Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available at FIU Center for Children and Families

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 Psychologyare 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 5th 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 1 year with possibility of renewal (based upon performance and funding availability). Salary will be determined according to NIH pay scale. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by December 10, 2020 but the position will remain open until filled.

Interested applications should send a cover letter, CV, research statement, two representative publications and contact information for three references, with postdoc application in subject line, to Dr. Shannon Pruden, Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 522394 at and upload all requested materials.

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. 

Dr. Shannon Pruden, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Developmental Science

Director, Project on Language and Spatial Development

Department of Psychology

College of Arts, Sciences and Education

MindCORE Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars at Penn

MindCORE, Penn’s hub for the integrative study of the mind, is accepting applications for our MindCORE Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Pennsylvania for FY21. The description is below and attached, along with an FAQ; both of which are also available on our website ( You can learn about current MindCORE Fellows here.


MindCORE Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars

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 & Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, MindCORE is an interdisciplinary effort to understand human intelligence and behavior.

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, relocation allowance, 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.

Eligibility & Application

–          Applicants must have formally completed all requirements of the PhD degree and provide a copy of their diploma at the time of appointment. Candidates must submit 1-2 page research statement that identifies at least three MindCORE faculty at Penn ( with whom the applicant would be interested in collaborating, along with a CV and contact information for two referees.

–          Submitted documents should be saved with candidate’s Lastname_Firstname.PDF in one PDF file in this order: research statement, CV, referees (name, affiliation, email address). Complete applications should be submitted through the form on our website: Questions can be emailed to

–          Applications due January 14, 2021.


All eligible and complete applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee and are judged on the following criteria:

–          Scientific excellence

–          Scientific match and interdisciplinarity

–          Career potential

MindCORE awards ~2 post-doctoral Fellowships per year. Positions may start as early as July 1, 2021.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.


Anna Papafragou

Professor, Department of Linguistics

Director, Graduate Program in Language and Communication Sciences

University of Pennsylvania

Postdoctoral position, University of Chicago


The Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work on a new project focused on the relation between parents’ and children’s attitudes about mathematics.  The postdoctoral researcher will work directly with the institutional principal investigators on research that is aimed at understanding intergenerational relationships in attitudes toward math, and how these attitudes are conveyed. It is expected that the research associated with this position will lead to the development and study of parent and preschool interventions to improve young children’s math attitudes and math learning.

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in all aspects of research management, development and implementation.  He/she will supervise several full-time employees as well as part-time student employees working on a number of separate projects.

A doctoral degree is required in psychology, cognitive science, or education with research interests in child development, preferably mathematical development.  Experience supervising and coordinating the work of others and strong project management skills are preferred.  Must be able to represent the project to diverse audiences. Bi-lingual Spanish is a plus, but not required.

Start date is flexible; preferred date is October 1.  Interested candidates should send a CV, a research statement, preprints/reprints of papers, and two letters of recommendation to:

Susan Levine

Department of Psychology

University of Chicago

5848 S. University Ave.

Chicago, IL  60637

Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Maryland

The College of Education at the University of Maryland at College Park is hiring a postdoctoral associate for Fall 2021. Please see the attached job posting for more information, as well as this application portal here:

Jason C. Chow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Education
University of Maryland

Postdoctoral Researcher at Purdue University

Postdoctoral position in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University 

Dr. Sara Schmitt is seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on a study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that is focused on identifying mechanisms (e.g., executive function, spatial skills) underlying causal associations between block play in preschool and mathematics outcomes. The position is for one year initially with the potential for an additional year depending on performance.

Responsibilities may include: project management, data management, manuscript preparation, mentorship of research assistants, presentation of findings, and administration of coding schemes for video recordings.

Required Qualifications
•    PhD in Education, Psychology, Human Development, or related field completed by the start of the employment
•    Background expertise in early childhood development, early mathematics, executive function, and school readiness
•    Strong research and analytic skills

Additional Desired Qualifications
•    Experience developing or implementing interventions with schools or families

•    Ability to work collaboratively with a research team

Start date is negotiable, but preferred start is no later than August 16th, 2021.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021 and 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. Sara Schmitt (

Internal candidates apply here:

External candidates apply here:

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.  


