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11/12: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue

Hi everyone,

I'm hiring a postdoc (or two) to collaborate with me across a couple grants. Please share with anyone who might be interested. The ad and link to apply are included below.


Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University
Position Summary
Seeking to hire one or two postdoctoral researchers to collaborate with me across two grants on preschool children’s mathematical language development. One project is a National Science Foundation funded grant evaluating the impacts of mathematical language instruction on mathematics and spatial skills in preschool children. The other project is the final stages of evaluating a parent implemented mathematical language intervention for monolingual English speakers and dual language learners. The positions have the potential to be for up to two or three years depending on performance.

Responsibilities may include: intervention development, manuscript preparation, project management, presentation of findings, development of coding schemes for video and audio recordings, and development and implementation of dissemination events for families and schools. A core part of one of the projects will be preparation of a registered report, thus, interest and knowledge of open science practices are desired.

Start date is negotiable, but preferred start is no later than August 15th, 2020.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by January 4, 2020. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter that describes your interests and fit with the position, CV, a scholarly writing sample, and names and contact information of three references. Questions can be directed to Dr. David Purpura ( To apply, please go to Purdue's Employment Website and complete the online application process.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Required Qualifications

• PhD in Education, Psychology, Human Development, Communication Disorders, or related field completed by the start of the employment
• Background expertise in early mathematics development and/or language development


Additional Desired Qualifications
• Ability to work collaboratively with a research team
• Experience developing or implementing interventions with schools or families
• Knowledge of multilevel modeling
• Fluency in Spanish is beneficial but not required


David J. Purpura, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Human Development and Family Studies
Purdue University
1202 W. State Street, Rm 231
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055
(phone) 617-283-1266

11/7: Postdoctoral Position at Georgetown

The Laboratory for Relational Cognition at Georgetown, directed by Dr. Adam Green, is seeking 1 to 2 postdoctoral scientists for NSF-funded projects applying cognitive neuroscience methods at the intersection of creativity and education.

For more information on the lab, see our website. For more information about the position(s), please see the attached description. With any questions, please contact Griffin Colaizzi at

11/5: Science of Intelligence Jobs – Early notice


Science of Intelligence (SCIoI)
Cluster of Excellence   

*Early notice*
6 PhD and 5 Postdoc positions
Full call expected in November 2019.
Stay tuned for more information on application deadline and application procedure!
Cross-disciplinary research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, control, robotics, computer vision, behavioral biology, cognitive science, psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and philosophy.
Starting dates: Summer / Fall 2020
Duration: 3 years
Salary level: TV-L 13, 100%

What are the principles of intelligence, shared by all forms of intelligence, no matter whether artificial or biological, whether robot, computer program, human, or animal? And how can we apply these principles to create intelligent technology? Answering these questions – in an ethically responsible way – is the central scientific objective of the new Cluster of Excellence Science of Intelligence.

Researchers from a multitude of analytic and synthetic disciplines – artificial intelligence, machine learning, control, robotics, computer vision, behavioral biology, cognitive science, psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and philosophy – join forces to create a multi-disciplinary research program across universities and research institutes in Berlin.
Our approach is driven by the insight, that any method, concept, and theory must demonstrate its merits by contributing to the intelligent behavior of a synthetic artifact, such as a robot or a computer program. These artifacts represent the shared “language” across disciplines, enabling the validation, combination, transfer, and extension of research results. Thus we expect to attain cohesion among disciplines, which currently produce their own theories and empirical findings about aspects of intelligence.

Interdisciplinary research projects have been defined which combine analytic and synthetic research and which address key aspects of individual, social, and collective intelligence.
In addition, the Science of Intelligence graduate program promotes the cross-disciplinary education of young scientists on a Master, PhD, and postdoctoral level. All PhD students associated with the cluster are expected to join the Science of Intelligence doctoral program.    
Zarifa Mohamad
Graduate Program
Science of Intelligence (SCIoI)
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Marchstraße 23
10587 Berlin, Germany
tel.: +49 30 314-22673

11/2: Postdoc Position @NYU

We are looking to hire a postdoc to co-develop,  implement, and conduct research on mindHIVE, a crowdsourcing citizen science platform for brain and behavior research. 

The ideal candidate has experience in Educational Technology and experience working with(in) the US public school system. Candidates with experience in software development are especially encouraged to apply.
About mindHIVE
mindHIVE is a crowdsourcing citizen science platform for human brain and behavior research for (a) teachers and students who seek authentic research experiences, and (b) psychologists and neuroscientist who seek to address research questions outside of the lab. mindHIVE is funded through the NSF DRK-12 program.
Team and affiliates
Camillia Matuk (NYU Steinhardt), Suzanne Dikker (NYU Psychology), Ido Davidesco (NYU Steinhardt), Yury Shevchenko (University of Konstanz), Kim Burgas (UX designer), Robb Rutledge (Yale), and others.
Ido Davidesco, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching and Learning & Department of Psychology
New York University

10/31: Children and Screens Project Coordinator Job Posting


I am excited to share that Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development ( is seeking a Project Coordinator.

Six years ago, I founded Children and Screens, an international independent research organization to advance and support interdisciplinary scientific research on the cognitive, psychological, and physical impacts of digital media on toddlers, children, and adolescents. We are based on Long Island, New York. 

This position is open to candidates in the fields of cognitive development, psychiatry, pediatrics, neuroscience, psychology, and related fields. Detailed information about the position, requirements, and application process can be found in the attached document. 

I would appreciate your help sharing this opening with your colleagues. 

Best regards, 


Dr. Pam Hurst-Della Pietra, D.O.
Founder and President
Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development

10/30: Postdoc with UTD’s Callier Center for Communication Disorders

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS CALLIER POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM is now accepting applications for the 2020-2022 class. This is a unique opportunity to start to develop an independent line of research while collaborating with one or more of UTD's Callier Faculty members.

As part of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the Callier Center provides outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary research into basic and applied aspects of communication sciences and disorders, psychological sciences, and cognition and neuroscience. The Callier Center’s two locations (in Dallas adjacent to UT Southwestern Medical Center, and on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson) house advanced research laboratories that include cutting‐edge equipment to integrate areas as diverse as neuroscience, speech and language processing and production, auditory and visual perception, functional brain imaging, electrophysiology, kinematics and behavioral sciences, as well as a new interdisciplinary translational research center with state-of-the-art collaborative features. In addition to an on‐site preschool, the center houses outpatient clinics and programs that serve adults and children with a variety of speech, language and hearing disorders. Callier
 has ongoing collaborations with the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth, the UT Dallas Center for Children and Families, the UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and hospitals, clinics, schools and rehabilitation facilities in the North Texas area.

Research programs at the Callier Center address the broad themes of communication development, disorders, and technologies, as well as hearing loss and prevention. Research in communication development includes studies of electrophysiological and other correlates of child language acquisition (Maguire, Dollaghan); wireless assistive technology and speech perception (Thibodeau); and bilingual child language development (Rojas). Research in communication disorders includes studies of children and adolescents with hearing loss and cochlear implants (Warner-Czyz): autism (Rollins, Stillman); neurologic deficits (Campbell, Katz, Ulatowska) and the neurological (Evans) and language-motor correlates of Specific Language Impairment and Speech Sound Disorders (Goffman). Research in hearing loss prevention is broadly based, including pre-clinical wet-lab research to understand effects of noise on hearing and processing of signals in noise, assessment of drugs that prevent hearing loss and tinn
 itus, and investigations into novel apps and outreach strategies for adolescents and young adults (Le Prell, Lobarinas). Other studies focus on cognitive neuroscience of semantic memory (Hart); and novel approaches to enhance cognitive capacity across the lifespan (Chapman). For more information visit our website at

The Callier Postdoctoral Fellow will receive two years of full‐time support to develop a program of independent research in a field related to communication sciences and disorders, including psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience in collaboration with one or more of the Callier Center faculty. The Fellow will be appointed as a UT Dallas Faculty‐Research Scientist in Fall of 2020 with an 11-month salary of approximately $48,000, a comprehensive benefits package, and financial support for travel and research supplies.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in a relevant field and a record of scholarly productivity appropriate to his or her history. Preference will be given to applicants whose research will use the Callier Center’s unique resources to extend its research portfolio.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a one-page cover letter that specifies the applicant’s research plan and a potential mentor, up to three scholarly publications, and three letters of recommendation to: For more information, please contact Mandy Maguire, PhD at or go to Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Texas at Dallas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, pregnancy, age, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


10/30: Postdoc Position in Developmental Psychology at the University of Oslo

4-year post-doc opportunity in Developmental Psychology at the University of Oslo, on a topic of your choice (how about language acquisition??)! 

