Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  237717
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  Apr 1, 2024
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Cognitive Neuroscience of Attentional Resilience in the Aging Brain 

(Postdoctoral Position) 

Acker and Woldorff Labs 

Department of Anesthesiology and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience 

Duke University 


The labs of Leah Acker and Marty Woldorff at Duke University are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to join our team in Durham, NC. Our joint project focuses on the mechanisms of attentional control in the aging brain in the face of surgical and other neurocognitive stressors (“attentional resilience”). Studies will employ the recording of EEG and ERPs to investigate the brain activations and mechanisms underlying the basic and clinical facets of such attentional resilience. More broadly, the project includes related studies employing functional and structural MRI, neuropsychological measures, and dementia-related biomarkers. Desirable candidates will have background and experience in EEG/ERP methodology and strong analysis skills, along with an interest in integrating basic and clinical science. The position will provide an excellent opportunity for gaining extensive expertise in both human cognitive neuroscience and human clinical research and how to effectively bridge between them. 



Min Degree Requirements: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g. Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.). Should be used for post-doctoral fellows if the candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not been formally conferred; the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree requirements, together with a statement documenting the date on which the degree is to be conferred. Other Credential/Experiential Requirements: The incumbent must be a true post-doctoral fellow registered with the Post Doc Office and per the following requirements: 

· The term of this appointment is limited (5 years with a possible extension for an additional year) 

· The appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship, which may include teaching responsibilities. 

· The appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full time academic or research career. 

· The appointment is not part of a clinical research training program, unless research training under the supervision of a senior mentor is a primary purpose of the appointment. 

· The appointee works under the supervision of a scholar or a department at Duke University. 

· The appointee has the freedom, and is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.


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