Clinical Affective Neuroscience of Anxiety and Depression (CANAD)

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Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative

The Clinical Affective Neuroscience of Anxiety and Depression (CANAD) Cluster is part of an Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative, undertaken in accordance with SUNY 2020 plan to hire 250 faculty members. The interdisciplinary faculty cluster hires are aimed at addressing society’s most vexing challenges through the collaboration of natural, life, and social sciences; technology; medicine; humanities; policy; business; and the arts. The positions are designated for faculty members whose research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary. The goals of this initiative are to strategically place Stony Brook University on the emerging frontiers of research and knowledge and to enhance our ability to shape new fields of discovery, learning and engagement.

Cluster Hires in Clinical Affective Neuroscience of Anxiety and Depression (CANAD)

Anxiety and depression, the two most common and costly mental disorders, are increasingly understood in terms of fundamental disruptions of core neural systems related to emotion. Leveraging significant existing strengths in each of the three lead departments, the CANAD cluster will establish a multi-disciplinary group of scholars who will work together to elucidate the mechanisms and treatment of anxiety and depression through research in neuroscience that bridges human and non-human animal work. Such mutually informative translational research across multiple levels of analysis (molecular to behavioral) has been at the core of most major advances in treatment of brain and behavioral disorders. This cluster will recruit a total of three new faculty whose research interests span developmental cognitive/affective neuroscience, psychopharmacology and neuroimaging, and systems neuroscience. Academic appointments for cluster faculty will be based on their areas of research and will be in the Departments of Psychology, Neurobiology and Behavior, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.

Tenure Track Faculty Member (Developmental cognitive/affective neuroscience)

Currently we seek to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to begin Fall 2014. In this round of recruitment, applications from candidates with expertise in the developmental cognitive/affective neuroscience of anxiety and/or depression using functional neuroimaging are particularly encouraged. Candidates must have a PhD from an accredited institution in psychology, neurobiology, or a related field. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in innovative research and have strong potential for being able to participate in the teaching mission of the department they join at undergraduate and graduate levels.

We are particularly interested in applicants who study core neural systems relevant to anxiety and depression (e.g., threat and/or reward) from a developmental perspective using neuroimaging methods, but we will also consider strong candidates with other relevant interests and methods. This hire is part of a campus-wide initiative on the clinical affective neuroscience of anxiety and depression; the successful candidate will work with future hires and existing faculty in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neurobiology and Behavior on translational research in anxiety and depression.

Stony Brook University has excellent and rapidly expanding neuroimaging facilities and access to exceptional facilities for the development of innovative research equipment for animal and human studies. The departments of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neurobiology and Behavior have significant strengths in clinical, neuroimaging, and translational research on depression and anxiety, and a strong record of collaboration. Stony Brook University is a member of the AAU, and is located 60 miles from New York City.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in psychology- or neuroscience-related field. Innovative research in cognitive and/or affective neuroscience. Work is relevant to mood and/or anxiety disorders. Potential for establishing a productive and fundable research program. Can contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in participating departments.

Preferred Qualifications: Expertise in functional neuroimaging. Experience in research with children and/or adolescents.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications is November 25, 2013, or until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications as soon as they are received. A State employment application, a vita, research and teaching statements, selected reprints/preprints, and three letters of recommendation should be emailed to: Information about the Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neurobiology and Behavior departments can be found at,, and, respectively. Stony Brook University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please contact search chair, Greg Hajcak Proudfit, with questions.

For a full position description, and application procedure, visit (Ref. #F-8226-13-10). Application review will begin October 2013. Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.


About Stony Brook

About Stony Brook

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities. Stony Brook University Medical Center is Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. Many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments with BNL or with Medical School departments.

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