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The Northwestern University Adolescent Development and Preventive Treatment (ADAPT) program is seeking applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellow.  We are looking for someone with background in cognitive/affective neuroscience or clinical psychology, with interests and experience in neuroimaging, and/or electrophysiological assessment.    Currently we are running a number of NIMH/Foundation/University funded multimodal protocols (structural/diffusion-tensor/functional imaging, ERP, brain stimulation, eye tracking, instrumental motor assessment) with non-clinical psychosis, prodromal syndrome, and early psychosis populations focusing on: brain, immune, and endocrine changes in response to aerobic exercise; neurobiology of motor dysfunction; timing of affective processing dysfunction (in a new collaborative study with Tim Curran).   The ideal candidate will be a person who is interested in applying a cognitive/affective neuroscience background (e.g., Cognition /Cog-Neuro or related Ph.D.) to investigate early psychosis and the psychosis prodrome.  Clinical Psychology Ph.D.’s with related interests and training experiences are also highly encouraged to apply.   Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record of good productivity, as well as strong computer programming skills (e.g., MATLAB/Python).  We also strongly encourage diversity, and will give preference to applicants from populations underrepresented in STEM. 

The successful applicant will join Vijay Mittal and an active research team and will be responsible for designing/running experiments, analyzing and processing data, and disseminating findings.  In addition, the applicant will work on collaborative studies with Vijay Mittal and Robin Nusslock, examining shared and distinct pathophysiology, underlying reward-processing abnormalities in psychosis and affective disorders.  There will also be ample opportunities to take courses (Northwestern has a number of in-depth advanced training opportunities, covering a range of methodological and quantitative methods), collaborate (Drs. Mittal and Nusslock benefit from a number of active collaborations and the vibrant Northwestern research community), help to mentor/train graduate students, and develop and follow Independent research questions.  Significant attention will be placed on career development (e.g., regular conference attendance/participation, training in grant writing, mentorship, teaching, presentations/job-talks etc.) – this is ideal position for someone interested in preparing for a tenure track position. 

For questions or to submit and application, please contact Vijay Mittal (  Applicants should send a C.V., brief letter describing interests and prior experience, and two publications (that best reflect contributions of the candidate).  Salary is based on the NIMH Post-doctoral scale, and funding is available for up to two-years (appointments are for one year, but renewable for two years, based on progress/merit).  There is a flexible start date (Spring, Summer or Fall 2017), and review of applications will begin March 1st.

Northwestern University Undergraduates:

Please note that these are competitive positions, and successful undergraduate applicants typically have applicable experience or related interest and a high GPA.

The minimum time commitment for undergraduate research fellows is 1.5 years.

Although these are volunteer positions, there are also opportunities to participate in paid research fellowships through the University Programs at Weinberg College.

There are also opportunities to participate for course credit through the Department of Psychology (see your advisor in the Psychology Advising office for details).

We also encourage students to conduct honors projects through research conducted in the ADAPT lab.


Post-Bachelor's/Master's Level Volunteers:

We are particularly interested in working with students who have already graduated, and are looking for a year or more of experience before applying for graduate (psychology Ph.D.) or medical school. We are also eager to work with Masters level students. There are many opportunities to become involved in-depth with the research projects in the lab.

Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) Students

The lab focuses on utilizing a range of cutting edge neuroscience techniques and we are eager to work with NUIN Students from Feinberg School of Medicine, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering, School of Communication and the Children’s Memorial Research Center (CMRC).  Please contact us if you are interested and we can discuss options for Funding.


Contact Us:

If you are interested in volunteering for work in the ADAPT lab, please email a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Vijay Mittal, Ph.D. at