Woods Lab, Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory
The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory are searching for a highly qualified post-doctoral associate candidate to join the research team of Dr. Adam Woods to study the benefits of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for enhancing cognitive training effects in older adults. The Woods lab focuses on discovering and implementing novel interventions aimed at combating cognitive aging and slowing the onset of dementia in older adults, with a special interest in understanding the neural mechanisms of intervention effects. This position will work on Dr. Woods NIA funded clinical trials using transcranial direct current stimulation paired with cognitive training. The ACT study (R01) is a Phase III randomized clinical trial, while the Stimulated Brain study (K01) is a phase II RCT. These studies use comprehensive neurocognitive assessment and multimodal neuroimaging/spectroscopy to investigate the impact of tDCS and cognitive training on the brain and cognitive function in older adults.
The post-doctoral trainee will have the opportunity to learn or enhance their skills in 1) multimodal neuroimaging/spectroscopy [including structural (T1 and FLAIR), functional MRI (active and resting BOLD), and GABA MEGA-PRESS magnetic resonance spectroscopy], 2) neurocognitive assessment, 3) non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS/tACS/TMS), and/or clinical trials. In addition, the post-doctoral associate will have the opportunity to develop his or her own novel tDCS based research projects. Dr. Woods’ lab consists of 4 full time research coordinators, 2 graduate students, and administrative staff. In working in Dr. Woods’ lab, this position will join the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory, which consists of 3 primary faculty, 12 affiliate faculty, 16 graduate students and research assistants, and two post-doctoral fellows. The Center and Dr. Woods’ lab maintains a 1000 square foot research space with dedicated parking. This facility houses Dr. Woods’ electrophysiology lab, tDCS lab, TMS lab, and 5 dedicated testing rooms in the McKnight Brain Institute. The lab is directly adjacent to both 3T research MRI systems (Siemens Prisma and Philips Achieva) and the CAM phlebotomy lab at the University of Florida. Preferred start date is July or August 1, 2017, but negotiable.
The position will involve conducting assessment and intervention visits on tDCS studies, analyzing data (neuroimaging and behavioral), supervision of graduate students and staff, and writing manuscripts and grants. The post-doctoral associate is expected to possess good written and oral English language skills to present research updates at weekly lab meetings, seminars and conferences as well as to assist in writing manuscripts and grants related to the project.
Salary will be in line with NIH Policy for post-doctoral positions.
The position requires a PhD or MD/PhD. Applicants should have good communication, problem-solving skills, and ability to work flexible hours depending on specific experiments.
tDCS or other non-invasive brain stimulation method
Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, or Psychology
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please attach curriculum vitae and 3 reference letters and cover letter articulating your interests in the lab.
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Adam Woods at ajwoods[at]phhp[dot]ufl[dot]edu