Postgraduate Positions

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Postgraduate positions are short term training positions for recent college graduates who seek research experience prior to graduate or medical school. As with postdoctoral positions, most postgraduate trainees find their positions by contacting faculty directly. Several faculty have posted their open positions below.
 
Once you find a position, your Yale department will assist you with the hiring process. The visa application process for international postdocs will be handled by your department and the Yale Office of International Students and Scholars. It often takes several months for a visa to be approved, and you should factor this time into your plans for coming to Yale.
 
 
In accordance with university requirements for a safe return to in-person university operations, all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1. For additional information, please visit Yale University’s Office of the President . Read Here
Postgraduate position in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Department(Kabeche Lab)
Posting Date: October 18, 2021

A postgraduate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Lilian Kabeche in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Department. The research focus of the laboratory is to understand the fundamental pathways that ensure cells to properly replicate and segregate their DNA and how perturbations in these pathways can be strategically targeted to create novel and efficient cancer therapies.

Mentoring

The candidate will receive daily, hands-on mentoring from the members of the lab. The candidate will also meet with and be mentored by Dr. Kabeche regularly to discuss their progress on their project, help troubleshoot and promote further understanding of the biological significance of their work. The candidate will participate in lab meetings and journal clubs and have the opportunity to present in these forums.

Training

Under the supervision of Dr. Kabeche (Principal Investigator), the candidate will work closely with graduate students and receive formal training on mammalian tissue culture, microscopy, fixed immunofluorescence, live-cell imaging and a variety of other techniques commonly used in the lab.

Education/Experience 

Candidates should have a B.A./B.S. in biological sciences. Prior lab experience is preferred, but not required.

Additional Information

In accordance with university requirements for a safe return to in-person university operations, all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1. For additional information, please visit https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/workplace-guidance/workplace-guidance-faqs.

The Postgraduate Associate position is one year in duration with a salary of $36,960.   Postgraduate positions are open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or master’s degree, but not doctoral degrees.

Application process

Interested applicants should send their applications to Dr. Lilian Kabeche (lilian.kabeche@yale.edu). The application should include: (1) CV; (2) A brief statement of research interests; (3) Contact information for 2-3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postgraduate position in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders at Yale/VA Learning Based Recovery Center
Posting Date: October 8, 2021

The Yale/VA Learning Based Recovery Center (LBRC) is currently conducting clinical trials of interventions to improve outcomes during the early phase of recovery from substance use disorders. We will select one or more highly qualified college graduates or graduates with a master’s degree for research fellowship positions. The Yale/VA Learning Based Recovery Center has been a leader in the development of cognitive training and work programs to promote recovery from disabling mental illnesses.  The LBRC is directed by Morris Bell, Ph.D., ABPP. Dr. Bell is Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Senior Research Career Scientist for the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service.

Mentorship

Fellows will be directly mentored by Dr. Bell with additional mentoring from Drs. Gihyun Yoon and Joanna Fiszdon and will be involved in a highly active and productive community of clinical research psychologists and psychiatrists.  The trainee will have the opportunity to participate in data management, analysis and manuscript preparation.  Co-authorship is encouraged

Training

The trainee will learn about the implementation of clinical trial procedures and will be trained in clinical and diagnostic assessments, cognitive remediation therapy and neuropsychological assessments.  The trainee will have direct patient contact with supervision from the investigator team. The trainee will have the opportunity to do case presentations based on clinical and neuropsychological assessments and to follow the course of treatment and recovery.  The trainee is encouraged to attend Psychiatry Grand Rounds, the Psychology Service Colloquium Series at the VA and other tutorials and courses. Presentation and attendance at national conferences is encouraged.

Education/Experience

BA or BS required. Master’s Degree is desirable but not required.  Areas of study may include psychology, pre-med, social work or neuroscience. Previous clinical research is desirable but not required.

Additional Information

In accordance with university requirements for a safe return to in-person university operations, all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1. For additional information, please visit https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/workplace-guidance/workplace-guidance-faqs.

The Postgraduate Associate position is one year in duration with a salary of $36,960.   Postgraduate positions are open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or master’s degree, but not doctoral degrees.

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, a copy of academic transcript, and at least two letters of reference to Angela Vernetti at angelina.vernetti@yale.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postgraduate position-Early Childhood Team
Posting Date: October 8, 2021
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (https://www.ycei.org), part of the Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence. Our work focuses on (1) the development and impact of social and emotional skills among diverse populations, including education settings and organizations, and (2) the mechanisms by which social and emotional skills and training impact significant life outcomes.
We are looking for a full-time Postgraduate Associate (PGA) to join the Early Childhood Team for a 12-month appointment to support both research and RULER implementation for projects serving children ages 3-6. To strengthen SEL access, programming, and supports in early childhood settings, our projects include research-to-practice partnerships that promote equitable access to RULER, foster collaboration and communities of practice by leveraging existing community stakeholders, and explore cultural understanding and adaptation. The PGA will support projects in early childhood programs in Bridgeport, Connecticut as well as across China. Data collected across projects include indicators of school and classroom climate, efficacy, relationships, social and emotional skills, general indicators of wellbeing, and RULER implementation and efficacy. Results will directly inform and impact RULER offerings and evaluate whether RULER is making a difference in early care and education settings as well as in the lives of educators and leaders.
 
Mentorship
Under the primary mentorship of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence’s Director of Early Childhood, Dr. Craig Bailey, the PGA will play an integral role in all facets of our early childhood projects. The PGA will support a range of research activities, including but not limited to: data preparation, data collection and maintenance, data cleaning and analysis, data aggregation and reporting, manuscript preparation, manuscript coding, grant preparation, book coding, and research partner meeting assistance. The PGA will also support RULER implementation activities, including but not limited to: SEL/RULER implementation support, project meetings and materials coordination, communication and resource preparation and dissemination. The PGA will also be required to attend meetings at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
 
Training
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence offers a weekly PGA seminar series co-led by the Director of Research, Dr. Christina Cipriano, the Director of Adolescent Initiatives, Dr. Jessica Hoffmann, and Dr. Bailey with guest lecturers and facilitated reading ranging from Postdoctoral Associates to Research Scientists. This seminar series covers many professional development topics, including (a) graduate school preparation and networking/professional image; (b) research design, methodology, and statistical analysis; (c) diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and practice.
 
