Author: Crystal Mastrangelo

Post-Doc and Classroom Research

Post-Doc in Empirical School- and Classroom Research at Leipzig University

The chair for Empirical School and Classroom Research at Leipzig University is offering a three-year full-time postdoc position. Our team investigates classroom management, teacher attitudes and professional vision using psychological and behavioral research methods. We are a young research group and a successful candidate would have the opportunity to shape our research agenda, as well as the freedom to acquire or contribute new methods. Due to the teaching duties and the organization of data collection, a successful candidate would have to be fluent in German.

Full job description in German can be found here (https://tinyurl.com/y9yxn2r2 ) and I’m happy to answer questions anytime (gregor.kachel@uni-leipzig.de)

Best,

Gregor Kachel

Postdoctoral Fellow, BU Child Cognition Lab

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Boston University Child Cognition Lab

 

The Boston University Child Cognition Lab, directed by Deb Kelemen, has an opening for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow funded by the National Science Foundation Award “Evolving Minds: Promoting Causal-Explanatory Teaching and Learning of Biological Evolution in Elementary School.” This inter-disciplinary project explores children’s learning of counterintuitive concepts in context of a novel guided inquiry life science curriculum. Applicants should have particular interest in children’s and adults’ knowledge acquisition (especially biological knowledge), inquiry learning, development of scientific and religious cognition, conceptual change, and the application of basic cognitive developmental research to STEM education.

 

Postdoctoral fellows participate deeply in the life of Child Cognition Lab, the BU Developmental Science Program (http://www.bu.edu/psych/graduate/devscience/) and the Boston area’s vibrant intellectual atmosphere. The successful candidate will receive substantive career mentoring and opportunities for independent research and professional development.

 

Responsibilities include: Conducting research and supervising multi-site data collections in elementary school classrooms with teachers and students; conducting lab and online studies with children and adults; engaging with a cross-site multi-disciplinary team of cognitive developmentalists and education researchers; quantitative and qualitative data analyses (experience with Design-Based Research approaches is desirable but not required); supervision of an undergraduate research team; co-writing reports for funding agencies; presentations at conferences and workshops; authorship of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

 

Job requirements: Graduate training in cognitive and/or developmental psychology, cognitive science or (science) education; background in experimental and intervention research design, quantitative and qualitative data analytic methods; excellent capacity for independent, creative scholarship and strong authorship /writing skills, evidence of productivity in peer-reviewed journals. This postdoc position is for 2 years with possibility of further renewal. BU Postdoctoral Fellows are evaluated each year for renewal.

 

Applications:  Please email in one PDF document: a cover letter including a 1-2 page statement of research interests and explanation of suitability for the position, a CV, and contact details for 3 referees who will be contacted for short-listed candidates. Include a link to, or attach, up to 3 representative publications or manuscripts. Place CCL Postdoctoral Position 2020 in the subject line of your email application and send to: Deb Kelemen (childlab@bu.edu). Please familiarize yourself with our research before applying by exploring www.evolvingmindsproject.org and www.bu.edu/childcognition. Review of applications will begin immediately with priority given to applicants who submit by June 30.

Deborah Kelemen, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Boston University
Email: dkelemen@bu.edu or childlab@bu.edu
Child Cognition Lab Phone: (617) 358-1738
Lab: http://www.bu.edu/cdl/ccl/
Evolving Minds Project: https://www.evolvingmindsproject.org/

Postdoctoral Project Coordinator with Children and Screens

Hello,

I am writing on behalf of Pam Hurst-Della Pietra and Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development. We would be grateful for your help finding the ideal candidate for a new postdoctoral project coordinator position. Please circulate the information below.
 
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, is looking for an excellent postdoctoral project coordinator to join our team. 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. 
 
As a current Postdoc with Children and Screens, have the opportunity to connect with researchers across disciplines and around the world. In addition, I am working on projects to improve the lives of children and families and to advance research into critical aspects of development. I would be pleased to speak with any interested scholars about the position and my experience, and can be reached at gabrielle@childrenandscreens.com.
 
Thank you for your assistance, and I look forward to our continued partnership.
 
Best Wishes,
 
Gabrielle
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Gabrielle McHarg
Postdoctoral Project Coordinator
Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development
(252) 292-7699

Virtual AI/Computational Modeling Meet & Speak on 5/6

Dear Research Community, 

Leslie Shor (Associate Dean, Engineering) and Gerry Altmann (Director, Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences) have organized aMeet & Speakthat will bring together researchers from CLAS and Engineering with an interest in computational modeling / machine learning / and AI. The aim is for the different communities across the colleges to better understand the research that we are each engaged in. The meeting will offer an opportunity to foster greater cross-college discourse and collaboration, and may serve as a foundation for greater university investment in computational modeling. The Meet & Speak is scheduled for May 6th, 12pm-3pm on Zoom. You will be able to join the meeting by visiting this webpage.

Attendees will be able to submit questions during each talk using the Q&A feature. Our hosts will select questions during/after the talk. If your question is selected, the host will temporarily turn on your microphone and call on you to ask your question directly. 

There will be 12 speakers, each taking up a 12-minute slot including questions (speakers have been asked to limit their talks to 8-9 minutes).
 These speakers are a sample of faculty with interests in computational modeling. We could not include all the faculty with such interests and our apologies if we did not include you – one purpose of this meeting is to use this as a starting point for identifying researchers at UConn who share these computational interests.

Speakers
 (and relevant research interests):


1. 
Gerry Altmann (Director, IBACS; Psychological Sciences): Language and event comprehension in Recurrent Neural Networks.

2. 
Jim Magnuson (Psychological Sciences): Bridging the gaps between automatic speech recognition and human speech recognition.

3. Whit Tabor (Psychological Sciences): Language processing within a Dynamical Systems approach to Cognition.

4. 
Jay Rueckl (Psychological Sciences): Connectionist modeling of literacy development.

5. 
Ed Large (Psychological Sciences): Oscillator models of rhythm and music perception.

6. 
Ian Stevenson (Psychology): Modeling neural dynamics and information encoding within the human brain.

7. 
Monty Escabi (Biomedical Engineering): Algorithms for modeling how neurons process complex sounds.

8. 
Sabato Santaniello (Biomedical Engineering): Biophysically-principled modeling for brain disorders and neuromodulation

9. Derek Aguiar (Computer Science & Engineering): Probabilistic machine learning models to better understand genomics and genetics data applied to complex disease.

10. 
Jinbo Bi (Associate Head, Computer Science & Engineering): Machine learning and Data mining for Bioinformatics, Medical informatics, and Drug discovery

11. 
Ranjan Srivastava (Head of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering): Mathematical models of biological systems. 

12. 
Caiwen Ding (Computer Science & Engineering): Machine Learning & Deep Neural Networks

Further details (including schedule of talks, with titles and abstracts when available) can be found at ibacs.uconn.edu/events-may6/

Best Wishes,
Crystal Mastrangelo
Institute Coordinator, IBACS

PostDoc position announcement in Berlin and Milan

We invite indications of interest for nine two-year postdoctoral positions with expertise in language acquisition, morpho-syntax and semantics to carry out large-scale, crosslinguistic child language research. The positions are within the “LeibnizDream” (leibnizdream.eu) project, approved by the European Research Council in the Synergy Grant 2019 call. The core research team of LeibnizDream will be based at three host institutions. The openings are distributed over the host institutions, PIs, and research profiles as follows:
 
at UniMiB (“Acquirer Group”, PI Maria Teresa Guasti):
 
three post-doctoral positions with main expertise in language acquisition, desired assets: eye tracking, statistics / data science, language-comparative experience, theoretical linguistics
 
at HU (“Compressor Group”, PI Artemis Alexiadou):
 
three positions with main expertise in morphology, desired assets: cross-linguistic morphology, morphological acquisition, computational morphology, syntax, semantics, experimental methods
 
at ZAS (“Generator Group”, PI Uli Sauerland):
 
three positions with main expertise in semantics, desired assets: cross-linguistic semantics, syntax/semantics interface, semantic acquisition, morpho-semantics, experimental methods
 
All positions are to start between January 1st, 2021 or soon after. All contracts will be until the end of 2022, but they may be extended for up to four more years in the case of outstanding accomplishments. The salary at HU and ZAS will be according to E13 of the TVL or the TVOeD pay-scale respectively, and also competitive at UniMiB.
 
