The Darby Lab is excited to announce a new position for a post-doctoral fellow. The fellow will participate in two funded research projects investigating: 1.) Moral decision-making and neuroimaging in patients with frontotemporal dementia who commit crimes, and 2.) Belief monitoring and neuroimaging in patients with Lewy body dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with delusions. Our lab helped to develop a pioneering new neuroimaging technique called lesion network mapping to show that focal brain lesions in different locations causing the same symptom localize to different parts of the same functionally connected brain network. This work provided insight into complex but poorly understood symptoms including lesion-induced delusions (Darby et al, Brain, 2016), criminal behavior (Darby et al, PNAS, 2018), and disordered free will perception (Darby et al, in revision). Our lab is now developing new neuroimaging techniques to apply this same approach to the study of patients with dementia. The fellow would have the opportunity to work on the development of these neuroimaging methods, and to apply these neuroimaging methods to localize the neural correlates of criminal behavior and psychosis in dementia patients. There would also be opportunity to work on refining cognitive tasks to evaluate moral decision-making and belief monitoring.
We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral fellow with experience in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, or psychology. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in neuroimaging, including familiarity with common neuroimaging analysis software packages (FSL, SPM, Freesurfer), programming (Matlab, UNIX, Python), and most importantly, a passion for understanding brain-behavior relationships for complex neuropsychiatric symptoms. Fellows will be expected to transition towards working independently, with a focus on producing first-authored publications.
Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter describing their research interests (1 page max), CV, and 3 references to Ryan Darby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internal Number: RD_2018_01_PD
About Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Over its 142-year history, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has built a strong reputation as a leader in medical education, research, and patient care. VUMC’s building footprint spans roughly 10M sq ft, holds 758 licensed beds and conducts over 70,000 emergency room visits and 1.6M ambulatory visits per year. VUMC is dedicated to ensuring investigators are competitive for research funding, and invests well in excess of $100M annually of internal funds for direct support of biomedical research, above and beyond grants, contracts, and philanthropic support. Junior investigators are given substantial development funds to support their progress toward tenure. The applicant will additionally benefit through involvement in:
Vanderbilt University Institute Imaging Sciences (VUIIS) is a University-wide interdisciplinary initiative that unites scientists whose interests span the spectrum of imaging research—from the underlying physics of imaging techniques to the application of imaging tools to address problems such as understanding brain function. VUIIS faculty are active in developing novel methods of imaging to obtain new types of information as well as in applying curre...nt methods to study a wide range of biomedical questions. VUIIS investigators pursue research in developing new imaging methods as well as applications in cancer, neuroscience, metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, and other areas. Weekly and monthly seminars cover a broad range of issues related to imaging research, with a particular emphasis on methodology related to structural and functional MRI imaging. The VUIIS is located in a 41,000-square-foot four-floor state-of-the-art facility adjacent that was completed December 2006. The facility is across the street from Dr. Darby’s laboratory, and houses both research dedicated scanners and testing rooms as well as office and laboratory space for faculty, staff, trainees and resources dedicated to Imaging Science research.
Vanderbilt Brain Institute (VBI) unites campus-wide neuroscience to facilitate interdisciplinary research between the departments of psychology, molecular neuroscience, VUIIS, law and medicine through regular seminars, lectures, and organized courses. Dr. Darby is a senior faculty member within the VBI. The VBI offers numerous opportunities for collaboration and training through courses, lectures and seminars, and through the graduate training grant associated with the program.
Vanderbilt Center for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR). In 2007, the NIH recognized Vanderbilt’s commitment to research by funding the Vanderbilt Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), one of 60 awards nationally, administered by VICTR. The CTSA sponsors lectures on career development for junior investigators, biostatistics clinics for consultations, individual grant reviews, including an NIH-like internal study section with senior Vanderbilt faculty, and a pilot and voucher program offering $2-10K pilot grants on a rolling basis with as little as 48 hours turnaround.