About Niacal

The NIACAL faculty, staff, and students bring together a broad variety of backgrounds and interests to foster a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment from which to approach the study of neuroimaging. Visit our bio page to read more.

Director: Lei Wang, PhD
Graduate Students:
   Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN): C. Paula De Los Angeles, Katherine Blizinsky, Matthew Schroeder, Neha Mehta
   Clinical Psychology at Feinberg School of Medicine: Adam Christensen, Alexandra Apple, Eva C. Alden
Research Assistant: Marta Turowski
Software Developer: Kate Alpert
Systems Administrator: Alex Kogan
Affiliated Members: Derin Cobia, PhD, John G. Csernansky, MD, Matthew Smith, PhD, Mehmet Dokucu, MD, PhD, Will Cronenwett, MD
Alumni: Derin Cobia, Jing Ming, Katherine Reiter, Sheeraz Daudi

Open Positions


Post-doctoral Fellowship at NIACAL

A postdoc position is available immediately in the Neuroimaging and Applied Computational Anatomy Lab, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Our laboratory aims to develop multidimensional and multimodal neuroimaging biomarkers using the tools of computational anatomy. Working with collaborators from engineering, mathematics, psychology and clinical specialties, our research is focused on the following major areas: automated pipelines for mapping of brain structures using MRI, development of complex neuroimaging biomarkers, clinical applications in dementia, psychosis, mood disorders and genetics, neuroinformatics, and neuroimaging of animal models.

This position is initially limited to two years with the possibility of extension.  It will be partially funded by a new 5-year NIH study (PI Greg Miller, PhD) of the relationship between socioeconomic status and maturation patterns in the corticolimbic and corticostriatal circuitries of school-age youths. The successful applicant will work primarily on T1, DTI and resting-state fMRI analysis in this and various other clinical populations with a particularly emphasis on multimodal approaches. The position will be integrated closely with the existing collaborative environment. Additionally, supervision of graduate and medical students will be required.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, engineering or related fields. A strong publication record and background on structural neuroimaging research should be demonstrated. Experience with fMRI analysis is highly desirable. Applicants should have strong analytical skills and experience with existing tools for large-scale analysis of neuroimaging data (i.e., FreeSurfer, 3D Slicer, SPM, FSL, AFNI, etc.). Proficiency in relevant programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, Python) and statistical analysis (R, SAS, SPSS) is required. Working experience in epidemiological research or large-scale clinical studies is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be capable of working independently and taking initiatives. The candidate is expected to be a team-player with excellent communication and writing skills.

Please send a letter of research interest, CV, and names of 3 references to Dr. Lei Wang (leiwang1@northwestern.edu).

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Volunteers

NIACAL welcomes research volunteers. Please visit the Psychiatry Department volunteer page to find out how to participate.

Contact Information

NIACAL is located at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus, on the thirteenth floor of Abbott Hall (Suite 1312). Abbott has entrances on the south side of the building (from Huron Street) and on the north side of the building (from Superior Street).

Abbott Hall, Suite 1312
710 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312.503.3981
Fax: 312.503.0527

Directions

CTA:

  • Take the Red Line to Chicago Avenue. Exit the station, and walk east on Chicago Avenue until you reach Michigan Avenue. Turn right and walk one block south on Michigan Avenue. Turn left onto Superior St, and continue walking east towards Lake Michigan. Abbott Hall is the last building on the right.

Driving:

  • From the north, take the Edens Expressway (94E) south to the Kennedy Expressway (90E). Take the Kennedy Expressway (90E) south to Ohio Street. Go east on E. Ohio Street, then turn left onto N. Lake Shore Drive. Turn left onto E. Huron Street. Abbott Hall is the first building on the right.
  • From the south, take the Dan Ryan Expressway (94W) north to Lake Shore Drive. Go north on Lake Shore Drive to Chicago Avenue. Turn left onto (inner) N. Lake Shore Drive. Turn right onto E. Huron Street. Abbott Hall is the first building on the right.
  • From the west, take the Eisenhower Expressway (290) east to Columbus Drive (one block east of Michigan Avenue). Turn left on Columbus Drive (becomes Fairbanks Court). Turn right onto E. Ohio Street. Turn left onto N. Lake Shore Drive. Turn left onto E. Huron Street. Abbott Hall is the first building on the right.
  • From the southwest, take the Stevenson Expressway (55) east to Lake Shore Drive. Go north on Lake Shore Drive to Chicago Avenue. Turn left onto (inner) N. Lake Shore Drive. Turn right onto E. Huron Street. Abbott Hall is the first building on the right.