The duty of the positions is to carry out research as described by the project application. The plan is to carry out comparative experiments in language acquisition across up to 50 different languages in collaboration with partners across the globe. We target six different areas of morpho-syntax/semantics, 1) the expression of causation and agency, and 2)
of motion events, 3) the binary connectives, 4) negative concepts such as exclusion, antonyms, and negation, 5) quantificational concepts including genericity and distributivity, and 6) dependencies most frequently analyzed as variable binding (wh-questions, relative clauses, degree clauses). The postdocs will work in small teams across these domains to prepare, carry out experiments, oversee the process of data collection, and then analyse and publish acquisition studies in these domains. Intensive interaction with the collaborators from different countries will be part of the research. The project aims for cultural diversity and gender balance of its staff. The project furthermore seeks to implement the principles of open science.
 
An expression of interest must be submitted via electronic mail (subject should include: “LeibnizDream”) and include the following (1, 2 and 3 in PDF format, ideally in one PDF file): 1) a letter of intent specifying research experience and intended contributions to the project, as well as the starting date; 2) the curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications; 3) electronic copies of up to three representative writings; and 4) the names and email addresses of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation. Interested researchers wishing for secure communication with PGP can contact us for the necessary encryption key. Please note that the positions are still subject to availability of funding and a hiring procedure in compliance with institutional requirements will still be advertised.
 
Application deadline: May 1st, 2020
Email for applications: Sofia Rustioni <s.rustioni3@campus.unimib.it>
<s.rustioni3@campus.unimib.it>
 
Please write: Leibnizdream in the object

Postdoctoral Associate opening at University of Maryland, College Park

The Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab (directed by Elizabeth Redcay: www.dscn.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland is inviting applications for a postdoctoral associate. This position is supported by an NIMH-funded grant investigating how brain network organization contributes to atypical social interaction in autism spectrum disorder. Research in the lab is focused on understanding the role of social-cognitive and motivational systems on the typical and atypical development of social interaction. We use functional and structural MRI methods, including task-based activation and functional connectivity methods during task and rest. 

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in cognitive, clinical, or developmental neuroscience, or related field, and significant expertise with advanced analytical approaches, including advanced statistical approaches and functional MRI methods and analyses (functional connectivity and graph theory methods are a plus). Prior background in social neuroscience, developmental cognitive neuroscience, or autism research is also a plus but not required.

This is an excellent position for qualified candidates to 1) gain expertise in high-priority research fields including autism and developmental neuroscience, and 2) advance methodological expertise through collaborations between the DSCN lab and the Laboratory of Cognition & Emotion (directed by Luiz Pessoa: www.lce.umd.edu). Further, the postdoc would be part of a supportive lab environment that prioritizes professional development, including publications and grant-writing experience. Finally, UMD is an ideal location to connect with and learn from diverse researchers both within UMD (e.g., Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program, Maryland Neuroimaging Center) and locally (e.g., NIH, UMD-Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Children’s Hospital, Georgetown). UMD is located in College Park, MD, just 5 miles from the vibrant and exciting city of Washington DC.

The position is open immediately but start dates into Fall 2020 will also be considered. This is a one-year position renewable contingent on performance and funding. 

Interested applicants should send a CV, statement of research experiences and goals, and contact details for three references to Elizabeth Redcay at redcay@umd.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 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.

— 

Elizabeth Redcay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
BPS 2147D
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers (What’s this?)

Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Maryland, College Park)

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Child Development Lab

University of Maryland

The Child Development Laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park, (http://www.cdl.umd.edu) is searching for a postdoctoral fellow to work on ongoing research related to temperament and the development of psychopathology. The position is to begin Spring or Summer of 2020. This position is for up to two years, with the possibility of an extension depending on grant funding.

The postdoc will work on existing and new studies investigating behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of cognitive control in relation to temperament among young children, including the contribution of individual-level factors such as attention and executive functions to the continuity or discontinuity in temperament over time.  The lab draws on multiple methods of inquiry including behavioral responses, questionnaires, and electrophysiology. The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for analyzing EEG and ERP data from high-density EGI systems, 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. Excellent scientific writing skills are also desired.

