Month: October 2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position at UTHealth in Houston


IES Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position at UTHealth

     The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) within the UTHealth Department of Pediatrics seeks acandidate for postdoctoral research training focused on developmental and academic outcomes of preschool and early elementary children with or at risk for disabilities. Candidates need interest and background in: (1) Early Interventions & Assessments, and/or (2) Scalable Professional Development (PD) for Educators of Young Children. Our training framework is focused on the benefits of Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) and developing skills to become valuable partners with practitioners.

     This is a competitive training program funded by IES NCSER that will support a total of four fellows for two years each. The Fellows will be matched with one of three primary mentors – Susan Landry, Ph.D., Tricia Zucker, Ph.D., April Crawford, Ph.D. Fellows will also work with secondary mentors, including Yoonkyung Oh, Ph.D., Michael Assel, Ph.D., and Cheryl Varghese, Ph.D. The primary and secondary mentors along with a team of educators, clinicians, and experts will provide training on education research design, partnerships, data collection, statistical analyses,dissemination, and developing grant applications. We expect Fellows will produce scholarly publications, participate in preparation of research grants, and conduct original research within an active project (detailed below).

Topic 1: Early Interventions & Assessments

1.     Expansion of the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring (CPM) System

2.     Development of Reading RULES!

3.     Pre-K Home and Classroom Interventions for Spanish-Speaking English Learners

Topic 2: Scalable Professional Development (PD) for Educators

4.     Developing Talkers: Building Effective Teachers

5.     Continuous Improvement for Teachers

The position is for two years and the salary will be $60,000 annually with benefits. Fellows will receive a small stipend to cover research costs.

Minimum Requirements:

·      Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., education, public policy, psychology, sociology, or related fields).

·      U.S. Citizen

Description of Qualified Candidates:

·      Record of research productivity through publications and presentations related to child development, education, or school-related public policy

·      Skills in applied statistical methods

·      Ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team member

·      Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication

·      Strong organizational skills

Required Application Materials:

Interested applicants should submit the following materials to Dr. Tricia Zucker, Ph.D. at

1.     A cover letter detailing:

a.     The applicant’s research interests and fit with the position

b.     How research experience and interests align with one or more active training grants

c.     Note that you are a U.S. citizen, as applicants must be U.S. citizens

2.     Curriculum vitae

3.     Scholarly writing sample

4.     Names and contact information for three references

UTHealth is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

Kelly A. Vaughn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics                

Children’s Learning Institute

6655 Travis | 10.12 | Houston, TX 77030

713 500 8243 tel

postdoc, research associate/assistant positions in neuroimaging

Two positions for postdoctoral associates are available for human imaging studies in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. One or two positions of research assistant/research associate are also available to support these studies.

Postdoctoral Positions

Key Responsibilities: The candidate will work on NIH-funded studies to examine the neural processes of substance and alcohol misuse. Human imaging data are being collected with various paradigms to examine inhibitory control, reward processing, stress and cue exposure in both addicted and neurotypical populations. The lab incorporates various approaches, including functional and structural imaging, computational modeling, recording and analyses of physiological responses, as well as detailed clinical assessments, in these studies to understand the effects of substance/alcohol use on the brain and the neural processes disposing individuals to substance/alcohol use. We also have access to public domain/consortium data, including those available from the HCP, ABCD study, UK Biobank and ENIGMA Addiction Consortium. Candidates will enjoy state-of-the-art imaging facilities at the Yale MRRC, career guidance/support, and opportunities to develop their own research areas within the lab’s broad scope of studies. Candidates will work with the PI and other investigators in a highly collaborative environment.

Required qualifications: A PhD in cognitive neuroscience or cognitive/clinical psychology. Candidate should be familiar with brain imaging routines and data analyses with SPM or other toolboxes. Proficiency in MATLAB is preferred but not required. Candidate are expected to show a track record of publications and/or scientific presentations.

Salary: Contract is for 12 months and renewal for multiple years. Salary is based on NIH scales.

 Research Assistant/Associate Positions:

One or two Research Assistant/Associate positions are also available to support clinical imaging studies. Primary obligations involve subject recruitment and assessments, execution of MR scans and clinical/behavioral data management. There would also be plenty of opportunities to write and publish for those who plan to apply to medical school or PhD program in neuroscience or psychology.

Contact: Please send CV and any inquiries to Prof. Chiang-shan R. Li, MD, PhD at

Postdocs at Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison

The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting postdoctoral trainees for its NICHD-funded Postdoctoral Training Program in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research. Appointments will be for 2 years beginning in the summer of 2021. The program provides multidisciplinary training with an emphasis on social affective processes, communication, family processes, epidemiology, genetics, and biobehavioral research on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Faculty use sophisticated statistical approaches, longitudinal research methods, brain imaging methods, GWAS, social genomics, and psychobiology, among other approaches to data collection and analysis as applied to intellectual and developmental disability. 

We are seeking candidates who are committed to a research career in intellectual and developmental disabilities, have completed prior research and training in the field, and have an outstanding academic record.
For application procedures and information, visit:  To ensure consideration, apply by January 19, 2021.
Post-docs entering this program will become part of a multidisciplinary center dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the life course. Our team of researchers, scientists, clinicians, and staff seek answers to questions about the causes and consequences of developmental disabilities like autism, Down syndrome, and fragile X, etc. For information about the Waisman Center, visit:

Please contact with questions.

Postdoctoral position at Harvard University

A Post-doctoral position is available for a collaborative ongoing project on Machine Commonsense Reasoning, focusing on the origins of human common sense and core knowledge in early development. We are looking to fill the position in the Fall (note the relatively short deadline). The project involves a collaboration between Harvard, MIT, IBM, and Stanford. The position will primarily be supervised by Drs. Tomer Ullman and Elizabeth Spelke at Harvard, as well as Josh Tenenbaum at MIT.

This funded position will include building models of cognitive development related to intuitive physics, intuitive psychology, and theory acquisition. We are particularly interested in candidates with an expertise in computational cognitive modeling, or research in cognitive development, with an interest in strengthening both. 

Post-docs will have an opportunity to lead projects as well as to interact with a diverse group of experts, as well as access to computational resources, online testing, and administrative support. 

Required qualifications:

·  Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Computer Science, or a related field

·  Experience with computational modeling / cognitive models, preferably in areas related to common sense reasoning

·  Experience gathering and analyzing data 

·  Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

To apply, please submit an application and CV to John Muchovej []. Reviews of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  


Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 The Department of Psychology sits within the Division of Social Science, which is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. Respect and fairness, kindness and collegiality, and trust and transparency are among the values we espouse and promote in our workplace culture. We work hard to ensure a healthy, inclusive and positive environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission.