Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Job Description:

The Risk-Taking, Impulsivity, Substance Use, and Cognition (RISC) laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The lab is led by Dr. Melissa Cyders.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology or other relevant disciplines, and an excellent publication track record. The specific projects are part of an exciting research program focusing on how impulsivity and its related neurocognitive underpinnings impart risk for substance and alcohol use.

Consideration for the postdoc position will be given to candidates with a strong background in human subjects research, alcohol administration work, grant and publication writing, and longitudinal design and analysis. Additional desired skills (that could also be developed during the post-doctoral position) include familiarity with qualitative data coding and analysis and analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging. Applicants should be scientifically driven and self-motivated individuals with the highest commitment to excellence in scholarship.

The duration of the initial appointment will be for up to three years, with the position renewable yearly based on research productivity, performance, and funding.

This listing will remain open until the position is filled and applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. If interested in applying, please email the following information to Dr. Melissa Cyders (

  • Research summary (up to 3 pages)
  • Curriculum Vita (CV) including publications and skills
  • Contact information of 3 references.

Please refer to for more information about the RISC lab group.


IUPUI is Indiana‚Äôs premier urban university. IUPUI enrolls over 35,000 students and grants degrees in over 180 programs (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). Its location within blocks of downtown Indianapolis presents unique opportunities for clinical practicum placements, research partnerships, and community engagement. Additionally, several state-of-the art medical and research facilities are located on or near the IUPUI campus. These include the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) and several other world-renowned affiliated hospitals, such as Eskenazi Health, IU Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Simon Cancer Center, and Roudebush VA Medical Center. IUPUI has been recognized as one of the most innovative universities in the world by Reuters’ Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities. The Department of psychology located in the Purdue School of Science, offers three PhD programs (Applied Social and Organizational, Addiction Neuroscience, Clinical) and boasts state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and computer capabilities. The campus leads both a T32 for alcohol research and a long-standing P60 alcohol research center, providing additional experiences for professional development for early career scientists.

IUPUI is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti-racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at IUPUI.