Month: May 2021

Postdoctoral position, Language and Cognition lab, University of Pennsylvania

Post-Doctoral Position, University of Pennsylvania

One post-doctoral position is available in the Language and Cognition lab in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. This position is linked to a new NSF-funded project (‘Event Structure in Language and Cognition’) awarded to Anna Papafragou. This project investigates how we represent events in thought, how both novice (child) and experienced (adult) communicators use language to encode events, and how speakers of different languages think about events in the world. The postdoctoral researcher will take a leading role in designing and conducting experimental work with young children and/or adults on the representation of events in language and cognition.

A PhD in Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science or a related field is required. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Department. The researcher is also expected to contribute to the vibrant interdisciplinary group of cognitive scientists at Penn that includes faculty, postdocs and students in Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, Education and related disciplines. The position is available in early Fall 2021 (start date flexible) and is for an initial period of one year with potential extension for an additional year. The position is open to non-US citizens.

Candidates should apply online Please submit a CV, two samples of written work and three letters of recommendation.  The University will contact the recommenders directly with instructions on how to submit their letters. Review of materials will begin on June 20th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

Postdoc Position at UConn


I am recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow for a newly funded NSF Discovery Research preK-12 project. This project focuses on fostering computational thinking through neural engineering activities in high school biology classes. The postdoctoral fellow will be based at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education and will collaborate with our team at Columbia University’s School of Engineering.
For more information about the position and to apply:

Thank you in advance for sharing this announcement with colleagues and students in your program.

Ido Davidesco, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences
Department of Educational Psychology
Neag School of Education
University of Connecticut

Postdoc Opportunity

The Visual Cognition Lab ( is hiring a postdoc (2-3 years) with strong quantitative skills to work with Dr. Heather Sheridan at the University at Albany, SUNY, on an NIMH-funded project in collaboration with Columbia University (1R01 MH121449-01A1: Neural Mechanisms of Reading Dysfunction in Schizophrenia). The successful candidate will use computational modeling to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying reading fluency impairments in Schizophrenia, as well as the link between literacy skills and functional outcomes. The candidate will also have the opportunity to combine their modeling work with empirical projects that integrate eye tracking methodology with both neurophysiological (EEG/ERPs) and fMRI-based studies of individual differences during reading.  The start date of the position is flexible and could be anytime during the summer or fall of 2021. The position is open until filled (for full consideration, apply by June 1, 2021).

The candidate will join a vibrant and collaborative research group within the Cognitive Area of the Psychology Department ( at the University at Albany, State University of New York ( ), and the candidate will also interact with project collaborators at nearby institutions, including the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, the New York University Grossman School of Medicine and the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. The candidate will receive funding to present at conference and to attend workshops, as well as opportunities to prepare manuscripts for publication and to develop grant writing skills.

Please see the link below for further details:


5/10: Post-doc at Iowa

Dear Colleagues,
There is a post-doctoral position available at Iowa.  The post-doc would be involved in a longitudinal study of language and reading development of school age children (  This project combines standardized outcomes, with measures of cognitive control and speech perception, with eye-tracking in the Visual World Paradigm, and with structural MRI and DWI.  The primary role of the post-doc would be to help lead the neuroimaging, and opportunities are available to work with all areas of the project, as well as other topics of interest to the team.
Please forward to any students or recent graduates/post-docs. 

5/5: Post-Doctoral Fellow on International Joint Research in Playful Learning: Temple University Infant and Child Lab

Post-Doctoral Fellow on International Joint Research in Playful Learning: Temple University Infant and Child Lab
Post-doctoral fellow position available for an exciting project to support the development of a joint research report initiative with colleagues in China. The goal of this report is to further the understanding of learning through play, in a Chinese context, in four areas: relationships, digital tools and mediums, space, and system-wide barriers. The postdoc will contribute to the structuring and writing of this report under the mentorship of Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.

We are looking for an energetic scientist who has worked in the areas of playful learning and/or child development more broadly, to do research and writing with collaborators in China to better understand cultural variation in play and playful learning. The postdoc will work alongside our team to lead in the writing of the report, and will also conduct research on attitudes towards play in China and in the U.S. The postdoc will be responsible for conducting the literature review, writing drafts of the report, collecting data, supervising studies to be run with our collaborators in China on play attitudes and relational outcomes from playful learning, and assisting our collaborators in China with any analyses required. This position offers an opportunity to conduct psychological community-based research that can translate into social impact. Initial appointment will be for a 12-month period and will be renewable subject to performance and availability of funding. The anticipated start is June 2021. Work can be performed remotely for the summer. We would like the postdoc to begin working locally by Fall 2021.
As the project manager, the post-doctoral fellow will be expected to participate at all levels of the project. The responsibilities include:
  • Data collection in the field,
  • Training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate RAs and other project staff,
  • Developing new projects with multiple university and non-academic collaborators,
  • Running focus groups,
  • Developing training modules
  • Data coding and analysis,
  • Writing of the report and dissemination of results for internal reports and peer-reviewed publications,
  • Presentation of findings in national and international conferences,
  • Developing and sustaining relationships with community groups and foundations,
  • Hosting workshops and consulting for local, national, and international partners,
  • Research grants administration and accounting

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Education, Human Development, or a related field
  • Experience working with children/families in research settings
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation
  • Training in one of more of the following areas including cognition, language development, mathematics development, spatial development, executive functioning, community-based research, and play
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, writing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population of participants
  • Proficiency with SPSS, SAS, and/or R

Please send a resume/CV, cover letter, and research statement to Jelani Medford, Lab Manager, at Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please visit our website ( for more information about the lab.