Education
The ideal candidate will have or demonstrate the following:
● At least a bachelor’s degree in a related field, including, but not limited to psychology, education, and human development
● Research experience in developmental psychology, education, and/or human development
● Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods and coding
● Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and data analysis software (e.g. SPSS, Stata, SAS, or R).
● Strong project management, organizational skills, and time management skills
● Strong interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills
Preferred qualifications include:
● Experience working with young children and/or families and teachers of young children
● Experience working with early childhood educators
● Content knowledge in emotional intelligence, SEL, classroom pedagogy
● An interest in applying for an advanced degree in the future
● Interest in mixed-method research designs, qualitative analyses, and school-based research
● Fluency in both English and Mandarin is preferred
 
 
The Postgraduate Associate position is a full-time, 12-month appointment with a salary of $36,960.00. Postgraduate positions are open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or master’s degree but not doctoral degrees. Anticipated start date is November 2021.
 
In accordance with university requirements for a safe return to in-person university operations, all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information, please visit https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/workplace-guidance/workplace-guidance-faqs.
 
 
Application Process
Please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references to our Project Coordinator, Whitney Sanders at whitney.sanders@yale.edu. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by Friday, October 22, 2021, at 11:59PM EST. Applications will continue to be accepted until Friday, October 29, 2021, at 11:59PM EST, but those received after October 22 will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
 
ABOUT THE YALE CENTER FOR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. Helping children and adults develop emotional intelligence is central to the mission of the Center. To date, schools have been at the center of these efforts. RULER, the Center’s signature program, draws on leading pedagogical practices as well as advances in psychology and neuroscience, and it has been honed through years of classroom observation, interviews, and the most demanding evaluations. Creating awareness—both of self and others—about emotions and developing the skills of emotional intelligence can improve children’s prospects in life and contribute, in turn, to healthier, more compassionate families, workplaces, and communities. RULER does this by teaching adults and children the skills of emotional intelligence.
Postgraduate Associate In Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, Or Related Field – play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games
Posting Date: September 23, 2021

Who We Are: The play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games focuses on the use of “play,” in the form of videogame play, for the purposes of health promotion, risk reduction, social good, and educational interventions. We develop and evaluate videogame interventions focused on behavior change, education, health, well-being, and social intelligence, using the most rigorous scientific methods and metrics available.

The Position: The play2PREVENT Lab was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse under their HEAL Initiative (Helping to End Addiction Long Term), to develop a creative way to prevent opioid misuse in adolescents. The new team member will be working with a targeted videogame intervention for opioid misuse prevention in adolescents. The primary focus of this position, is that the new team member will assist with the execution of a large scale randomized controlled trial that will take place across the state of Connecticut and train community partners on the use of our videogames in schools and other settings.

The start this date for this position is negotiable (between October 2021 and January 2022).

The Postgraduate Associate (PGA) will receive education and training through participation in the administrative and research tasks of Yale Center for Health & Learning Games. Under the supervision of project directors/research team, the PGA will participate in research activities involving the development and evaluation of digital health interventions and educational technology that focus on behavior change, health, social impact, and education. Specific education and training opportunities will include:

* working with adolescents to evaluate the effectiveness of a videogame intervention

*data management collection systems such as Salesforce, RedCap, Qualtrics, Oncore

*creating novel ways to implement our games that are available to the general public

*dissemination strategies for spreading knowledge and information about our games

*interfacing with and presenting to community partners, potential community partners, and other stakeholders

* training on critical reading of research articles

* learning how to conduct comprehensive reviews of research on health behaviors and research on digital health interventions and educational technology, including videogames

* learning about scientific theoretical frameworks for defining and measuring health behaviors

* gaining familiarity with current literature in educational technology and health behaviors

* opportunities to collaborate with the research team on the development of new digital health interventions and educational technology

* experience with pilot-testing and playtesting videogames and other digital health interventions and educational technology

* experience designing and creating survey instruments for research data collection

* exposure to the process of designing and conducting a school-based or afterschool program research study

* training and experience with research study processes, including institutional review, participant recruitment, data collection, and data management

* training and experience with using statistical software for data processing and analysis

* potential opportunities to present research posters at scientific meetings

* potential opportunities to contribute to manuscripts submitted for publication

* attendance at regularly scheduled lab meetings at the Yale Center for Health and Learning Games, as well as opportunities to attend relevant Grand Rounds and other scientific seminars in the Yale Child Study Center, and Yale School of Medicine

Eligibility: An individual is eligible for the position if they have knowledge and training in psychology, Public Health, biology, chemistry, computer science, software engineering or other STEM related areas.

Responsibilities: The post-graduate associate will participate in research activities involving the development and evaluation of videogame interventions that focus on behavior change, health, social impact, and education. Responsibilities include:  conceptualization and development of video game content material, recruiting research participants for focus groups and playtesting, overseeing gameplay sessions, assisting in focus group discussions, collection of data and data management, data analysis, writing up study results, and presenting findings. May be required to work some evenings or weekends.

Benefits: Health insurance, travel stipend, vacation, sick days

*** Must have reliable transportation.

How to Apply: Application materials should be sent electronically to tyra.pendergrass@yale.edu. A complete application will include a:

  • Resume or CV
  • Three reference letters
  • A short letter of interest outlining your suitability for the position
  • Writing Sample

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Negotiable based on experience; minimum $36,960

Postgraduate position in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science (Bakhoum Lab)
Posting Date: September 15, 2021

Post-graduate position available for highly motivated and creative candidates to join the Mathieu Bakhoum Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine. This is a full-time, paid position with insurance benefits, available for start in as soon as possible.

The Bakhoum laboratory (www.bakhoumlab.org) focuses on two research areas with direct clinical applications. The first is to determine mechanisms that drive metastasis in uveal melanoma, a lethal eye cancer. Our goal is to translate this knowledge to develop non-invasive biomarkers for diagnosis and metastatic surveillance, and to identify druggable targets that can be employed to treat the primary and metastatic disease. The second area of focus capitalizes upon the ability to visualize the individual cellular layers of the retina during routine eye examination, and utilizes this information to detect underlying systemic diseases. 

Training 

Training will be provided in basic, translational and clinical research including, but not limited to, enrolling patients into studies, processing of human biospecimens, cell culture, isolation and quantification of nucleic acids, assays for the detection and quantification of various proteins, microscopy and other laboratory skills as needed.  There will be opportunities to develop writing and presentation skills by contributing to research publications and presenting at local and national conferences.

Mentoring 

Mentoring includes direct supervision and one-on-one weekly meetings with Dr. Bakhoum to discuss research progress and troubleshoot experiments. The candidate will have the opportunity to present during lab meetings. There will be opportunities to work on projects with other post-doctoral fellows, medical students, residents and clinical fellows. 