Feel free to contact me to discuss some potential research projects.
Deadline (with a 5-page project description): December 10th.
More information on:
Julien Mayor


10/29: Postdoc Position at US Coast Guard RDC in New London, CT

Good Morning USCG RDC Academic Partners,


I realize that none of you are research psychologists but you may know someone, or have friends who know someone that may be interested in joining our staff at the USCG RDC.

The below position is now open and posted on USAJOBS:

Research Psychologist, GS/0180/13

This announcement will close on 11/4/2019

Would appreciate any efforts to get the word out. Have a perfect weekend!




Dr Joe DiRenzo III

Director of Research Partnerships/Public Affairs Officer

U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center

(860) 271-2738 I

10/28: CCHD Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Carolina Consortium of Human Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting one new postdoctoral fellow.  Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed starting November 11th until the position is filled. Please see attached information and our website for more details and information about the application process:  For questions, please contact Cathi Propper at


Lynne Baker-Ward, Ph. D.
Professor of Psychology
Associate Editor, Developmental Psychology
Office: 728 Poe    Telephone: (919) 515-1731
2310 Stinson Drive
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC  27695-7650

10/22: Postdoctoral Training Program at the Yale Child Study Center

Research Training Program in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center

Our postdoctoral training program seeks to support the development of the next generation of translational researchers, who are committed to discovering disease-related genes, key environmental factors, biomarkers, and to developing novel treatments and preventive interventions in developmental neuroscience and psychiatry. We train scientists from both basic and the clinical sciences for independent careers as field leading investigators. A major focus of the training is to promote dialogue across disciplines and emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary teams. Trainees are typically funded for two years and are required to commit at least 90% of their time to research.

 During the fellowship, mentees train under internationally recognized principal investigators. It includes didactic work, participation in ongoing funded projects, and independent research. A central characteristic of the Program is its diversity and openness to all kinds of developmental scientists (we encourage applications from PhD or MD candidates from any area of specialty with relevance to Developmental Science and/or Developmental Psychopathology). Participating faculty are leading experts in typical development, psychopathology, cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, genetics and public health.  We draw mentors from multiple departments at Yale including neurobiology, psychology, genetics, pediatrics, neurology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and the uniquely multidisciplinary Child Study Center.

 New appointments typically being July 1 of each year. Applicants must be US citizens or hold a permanent U.S. Resident Visa (“Green Card”). Applicants must have their PhD or MD by July 1 for the start year to be considered for this training program.

 How to Apply:

Applications are due by December 1st for a July 1st start date, the following year.

Applications must include:

1) Statement of research interests and career goals (two pages total); 2) Curriculum Vita; 3) three letters of reference; 4) 1-3 writing samples, preferably from a peer reviewed manuscript (published or in press).

 Send Application materials electronically to Michael Crowley ( with the subject line: T32 Application

Letter writers should send materials electronically to, with the subject line: T32 Reference

10/17: Head of Research at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (part-time position)

The Bay Area Discovery Museum has a unique opportunity for a head of research to oversee their research agenda and guide program and curriculum development at the museum. The position summary is below and you can learn more about the position and apply at:
The Bay Area Discovery Museum seeks a Head of Research to oversee its research agenda and align with our mission to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. This position is responsible for providing staff with the theoretical and scholarly foundation of knowledge on a range of topics including creativity development and STEM learning for young children pulling from the academic fields of psychology, education, and neuroscience.
Reporting to the Director of STEM Learning and Innovation, the Head of Research is responsible for authoring original research publications that are gleaned from studies conducted onsite at BADM or synthesized from the most innovative, influential, and recent research for a range of audiences including parents, educators, and museum professionals. Additionally, this position cultivates research partnerships with leading academic and industry partners to establish the museum as a thought leader in early childhood development.
BADM has gained a reputation as an institution that values research not only to improve our museum offerings, but to also give back to the field. Many educators across a variety of disciplines (libraries, museums, preschools, etc.) utilize the myriad of resources that the REI department disseminates to help make the case for early childhood education as one of the best investments that our society can make. If you are passionate about communicating
research and putting it into the hands of adults that influence the lives of children across the country, this position provides a unique opportunity to do just that.
This is a part-time (24 hours/week), benefits-eligible position with a schedule to be determined.
Helen Shwe Hadani, Ph.D. | Fellow
Center for Universal Education | Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking
The Brookings Institution
530.220.0453 |

