Postdoc Opportunity at Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School


Brigham and Women's Hospital


Boston, Massachusetts

Principal Investigator

Patrizia Vannini


If interested, please send your CV, letter describing interests, background, qualifications, and three references (including contact details) to Patrizia Vannini ( 


The Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has an opening for highly qualified individuals at the postdoctoral level to work on NIH-funded research investigating the physiological and pathological underpinnings behind age and disease related cognitive decline using a multimodal neuroimaging approach. One specific research interest is to investigate the neural underpinnings of memory self-awareness and the progressive dysfunction of these systems that underlies the loss of self-awareness (anosognosia) with Alzheimer’s disease progression. Most of the work in this project will be perfomed at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.


  • The postdoctoral fellow’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Analyze PET data including amyloid and tau.
  • Analyze MRI data including functional connectivity, diffusion tractography, and structural data.
  • Model complex datasets including imaging, behavioral and clinical data.
  • Apply and develop MR and PET acquisition methods for longitudinal analyses.
  • Lead and assist in the writing of academic manuscripts
  • Lead and assist in dissemination of research findings through presentations at conferences and for patient and public engagement activities.
  • Initiate and assist grant applications for further career development.
  • Assist in mentoring of research assistants.

This is a two- to five-year term position with great opportunities for training in human systems neuroscience, translational/clinical applications, and diverse integrated imaging and brain mapping methodologies. The successful candidate will have joint appointments at BWH and HMS and will be closely interacting with the Harvard Aging Brain Study team and especially the group of Jorge Sepulcre. BWH and HMS are equal-opportunity, affirmative action employers. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.


  • Ph.D. (or close to anticipated Ph.D.) in neuroscience, psychology,
  • Engineering or a related field.
  • Prior experience in brain imaging–PET or MRI.
  • Strong proficiency in various neuroimaging analysis platforms (like FreeSurfer, SPM, FSL), multivariate modeling strategies and connectivity toolboxes.
  • Established quantitative and statistical skills, including considerable experience in programming in Python and/or Matlab and comfort with diverse computing environments.
  • Prior background in systems/cognitive neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and psychological/clinical constructs is advantageous but not necessary.
  • A demonstrated capacity to drive first-author publications.
  • Excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills.