Author: Crystal Mastrangelo

Postdoc – Child Development Lab at the 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 fMRI research related to the neural correlates of temperament risk for anxiety. The position could begin October 2020 or January 2021. This position is for up to two years, with the possibility of an extension depending on grant funding.

The postdoc will work on an existing longitudinal infant fMRI study investigating brain networks associated with temperamental risk for anxiety. This study draws on multiple methods of inquiry including direct-observation, questionnaires, electrophysiology, and fMRI. The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for analyzing fMRI 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 fMRI acquisition and analysis; strong programming, 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 Linux, software programs (AFNI, FSL, MATLAB or other relevant programs), programming tasks (e.g., E-prime), and statistical analysis (R, MPlus, SPSS) is highly desired. Excellent scientific writing skills and experience working with children in a research setting are also desired.

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

Jamie Listokin

Laboratory Manager
Child Development Lab
University of Maryland
Office: 301.405.8315

Postdoctoral Position

A postdoctoral position is available in the Cognition and Development lab at the University of Maryland – College Park. The position is for a funded research project concerned with 3rd – 8th grade students’ math outcomes, focusing specifically on African-American and Latinx students. We are interested in connections with executive function, and individual differences related to socioemotional skills, prior experience, and a broad set of other variables. Techniques that will be used in this project include behavioral assessment (lab and online), classroom-based assessment, and computational modeling. This project is part of a larger effort by the NewSchools Foundation focused on children’s math and executive function. The postdoctoral researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team that has expertise in computational modeling, math equity, emotion and stress, mathematical cognition, and executive functioning.

 This is an excellent position for candidates to 1) gain expertise children’s math development, 2) work on a project focused on math equity and real-world outcomes for African-American and Latinx children, 3) gain methodological expertise in cutting edge computational modeling techniques, 4) become part of a community of researchers working towards similar goals.

 The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Psychology, Education, or any relevant behavioral and social sciences.

The position is in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, at the University of Maryland.

 Qualifications: Position qualifications include a PhD in psychology, education or a related field. Expertise in the development of mathematical cognition, executive function and computational modeling are desired. Experience with statistical analysis (e.g. R) and general computing (MATLAB, Python) is desired.

 Responsibilities: The postdoctoral researcher will primarily be responsible for collecting and analyzing behavioral and computational data and writing scientific papers and presentations. Other duties will include working with research assistants and graduate and undergraduate students

 To Apply: Applicants are required to send a CV, a brief cover letter included expected availability and contact information for two references to The position is open immediately but start dates into Fall 2020 will also be considered

 The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer with a commitment to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Richard W Prather
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology
Neuroscience & Cognitive Science Program
University of Maryland – College Park, MD

Postdoctoral Scholar in Cognitive Science

Postdoctoral Scholar in Cognitive Science
Case Western Reserve University: College of Arts and Sciences: Department of Cognitive Science
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Open Date: Jun 5, 2020
The Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University is pleased to invite applications from creative, highly-qualified and motivated scholars for a postdoctoral position. The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in cognitive science, linguistics, psychology or a related field with an emphasis on research in language acquisition and/or
processing either in first or second language (or both) or in corpus-based language analysis. Researchers working within the framework of functional-typological-cognitive linguistics, or usage-based linguistics broadly conceived, are especially encouraged to apply. The position
involves teaching of one or two courses per academic year. The position is for two years, starting September 1, 2020 (earlier/later start dates may be negotiated).
Application Instructions
Applications should include a cover letter describing your research experience and qualifications for the position, a CV, a two-page research proposal, and contact information for 3 references, and should be submitted by June 30, 2020 at The position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Yasuhiro Shirai at
Yasuhiro Shirai
Department of Cognitive Science
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106
New book: Connectionism and Second Language Acquisition (Routledge)

Research Professional at UChicago

Research Professional at UChicago TMW Center for Early Learning and Public Health

Dear Colleagues –

I hope all is well and you are all holding up well and finding ways to engage meaningfully to address the issues of equity and justice in your communities and at large.

I am reaching out about a new position at the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health which I co-direct. We are looking for a Research professional 1 (PhD) to join the Center and contribute to our lines of scientific inquiry. More information about the role is here: A few of you pointed out that the link didn’t work; please review it here –

Could you share this with the broader listserv and encourage people in your networks to apply? I am also happy to chat with candidates if that is helpful. Thank you so much for your help!