Education 

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree.  Prior experience in laboratory research is preferred, but not required. The position is for 2 years. This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and reliable candidate with interest in pursuing graduate studies, medical school or a career in biomedical research.

To Apply,

All applications should be sent to mbakhoumlab@gmail.com and include the following items merged as a single-PDF file:

1) Cover letter, indicating current and future research interests and expected availability dates;
2) Curriculum Vitae;
3) Names of three references

Postgraduate position in the Section Of Pulmonary, Critical Care And Sleep Medicine (Antin-Ozerkis Lab)
Posting Date: September 14, 2021

The Yale Interstitial Lung Disease Center of Excellence is looking to hire a Postgraduate Associate in the lab of Dr. Danielle Antin-Ozerkis.  This is a full-time, paid position with insurance benefits, available for start in as soon as possible.

Training

Training will be provided, mostly, in translational research including, but not limited to, enrolling patients into studies, processing of human biospecimens, cell culture, isolation and quantification of nucleic acids, assays for the detection and quantification of various proteins, and other laboratory skills as needed.  There will be opportunities to develop writing and presentation skills by contributing to research publications and presenting at local and national conferences.

Mentoring

Candidate will receive mentorship and guidance on potential career paths within medical research.  There will be opportunities to work on projects autonomously while working collaboratively with faculty, staff, post docs, and students.

Education

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline.  Prior experience in a research is preferred, but not required. The position is for 1 year. This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and reliable candidate with interest in pursuing a health care related career such as medicine, nursing, physician’s assistant, or as a chance to gain experience in biomedical research.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  To apply, please submit a cover letter in the body of an email and CV/references as attachments to Debbie Lovejoy at deborah.lovejoy@yale.edu

Postgraduate position at the Clinical Neurosciences Imaging Center(Tinaz Lab)
Posting Date: September 8, 2021

A postgraduate student position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Sule Tinaz, MD, PhD at the Clinical Neurosciences Imaging Center (CNIC), Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine. We conduct clinical and translational neuroimaging research in Parkinson’s disease (PD). We are particularly interested in investigating the brain basis of motor, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms, as well as the brain plasticity changes in response to mental training and physical exercise in PD.

  • Training – The successful candidate will receive training in clinical neuroimaging research using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that entails subject screening, recruitment, clinical evaluation of research subjects, database management, and MRI data collection and analysis. The participant will also have the opportunity to shadow the Movement Disorders faculty at Yale in the clinics and participate in the Movement Disorders research and video conferences.
  • Mentoring –Mentoring includes direct supervision by and one-on-one sessions with Dr. Tinaz, weekly meetings to discuss research progress and troubleshoot experiments, and presentations in CNIC lab meetings.
  • Education – Bachelor’s degree preferably in a neuroscience-related field, prior research experience, basic knowledge in statistics, and computer skills (specifically Matlab) are required. Students who are interested in pursuing a graduate or a medical degree are highly encouraged to apply.

The position is available starting immediately. Please respond with CV to sule.tinaz@yale.edu.

Postgraduate position in Neonatal Nutrition and Outcomes Research
Posting Date:
Postgraduate positions for research in very preterm infant nutrition, growth, and development lead by Dr. Sarah Taylor through the Neonatal NOuRISH Team at Yale University.
 

Research in the Yale Neonatal NOuRISH (Nutrition Outcomes Research In Sustaining mother and infant Health) team is directed at studying health outcomes affected by pregnancy and lactation especially when preterm birth occurs. Our work includes a plan to identify how very preterm infant growth pattern phenotypes relate to nutritional and health exposures and how these growth pattern phenotypes influence infant health and neurodevelopment outcomes. To determine growth patterns and their impact, we are conducting a translational, longitudinal study of very preterm infants with data and biological sample collection, body composition measures, and neurodevelopmental testing from birth until 2 years of age. We are seeking a motivated and dynamic individual who is interested in gaining experience in clinical study coordination in both the neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient clinic setting and interested in elucidating the determinants of growth and neurodevelopment in preterm infants. During this time, the successful applicant will obtain training in human subjects’ research, infant body composition measures, and neurodevelopmental testing.

Research Activities 
The Postgraduate will conduct prospective human subjects’ research with informed consent, data and biological sample collection, infant measurement, and neurodevelopmental assessments.
 
Training 
The Postgraduate will receive training in multicenter, translational research conduction, understanding the specialized
nutritional needs and health outcomes of very preterm infants, and body composition measures including body circumference and skinfold
thickness by calipers and ultrasound.
 
Mentoring Plan
The successful candidate will receive daily, hands-on mentoring from members of the Yale Neonatal NOuRISH team. The candidate will meet with the PI regarding their productivity and interpretation of data on a weekly basis.
 
Education
The candidate will be expected to have a B.A./B.S. A degree or experience in psychology, public health, or nutrition is preferred. Candidates should be a team player, self-motivated, organized, responsible, enthusiastic, and eager to learn.
 
For more information on our group, please see our website—Yale Neonatal NOuRISH Team <Neonatal‐Perinatal Medicine.
 
Interested applicants should send a brief statement of interest, your work experience and a resume with contact information for three references to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Sarah Taylor (sarah.n.taylor@yale.edu).
Postdoctoral position in Climate Change and Health Yale Center on Climate Change and Health
Posting Date: September 2, 2021

We are looking for an exceptional and highly motivated postdoctoral associate to join the Climate, Health, and Environment Nexus (CHEN) Lab at the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, Yale School of Public Health. The successful candidate will be working under the guidance of Drs. Kai Chen and Robert Dubrow to conduct innovative research that addresses climate change and human health. Special interests include 1) climate epidemiology such as examining the health effects of extreme weather events and the associated health inequities; and 2) the immediate health benefits of mitigation and adaptation strategies, especially adaptation to extreme heat (e.g., air conditioning, green/blue spaces).

The initial appointment is for 1 year, with an opportunity for an extension after successful completion of the 1-year period. The start date is flexible between fall 2021 and spring 2022.

Qualifications

Candidates should hold a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, climate science, or a related field by the start of appointment. Strong programming skills in R, excellent writing skills such as manuscript preparation and grant proposal writing, and ability to conduct collaborative research are required. Experience with climate epidemiological investigation, and/or the application of GIS methods, are desired.

