Post-Doctoral Fellow Research - Jordan Grafmans Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Medical and Nursing


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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the cognitive neuroscience of religious belief are available beginning April 1 st , 2022 at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab under the supervision of Drs. Jordan Grafman and Patrick McNamara. These positions are for three years, with the possibility of extension. Affiliated with the Northwestern University School of Medicine, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab features a dedicated 3.0 T human MRI scanner, excellent MRI-compatible auxiliary equipment, and significant computational resources are availability in the local research community.

The successful candidates will contribute to a John Templeton Foundation funded research project, with an emphasis on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms of an attachment to God.
Four experiments are funded including
(1) Collecting Normative Data and
(3) Three functional Neuroimaging Experiments.
Other ongoing projects in the Laboratory include:
1) investigation of plastic brain functional network changes in individuals with brain injury and
2) investigation of the effect of damage to the human frontal lobes on various aspects of cognition, but in particular, reward and reinforcement.

The postdoctoral candidate will have opportunities for collaboration and to further develop their skills in lesion mapping and functional brain imaging. One of the two post-doctoral fellowships hired will require significant management skills in helping coordinate the research activities of several subprojects funded by this grant. . The candidates should have a keen interest in developing an independent research career. A minimum three-year commitment is required. Salary for qualified candidates consistent with NIH guidelines.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research will consistently demonstrate support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab statement of Vision, Mission and Core Values by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute. The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research will demonstrate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and Core Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, and Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

Principal Responsibilities

  1. Ensures the design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research and/or development in collaboration with a research team.
  2. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
  3. Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.
  4. Assists with development of collaborative projects within and outside the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and test ideas for new projects development.
  5. Applies for fellowships and grants for external lab funding and career development.
  6. Participates weekly lab meetings, journal clubs and seminars.
  7. Builds and maintains a well-organized and accountable journal of own laboratory protocols, experiments, results and analyses.
  8. Develops, submits and publishes results of research projects scientific journals and presents data to public conferences/seminars when needed.
  9. Performs all other duties that may be assigned in the best interest of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.



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