3/2: Postdoctoral position at Boston Children’s: predicting language/cognitive development in global contexts of adversity

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience, under the direction of Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D., seek a highly qualified postdoctoral scientist with interests in neurodevelopment generally, and with specific expertise in EEG in young children.  Specifically, the postdoc will become involved in a data analytic project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, under the joint supervision of Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D. and Laurel Gabard-Durnam, Ph.D. The overall goal of this project, Early Predictors of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes (EEG), is to make use of – and develop new tools for – using EEG to predict subsequent cognitive and language outcomes, including, in some cases, academic success. The postdoc will have access to data from a number of different projects (from both low- and middle-income countries), and will also work closely with other Foundation-funded teams focused on NIRS and MRI, all part of a broader neurodevelopmental consortium.

Eligible postdocs should have training in developmental psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, or developmental neurobiology, ideally with solid experience in neuroscience methods (particularly EEG). Familiarity with or interest in machine-learning approaches to predict individual language/cognitive outcomes is preferred. The postdoc will have the opportunity to engage in various aspects of the study, especially extensive involvement in data processing, analysis and manuscript preparation, as well as supervising undergraduate and graduate student projects, and opportunities for grant writing. 

This position is open for a possible start date of June 1st, 2020 or later. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Interested applicants should email a copy of their CV and letter of interest to charles_nelson@harvard.edu and l.gabard-durnam@northeastern.edu.