To Apply

To apply, please send the following materials by email to Dr. Kai Chen (kai.chen@yale.edu) with “YCCCH Postdoctoral Position” in the subject line:

  1. a cover letter describing your research experience and interests,
  2. curriculum vitae (CV),
  3. copies of up to three recent publications,
  4. the names of three professional references.

Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is identified.

Postgraduate position in the Department of Neurology ( Pitt Lab)
Posting Date: August 30, 2021

A postgraduate student position is available in the laboratory of Dr. David Pitt, MD, Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine. We conduct translational research in multiple sclerosis (MS) with the goal of understanding the mechanisms of MS progression. We work with induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived CNS cells from MS patients, human CNS autopsy tissue and astrocyte-specific exosomes isolated from patient plasma.

  • Training – The successful candidate will receive training in purifying and analyzing exosomes, in histological techniques (immune-histochemical staining of human CNS tissue, highly multiplexed fluorescent imaging including computational analysis), and cell culture techniques related to iPSC-derived astrocytes/microglia cells.
  • Mentoring – Mentorship from Dr. Pitt and several post-docs in the lab. Mentoring includes direct supervision by post-docs to learn specific techniques, one-on-one sessions with Dr. Pitt for histological evaluation of multiple sclerosis lesions, weekly meetings to design and troubleshoot experiments, and presentations in lab meeting/journal club.
  • Education – Bachelor’s degree in a biology-related field. Prior research experience and proficiency in R is desirable.

The position is available starting immediately. Please respond with CV to david.pitt@yale.edu.

Postgraduate position in the Department of Psychiatry (Seo Lab)
Posting Date: August 30, 2021

A post-graduate research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Hyojung Seo in the Department of Psychiatry. The research focus of the laboratory is to understand prefrontal mechanisms of higher cognition (e.g. inference and decision-making) in non-human primate (NHP) model, using an integrative approach that combines neurophysiological analysis with circuit manipulation and computational modeling.  

Mentoring

The candidate will receive daily, hands-on mentoring from the members of the lab. The candidate will meet with the PI regularly to discuss his/her progress and productivity. The candidate will participate and present at weekly journal clubs and have opportunity to learn about genetic methods for circuit manipulation as well as computational approach (e.g. artificial neural networks).

Training

Under the supervision of Dr. Seo (Principal Investigator), the candidate will work closely with graduate students and receive basic training for neurophysiological approach to elucidate neural basis of complex behaviors, including behavioral training of NHPs, data analysis and neural recording with high-channel count neural probes.

Education/Experience

Candidates should have a B.A./B.S. in biological sciences. Prior lab experience is preferred, but not required. Candidates with academic background in computer science, who are interested in exploring the intersection between AI and neuroscience, are also encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

In accordance with university requirements for a safe return to in-person university operations, all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1. For additional information, please visit https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/workplace-guidance/workplace-guidance-faqs.

The Postgraduate Associate position is one year in duration with a salary of $36,960.   Postgraduate positions are open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or master’s degree, but not doctoral degrees.

Application process

Interested applicants should send their applications to Dr. Hyojung Seo (hyojung.seo@yale.edu). The application should include: (1) CV; (2) A brief statement of research interests; (3) Contact information for 2-3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postgraduate position in Pain and Addiction Neuropsychopharmacology
Posting Date: August 24, 2021

The Yale Division of Addictions (DSA) and the VA VISN-1 New England Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) will select one highly qualified college graduate for a Postgraduate Associate position in the Department of Psychiatry. The Yale Department of Psychiatry is a leading institution for clinical diagnostic services and multidisciplinary research on neuropsychiatric and substance use disorders, involving behavioral neuroscience, physiology, neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and treatment. Through extensive collaborations, the VA VISN-1 MIRECC brings together expertise in behavioral pharmacology, multimodal assessment of pain, and clinical trial techniques towards developing novel therapeutics for pain and addiction.

The program includes several clinical research investigators, such as Joao P. De Aquino, M.D.; R. Ross MacLean, Ph.D; and Mehmet Sofuoglu, M.D.; Ph.D.  Collaborators include Ralitza Gueorguieva, Ph.D. (Statistics); Peggy Compton, Ph.D. (Pain Research); and Mohini Ranganathan, M.D. (Cannabinoid Science). For more information and a list of recent publications, visit:

https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/joao_deaquinolima/?tab=research

https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn1/

Mentorship

The Postgraduate Associate will be directly mentored by Dr. De Aquino and will be involved in a highly active and productive community of clinical research scientists.  With research mentorship, the selected applicant will help conduct a research project from the point of experiment design through analysis and publication of results. 

Training

The Postgraduate Associate will also assist in a variety of scientific activities in the lab, including assisting in the preparation of manuscripts and conference presentations, and providing general assistance relevant to the functioning of the lab. The Postgraduate Associate’s curriculum also includes participation in weekly research meetings and other didactic experiences at the Yale Department of Psychiatry and the Yale School of Medicine.

Education/Experience

BA or BS required. Psychology, Pre-Med, or Neuroscience background required with research experience and an interest in clinical and translational research.

Additional Information

In accordance with university requirements for a safe return to in-person university operations, all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate associates will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1. For additional information, please visit https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/workplace-guidance/workplace-guidance-faqs.

The Postgraduate Associate position is one year in duration with a salary of $36,960.  The position is open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or master’s degree, but not doctoral degrees.

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, a copy of academic transcript, and at least two letters of reference to Joao De Aquino at joao.deaquino@yale.edu.    

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postgraduate position in the Department of Pharmacology (Lolis Lab)
Posting Date: August 16, 2021

The Lolis Lab (Department of Pharmacology) is seeking a postgraduate associate interested in cancer biology, studying the therapeutic effects and the molecular mechanism of a small molecule antagonist, and developing biotherapeutics. The project is a collaboration with a geneticist, a hematopathologist, an oncologist, and a chemist in the PET Center.

Academic Requirements

The candidate should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Genetics or any other biomedical discipline with experience or knowledge of breeding and genotyping mice and molecular biology. Knowledge of immunology and biochemistry is a plus.

Training and Mentoring

This opportunity is meant to prepare the post-grad with a research experience to transition into a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD program. The post-grad will work closely with a postdoc and other members of collaborating labs to study the disruption of the signaling mechanism by the antagonist and biotherapeutic that leads to anti-proliferative and anti-metastatic effects. Through this position the postgrad will obtain experience in CRISPR/Cas9-based gene manipulation, breeding and genotyping, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, signaling techniques, molecular cloning, purification of a biotherapeutic, and histology. The postgrad will attend weekly group meetings and a journal club, and will meet formally with the PI once a week.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Yale Department of Pharmacology strives to create an inviting environment and a culture of inclusivity where every individual’s unique and diverse characteristics are valued and respected. We sustain the richness of our department by recruiting and retaining trainees, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and age).

Application

Applicants should send a CV/resume with a cover letter that includes their goals during a postgrad period of 1 year and what their current interests are beyond the postgrad period. The letter should include any previous research experience with names of three references. The CV/resume and cover letter should be sent to elias.lolis@yale.edu

Postgraduate position in the Department of Neuroscience (Nandy Lab)
Posting Date: August 6, 2021

The Nandy lab in the Department of Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine is looking for a Postgraduate Associate to train with us.

The Nandy lab investigates the neural mechanisms of perception and attention. Visual perception is an active process of information selection. Two critical components of this selection process are the mechanisms of spatial attention and saccadic eye-movements. Attention allows us to deploy limited neural resources for privileged processing of salient stimuli, saccades allow us to bring stimuli of interest to the center of gaze for detailed inspection. Neurons which process information about objects in a visual scene are embedded within a layered (or laminar) structure in the visual cortex. There are stereotypical patterns of anatomical connectivity in this layered cortical architecture and these connectivity motifs are shared across sensory modalities (audition, somato-sensation etc.) leading to the idea of a canonical information processing circuit. Information processing in these laminar circuits is strongly modulated by brain states such as attention, which allow the flexible selection of behaviorally relevant stimuli. By studying the functional dynamics of these intricate layered circuits while animals are engaged in challenging tasks, we hope to discover fundamental principles of information flow through the cortex. This will ultimately help us understand disease conditions such as ADHD and schizophrenia in which information flow is disrupted.

TRAINING

The Postgraduate Associate will train in developing and performing visual behavioral tasks in awake, behaving animals. In addition, they will also be trained to perform stereotaxic brain surgery, high-density electrophysiological recordings, and optical imaging. The Postgraduate Associate is expected to participate in weekly lab meetings/journal clubs, present their research findings at the end of their training and attend research seminars.

MENTORING

The Postgraduate Associate will meet regularly with the PI to discuss scientific progress and career development. As a part of the Department of Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine, the lab offers an outstanding and fully resourced training environment, including support and mentorship for an eventual transition to a graduate career in neuroscience and/or medicine.

EDUCATION

The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree with a solid foundation in science. Prior research experience in awake animals is preferred, but not required. Individuals, whose career plans include studying toward a graduate or a medical degree, are highly encouraged to apply. The appointment will be for 1 year. 

Interested candidates should e-mail their applications to anirvan.nandy@yale.edu. The application should include: (1) CV; (2) a brief description of research interests; (3) contact information for 2-3 referees.

Postgraduate position in Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology (Hinchcliff Lab)
Posting Date: August 2, 2021

Are you considering a career in healthcare but want to gain experience in a clinical and clinical research setting?  Come learn more about opportunities in the section of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at the Yale School of Medicine. A newly established clinical and translational research program is seeking bright, out-going, motivated persons with a can-do attitude who enjoy talking to patients.

Training:

  1. Learn to prepare and submit institutional review board applications to ensure adequate protection of human participants in biomedical research.
  2. Learn to identify, assess eligibility, enroll participants in various research studies.
  3. Gain proficiency in conducting study visits with patients enrolled in clinical research.
  4. Coordinate and participate in the collection and processing of various human specimens (e.g., blood, various tissues, buccal swabs, etc.) along with associated clinical data and design and conduct a study using these samples (optional).

Mentoring:

The Yale Scleroderma Program Director, Dr Monique Hinchcliff, MD MS and other faculty in the section of rheumatology will mentor you to gain the skills to be able to: 

  1. Participate fully as a member of the clinical and translational research program by facilitating clinical (patient-focused) studies from conception to completion.
  2. Word side-by-side with Yale Rheumatology Principal Investigators in study protocol development, submission, and renewal; ensure ongoing compliance with institutional review board policies.
  3. Work directly with a clinical database manager to log and track biospecimens from human participants in clinical studies in rheumatology.
  4. Learn to help prepare written progress reports to funding agencies and similar research study documents.
  5. Write for peer-reviewed publication. Students in the past have published original research manuscripts focused on an aspect of the research program that interests them.

Educational requirements:

  1. Undergraduate or master’s degree is required with successful completion of biological science courses.
  2. Successful completion of humanities coursework to demonstrate an ability to write well.

To speak to the principal investigator, Monique Hinchcliff, MD MS, please contact:

Nic Page BS (nicolas.page@yale.edu) or

Allysa Williams BS (alyssa.williams@yale.edu)

Postgraduate position in Studies of Religion, Ethnicity, Technology, and Community Influences on Health (STRETCH)
Posting Date: July 30, 2021

STRETCH Is based in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at the Yale School of Public Health and is led by Dr. Yusuf Ransome, an Assistant Professor in SBS. STRETCH-Group focuses on research to understand how social cohesion, and religious and spiritual principles influence health, social, and economic outcomes, which include HIV, alcohol use disorder, and socioeconomic prosperity. STRETCH-Group currently seeks a recent college graduate for a Postgraduate Associate role to support the vision of this work.

Mentorship

Yusuf Ransome is the supervisor and will mentor the Postgraduate Associate. The position provides several opportunities for the Postgraduate Associate to receive personal and professional growth through direct research with the PI on topics that explore health, social, and economic development, working with departments of health, community members and leaders, communicating with multiple target audiences through various mediums such as peer reviewed publications and social media. The Postgraduate Associate will be mentored on several aspects of research such as conducting scoping & literature reviews, developing summary statements, and preparing for grant applications, writing protocols for qualitative and quantitative studies, working across interdisciplinary fields of study, and working with corporate partners. Opportunities for professional development will be provided via discussions of books, talks, documentaries, and participating in online or in-person training programs to develop research expertise and personal goals. 

Training

The Postgraduate Associate at STRETCH-Group will have the opportunity to receive training in quantitative research methods such as statistical data analysis via STATA software, survey design and implementation through tools such as Qualtrics and RedCap, geographic and spatial analysis and mapping using software such as GIS and qualitative analysis using NVivo.

The PI will interact with the Postgraduate Associate primarily through weekly meetings and email check-ins (online during COVID-19 in accordance with the State of CT, and in-person as appropriate). Additional training will be acquired through helping the PI develop and submit grant proposals; coauthoring manuscripts for peer review; contributing regularly to social media platforms; preparing presentations for conferences and other presentation outlets. The Postgraduate Associate will also gain training through supporting the PI to work with other team members and doctoral students across other projects and assisting with administrative aspects of research such as scheduling meetings, recruiting participants, and paying participants. Some projects may involve opportunities for travel to research sites.