Please address questions or send a letter of research interests, a CV, and contact information for three references to Nathan Fox (fox@umd.edu) and Jamie Listokin (listokin@umd.edu).  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 Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship to study Cognitive and Communicative Development

I have a Post-doctoral research position available for two years (extension negotiable) in  my Comparative BioCognition (CBC) Research Group at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. The project will investigate the development of turn-taking in human children (0-6 years) with a special focus on production and comprehension.  The project is funded by the European Research Council and involves both primary research to be conducted in the child lab at the CBC,  as well as the opportunity to work along side the PI in larger-scale project management (with planned comparisons in other primate species).  Primary research will involve conducting and coordinating research involving naturalistic observations and behavioral experiments (eye-tracking, pupillometry) and the use of statistical modeling (LMM and GLMM). 

I would be very grateful if you can please share widely.
Please contact me if you have any questions: spika@uos.de
 
Thanks a lot,
SP

 

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Prof. Dr. Simone Pika
Comparative Biocognition 
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Osnabrück, Germany
 
Co-director 
Ozouga Chimpanzee Project
Loango Nationalpark, Gabon

Postdoc Positions – Cross-Cultural Development of Supernatural Beliefs

Post-Doctoral Positions in Cross-Cultural Development of Supernatural Beliefs

 

The Childhood Cognition Lab (PI: Rebekah Richert; https://ccl.ucr.edu/) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is inviting applications for two full-time post-doctoral positions to join the Developing Belief Network (Project Directors: Rebekah Richert and Kathleen Corriveau; https://www.developingbelief.com/). A 5-year John Templeton Foundation grant funds the development of a research initiative designed to bring together a network of scholars interested in cross-cultural study of the development of religious cognition and behavior. The post-doctoral scholars will have the exciting opportunity to work with an international network of scholars to build a collaborative research methodology, which will involve training in cross-cultural validation of measures and collection of an expansive and global data set on the development of supernatural beliefs in the first 10 years of life.

 

Project Director: Housed at UCR and directly supervised by Rebekah Richert, the Project Manager will work collaboratively with PIs Richert and Corriveau, with a post-doc and Project Analyst at UCR, with a Data Scientist and post-doc BU, and with representatives from Databrary. The Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating communication between the PIs and the research sites, facilitating the development of a collaborative methodology, developing a training plan for data collection at all research sites, tracking progress to ensure the project remains on time, overseeing the budget, and coordinating reporting. (Minimum Requirements: PhD in Psychology or a related discipline, Experience coordinating a project that involves multiple individuals with varying levels of expertise, Experience managing a large research budget and financial reporting, Excellent written and oral communication skills; Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds; Fluency in Spanish; Proficiency with statistical analysis). The annual stipend and benefits will be commensurate with UCR guidelines and in accordance with experience and qualifications.  The approximate start date is July 1, 2020, but later start dates can be considered. Project Director salary will be $62,403-$100,417 depending on experience.

 

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Research, and Statement of Past/Present Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and three letters of recommendation to this link. Review of applications will begin on April 5, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Post-Doctoral Researcher: Housed at UCR and directly supervised by Rebekah Richert, the Post-Doctoral Researcher will work collaboratively with PIs Richert and Corriveau, with a Project Manager and Project Analyst at UCR, with a Data Scientist and post-doc BU, and with representatives from Databrary. This position is 1 of 2 post-docs associated with this project; each the post-doc will oversee 4-5 research teams (their home institution plus 3-4 others). This oversight will include facilitating the development of a collaborative methodology, as well as coordinating with site PIs on task translation and in training and implementation of data collection. In addition, the post-docs will take a lead role in surveying existing literature for appropriate tasks, and in data analysis and manuscript writing as data are collected. Time permitting, the scholar will also be encouraged to develop and conduct independent research. (Minimum Requirements: PhD in Psychology or a related discipline, Experience coordinating a project that involves multiple individuals with varying levels of expertise,Excellent written and oral communication skills, Proficiency with statistical analysis; Preferred Qualifications:Experience working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds; Fluency in Spanish). The annual stipend and benefits will be commensurate with UCR guidelines and in accordance with experience and qualifications.  The approximate start date is July 1, 2020, but later start dates can be considered. Postdoc salary will be $53,460-$61,800 depending on experience.

