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Quantitative Analysis for Studies in Neurodevelopmental Conditions

The Office of the Clinical Director / The Office of the Clinical Director (OCD), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development / National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow for a position with shared support from The Office of the Clinical Director (OCD), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Phenotyping Service (NBPS), Office of the Clinical Director (OCD), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Fellow will be primarily based in the NBPS of the NIMH OCD, and will focus on projects which are of mutual scientific interest and collaboration between the NBPS, NIMH, and NICHD, including analysis of data from neurometabolic syndromes such as Niemann-Pick Disease, Smith-Lemli Opitz Syndrome, Creatine Transport Deficiency, and Batten Disease, among others. The NBPS provides wraparound services in the development and implementation of developmental psychological assessment batteries for deep behavioral phenotyping, and validates, improves, and creates methods for phenotyping of individuals with a range of neurodevelopmental conditions, including those with severe to profound intellectual disability.
Fellow will work closely with the NBPS senior statistician on the analysis of data from studies of rare conditions associated with ID and/or ASD. Fellow will independently conduct basic analyses, and will collaborate with the senior statistician and other members of the IRP to implement innovative analytic approaches.
The NBPS has many collaborative projects spanning a variety of patient populations, study designs (natural history, clinical trials, etc.), and modalities (behavioral phenotyping, genetics, neuroimaging, EEG, etc.), and the fellow will engage with and leverage this work to produce and disseminate phenotypic and psychometric knowledge to benefit the field.


Candidates must have completed a PhD in social or behavioral sciences, public health, epidemiology, or related field. Candidates must have knowledge about and experience with neurodevelopmental disability and developmental assessment. While expertise in quantitative research, analytic methods, and computer programming (e.g., SAS, R) are preferred, they are not required.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a two-page synopsis of their research interests and experiences, including a brief description of their career plans related to neurodevelopmental disability research, and (3) a list of a list of at least three references that includes their mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.
The position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted and screened on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Email applications to Cristan Farmer at with subject line: Last name, First name, Postdoc application.
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