Education and Experience

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in psychology, pre-med, public health, policy, government, sociology, business, or related field
  • Focused on creating a positive impact in people’s lives
  • Spirit of excellence in performing work, a positive mental attitude, fast learner, resourceful, diligent, and independent thinker
  • Strong writing and editing skills and experience with developing content for social media platforms, and updating websites
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, direction, and correction
  • Expertise using project management tools such as Asana or Trello and comfort using Slack for communication
  • Quantitative data analysis coursework and some working knowledge of STATA or R
  • Some experience with GIS software and willingness to learn
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
     

Postgraduate positions are open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or master’s degree.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter along with a resume and contact information for three references to Ms. Barbara Davidson at barbara.davidson@yale.edu. In the email subject line, please put “postgrad application for STRETCH-Group”

Postgraduate associate in the Department of Pediatrics(Bruscia Lab)
Posting Date: July 30, 2021

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with an enthusiasm for science with strong interest in immunology and cell biology. The candidate should have an undergraduate degree in biological sciences and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office processing software and data entry. Laboratory experience in immunology and/or in working with rodents is strongly preferred.

Proposed Start dates of appointment: October 1st, 2021

Salary:  $3,080/month

Training:

At the end of the year, the appointee will be highly trained in using mouse models to study lung immune response to infections. This includes the assessment of lung inflammation by flow cytometry and immunofluorescence, the measurement of proinflammatory cytokine concentrations, and the degree of infection by basic microbiology assays.   

Mentoring:

The appointee will be mentored by Dr. Di Pietro Associate Research Scientist and Dr. Öz, Postdoctoral Associate, in the laboratory of Dr. Bruscia. They will supervise the student with the mouse work and tissue analyses. Both, Dr. Di Pietro and Dr. Öz have supervised undergraduate students who attended the lab during the summer of the last four years. Dr. Bruscia will also closely monitor the student’s progress. The student will gain experience in delivering scientific presentation by regularly presenting results to weekly lab meeting

Education:

The appointee will learn about lung disease causes by infections, such as in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). We will teach the student how the lung tissue responds to infections, with a major emphasis on the role of macrophages, a key component of the innate immune system.  

Job description:

The trainee will be involved in studies aimed to characterize the role of macrophages in lung immune response to infections. We work with several mouse models, including mouse models of CF, and mice that lack the expression of genes that we hypothesize alter the capability of macrophages to properly perform their functions. The student will be treating different mouse lines with bacteria or bacteria products and assess the lung pathology as described in the training section.

Interested candidates should email their CV and cover letter to Dr. Emanuela Bruscia at  emanuela.bruscia@yale.edu

Postgraduate position in Neuroinfectious Diseases (Farhadian Lab)
Posting Date: July 27, 2021

The Farhadian Lab at Yale School of Medicine seeks a post-graduate to contribute to our studies aimed at understanding infectious diseases affecting the central nervous system. Our lab focuses on understanding neurological consequences of infections including HIV and COVID-19 through transcriptomic and other studies of host immune activity and viral persistence during these and other infections.

These are several opportunities to contribute to our studies, and depending on the candidate’s skills, background, and interest, these range from face-to-face enrollment of research study participants to data analysis.

As we work with precious patient samples that typically must be processed while fresh, some scheduling flexibility is a requirement. Since this job involves some face-to-face interactions with patients and their loved ones, we seek someone who is compassionate and comfortable interfacing with patients and medical staff.

Training 

The postgraduate  will receive training translational and clinical research skills, including:

  • identifying and enrolling eligible study participants in the hospital and the community with various infectious disorders
  • laboratory handling of blood and cerebrospinal fluid
  • Design and maintenance of online Redcap database
  • For interested candidates, opportunity to focus on computational work in single cell transcriptomics

Trainees  will gain extensive clinical experience by interacting with patients with acute or recovered infections. The trainee is welcome and encouraged to attend department conferences and lectures and to participate in clinical research study visits. This is a great position for those interested in pursuing a career in medicine and/or medical research!

Mentoring 

The candidate will be mentored by Dr. Farhadian. Dr. Farhadian emphasizes strong mentorship and working with each member of the lab to achieve their career goals.

Education/qualifications

Required Qualifications:

-BA/BS degree

-conceptual understanding of basic human physiology and immunology

-strong computer skills including Microsoft excel

-flexible schedule- able to rarely work evenings and weekends

Preferred qualifications (not required):

-knowledge of R, SASS, or other statistical analysis tool

-experience with next generation sequencing and related bioinformatics

-experience with Redcap or other database management system

-flow cytometry experience

Interested candidates should forward a CV and cover letter with the names and addresses of two references to: shelli.farhadian@yale.edu. Please include in the subject line “Your Full Name, Post-grad position”

Postgraduate Associate Position in Studies of Religion, Ethnicity, Technology, and Community Influences on Health (STRETCH)
Posting Date: July 9, 2021

STRETCH Is based in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at the Yale School of Public Health and is led by Dr. Yusuf Ransome, an Assistant Professor in SBS. STRETCH-Group focuses on research to understand how social cohesion, and religious and spiritual principles influence health, social, and economic outcomes, which include HIV, alcohol use disorder, and socioeconomic prosperity. STRETCH-Group currently seeks a recent college graduate for a Postgraduate Associate role to support the vision of this work.

Mentorship

Yusuf Ransome is the supervisor and will mentor the Postgraduate Associate. The position provides several opportunities for the Postgraduate Associate to receive personal and professional growth through direct research with the PI on topics that explore health, social, and economic development, working with departments of health, community members and leaders, communicating with multiple target audiences through various mediums such as peer reviewed publications and social media. The Postgraduate Associate will be mentored on several aspects of research such as conducting scoping & literature reviews, developing summary statements, and preparing for grant applications, writing protocols for qualitative and quantitative studies, working across interdisciplinary fields of study, and working with corporate partners. Opportunities for professional development will be provided via discussions of books, talks, documentaries, and participating in online or in-person training programs to develop research expertise and personal goals. 

Training

The Postgraduate Associate at STRETCH-Group will have the opportunity to receive training in quantitative research methods such as statistical data analysis via STATA software, survey design and implementation through tools such as Qualtrics and RedCap, geographic and spatial analysis and mapping using software such as GIS and qualitative analysis using NVivo.