10/15: Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available at FIU

Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available

The Project on Language and Spatial Development (,  PI: Dr. Shannon Pruden) and the Brain and Behavioral Development Lab (,  PI: Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland) in Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) and Department of Psychology are seeking to hire one (1) talented post-doctoral scholar with excellent writing and analytic skills, interested in gaining training and publishing skills while collaborating on an exciting new NICHD-funded study examining the neuroscience of spatial development. Located within an international, multicultural urban setting, the Center for Children and Families, a Preeminent Program at FIU and the Department of Psychology, ranked 9th in the country for research funding, offers a stimulating research environment full of collaborative and networking opportunities.

The current project involves evaluating individual differences in the development of neural changes related to typically-developing children’s spatial abilities between the ages of 4 to 6 years. The position involves the collection and analysis of spatial navigation, eyeblink conditioning, and structural MRI data, managing data collection, and preparing manuscripts. This project will use state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at FIU’s Center for Imaging Science (, where a new 3T Siemens Magnetom Prisma MRI scanner is housed. Candidates with experience in working with child populations and having experience with, and/or interest in learning, MRI data collection and analysis are especially encouraged to apply. 

The candidate will be mentored in leading independent research projects including grant applications and publishing with a highly productive research team. The close partnership and collaboration with experts in Developmental Science (Dr. Shannon Pruden, Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland, Dr. Anthony Dick), Cognitive Neuroscience (Dr. Aaron Mattfeld, Dr. Anthony Dick, Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland) and Quantitative Psychology (Dr. Timothy Hayes) allows for unique opportunities for professional development and interdisciplinary training. The breadth of training experiences will be useful for a variety of academic career paths. 

 Desired Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field at the start of their appointment. 

The position is currently open and the initial position duration is for at least 2 years with possibility of renewal (based upon performance). Review of applications will be ongoing with an initial deadline for applications by November 30, 2019 and invitations for interviews made shortly thereafter with a targeted start date in January/February 2020 (start date is negotiable). Salary will be determined according to NIH pay scale.

 Interested applications should send a cover letter, CV, research statement, two representative published research articles, and contact information for three references, with postdoc application in subject line, to Dr. Shannon Pruden,

 FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

10/12: Postdoctoral Fellowships at Penn

Penn's MindCORE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Penn's MindCORE (Mind Center for Outreach, Research, and Education) seeks to recruit outstanding postdoctoral researchers for our Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars. Housed within the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, MindCORE is an interdisciplinary effort to understand human intelligence and behavior. MindCORE officially launched January 2018 with the aim to unite researchers, programs, and initiatives involving human intelligence and behavior across the University, and with roots in the success of the former Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.
Designed for individuals who have recently obtained a PhD degree in psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy or other cognitive science discipline, the MindCORE Fellowship is a springboard for young researchers as they establish their own research program. Fellows are also encouraged to pursue collaborative research with faculty working across disciplines at Penn.
Fellows receive a competitive salary and health insurance plus a modest research budget. Fellows also benefit from access to the greater community of academics including visiting scholars plus leading research facilities equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation all on an urban campus in a vibrant city. Fellows are invited to join regular working group meetings within their field plus career development workshops aimed at young researchers, and will be provided with a mentoring committee. Funding is provided in one-year terms renewable for up to three years.
MindCORE seeks to award 2 post-doctoral Fellowships per year. Positions may start as early as July 1, 2020.
Applications will be reviewed beginning January 3, 2020, continuing until positions are filled. For eligibility and details, please visit:
For a list of faculty members and associates affiliated with MindCORE, please see:
Penn Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Penn Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowships are competitive programs intended to increase the diversity of the academic research community at the University of Pennsylvania. The organization seeks to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experiences, research experiences and employment backgrounds will contribute significantly to its academic mission.
Fellows starting in July 2020 will receive a stipend of $54,000 a year in year 1 with $2,000 increases in years 2 and 3. Additionally, the fellow will receive annual allowances for travel ($2,000) and research ($5,000), and a one-time relocation expense of up to $5,000. The University also provides a medical, vision, dental and life insurance benefits package. Consistent with the University's postdoc policy, appointments are for one year. Renewals to the second and third year of the program are made annually and will be based on satisfactory performance and mutual agreement between the fellow and the postdoc's primary mentor.
Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at Penn. STEM applications are encouraged. The program is designed to provide postdocs with time to focus on research and publishing activities that will enhance their career prospects for either a faculty appointment in an academic institution or in other sectors of the economy such as industry, government or nonprofit organizations.
Start dates will be arranged in consultation with the faculty mentor and will begin as early as July 2020.
Applications are due November 1, 2019 at 5pm. For eligibility and details, please visit:
Anna Papafragou
Department of Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania

10/10: Call for for Postdoctoral Fellows

The Harvard University Data Science Initiative is seeking applications for its Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. The duration of the Fellowship is two years. Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an annual allocation for research and travel expenses.

We are looking for researchers whose interests are in data science, broadly construed, and including researchers with both a methodological and applications focus. Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to pursue their research agenda in an intellectually vibrant environment with ample mentorship. We are looking for independent researchers who will seek out collaborations with other fellows and with Harvard faculty.

The Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows Program is supported by the Harvard Data Science Initiative. The Harvard Data Science Initiative involves faculty from across the University.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on December 2nd, 2019.

10/10: Post-doctoral fellowships at Georgia State University

Post-doctoral fellowships are available as part of the Center for Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language & Literacy (RCALL) at Georgia State University

RCALL is an innovative collaborative effort crossing colleges and departments. Our research is conducted by faculty and students from two colleges (Arts & Sciences and Education & Human Development) and ten departments including the departments of Applied Linguistics, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Learning Sciences, and Psychology.

We have a distinctive interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program focused on the acquisition of language and literacy in children and adults. Our research programs address not only basic conceptual and methodological issues in the area of language and literacy acquisition, but also the design and evaluation of interventions that may help individuals overcome challenges in the acquisition of language and literacy. Fellows will work with interdisciplinary teams on one or more funded research projects.

As part of the university’s Next Generation initiative, the two-year fellowship will provide trainees with intensive training in intervention research with special populations, analyses of existing databases using advanced statistical techniques, and in professional development, including grant writing and professional presentations and publication. We are seeking individuals who bring cutting edge skills (e.g., in adaptive technologies, virtual reality, neuroimaging, complex methods of analyses) to their own programs of research.

Competitive two year fellowships are currently available. To apply, please submit your cv, research statement, examples of publications, and three letters of recommendation either electronically to Keneé Stephens at, with the subject line “RCALL Post-Doctoral Search” or mail to Attn. Ms. Keneé Stephens, Georgia State University, Language & Literacy Initiative, P.O. Box 5010, Atlanta, GA 30302-5010, USA. The review of applications will continue until the positionisfilledwithreviewtostartonOctober15th. Formoreinformation, or contact Program Co-Directors, Dr. Rose A. Sevcik ( or Dr. Julie Washington (

An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification. Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

10/4: Looking for Phd Students and Postdoc

Looking for highly motivated Postdoc Fellow for a newly funded NIH project

The Neuroimaging for Language, Literacy and Learning (NL3) Lab ( invites applications for Ph.D. Student and Postdoc Fellow. The NL3 Lab led by Wang aims to use neuroimaging techniques to understand cognitive processes (Language, Literacy, and Learning) in the brain. We are located at the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior (CB3) of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). UNL was founded on February 15, 1869, and has been recognized by the Legislature as the primary research and doctoral degree-granting institution in the state for fields outside the health professions. CB3 ( is housed within 30,000 square feet of dedicated space in Memorial Stadium, constructed in collaboration with Nebraska Athletics. CB3 is also close to the Holland Computing Center, home to the fastest supercomputing resources in the state. The facility’s centerpiece is a Siemens 3 Tesla Skyra scanner equipped with an MR-compatible 256-electrode high-density EEG system and an eye tracker. The center also features a salivary bioscience core facility, as well as several specialized laboratories, including NIRS, high-density EEG/ERP, eye tracking, psychophysiology, and genetics. There are currently 20 CB3 resident faculty and 35 additional CB3 affiliated faculty from across the UNL Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Omaha campuses.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Qualifications for Postdoc Fellow: A Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or related field is required. The successful candidate must have expertise in fNIRS data processing and analysis techniques and have passion in advancing cutting-edge technologies and algorithms used to complex fNIRS and BCI data. Expertise in techniques of functional MRI/MRI/DWI is not required but is highly desirable. The salary is based on experience and will be highly competitive. Your appointment of duties will be 100% research activities, including collection of fNIRS and BCI data, optimization of fNIRS data collection, and creation of fNIRS data analysis pipelines. You will be able to mentor students and collaborators as you develop your expertise in fNIRS and BCI.

