Current Openings

Post-doctoral Positions in Affective Neuroscience
at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Two post-doctoral positions are available within the Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, directed by Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D.

The laboratory is part of the Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research (CDASR), a vibrant research center with over 40 scientists/staff/students that embraces a multi-disciplinary approach to improve our understanding of the psychological, environmental, and neurobiological factors associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan (

Currently ongoing studies in Dr. Pizzagalli’s laboratory focus on reward processing, stress responsivity, and executive functioning in a range of populations including individuals with current or past major depression, as well as at-risk samples (e.g., offspring of parents with MDD or individuals exposed to early life stress). These studies employ a variety of approaches, including high-density EEG, fMRI, PET, MRS, computational modeling, and assays of hormonal/inflammatory markers. Opportunities will be available to pursue independent research and interdisciplinary collaborations across Harvard Medical School. Depending on research focus, candidates will have access to three research-dedicated human MRI scanners (3 T, 4 T) and one animal MRI scanner (9.4 T), as well as two high-density EEG systems.

Qualifications: For the first position, a strong background in EEG/ERP techniques is required. For the second position, a strong background in functional/structural MRI techniques is required. For both positions, clinical training, computational modeling expertise (e.g., machine learning) and/or experience with a second imaging modality are a plus.

To apply, send a CV, a cover letter describing research interests, as well as names and email addresses of three references to Diego A. Pizzagalli ( Review of applications will begin immediately (expected start date: Summer 2020, although an earlier start will be possible).

McLean Hospital, which is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an equal opportunity employer, McLean seeks qualified candidates for all posted employment opportunities without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability or veteran status. McLean particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

About the institution
Since 1811, McLean Hospital has been a world leader in scientific investigations and treatments of mental illnesses as well as in training generations of scientists and clinicians. McLean Hospital maintains the largest program of research in neuroscience and psychiatry of any private psychiatric hospital in the United States. McLean Hospital has been ranked as America’s best freestanding psychiatric hospital for 17th consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report.

McLean Hospital is located in Belmont, Massachusetts, 9 miles west of Boston.


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 2020-2021 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.

COVID-19 impact: During the pandemic, student visitors are working remotely.  Therefore, you do not need to be in the Belmont/Boston area.

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 (