The PI will interact with the Postgraduate Associate primarily through weekly meetings and email check-ins (online during COVID-19 in accordance with the State of CT, and in-person as appropriate). Additional training will be acquired through helping the PI develop and submit grant proposals; coauthoring manuscripts for peer review; contributing regularly to social media platforms; preparing presentations for conferences and other presentation outlets. The Postgraduate Associate will also gain training through supporting the PI to work with other team members and doctoral students across other projects and assisting with administrative aspects of research such as scheduling meetings, recruiting participants, and paying participants. Some projects may involve opportunities for travel to research sites.

Education and Experience

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in psychology, pre-med, public health, policy, government, sociology, business, or related field
  • Focused on creating a positive impact in people’s lives
  • Spirit of excellence in performing work, a positive mental attitude, fast learner, resourceful, diligent, and independent thinker
  • Strong writing and editing skills and experience with developing content for social media platforms, and updating websites
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, direction, and correction
  • Expertise using project management tools such as Asana or Trello and comfort using Slack for communication
  • Quantitative data analysis coursework and some working knowledge of STATA or R
  • Some experience with GIS software and willingness to learn
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
     

The Postgraduate Associate position is for one year with a salary of $36,960. Postgraduate positions are open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or master’s degree. 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter along with a resume and contact information for three references to Ms. Barbara Davidson at barbara.davidson@yale.edu. In the email subject line, please put “postgrad application for STRETCH-Group”

Postgraduate position in Obstetrics/Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Posting Date: July 9, 2021

Paid, full-time position, starting July/August 2021

This is a one-year position to train on a pregnancy-related clinical research study in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The associate will be expected to assist with the successful execution of a grant-sponsored randomized clinical trial at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT.

Training:

Training will be provided in the conduct of clinical trials, regulatory management (IRB), research design and methodology, data management, biospecimen collection, patient interactions including study consent and medical history, data collection, and medical record abstraction. This research involves the use of human biospecimens, including blood, therefore Human Subjects and HIPAA training is provided.

Mentoring:

Mentoring will be provided as needed for learning about clinical trial/study requirements, data collection and analysis, and manuscript preparation.  The postgraduate research associate will receive direct, daily mentoring and training from Dr. Moeun Son (PI). Additional mentorship will be provided in a manner tailored to the individual’s long-term career goals.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree required.  This is an ideal position for someone who is recently graduated from college and is interested in gaining experience in clinical research prior to applying for medical or graduate school. Bilingual, Spanish is a plus.  Additional information:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Ability to communicate through both verbal and written expression.
  • Work and schedule flexibility to meet the needs of the position which is based on physician/patient availability.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and promote a strong communicative environment.  Highly developed organizational skills and ability to multi-task without losing focus.

Application process:

Please send your curriculum vitae, 2-3 reference names with contact information and a short description of your interests to Colleen Goble, Faculty/Staff Affairs Manager (colleen.goble@yale.edu). 

Postgraduate position in the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine ( Dela Cruz Lab)
Posting Date: June 27, 2021

Yale School of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (PCCSM), is looking to hire a highly motivated Postgraduate Associate to drive innovative research projects forward in the laboratory of Dr. Dela Cruz. This is a full-time, paid position with insurance benefits, available for start in July 2021.

Training

Under the supervision of Dr. Dela Cruz and Senior Research Coordinator, the post-graduate research candidate will train to work as an assistant research team member, participate in the clinical study recruitment and implementation for multifaceted biorepository and research projects involving respiratory infections and critical illness including COVID-19. The candidate will have interaction and exposure with physicians and researchers as well as nurses and research coordinators in this role; and receive hands on experience and present at weekly lab meeting.

Mentorship

Candidate will be mentored by the Senior research coordinator to learn study design and implementation, proper laboratory techniques associate with study protocol and will receive guidance in identifying an independent research project.

Education

Qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in a related discipline.  Prior experience in a research is preferred, but not required. The position requires a one-year commitment. This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and reliable candidate with interest in pulmonary, infectious diseases and medical research. Candidates will have opportunities to explore various career development options including medical school, graduate school, and public health studies.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  To apply, please submit a cover letter in the body of an email and CV/references as attachments to Carol Barfield at carol.barfield@yale.edu

Postgraduate position in the Department of Neuroscience (Liang Lab)
Posting Date: June 22, 2021

The Liang Lab in the Department of Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine is looking for a Postgraduate Associate to train with us.  The Liang lab seeks to understand how the visual thalamus shapes the flow of visual information from the retina to the visual cortex by systematically studying visual and behavioral state information represented in its diverse channels of inputs, signal integration and modulation in the local thalamic circuitry, and the connectivity and contribution of thalamocortical projections. We use interdisciplinary methods, including multi-color two-photon calcium imaging in awake behaving mice, circuit-specific tracing and manipulation, visually guided behavior, and computational analyses.

TRAINING

The Postgraduate Associate will train in developing and performing mouse visual behavioral task in awake, head-fixed mice. In addition, they will also be trained to perform stereotaxic brain surgery, histology, and epifluorescence/confocal imaging. Motivated individuals with an interest in visual processing may elect to assist two-photon imaging acquisition and data analysis. The Postgraduate Associate is expected to participate at weekly lab meetings/journal clubs, present at the end of their training, and attend research seminars.

MENTORING

The Postgraduate Associate will meet periodically with the PI to discuss scientific progress and career development. As a part of the Department of Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine, the lab offers an outstanding and fully-resourced training environment, including support and mentorship for an eventual transition to a graduate career in neuroscience and/or medicine.

EDUCATION

The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in a biology-related field. Prior research experience in mice is preferred, but not required. Individuals, whose career plans include studying towards graduate degrees or medical degrees, are highly encouraged to apply. The appointment will be 1 year but can be extended to 2 years.

Interested candidates should e-mail their applications to liang.liang@yale.edu. The application should include: (1) CV; (2) a brief description of research interest; (3) contact information for 2-3 references.

Postgraduate position in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences (Whirledge Lab)
Posting Date: June 18, 2021

A one year postgraduate  associate position in translational and clinical research is available in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. The primary focus of this laboratory is to identify and collect biospecimens for inclusion in the Yale University Reproductive Sciences Biobank, which supports translational research projects throughout the University. In addition, the postgraduate research associate will assist with a longitudinal pregnancy study and be involved in defining best practices for biospecimen collection and storage in order to best support various big data technologies.