Postdoctoral Position in Educational Neuroscience

UVA’s Educational Neuroscience Lab, located in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, is seeking to identify a Postdoctoral Fellow. We seek candidates with strong research backgrounds to work on an NIH-funded project using fMRI to characterize the involvement of memory systems in math learning. The successful candidate will develop a rigorous research program that contributes to, and complements, ongoing research studies of typical and atypical neurocognitive development. The position will report directly to the PI, Tanya Evans, and will be expected to work in tandem with the other researchers in the lab while collaborating on research projects. This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

The Educational Neuroscience Lab is a multidisciplinary, developmental cognitive neuroscience lab dedicated to understanding the cognitive, emotional and neural processes that shape school readiness skills. In our lab, we study how the Mind/Brain engages in math, reading and social cognition. We use concepts and tools from psychology, cognitive science, and cognitive neuroscience to understand how children acquire school readiness skills. Our work covers a wide range of topics, but there are a few cross-cutting themes.


  • Ph.D.
  • Psychology, Neuroscience background.
  • Coding: R, Matlab or Python experience.
  • Suitable writing skills.
  • Neuroimaging data acquisition and analysis skills.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2020, but this position will remain open until filled.

Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘‘Post Doctoral Research Associate, UVA’s Educational Neuroscience Lab, CASTL”. Complete an application online and attach the following:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of research interest
  • Contact information for three references (name, title, relationship, email address, and telephone number)

Attach all documents into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs’.

For questions about the position, please contact Tanya Evans, Research Assistant Professor, and for questions about the application process please contact Bethany Case, Recruiter. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Tanya M. Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Education & Human Development
University of Virginia

NIH post-doc position recruitment

NIH call for candidates

The Baby’s First Years team of researchers seeks postdoctoral candidates for collaboration.  Applications are reviewed year-round; the next deadline for applications is November 15, 2020, for a possible June 2021 start date. Click here for details about the position and to learn how to apply.

Launched in 2018, Baby’s First Years ( is an interdisciplinary, mixed methods study examining the causal impact of monthly, unconditional cash gifts to low-income mothers and their children in the first three years of children’s lives. The study will identify whether reducing poverty can affect early childhood development and the family processes that support children’s development. We seek highly motivated post-doctoral candidates in related fields to apply for postdoctoral funding to work with a principal investigator of the 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.

Postdoctoral Associate in Child Psychopathology – Yale Child Study Center

Yale Autism Center of Excellence: Postdoctoral Associate in Child Psychopathology

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Start Date: July 1, 2021

Term of Position: 2 years

 We are seeking an exceptional, motivated and creative postdoctoral associate to be involved in prospective studies of infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as toddlers and preschoolers with ASD. The postdoctoral associate will join an interdisciplinary research team consisting of experts in developmental neuroscience at the Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program and will have an opportunity to work as part of the Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Program( project team at the Yale Child Study Center (CSC), led by Prof. Katarzyna Chawarska. The Yale NIH ACE project, which aims to identify prenatal and neonatal precursors of later core symptoms of ASD, represents a joint effort across child psychiatry, pediatrics, radiology, and statistics departments at Yale.

During the two-year program, the postdoctoral associate will be expected to lead and participate in the development and implementation of novel eye-tracking and behavioral protocols targeting early markers of core and comorbid features in autism. The postdoctoral associate will also take a leadership role in data analysis and manuscript preparation; assist with behavioral, physiological and neuroimaging studies; train and supervise research staff and students; and assist in grant writing.

The Yale CSC is a leading institution for clinical diagnostic services and multidisciplinary research on ASD involving behavioral neuroscience, physiology, neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and treatment. The CSC, and more broadly, the Yale School of Medicine is a vibrant and exciting training environment for young researchers with extensive opportunities for networking and career development.

