Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved with research in our lab.

Opportunity for Research Coordinator Position
We are seeking a full time research coordinator to start in summer 2020. Pending COVID19’s progression and containment, this research coordinator will primarily work on a project relating smoking behavior and neural activity to real-world exposure to point-of-sale-tobacco marketing, utilizing approaches including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), mobile-phone based geolocation tracking, and self-report surveys collected through ecological momentary assessment (EMA). However, if COVID19 prohibits in-person contact, the research coordinator would focus on other health communication and/or neuroscience projects in the lab.

A B.S. or B.A., with background in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, statistics, mathematics, public health, communication studies, or a related field, plus 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g., previous lab or community experience) is required. The ideal candidate will have work, volunteer, or lived experience with socioeconomically diverse or under-served adult groups.

If interested, please apply through this job posting within the University of Pennsylvania’s Workday platform.

Opportunities to Participate in Research
Individuals who are interested in being research participants/subjects in our lab should email lab.manager@falklab.org.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Researchers
We welcome applications from talented undergraduate students. In general, we look for a strong academic background and a strong desire to do research. Typically, undergraduate students are asked to commit 8-12 hours per week in the lab for at least one year.

Other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis (e.g. in the Summer when students have more hours per week to commit). Interested students should email a brief overview of their interests, as well as a resume or CV to lab.manager@falklab.org.

Opportunities for Graduates
Dr. Falk is currently looking for qualified graduate students to join the lab. Interested students should email Dr. Falk to discuss their research interests and possible fit with the lab.

Opportunity for Post-Doc Position
Are you interested in examining neural predictors of health-relevant behaviors and information sharing in teens and young adults? Are you curious about how social environments (like the structure and composition of people’s social networks) are related to how they use their brains? Do you have a background in fMRI analysis? If so, come work with us!

With generous support from Hopelab, this post-doctoral fellowship is perfect for someone who has strong data analysis and writing skills and has expertise in one of these research areas, but wants to learn more about a new area (e.g., social neuroscience, behavior change, social network analysis, adolescent and young adult development).  The post-doctoral fellow will begin with secondary analysis of a number of large scale datasets that involve fMRI, structural data, social network data, and behavior change outcomes. The position allows for substantial independence and creativity in conducting new research as well.

Please send an email with the subject line “Interdisciplinary post-doc application”, including a research statement/ letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 3 references to emily.falk@asc.upenn.edu.
Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

We believe that our science is better with a diverse team. We embrace and encourage our lab members’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our lab members who they are.
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