Penn State College of Medicine
April 29, 2019
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Carrie Criley, Coordinator, Psychiatry
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The Sleep Research & Treatment Center (SRTC) in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, PA) seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar for a 1-3 year position to work in an NIMH-funded project awarded to Dr. Julio Fernandez-Mendoza. The position requires a PhD in biomedical sciences, with a degree in neuroscience preferred. Previous experience in sleep research, EEG spectral analysis, sleep lab methods and statistical analyses (SPSS/SAS/R) using large datasets is highly desirable. The SRTC is world-renowned for having established a longitudinal cohort of young children (N=700) followed-up as adolescents (N=421) comprehensively studied in the sleep lab. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Fernandez-Mendoza and a graduate student as well as five other multidisciplinary co-investigators on an innovative project studying how childhood and adolescent sleep EEG cortical activity, and its longitudinal trajectory, relates to neurocognitive and behavioral/emotional outcomes. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in other projects investigating sleep-related biomarkers in young adults. The successful applicant will present their work at national and international professional conferences. Strong writing and communication skills highly desired. Independent manuscript preparation and publication is expected. Opportunities for grant preparation and submission will also be made available as part of a career development plan. To apply please go to:


The postdoctoral scholar will develop specialized expertise in spectral analyses of the sleep EEG in children and adolescents and their association with neurocognitive and emotional/behavioral functioning. Additionally, the scholar will develop expertise in general sleep testing and will be able to begin to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team, including epidemiologists and biostatisticians. This position will allow the selected candidate to acquire advanced expertise in large, deeply-phenotyped population-based datasets. The postdoctoral scholar will have access to a wide range of learning and career development opportunities at Penn State, including research seminars, lectures and workshops. Priority will be given to candidates with an interest in developing a research career by applying for further funding as a principal investigator and becoming an integral part of the SRTC.


Doctorate degree (PhD) in biomedical sciences required. Experience in conducting sleep studies and/or EEG spectral analyses highly desired. Applicant should have the organizational skills necessary to manage the responsibilities of a daily research project, including data extraction, processing and analyses.


Research experience in the form of participation in a biomedical research lab, publications and/or presentations of research required. Experience with spectral analyses of the EEG during wake and/or sleep highly desired. Experience with sleep studies also desired. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with graduate students and other investigators, excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills.


This is a 1-3 year, full-time, position with benefits. Salary range is contingent upon post-degree experience in accordance with 2019 NRSA rates.


The Department of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine is a growing, vibrant department in a strong academic medical center. Educational programs include residency, internship, fellowship, graduate studies and postdoctoral scholarships. We host specialty clinical and research programs that crosses the translational spectrum. We have a strong collaboration with basic and clinical researchers in other neuroscience disciplines. The SRTC, first founded at UCLA in 1963 by Dr. Anthony Kales and brought to Hershey in 1971, has been highly successful over the years under the leadership of different principal investigators (Dr. Edward O. Bixler, Dr. Alexandros N. Vgontzas, and Dr. Julio Fernandez-Mendoza).

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