets using multivariate and longitudinal statistical methods is highly desirable. The initial appointment is for two years, with excellent opportunity for extension. Applications should consist of: 1) an updated CV; 2) personal statement; 3) up to 3 reprints/preprints; and 4) contact information for 3 professional references. References will only be contacted for candidates judged from their paper record to be finalists for the position. Application materials can be submitted by e-mail to Kristen Harne at Inquiries about the position can be directed to either Bill Iacono ( or Matt McGue ( Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2011 and continue until this position is filled. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Quick link: