Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Candidates are being considered for a Clinical Postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Shackman in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park. This position will support a 5-year, NIMH-funded longitudinal study (R01-MH107444) focused on the development of anxiety disorders, depression, and risky substance use in young adults.

CRITERIA & RESPONSIBILITIES. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and experience with administering the SCID and/or Life Stress Interviews. Prior experience supervising clinical assessments and/or working with individuals with mood or anxiety disorders is highly desirable. Secondary responsibilities will include recruitment, study coordination, clinical data management, project management, and training/supervising undergraduate researchers. There will also be opportunities to assist with other, on-going fMRI and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) studies in the lab. In addition, there will be many opportunities for data analysis, manuscript preparation, and mentored grant writing. Candidates must be able to work well alone and with other members of our team. The bottom line is that we are looking for a talented young clinician who is smart, sensible, passionate, rigorous, fearless, hardworking, and who can actively contribute to a positive lab environment.

DETAILS. The position can start at any time, but ideally before August 1, 2016. This is a one year position that is renewable for up to 5 years, contingent on performance and funding. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. The University of Maryland strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance campus diversity.

LAB MISSION. Our goal is to have a lasting impact on the allied fields of affective and translational neuroscience. To that end, we do our very best to perform innovative studies that can lead to important discoveries, to disseminate our discoveries as widely as possible, and to mentor trainees to become top-notch scientists. Brain imaging is conducted at the nearby Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC), which is directed by Dr. Luiz Pessoa and houses a research-dedicated 3T TIM Trio Siemens scanner and a complete complement of peripheral apparatus. The position will include support for methods workshops and professional travel as well as the opportunity to work with other trainees and faculty affiliated with the MNC, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program, Department of Human Development, and NIMH. This is an excellent opportunity for receiving top-notch mentorship in affective/translational neuroscience.

CONTACT. For additional information, please contact Dr. Alex Shackman (, visit our laboratory website (, or read about the grant at NIH Reporter ( To apply, please email a cover letter with a brief statement of research interests, relevant transcripts, a CV, and 3 letters of reference. Letters can be transmitted later if necessary, so long as contact information for the letter writers is included in the cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.