Auburn University: Postdoctoral Fellow in Motor Control and Neuroimaging

The Brain and Behavior Lab of Dr. Kristina Neely, relocating to the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University in August 2018, is seeking one postdoctoral fellow interested in developing expertise in cognitive motor neuroscience and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The Laboratory investigates how the brain controls movement in healthy people, as well as people with mental health disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The approach of the lab is to fuse knowledge from systems neuroscience, motor control, and clinical psychology to better understand the neurobiology of voluntary movement.

Research training will be conducted in the context of the development of new studies, as well as the analysis of existing fMRI datasets. Specifically, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to work with Dr. Neely to process, analyze, and publish two existing fMRI datasets. Trainees will be expected to advance ongoing projects and to collaborate with Dr. Neely and her collaborators to develop new studies of ADHD or other neurodevelopmental disorders. There will be a significant emphasis on professional development, including training on starting and running an independent lab, writing manuscripts for publication, disseminating results, and grant writing.

The position is a full-time (100% FTE) research dedicated fellowship for 2 years. Subsequent yearly contracts are dependent on the availability of funds, the stage of training of the trainee, and their rate of progress. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August, 16 2018. The position is located in Auburn, Alabama in the School of Kinesiology. Fellows will be expected to submit an application for external funding to a major federal agency or private foundation. Fellows will be expected to develop collaborations with other Auburn faculty interested in motor control, neuroimaging, genetics, and psychology.

Prior doctoral or postdoctoral training experience in systems neuroscience techniques for studying motor control or cognitive psychology are highly desired. Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency with MATLAB, LabView, Python, R, SPSS, and/or fMRI analysis software (e.g., AFNI).


  1. The fellow will work with Dr. Neely to design and complete research projects on behavioral and brain processes associated with voluntary movement. Specifically, the fellow will work with Dr. Neely to process, analyze, and publish two existing fMRI datasets.
  2. The fellow will be actively involved in the establishment of the laboratory at Auburn, including: the design of new experiments, data collection, analysis of behavioral, clinical and MRI data, regular participation in Dr. Neely’s lab meetings and journal clubs, assisting in data entry and analysis, helping to maintain active IRBs, and training and supervision of study personnel.
  3. Assist in the preparation of grant proposals and reports.

Application Instructions:

For more information go to To apply, submit an online application including a cover letter, vitae, professional writing sample (e.g., publication, dissertation), and contact information for three professional references. Please address the required and preferred qualifications in the cover letter. Review of applications will begin May 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer.

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last updated 22-May-2018