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Full-Time Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Developmental Disorders Program, Department of Psychiatry, Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Maine Medical Center, Portland (posted 7/7/16)

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow to join our Developmental Disorders Research Team and participate in several ongoing projects (PI: Matthew Siegel, MD).  As the coordinating center for the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative, Dr. Siegel and the team are leading a 5-year, 6-site project to collect phenotypic and genetic data from hospitalized children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Data collection from 1500 children and their families will comprise the Autism Inpatient Collection (AIC), a novel resource for study of the full spectrum of ASD (www.mmcri.org/addirc).
Youth with ASD who are minimally verbal, intellectually disabled, and/or have co-occurring psychiatric and behavioral disorders have been understudied.  In the Autism Inpatient Collection (AIC) project, we are examining the dimensions of self-injury, communication, emotion regulation, psychiatric symptomatology, inpatient treatment, and parental stress and self-efficacy.  In addition to the AIC study, the team has several other ongoing studies, including an investigation of prenatal antecedents of autism, specialized psychiatric hospitalization outcomes, biomarkers of emotion regulation, and the effectiveness of a social cognition intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  
The postdoctoral fellow will be an integral member of this scientific team and will have rich opportunities to analyze existing data and publish, drawing both on data from the AIC and other projects.  The fellow will also be encouraged and supported to develop supplementary studies via the NIH NRSA and/or K Award mechanisms in addition to smaller foundation grants.  The postdoctoral fellowship will be writing-intensive, in collaboration with the PI and other team members, and will be primarily responsible for generating first-draft work products and dissemination of findings (e.g. posters, publications and conference presentations). Statistical analysis skills are required.
The developmental disorders research team includes experts in epidemiology and psychiatric genetics (Susan Santangelo, ScD), and child-parent relations and structural equation modeling (Kahsi Smith, PhD), as well as access to numerous collaborators and co-investigators at partner hospitals and universities involved in the AIC with national expertise in SIB, communication, and other domains.  Up to 1 day a week can be spent in clinical settings, if desired, which include a rich variety of specialized multi-disciplinary inpatient, day treatment and outpatient programs for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  Our specialty clinicians include multiple clinical psychologists and behavior analysts.
The MMC Department of Psychiatry/Spring Harbor Hospital provides an ideal training environment for postdoctoral fellows including the Career and Research Development Seminar of Tufts University which is designed to promote the professional, career development, and grantsmanship skills necessary to launch an independent career through the NIH K Award mechanism.  Portland, Maine and the local surrounding areas offer an affordable and family-friendly community with rich university resources.
Position requires a PhD or MD/PhD in psychology or psychiatry. Salary will follow the NIH post-doctoral fellowship stipend schedule. The successful candidate will have a publication record with demonstrated interest in autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders and will combine a collaborative orientation with the ability to function well independently.
The postdoctoral fellowship will begin as soon as possible and may extend up to 3 years. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.  To apply please send a cover letter, C.V., one publication, and names and contact information of two references to:  Matthew Siegel, MD (Send to Mary Verdi, MA, Research Coordinator, verdim@mmc.org).