Training: The postgraduate research associate will have the opportunity to gain experience with a broad range of different clinical research skills (e.g. design and conduct of clinical trials, human subject consent, medical record abstraction, collection of biospecimens, and processing human tissue), as well as cell biology techniques (e.g. RNA and protein extraction and quantification). In addition, Human Subjects and HIPAA training will be provided. Thus, this position is ideal for recent graduates interested in learning how to design, conduct, and interpret scientific experiments, as well as individuals looking to gain clinical research experience prior to medical school.

Mentoring: The postgraduate research associate will receive direct, daily mentoring and training from Yale University Reproductive Sciences Biobank Manager Jane O’Bryan and weekly mentoring from Yale University Reproductive Sciences Biobank Co-Directors Dr. Shannon Whirledge and Dr. Pinar Kodaman. Mentorship will be provided for research design, data management, and patient interactions. Additional mentorship will be provided in a manner tailored to the individual’s long-term career goals. Intellectual and technical contributions by the postgraduate research associate will provide opportunities for this individual to present data at national research meetings and gain experience drafting manuscripts for peer-review.     

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required (e.g. premed or life sciences/biology). Prior experience working in a clinic or research lab is preferred, although training will be provided for all proposed research activities. Bilingual or Spanish speaking is a plus. To excel in this role, the applicant should be dedicated and reliable with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently, as well as in a team.

To apply, please email a brief cover letter in the body of the email and resume to Dr. Shannon Whirledge at shannon.whirledge@yale.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Anticipated start July-August 2021.

Postgraduate position in Social and Emotional Learning Observation Checklist (SELOC) Development Project
Posting Date: June 11, 2021

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (https://www.ycei.org), part of the Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence. Our work focuses on (1) the development and impact of social and emotional skills among diverse populations, including education settings and organizations, and (2) the mechanisms by which social and emotional skills and training impact significant life outcomes.

We are looking for a Postgraduate Associate (PGA) to join the SELOC Development Project (PIs: Drs. Christina Cipriano and Almut Zieher). This multi-year project is focused on the development and validation of the SELOC for Elementary School, which will involve (1) a content analysis of evidence-based elementary school SEL curricula, (2) strategic classroom observations and interviews with experienced SEL School Leaders and K-5 teachers from diverse school districts across the country, (3) convening an advisory board of SEL experts annually, (4) refinement of the SEL Pedagogy Framework and development of SELOC-ES items, and (5) piloting of the SELOC-ES.

Mentoring

Under the primary mentorship of Dr. Almut Zieher, the PGA will play an integral role in all facets of the project, including but not limited to: participant recruitment and data collection (including video preparation), data maintenance and management; data coding and analysis; support day-to-day project operations; conference submissions and presentations; manuscript preparation; and additional project-related tasks as needed. The PGA will also be required to attend meetings at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

 Training

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence offers a weekly PGA seminar series, led by the Director of Research with guest lecturers ranging from Postdoctoral Associates to Research Scientists. This seminar series covers professional development

topics, including graduate school preparation and networking/professional image; methods meetings, including study design, methods, and statistical analysis training; and facilitated reading discussions.

 Education

The ideal candidate will have or demonstrate the following:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in a related field (including, but not limited to, Psychology, Education, and Human Development)
  • Research experience in developmental psychology, education, and/or human development
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and data analysis software (e.g. SPSS, MPlus, or R)
  • Strong project management, organizational skills, and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience working with children and/or families and teachers
  • Content knowledge in emotional intelligence, social emotional learning, or pedagogy
  • An interest in applying for an advanced degree in the future
  • Interest in mixed-method research designs, qualitative analyses, and school-based research
  • Proficiency in data analysis (e.g., Mplus or R)
  • Master’s degree would be considered a plus

The Postgraduate Associate position is a full-time, 12-month appointment, with a salary of $36,960.00. Postgraduate positions are open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or master’s degree, but not doctoral degrees.

The anticipated start date is July 2021. The position may start remotely in accordance with Yale University guidance around COVID-19 until the university resumes regular on-campus operations, which is planned for August 1, 2021 and as determined by the business needs of the department.

In accordance with university requirements for a safe return to in-person university operations, all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1. For additional information, please visit https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/workplace-guidance/workplace-guidance-faqs.

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references to almut.zieher@yale.edu. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by Friday, July 2, 2021, at 11:59PM EST. Applications will continue to be accepted until Friday, July 16, 2021, at 11:59PM EST, but those received after July 2 will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

ABOUT THE YALE CENTER FOR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. Helping children and adults develop emotional intelligence is central to the mission of the Center. To date, schools have been at the center of these efforts. RULER, the Center’s signature program, draws on leading pedagogical practices as well as advances in psychology and neuroscience, and it has been honed through years of classroom observation, interviews, and the most demanding evaluations. Creating awareness—both of self and others—about emotions and developing the skills of emotional intelligence can improve children’s prospects in life and contribute, in turn, to healthier, more compassionate families, workplaces, and communities. RULER does this by teaching adults and children the skills of emotional intelligence.

Postgraduate position in Neuroscience
Posting Date: June 1, 2021
A postgraduate student position is available for a collaborative project between the laboratories of Hyojung Seo (Department of Psychiatry) and In-Jung Kim (Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science). The primary aim of the project is to test and validate genetic methods that were recently developed for restricting expression of transgenes into GABAergic interneurons. We will use these methods to investigate the roles of GABAergic interneurons of the primate prefrontal cortex in cognitive and motivational regulation.
 
Training:
The student will be working primarily in Dr. Kim laboratory. Dr. Kim and a postdoctoral associate will directly train her/him to perform molecular cloning, including designing and preparing plasmids, conduct cell culture experiments and generate adeno-associated viruses. In parallel, the student will have an opportunity to learn immunohistochemical methods and confocal microscopy. S/he will also be taught how to search for the literature sources describing current theories and techniques of neuroscience, and, specifically, genetic approaches that have been successfully used in non-primate species (e.g., mice). Such experience will help the student design necessary research protocols and perform data analysis. 
 
 Mentoring:
The training will also include participating and presenting at weekly lab meetings/journal clubs and attending research seminars in different Departments.
 
Education:
Candidates should have bachelor’s or master’s degree in a biology-related field. Prior experience with molecular cloning is preferred, but not required. Individuals, whose career plans include studying towards graduate degrees (e.g., PhD), are highly encouraged to apply.
 
 
Interested candidates should e-mail their applications to hyojung.seo@yale.edu or in-jung.kim@yale.edu. The application should include: (1) CV; (2) A brief description of research interests; (3) Contact information for 2-3 references.