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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Psychology

San Diego State University
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Psychology

Job No: 515418
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Locations: San Diego
Categories: Excluded, Temporary, Full Time, Research

Position Summary

A new Postdoctoral position is available at San Diego State University beginning July 1, with a flexible start date. We seek a bright, motivated individual to join our collaborative research group. Our research employs structural MRI, fMRI and neuropsychological methods in order to increase our understanding of very early indicators of Alzheimer's disease.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in on-going projects that provide research experience: e.g., one utilizing fMRI, connectivity, structural MRI, biomarkers and neuropsychological assessment in cognitively normal, at risk and MCI patients; and another investigating the predictors of cognitive decline in a large-scale longitudinal study. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have access to state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities, contribute to ongoing research and have freedom to conduct additional research based on their interests in the context of the research program.

Under the mentorship of the principal investigator, Dr. Claire Murphy, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will contribute to all aspects of the research process, including conducting studies, analysis of data, presentations, publications, grant writing and the supervision and mentoring of students and assistants.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Murphy at For more information regarding the Department of Psychology, click here. For information about the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, click here.

Full-time, temporary position for two years depending upon adequate performance during the first year. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Education and Experience
  • Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or related area
  • Strong writing skills demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications

Preferred Qualifications
  • Relevant experience with any of the following: functional MRI, functional connectivity, structural neuroimaging, neuropsychology, sensory and cognitive assessment, or risk factors for AD in epidemiological studies

Compensation and Benefits

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

Hiring salary: $50,000 - $65,000 annually

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Review of the required application materials, including letter of interest and C.V., will begin on October 31, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Rachael Stalmann at

Advertised: Sep 19, 2022 (3:45 PM)
Applications Close: Open until filled

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