How to apply: To be considered for this position, please email your most recent version of CV and one representative publication to Please combine all required documents in one PDF file. Addition materials related to research are optional. Reference letters will be requested later in the process. If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Wang at or 402-472-0106

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

We also accept PhD student. If you are interested in doing a PhD in Human Science or Biomedical Engineering, please contact Dr. Wang at or 402-472-0106.

9/23: NICHD funded post doctorates, Baby’s First Years Study

We are seeking one or more post-doctorate candidates to apply for postdoctoral funding to work with a principal investigator of the Baby’s First Years Study, through an NIH administrative supplement. The candidates must meet the NIH’s specified eligibility as a member of an under-represented group in the health-related sciences.

If approved for funding, the position will be a 2-year appointment at one of the PI universities (Duke; Teachers College Columbia University; University of California, Irvine; University of Wisconsin-Madison). Which university the position is housed in will depend on whether the successful applicant is best matched with one of the PIs in the social and behavioral sciences (Drs. Greg Duncan, Lisa Gennetian or Katherine Magnuson) or neuroscience (Dr. Kimberly Noble).

Once a candidate is identified, details about the position appointment and formal application with the named candidate will move forward to NICHD for review. This process can take up to a year.

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and fit with the job and a CV to Applications will be reviewed as received. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

BFY Study description

The Baby’s First Years study is a pathbreaking random-assignment study of the impact of monthly unconditional cash gifts to low-income mothers of infants during the first three years of their child’s life. The aim is to understand the causal effects of poverty reduction on family life and early childhood development in order to inform policy. As of June 2019, 1,000 racially and ethnically diverse mothers have been recruited from hospitals shortly after giving birth in each of four metropolitan areas New York City, New Orleans, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Omaha, Nebraska. Forty percent of the mothers in each site were randomized to receive $333/month in cash and 60 percent receive $20/month in cash. More about the study, media coverage, and its motivation can be found here, here and here.

Data are being collected by the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center: mothers and children will be visited in their homes at child ages 12 and 24, and then will be brought to university labs at child age 36 months. Data collection includes surveys about economic and employment, child care, and other aspects of family life, mother’s mental and physical health, and well-being; maternal and children’s hair cortisol, epigenetics, child EEG measures of brain activity, and a full battery of child cognitive and behavioral assessments at 36 months.

This unique multi-institution, multi-site, and multi-year study is led by principal investigators Greg Duncan (University of California Irvine), Nathan Fox (University of Maryland), Lisa Gennetian (Duke University), Katherine Magnuson (Lead, social and behavioral science, University of Wisconsin Madison), Kimberly Noble (Lead, neuroscience, Teachers College, Columbia University), and Hirokazu Yoshikawa (New York University). The PIs are also collaborating with a team of neuroscientists at each site who will assist with measurement of children’s brain development at 36 months old. Finally, Sarah Halpern-Meeking (UW Madison) is also directing a longitudinal qualitative study with a random subset of families from two of the four sites.

