Job Openings

Postdoctoral Fellow

A postdoctoral research position is available in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Psychiatry and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition with Dr. Bea Luna.

Dr. Luna’s Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development (LNCD) uses multimodal approaches to characterize the neural basis of the development of cognitive and motivational processes that occur primarily in adolescents experiencing normative development, as well as those experiencing substance use and psychosis.

The lab uses a range of neuroimaging approaches including, but not restricted to: fMRI, rsfMRI, DTI/DSI, and MRSI, as well as other platforms such as MEG, EEG, and dopamine characterization through PET imaging. These approaches are applied using 3T Prisma, 7T, and mMR (simultaneous MRI/PET) scanners, as well as MEG. Behavioral and neurocognitive assessments are also used to probe cognitive, motivation, and learning processes.

The successful applicant would develop their unique projects beginning with available data from ongoing studies and later transitioning into establishing their unique scientific trajectory. They will also be expected to help mentor trainees and provide input and direction on existing projects. Opportunities for transition to faculty positions are available.


  • PhD or MD with a background in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science and/or development who is interested in neurocognitive development through adolescence.
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills
  • A promising research publication record, and an interest in using multiple methodologies.
  • Preferred technical qualifications:
    • experience with fMRI (including analyses in FSL, AFNI, or similar)
    • strong programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python)
    • strong knowledge of statistics,
    • the ability to run or learn to run basic and more complex statistical analyses in Matlab, R, Python, etc.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

LNCD projects are supported by ongoing R01 NIMH grants and endowments to provide a stable research environment. Pittsburgh has uniquely strong neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychology communities through the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, which are highly collaborative. The city was recently named one of the most affordable cities in the U.S., has a long-standing culture and large university population, and is a hotspot for major entrepreneurships such as Google and Uber.

If you are interested in applying, please email Dr. Luna directly with a CV and statement of interest.