Available Positions

Immediate Opening for Research Fellow for Wet- and Dry-Lab Studies on the Use of Teeth as Markers of Stress Exposure and Risk for Mental Health Problems

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU), based in the Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM), and Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates for an immediate post-doc opening. Working with a multidisciplinary team of investigators under the overall direction of Dr. Erin C. Dunn (www.thedunnlab.com) at MGH, applicants will contribute to a new set of projects exploring the use of shed primary teeth as novel biomarkers of exposure to stress and subsequent risk for mental health problems. The post-doc’s responsibilities may include wet-lab and dry-lab work, including: designing the workflow processes to acquire laboratory measures of tooth-based indicators, implementing or overseeing the implementation of these laboratory procedures to construct tooth-based measures, acquiring data from epidemiological cohorts with tooth-based measures, running quantitative analyses, and disseminating findings through presentation and publication manuscripts. Candidates with backgrounds in multiple disciplines, including but not limited to epidemiology, genetics, medical anthropology, anthropological archeology, dentistry, biology, and/or public health are encouraged to apply. Our team is highly collaborative and includes epidemiologists, dentists, anthropologists, neuroscientists, pediatricians, and biologists. This is a highly unique opportunity for someone seeking an interdisciplinary experience to identify novel biomarkers, work across several cutting-edge projects, and receive outstanding team-based mentorship.

To apply, send a CV/resume and brief email introduction, indicating skills, training, and interests to: Dr. Erin C. Dunn, Assistant Professor, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital: edunn2@mgh.harvard.edu 


We are always open to inquiries from individuals wishing to join the lab. In general, we are looking for people who have strong statistical skills and capacity to work with large epidemiological datasets. We are also open to working with those who have a good quantitative background, are highly motivated, and able to quickly learn new statistical techniques. Most importantly, we are looking for team players who are curious, interested in interdisciplinary approaches, and deeply passionate about finding ways to prevent mental illness. 

To apply, email your CV and a brief letter of interest to Dr. Dunn