Warmest Regards,
Dana Suskind
, MD

University of Chicago

Postdoc at Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Applications are invited for a fully funded post-doctoral research fellow position in the lab under the direction of Dr. Setoh Peipei (Nanyang Technological University, Psychology Program). Our research focuses on social cognitive development in infants and young children. The current research area of focus is on Singaporean children and adults’ intelligence stereotypes of different gender and racial groups. Information about the lab’s research is available at


The research fellow will be expected to participate at all levels of the projects. The responsibilities include:

·       Conducting studies with children and adults in the laboratory, as well as offsite (e.g., schools, afterschool care, libraries, science centre in Singapore)

·       Recruiting, training and supervising undergraduate research assistants and graduate students

·       Performing various research duties (e.g., stimuli design and creation, managing the lab’s IRB protocol, database management, data processing)

·       Academic activities (manuscript preparation, presentation of findings in national and international conferences, grant writing)

·       Working with local partners (e.g., schools, afterschool care, science centre) to recruit participants and organize offsite data collection

·       Providing general support to researchers in the lab

Required qualifications:

·       Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Education, or a related field

·       Experience working with young children in research/school settings

·       Research experience in early cognitive development/ stereotypes/ education pedagogies

·       Proficiency with Stata, and/or R

·       Ability to work independently, keen attention to detail

·       Strong organizational, managerial, and problem-solving skills

·       Candidate should be willing to make a 2-3-year commitment


Preferred qualifications:

·       Experience with eye-tracking

·       Ability to interact with a diverse population of participants


About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.


Young and research-intensive, NTU is the fastest-rising university in the world’s Top 50 and ranked 11th globally. NTU is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s healthcare district.

For more information, visit


If you are interested, please email with the following documents:

·       A cover letter describing your research experience, relevant skills, and career goals

·       A current curriculum vitae with complete list of publications


Please arrange for three referees to submit a confidential report on academic standing and research directly to In the subject line of the email please state Research Fellowship Application. For best consideration, please apply by 1st October 2020. Early January 2021 start date preferred. A two-year commitment is also preferred.


I will be happy to discuss further by email or via zoom.


Peipei Setoh, PhD

Assistant Professor

Psychology Program, Nanyang Technological University

Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Connecticut

The Department of Educational Psychology at UConn’s Neag School of Education seeks to hire a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join its research group in learning sciences and technology.

The scholar will work on a multidisciplinary collaborative team funded by the NIH Science Education Partnership Program and led by Dr. Ido Davidesco at UConn.

This project focuses on developing authentic classroom-based research experiences for high school students. As part of the project, students use innovative, portable brain technologies to learn about their own learning. With support from a scientist, they develop a research question, collect brain and behavioral data, and share their findings with their community (

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have the opportunity to learn about advances in educational technology and learning sciences and to contribute to all aspects of the project including co-designing curriculum with teachers, developing content for online and in-person professional development, conducting classroom-based educational research, authoring publications, developing new research grants, and managing research teams.

* PhD in education, learning sciences, psychology, neuroscience, or a related field
* Research experience relevant to designing and evaluating innovations in school settings
* Demonstrated ability to collaborate successfully on teams and communicate effectively through writing

Please apply online at:

Please direct all inquiries to:

Postdoctoral researcher at University of Chicago

The Goldin-Meadow Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago is seeking a postdoctoral researcher beginning summer or fall 2020 (start date is flexible; but summer is preferred).  The postdoctoral researcher will join a team investigating children’s development of language and reasoning from infancy through adolescence.  The Chicago Language Development Project (LDP) is a longitudinal study of language learning and parent-child interaction following 60 typically developing children from infancy through high school. Data collected includes video of parent-child interaction in the home to capture spontaneous, everyday early language environments in the pre-school period and follow-up data on academic progress. A database of over 1 million transcribed utterances and associated language and gesture coding combined with additional measures of math and academic language provide a unique resource for longitudinal analyses.

