Join Our Lab



The following position(s) are available:

1. Research Assistants


We are looking for bright, enthusiastic individuals to volunteer in the Emotion and Pain (ePain) Laboratory at the San Francisco VA Medical Center!

Research Assistants will be responsible for various duties, including but not limited to:

  • Recruitment calls

  • Phone screens

  • Database management

  • Marketing

Psychology, cognitive science, social welfare, pre-med, or other majors interested in getting clinical experience with veterans who have PTSD, exposure to trauma, or are healthy are encouraged to apply. This position requires 8-16 hours per week for at least one year.


What we are looking for:

  1. Interest in clinical psychology/research

  2. Familiarity with PTSD

  3. Ability to keep detailed records

  4. Excellent communication skills

  5. Familiarity with data collection

  6. Recruitment experience is a plus

Research assistants need to be adaptable/flexible, have excellent interpersonal skills, and be motivated.


Benefits of working with us: gain valuable experience in a reputable setting, get a letter of recommendation upon completing position successfully, and help veterans!


To apply, please contact Nidhi at In your e-mail, please attach a cover letter and resume/CV.






2. Postdoctoral Position in Functional Neuroimaging of Trauma


We seek a highly talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher to join San Francisco VA/UCSF to conduct fMRI project on neural mechanisms of pain and emotion in Veterans with combat trauma. The overarching aim of the project is to build neural models predicting pain resilience and pain vulnerability in those who suffered trauma during combat or related experience. Your duties will be supervising data collection, conducting advanced fMRI analyses, including brain connectivity and machine learning, and publishing. There will be ample opportunity to develop your own research questions and focus within this large-scale multidisciplinary project.


In addition, you will have the opportunity to supervise students and research assistants who will conduct recruitment and data collection. You will be joining the Emotional Pain Laboratory led by Dr. Irina Strigo. Our group investigates brain networks that process pain and emotion in individuals with depressive, anxiety disorders, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury. In addition we seek to understand how individual differences in pain response relate to pain chronification in these individuals. You will be given the opportunity to regularly present your work at international conferences and meetings. Also, in order to develop your own research agenda, we will encourage and support you in applying for competitive career development fellowships towards the end of the project.


  • You should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) and experience in one or more of the following:

    • Neuroimaging, psychology, neuroscience modeling, statistics, computer science, bioengineering, cognitive neuroscience or related fields.

  • Candidates with a strong background in affective/cognitive neuroscience and experience with psychophysiological measures and advanced neuroimaging data analyses, computational modeling and machine learning, UNIX/ Python/ C++ programming are particularly encouraged to apply.

The current stipend is $50,006 for the first year. The position is available immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, please send a brief statement of research interest and goals, any selected reprints, CV, and names and addresses of three references.


For additional information or to apply, contact:

Irina Strigo, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry




To apply, send resume and cover letter to