BFY Post docotorate Qualifications


  • Within 5 years of a PhD in child development, economics, neuroscience, public policy, psychology, sociology, or related field.
  • Strong quantitative research skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Oral and written fluency in Spanish; fully bilingual/bicultural a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience with experimental (randomized) study designs a plus
  • Meets NIH’s definition of a scholar from an under-represented group based on race/ethnicity, disability, or a disadvantaged background:
    • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the
      Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in this program. For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see NOT-OD-15-089.
    • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. See NSF data
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as: 1) Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at OR 2) Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

9/12: Post doctoral positions at Indiana–developing visual environments

Post-doctoral fellow position(s) to the study of the natural visual environments of infants and young children and their implications for visual, cognitive and language development and machine learning at Indiana University.    The larger collaborative project involves analyses of the properties of a very large corpus of head camera images (500 million) collected by infants 1 to 24 months of age with respect to low, mid and higher level properties, the examination of the statistical structure of early learned visual categories (and their in-home naming by parents), the design and implementation of computational experiments using machine learning and computer vision models, as well as experiments with infants testing novel predictions from these analyses and models.  The post-doctoral fellow(s) will take part in the intellectually rich cognitive science, computational neuroscience, vision, developmental, and computer science communities at Indiana University under the Emerging Areas of Research Initiative titled Learning: Brains, Machines and Children.  Collaborators on the larger project include Linda Smith, David Crandall, Franco Pestilli, Rowan Candy, Jason Gold, and Chen Yu. 

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with past training in one or more of the following:  infant statistical learning, infant visual development (including face and object perception), visual neuroscience, adult vision, computer vision. Other areas of training with computational and/or experimental backgrounds will be considered.

Please apply to Linda Smith,, with Visual Environments in the subject heading by sending a cover letter stating your interest in this project, your cv, and a research statement.  References will be requested after initial contact.

The filling of these position(s) are open in their timing; although we hope to appoint one position this fall, January or this spring are also possible start dates. 

Linda B. Smith
Distinguished Professor
Psychological and Brain Sciences
1101 East 10th Street
Indiana University
Bloomington IN 47405

7/2: Postdoc position General/Neuro-cognitive Psychology, Halle, Germany

Postdoc position (Job Ref. No.  4-6377/19-H)
In the group of Torsten Schubert, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Psychology, a position has been advertised for a TV-L 13 salary of a post-doc or at least near to finishing PhD researcher for a time period of up to 3 years (current funding till 30 September 2020, with prolongation).

We are looking for a person:

  •  with a finished or nearly to finished PhD in psychology or other areas such as biology, informatics, etc.
  • who has good knowledge in the fields of general and neuro-cognitive psychology and is interested in neuro-scientific research; knowledge and skills in neurophysiological methods like EEG, eye tracking, tDCS will be advantageous but not required
  • who has experience with the teaching of General Psychology B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels (perception, attention, memory, motivation)


  • Teaching duties with a load of 4 hours per week in General Psychology and Neuro-cognitive Psychology (B.Sc. and M.Sc.
  • Research related to the work of the research group, which is aimed at understanding mechanisms of action and cognitive control, the impact of training, age, motivational state and other modulating factors on cognition and neural mechanisms

If you are interested, please send your application till 12 July 2019 (but applications will be accepted until the position is filled) to Prof. Dr. Torsten Schubert, Institut für Psychologie der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 26-27, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany, or by email to:; for questions, please call T. Schubert: +49 345 55-24350.

2/7: Postdoctoral Position in Computational Modeling of Language at the University of Maryland

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in computational modeling of language at the University of Maryland, co-advised by Naomi Feldman and Jan Edwards. The starting date is flexible, but would ideally be in summer 2019. The postdoc will be part of an NIH-funded project, in collaboration with Pat Shafto at Rutgers University-Newark, that uses models of pedagogical reasoning to predict which language interventions will be most effective for helping children with Developmental Language Disorder learn grammatical morphemes. Experience with probabilistic models of language acquisition and interests in morphological processing and/or language disorders would be helpful, but anyone who is interested in the position is encouraged to apply.
The University of Maryland is home to an extensive interconnected network of over 200 language scientists that spans 22 different departments and centers ( <>).
The person hired for this position will have opportunities to interact regularly with colleagues from linguistics, hearing and speech, computer science, and other units on campus, and will be a member of the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab ( <>).
The PIs are committed to supporting the success of trainees who belong to groups that are underrepresented in academia and in computing.
To apply, please send a CV, research statement, writing sample, and contact information for three references to (letters are not needed as part of the initial application). Review of applications will begin February 22 and will continue until the position is filled.

12/12: Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University, Department of Psychology Position Announcement, Assistant Professor (2)

The Psychology Department at Eastern Illinois University has openings for two full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty positions in (1) cognitive neuroscience and (2) biopsychology or behavioral neuroscience. Duties include teaching undergraduate courses in psychology (in areas of expertise, as well as areas of general need), maintaining an active research program, and participating in service to the department and university. Individuals should also demonstrate commitment to diversity an experience with promoting inclusive excellence. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2019. Individuals applying for the first position should hold a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience or a closely related area. Individuals applying for the second position should hold a Ph.D. in biopsychology, behavioral neuroscience, or closely related area. Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) at the time of appointment. Other requirements include demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence at the college/university level and a commitment to research and scholarly activity. To apply, please submit the following: letter of application, vita, three confidential letters of reference, and available reprints. For position 1 (cognitive neuroscience), send application materials via Interfolio at For position 2 (biopsychology/behavioral neuroscience), send application materials via Interfolio at Review of applications will begin on January 7, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. For questions regarding this search, please contact Jeffrey Stowell, Screening Committee Chair, at The Department of Psychology serves over 400 undergraduate and graduate students, having undergraduate programs in psychology (BA) and neuroscience (BS), as well as graduate programs in clinical psychology (MA) and school psychology (MA, SSP). The Department also has an undergraduate honors program, and serves approximately 200 minors in psychology and neuroscience. Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran – committed to achieving a diverse community.

11/28: Postdoc in Language Acquisition at Leibniz-Center General Linguistics, Berlin

The Leibniz-Center General Linguistics (ZAS,<>) is accepting applications for a full-time post-doctoral research position in Research Area 2 “Language Development and Multilingualism” (Head Natalia Gagarina). The position is to be filled starting in January 2019 until December 31st, 2020. The salary is according to E13 of the German TVOeD pay-scale. Limited financial support for conference travel, experimental work and/or linguistic fieldwork is available.
The Leibniz-Center for General Linguistics is an independent research institute in Berlin, Germany; it is part of the Leibniz Association ( It offers on-site experimental facilities for acoustic phonetics, motion capture, and eye-tracking.
The successful candidate will have a background in general linguistics research as well as experience in carrying out eye-tracking experiments with children (and adults). The main themes of the Research Area 2 „Language Development and Multilingualism“ contain, but are not restricted to:
- Acquisition of dual languages in bilingual children with L2 German
- Heritage languages
- Comprehension and production of coherent texts
- Environmental and cognitive factors in multilingual acquisition

The duties of the position are primarily research-oriented, with some administrative tasks. A certain time contingent can be allotted to the acquisition of external funding. In addition, the position comes with a teaching requirement of one class (90 min. per week) for 2 terms, to be held at any university in the Berlin area.
Successful applicants must have defended their PhD by the time of the appointment. Successful applicants are expected to have a strong background in experimental linguistics, language acquisition research and proven research experience with an active research agenda. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose research integrates well with, or complements, the existing strengths of the ZAS and its core research programs (

Applications must be submitted via electronic mail, as one PDF attachment, containing 1) a letter of intent specifying in detail research experience and plans; 2) curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications; and 3) the names and email addresses of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation. Please provide additionally electronic copies of up to three representative publications.

Application Deadline: 10-Dec-2018 (Open until filled)
Email Address for Applications:<>

11/28: Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Language

We are seeking applicants for apostdoctoral position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience to work in the lab of Dr. Christopher Conway at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. The postdoc will help develop and implement research focusing on the cognitive and neural underpinnings of language learning abilities in adults, typically developing children, and children with a language or communication disorder. The postdoc will be expected to contribute to the overall design, implementation, analysis, and presentation/publication(s) of this research, under supervision of Dr. Conway, with opportunities available to initiate additional projects and collaborations as appropriate.

The successful candidate will have expertise or experience with event-related potential (ERP) or related neuroimaging techniques – ideally with pediatric populations -- as well as experience and/or interest in one or more of the following areas: learning & memory; language/cognitive development; deafness or hearing loss; language & communication disorders. A Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or related field is required by the starting date of employment. Postdoctoral research fellows work under the same general guidelines and receive the same compensation as NIH-funded postdoctoral trainees.

The anticipated start of this position is Spring 2019, with the specific start date negotiable. Please contact Dr. Conway at for more information. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.