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in all aspects of research management, development, and implementation. He/she will oversee design of follow-up surveys of longitudinal research participants, participate in the design of the database and research products that are shared with the broader research community, and complete analyses of longitudinal data.  These analyses could include, for example, looking at the stability of linguistic, interactional, or other characteristics over age, investigating the predictive value of early behaviors on later linguistic and cognitive development or transition to postsecondary schooling and workforce entry.

A doctoral degree is required in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have a background in corpus research and longitudinal analysis, and adequate computation skills (SQL, Python and/or R) with the ability to expand his/her knowledge through this project.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information for two references who can be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Please email these materials to:

Susan Goldin-Meadow ( and Kristi Schonwald (


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.  Individuals requiring accommodation call 773-834-7573.

Exciting POST DOC Opportunity at UD!

We will be searching for a highly creative postdoctoral fellow for the fall of 2020 to work on our NSF-funded project on early fraction learning at the University of Delaware.  This exciting new 4-year project will explore individual differences in first graders’ informal fraction knowledge and how we can build this knowledge to help children profit from formal instruction.   The fellowship provides a unique opportunity to participate on a project that supports the development of excellent scholars in STEM education and cognitive research. We seek recent doctoral graduates in fields such as math education, educational psychology, cognitive science, and developmental psychology.  PI team:  Nancy Jordan, Nora Newcome and Christina Barbieri.

If you are interested, please contact Professor Nancy C. Jordan at

Nancy C. Jordan
Dean Family Endowed Chair of Education & Professor

201D  Willard Hall
16 W. Main St.
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

Postdoctoral Fellows, Tsinghua University Child Cognition Center

The Child Cognition Center at Tsinghua University (PI: Stella Christie) invites applications for several two-year postdoctoral positions. Our research group aims to understand foundational learning mechanisms for knowledge acquisition. Recent and current works include analogical learning in social cognition, cross-cultural investigations on free and guided play, cross-species comparison on rule learning and analogical abstraction. Researchers joining our group are not bound by specific grants/projects, and are free to establish their research agenda and interests within our broad aim of understanding learning.


The postdoctoral position is a joint position under Tsinghua University’s Department of Psychology and Tsinghua Laboratory for Brain and Intelligence (THBI). THBI is a new, interdisciplinary research institute that brings together researchers from developmental science, computer science and machine learning, behavioral and computational neuroscience, and other related fields. As such, postdoctoral fellows joining our group have great opportunities to interact and collaborate with people from other disciplines. Fellows also have direct access to THBI-owned research facilities such as the 150 m2 (1600 square ft) developmental laboratory and 3000 m2 (32000 square ft) animal facility housing common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus).


Postdoctoral fellows receive salaries and benefits packages that are internationally competitive. Fellows are eligible for a rent-subsidized on-campus apartment. There are ample funds for academic travel and participation in academic activities.


Tsinghua University is routinely ranked number 1 among Chinese universities and in the top 5 in Asia, offering a vibrant research and academic community. The university is located in the northwest of Beijing, which houses several top universities and is a major hub of China’s robust high-tech industry. At the same time, the university offers proximity to nature: it is surrounded by large historical parks and situated only one hour away from the Taihang mountain range.


Applicants should send a CV, a statement of research interests, and contact details for 3 referees (who will be contacted for short-listed candidates) in one PDF document. Include a link to, or attach, up to 3 representative publications or manuscripts. Application materials should be sent to; please put Postdoc 2020 Application in the subject line of your email.  Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until positions are filled. For more information on THBI, please visit

Stella Christie

Tsinghua Laboratory for Brain and Intelligence, Principal Investigator
Department of Psychology, Tenured Associate Professor
THBI Child Cognition Center, Director
Tsinghua University
Beijing, China 100084


PhD and postdoc positions in Psych of Language research group

The Psychology of Language research group at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen has two positions currently open:

A three-year postdoc position working together with the PI (Nivedita Mani) developing projects related to children’s early word learning. The candidate will be expected to teach courses on Research skills in Psychology and Cognitive Psychology to undergraduate students in Psychology and Biology in German (Deadline: 8.6.2020: More details here:

A three-year PhD position in the “Understanding social relationships” Research Training Group examining the extent to which infants selectively attend to different kinds of language input and how such selective attention impacts succesful language learning (Deadline: 30.5.2020: More details here: