Current Openings

Multiple postdoctoral positions in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience of PTSD

We have multiple postdoctoral fellowship positions available with a primary focus on studying the clinical phenomenology and neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The fellows will be mentored by Dr. Isabelle Rosso, PhD. at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  The successful candidates will be proposed for academic appointment as a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Job description:  We are looking for applicants with a PhD or MD/PhD scientist in clinical psychology, neuroscience, neuroimaging, or related field. The fellows will work on NIMH-funded projects that seek to understand the neurobiological underpinnings of PTSD.

The first project is funded as a NIMH Conte P50 grant.  Its focus is on understanding the neurobiology of stress pathways in PTSD, using genetic, psychophysiology, neuroimaging, and actigraphy methods.

The second project is funded as a NIMH R01 grant. Its focus is on understanding the phenomenology of intrusive trauma re-experiencing in PTSD, using ecological momentary assessment and neuroimaging methods.

These positions will provide opportunities for collaboration and networking with clinicians, basic neuroscientists, and physicists at McLean Hospital.  The PI is committed to supporting fellows on their trajectory to an independent research career, including ensuring that they submit competitive applications for internal fellowships and external grant funding.

Preferred is a candidate with the following attributes:

  1. Prior human subjects research with psychiatric populations, or biological mechanisms of psychiatric illness;
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, sufficient to explain complex scientific or technical concepts to non-domain experts;
  3. Evidence of capability for independent work, problem-solving, and initiative-taking;
  4. Interpersonal skills, as required for interactions with research participants, and for collaboration in a multidisciplinary environment.

How to apply: To apply for this position, email a cover letter and CV to Dr. Rosso: Please include the names & contact details for three references in your application.

McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  It is the policy of McLean Hospital to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender orientation or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation.  McLean Hospital does conduct pre-employment drug screening, and any offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of the screening.

Student Visitors/Research Volunteers

Student Volunteer positions for undergraduates and recent college graduates are available for the 2019-2020 academic year.  These positions are within McLean’s Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience, directed by Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D.  Volunteers assist lab members utilizing various methodologies (e.g., brain imaging, electrophysiology, clinical interviews) to study emotional and cognitive processing in both healthy and psychiatric populations, primarily major depression.

Review of applications is ongoing.

To apply for a student volunteer position, please fill out this application (LATN_Student_Visitor_application) and send it, along with a copy of your resume/CV, to David Crowley (