Author: Rodriguez, Atziri

9/2/21: IBACS Large Seed Grant Application Now Open!

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is pleased to announce a new call for applications to its seed grant fund. 


The seed fund is intended to fund activities in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (broadly construed) that are likely to lead to applications for external funding, or which otherwise contribute to the mission of the Institute. Note that funding is primarily intended to cover direct research costs such as supplies, participant fees, or per diems, as well as student support. The review criteria promote innovative, novel, and collaborative projects in the field of brain and cognitive sciences that require expertise across laboratories and traditional disciplinary boundaries. Postdocs can also apply, with a faculty mentor as co-PI. We have further expanded this year’s seed grant solicitation to include COVID recovery. This addition in scope is intended to provide funds to recover or restart relevant projects that were interrupted due to COVID-19. Full details on the seed grant program, including applications (letter of intent and full seed app), allowable costs, please check our website.

Applications for small grants (less than $10,000) can be submitted at any time; applications in excess of $10,000 (but no more than $25,000) should be submitted by October 1st 

Please submit letters of intent as soon as possible, but at least 2 weeks prior to the seed grant application deadline (by 9/17/21), to allow time for review and feedback. 

The Institute also invites applications for affiliate memberships. 

Any questions should be directed to the Institute Coordinator, Crystal Mills at or (860) 486-4937.

9/2/21: IBACS Undergrad Award Application Now Open!

IBACS is happy to announce another year of the undergraduate research grant program!

The application period for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 research grant program opens today, September 1st, 2021, and the deadline for applications will be 11:59 pm on Monday, February 21st, 2022Note that the academic year applications will now be reviewed on a rolling basis and awards will be made until funds are exhausted, or up until the application deadline. In other words, apply early! 

It is expected that applicants will be conducting research with IBACS faculty members, focusing on any research area associated with the IBACS mission.  Faculty sponsors will need to supply a letter of recommendation. Once the applicant lists the faculty advisor of the project in the form, an email will be sent to the faculty member with directions for how to submit the letter.  Applicants must fill out the online application, and also submit via the online application, a relatively short research plan (maximum of 6,000 characters, approximately 3 pages) and a budget that explains in detail how the funds will be spent. The application link is listed below. It is recommended that the student first compose the research plan and budget using a word processing program, and then upload the final versions on to the website.

THIS PROGRAM IS NOT MEANT TO PROVIDE DIRECT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO STUDENTS. Instead, it is meant to provide support for the research. The account will be set up with the faculty sponsor after the award is given. The funding is meant to defray the research-related costs such as materials & supplies, minor equipment, software, animal or participant-related costs. The budget should reflect these expenditures.

 Recipients cannot apply for another grant within the same academic year, however, are eligible for the summer research grant program, provided that they are still a UConn student at the time. Please note that the application period for the summer research grant program will open on February 21st, 2022, and the deadline for applications will be 11:59 pm on March 14th, 2022


The IBACS undergraduate award academic year applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • The project description is well written and clearly explains the project.
  • The project clearly focuses on a research area associated with the IBACS mission.
  • The budget is itemized, appropriate to the project described, and reports the total cost of the project (even if it exceeds the funding requested).
  • The advisor is familiar with the student’s project and rates the student’s work to date highly. 
  • Where project applications are equally meritorious, the reviewers will take note of how the student’s project will contribute to the advisor’s research goals.
  • The student and his/her project meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The student has secured research compliance approval(s) if necessary for the project. No award will be issued until documentation of approval(s) is received.


      IBACS Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Application:


      Please visit our website for more information and contact our Institute Coordinator, Crystal Mills at or (860) 486-4937 if you have any questions. 

      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.

      4/30: Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Developmental Science at the University of Washington

      Applications are now being accepted for a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in Developmental Science at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), University of Washington. The work combines developmental psychology, engineering, and disabilities research. Start date is September 2021 or sooner. Please see below and attached for more information.

      Post-Doctoral Fellowship:

      Impact of Early Mobility on Learning, Communication, & Brain in Children with Disabilities

      The University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) has an opening for a post-doctoral research scientist interested in how motor experience/mobility, cognition, spatial understanding, and communication interact in child development. We are focusing on how access to self-initiated mobility technology (adapted ride-on cars, power wheelchairs) may impact early learning, linguistic communication, spatial/cognitive development, and brain functioning in children with disabilities (e.g., cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or genetic conditions). This individual will work closely with a team of psychologists, neuroscientists, engineers and rehabilitation professionals from I-LABS and the UW Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology & Experiences (CREATE) to explore the impact of mobility technology for children ages 1-3 years on developmental outcome measures.

      The primary responsibilities of the post-doctoral researcher will be to engage in testing and tracking the impact of various mobility interventions on cognitive/spatial, linguistic, and social skills of the children, with the possibility of later assessments of brain changes. We are looking for candidates who have a passion for multidisciplinary research as well as: (i) deep expertise in the developmental outcomes (cognitive/spatial, communicative, social, and eventually brain) of mobility technology deployment in children with disabilities, and (ii) an interest in the technical aspects of mobility devices. You will be working with children with disabilities and their families, psychologists, and rehabilitation professionals. This research is led by Drs. Andrew Meltzoff and Patricia Kuhl from I-LABS, Dr. Heather Feldner from the UW’s Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine & Disability Studies, and Dr. Kat Steele from the UW’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.