To be eligible for a postdoctoral appointment, candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent from a program in developmental, clinical, or cognitive psychology, computer science, neuroscience, or a related field. A complete application includes a Curriculum Vitae (CV); a 2-page personal statement containing biographic material, relevant experience, and career goals; and 2 letters of recommendation which speak directly to the candidate’s research potential. Electronic applications (with scanned documents and separate letters of recommendation emailed directly from referees) are preferred and can be sent directly to

For more information, please visit:

Brown University Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship – Brown University
Brown University invites applications for the two-year Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-2023 cohort to support the development of early-career scholars from diverse backgrounds (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups) who show promise as innovative scholars in the following integrative scholarship areas:
  • Creating Peaceful, Just, and Prosperous Societies. This area invites rigorous scholarship that promotes social justice, active engagement in the world and economic prosperity domestically and internationally.
  • Exploring Human Experience. This area seeks to develop a robust environment for the study of human experience in all its diversity throughout history and around the world by learning from the historical record, analyzing present conditions, and comprehending future possibilities.
  • Cultivating Creative Expression. This area focuses on scholarship that can foster an environment in which artists are operating at the highest levels of their crafts and learn from and inform scholars in disciplines across the campus.
  • Understanding the Human Brain. This area focuses on efforts to understand the functions of the brain, discover treatments for disorders that diminish our capacities, and create technologies that improve lives.
  • Sustaining Life on Earth. This area focuses on the relationship of the environment to human societies combining the efforts of natural, physical, and social scientists, together with humanists, to understand the determinants of environmental change, alter norms of human behavior, consider ethical issues related to sustainability, and develop sound environmental policies.
  • Using Science and Technology to Improve Lives. This area emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to innovation in areas like bioengineering, neuroscience, and computing, grounded in a broad understanding of local and global needs and concerns.
  • Deciphering Disease and Improving Population Health. This area focuses on improving human health through an integrated approach to understanding the causes of disease and translating that knowledge into new modes of diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately prevention.

Program Overview: Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows teach one undergraduate course per year as part of the appointment and receive funds to support their research activities during the fellowship. To learn more about current and former Fellows visit this page.

Application Instructions: To be considered for this role, individuals should submit a cover letter, CV, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Priority review will be given to those who apply by December 18, 2020. 
To learn more and apply please go to 

Postdoctoral Research Position in the Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Rochester

Postdoctoral Position: Cognitive Development Laboratory at the University of Rochester

The Cognitive Development Lab (PI: Karl S. Rosengren) at the University of Rochester is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF-funded research project investigating the role of visual representations in children’s learning about biological variability. Dr. Rosengren has joint appointments in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science and the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester. This research is in collaboration with Dr. Martha W. Alibali and Dr. Chuck Kalish at the University of Wisconsin and the postdoctoral researcher will be collaborating with all three investigators.

Required/Preferred Experience: A PhD in Science Education, Developmental Psychology or a related field is required. Knowledge of human subjects research and experience conducting research with children is required, with a preference for individuals with experience working with school-aged children. Expertise in biological education is also preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience in using qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis approaches, and experience (or an interest in) in conducting research in schools and/or museum settings.

Job Duties:

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the design and implementation of research studies examining how different types of visual representations influence school-aged children’s learning and generalization about biological variability. The individual will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of aspects of the project and will be involved in training graduate and undergraduate research assistants who will be helping on the project. One of the primary goals of this position is to work closely with a number of local museums to collect data, design displays (in the museums and online) to test the impact of different visual representations, and to help develop workshops related to cognitive development and biological education for teachers and museums.

This postdoc position is available to begin immediately with an initial appointment for 1 year, with possibility of renewal depending on performance.Currently, COVID-19 rates are quite low in Rochester and the surrounding community, so it is expected that the postdoctoral researcher would live in the Rochester area and collect data in person when safe and appropriate.

The University of Rochester is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability and are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Karl S. Rosengren at

If you have any questions regarding this position you may contact Dr. Rosengren directly.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Karl S. Rosengren


Department of Brain & Cognitive Science

Department of Psychology

University of Rochester