 

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Research, and Statement of Past/Present Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and three letters of recommendation to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01256. Review of applications will begin on April 5, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

 

What is the Developing Belief Network?  The initial formation of the Developing Belief network will consist of a minimum of 10 research teams, with the potential for 12 if there is available funding. In addition to the PIs (Richert & Corriveau). Investigators will work across research sites over 5 years to develop a collaborative cross-cultural methodology, create culturally-validated measures, and collect data to contribute to a shared dataset on the development of religious cognition and behavior from children and families around the world. The Developing Belief Network will partner with Databrary to provide access to this rich dataset to the developmental science community broadly.

 

Questions about both positions can be emailed to Dr. Rebekah Richert (rebekah.richert@ucr.edu).

 

University of California, Riverside:  UCR is a world-class research University with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Rebekah A. Richert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology
University of California, Riverside

Postdoc in Facial Affect Sensitivity Training Intervention

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Facial Affect Sensitivity Training Intervention
 
Location: The University of Alabama, Center for Youth Development and Intervention
 
Overview: Dr. Bradley A. White, director of the Cognition, Emotion, and Self-Regulation Lab, is actively seeking a postdoctoral fellow to contribute to our newly-funded NIMH R61/R33 clinical trial. This study will test a computerized Facial Affect Sensitivity Training Intervention that focuses on improving affect sensitivity in children ages 6-9 with callous-unemotional traits. This is a currently open, full-time, salaried position with regular university employee benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
 
Role of Postdoctoral Fellow: The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with Dr. White and directly with participants in the clinical trial. They will co-lead and help coordinate most areas of the project including staff training and supervision. They will oversee data collection including psychophysiological (eye-tracking and EEG) indices, and be involved in data analysis and interpretation. They will be involved in manuscript development and dissemination of study findings. They will work collaboratively on a daily basis with a large research team, including several faculty Co-Is, graduate and undergraduate research assistants, and staff at The Center for Youth Development and Intervention on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. 
 
Qualifications: This position requires a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or a related fieldThe postdoc fellow must commit to a full-time one- to two-year research appointment. The possibility of the appointment extending longer can also be discussed. Prior research coordinator experience is preferred. Given child participants will be seen outside of school hours, some evening and weekend hours are required.
 
Application Requirements: To apply, candidates should submit an electronic packet with the following items to Dr. Bradley White (whiteba@ua.edu): 1) A cover letter describing your research and clinical experience, interests, and goals, 2) A curriculum vita, 3) Names and contact information for three professional references, 4) Available start date. Dr. Bradley White (whiteba@ua.edu) can also be contacted for questions regarding the application process or to learn more about the position.
 
About The University of Alabama: The University of Alabama is an R1 (Very High Research Activity, Carnegie Classification) institution located on a beautiful 1,200-acre campus. The mission of the university is to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state of Alabama and beyond through teaching, research, and service. The university is also committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus community in which every member can thrive.
 
The UA campus is located in Tuscaloosa along the Black Warrior River. As one of Alabama’s most progressive cities, Tuscaloosa boasts hundreds of restaurants, a vibrant art and cultural scene, museums and historical sites, plentiful parks and lakes, and has recently been named the “Most Livable City in America”, one of America’s “100 Best Communities for Young People”, and one of the “50 Best College Towns.” Tuscaloosa is convenient to various popular destinations, including Birmingham, Montgomery, Chattanooga, New Orleans, Atlanta, Pensacola, and spectacular Gulf coast beaches.
 
About The UA Center for Youth Development and Intervention: The Center is a state-of-the-art research, training, and service facility that brings together investigators from diverse disciplines who share an interest in developmental psychopathology. The primary goal of the Center is to facilitate translational clinical science, targeting key processes in the prevention, remediation, and management of behavioral, emotional, and neurodevelopmental conditions from early childhood through early adulthood. The Center provides on-site and community-based training to providers, educators, and students in evidence-based assessment and intervention.