      The overarching mission of I-LABS is to understand the mechanisms of human learning, especially in early development: The overarching mission of CREATE is to make technology accessible, and make the world accessible through technology:


      Applicants should have a PhD in a field such as developmental psychology, speech and hearing sciences, or neuroscience. Experience working with children and families, and experience with a variety of developmental measures and assessments of children with disabilities is strongly preferred. Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team are critical for the success of this research. Candidates from underrepresented groups, including candidates with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

      To Apply:

      Applicants should provide (1) a cover letter clearly describing your interest and relevant background for this project, (2) a CV, (3) copies of two representative publications, and (4) contact information for three references. Project questions and application materials may be submitted via email to Erica Stevens, I-LABS:

      Application Deadlines:

      The application period is now open. Application review is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible; but Sept. 15, 2021 is preferred.

      Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

      University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

      Commitment to Diversity:

      The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint:

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      4/30: Post doc Ohio State University

      The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to start summer of 2021 for a newly funded study of the influence of speech-language therapists’ talk during therapy sessions on the language growth in children with developmental language disorder (DLD). The study employs state-of-the-art sensing technologies to therapy sessions to derive estimates therapist talk characteristics and statistical methods to measure children’s language growth over time. We seek an applicant with skills in observational methods, quantitative statistics, language transcription, and research dissemination. The position is posted at

      4/28: Postdoc position: Curiosity research at UVA

      Dear Colleagues,

      The University of Virginia is hiring a postdoc to work on two projects exploring how educational experiences support students’ curiosity. Please share with your soon-to-graduate or recent PhD grads interested in studying curiosity! One project looks at early elementary classrooms, the other looks at undergraduate STEM students

      Applicants can submit materials here:

      4/23: Dev Psych T32 postdoc ad

      Applications are now being accepted for a 2-year NICHD T32 post-doctoral research fellowship in
      Developmental Science at the University of Michigan. Pending funding approval, the Developmental
      Area within the Department of Psychology will award one post-doctoral fellowship with a start date in the
      summer or fall of 2021. Please see attached for more information. 


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      4/22: Postdoctoral Fellow position – University of Maryland


      Child Development Lab

      University of Maryland


      The Child Development Laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park, ( is searching for a postdoctoral fellow to work on ongoing research related to EEG, including methods development and the application of EEG measures to infant and child cognition and the development of psychopathology. The position is open immediately and is for up to two years, with the possibility of an extension depending on grant funding.

      The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for analyzing EEG and ERP data from high density EGI systems, working on the development of new methods for pre-processing and analysis of EEG data, writing scientific papers and participating in the intellectual life of the lab. Other duties will include working with research assistants and graduate and undergraduate students.

      Position qualifications include a PhD in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field; experience with EGI high density systems for ERP and EEG acquisition and analysis; strong experimental and statistical skills; ability to work independently and in a team environment on multiple tasks and projects and to share one’s expertise with and train others. Experience with software programs (MATLAB, EEGLAB or other relevant programs), programming tasks (E-prime, Presentation), and statistical analysis (SPSS, R) is highly desired.

      Please address questions or send a letter of research interests, a CV, and contact information for three references to Nathan Fox (  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

      4/19: Postdoctoral Associate position(s) at the University of Georgia

      The Health and Development Lab (PI: Katie Ehrlich) at the University of Georgia invites applications for up to three postdoctoral associate openings in the lab. The position has a flexible start date and could begin immediately (ideal start between now and late summer 2021). This position is for 1-2 years but could be extended (dependent on additional funding for the lab). We will consider candidates who would like to begin work remotely, although relocation to the Athens, GA area will be necessary by Fall 2021.

      The lab has several ongoing research studies focused on social determinants of health, and we are looking for assistance with project management and dissemination of findings. Three current projects include:

      1.     Annual studies focused on how stressful life experiences influence response to influenza vaccination (participants ages 10-85). This project includes cohorts of 300+ participants, many of whom participate annually (thus allowing for examination of year-to-year fluctuations in stressors and antibody response to vaccination).


      2.     An ongoing 20+ year longitudinal study of African American families in rural Georgia (in collaboration with Dr. Gene Brody). We have recently received funding to begin recruiting the children of the original study participants, and research activities will focus on the intergenerational transmission of risk and resilience in this well-characterized three-generation sample. Additional projects will center on investigations of neuro-immune connections that may forecast later risk for chronic disease and substance use.


      3.     A new study of risk and resilience among African American and Latinx families. This project is designed to investigate the developmental origins of “skin deep resilience” and includes repeated assessments of children’s social and emotional function, executive function, and proinflammatory processes.


      Postdocs will play an important role in data analysis, manuscript preparation, and project/personnel management. Postdoctoral associates will also be encouraged to develop NRSA proposals for continued funding. Ideal candidates should have a background in advanced statistics, strong writing skills, and the ability to juggle multiple ongoing projects. Experience working with children/adolescents in a research setting is a plus.


      Link to apply:


      If you are interested in the position, please submit a CV via the job posting above. Candidates are also welcome (though not required) to email ( with a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for 2 references.