Job Opportunities

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 crystal.mills@uconn.edu 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: https://quest.uconn.edu/prog/ibacs_undergraduate_research_grant_-_fall_2021spring_2022

       

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

      Postdoc at University of Maryland Child Development Lab

      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 fMRI research related to the neural correlates of temperament risk for anxiety. The position could begin immediately. 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 developing fMRI protocols/tasks for assessing infant brain networks as well as 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 an 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 (fox@umd.edu). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

      Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of South Carolina

      Postdoctoral Research Fellow

      The Early Social Development and Intervention (ESDI) Lab at the University of South Carolina is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to assist with several NIH-funded research studies related to infant development and early identification of autism spectrum disorder. Our longitudinal research focuses on quantifying the emergence of, and interrelations between, social behavior, visual attention, and motor skills in neonates, infants, and toddlers at elevated likelihood of ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders (learn more at https://www.esdilab.com). The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to ongoing data collection and processing efforts, possibly including clinical characterization, as well as publication of manuscripts. The applicant should have a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Development, Communication Sciences and Disorders, or related field. Applied clinical and/or research experience focused on infants is required. Knowledge of developmental research methods, such as eye tracking, physiology (e.g., heart rate), and behavioral coding is highly desired.

      Qualifications

      • PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Development, Communication Sciences and Disorders, or related field
      • Applied experience with infants in clinical or research settings
      • Knowledge of developmental research methods
      • Interest in developmental science and neurodevelopmental disorders
      • Excellent interpersonal communication skills

      Additional Preferred Skills

      • Training and experience in infant developmental assessment measures (language, cognitive, motor)
      • Excellent computational, statistical, and technical skills
      • Experience with eye tracking, physiology, and/or behavioral coding

      To apply, please send a resume or CV and Cover Letter to jbradshaw@sc.edu

      Postdoc Position in Child Neuroscience at Wash U

      Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

      Laboratory for Child Brain Development

      Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division, Washington University- St. Louis

       

      The Laboratory for Child Brain Development (LCBD-PI: Dr. Susan Perlman) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral training position to collaborate on several NIH funded studies.

      The applicant’s main appointment will be in the Laboratory for Child Brain Development (http://www.childbrainlab.com) in the Washington University- St. Louis, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, William Greenleaf Elliot Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (https://childpsychiatry.wustl.edu/).  The LCBD is dedicated to using multi-modal methodology to understand the trajectories of emotional development from infancy to middle childhood (with a strong preschool focus) in order to predict the onset of mental disorder.

      The postdoc will have the opportunity to train in multi-modal neuroimaging methods including MRI, NIRS, EEG.  Behavioral (Eye-tracking, clinical interview), physiology (RSA), and immunology measures (hair and salivary cortisol, inflammatory markers) and also included in our research program.  Opportunities for publication include four main studies:

      1. The EmoGrow Project: This study followed 4-5 year old children for two years to examine how early temperament predicts the onset of psychopathology and how the parent-child relationship can buffer these negative outcomes.  Data collection has finished in the complete sample of 151 children and includes MRI, NIRS, and behavioral methods (parent-child) interaction.
      2. Parent and Me PCIT: This completed study examined parent-child interaction using interacting fNIRS in a sample of families seeking PCIT treatment.
      3. The CARE Study: This project, which began data collection in winter 2021 is designed to study the biological unfolding of early-life stress as a precursor to psychopathology.  We will employ intensive, state-of-the-art, multi-modal, neurodevelopmental measurement in a sample of 225 4-6 year-old children and their parent, including fMRI, interpersonal neural synchronization between parent and child using fNIRS, facial expression and behavioral coding, hair and salivary cortisol, and measurement of inflammatory markers.  The CARE study recruits children experiencing attachment-related stress as a model for the biological unfolding of stress, while also examining external stressors and those that occur throughout the course of the study.  In this longitudinal study, families will be followed every 6 months across a 1.5 year time period.
      4. Parent-to-Child Anxiety Transmission: A new project, expected to begin in Fall 2021, will examine parental transmission of anxiety to preschool children.  This project includes fNIRS, EEG, and behavioral coding and will focus on parent-child interaction and socialization of anxious behaviors through child observation.  A subaim of the study focuses on anxiety transmission in fathers.

      The postdoctoral fellow will be an integral member of the scientific team at the Laboratory for Child Brain Development and will have rich opportunities to publish and present at conferences using all available laboratory data.  The fellow will also be encouraged and supported to develop supplementary studies via the NIH NRSA and/or K Award mechanisms in addition to smaller foundation grants.  The postdoctoral fellow will develop, implement, and disseminate cutting-edge fMRI and fNIRS analysis tools through Dr. Perlman’s Laboratory for Child Brain Development and in collaboration with local and national collaborators.

      The Washington University-St. Louis, Department of Psychiatry provides an ideal training environment for postdoctoral fellows, including the Career and Research Development Seminars designed to promote the professional, career development, and grantsmanship skills necessary to launch an independent career through the NIH K Award mechanism.  Wash U is home to a thriving neuroimaging community and is a leader in developmental psychopathology research.  St. Louis and the local surrounding areas offer an affordable, diverse, and family-friendly community with rich university resources.

      Position requires a PhD or MD/PhD in a neuroscience, psychology, computer science, or engineering related field.  The ideal candidate will have fluency in MATLAB, Python, or related language and expertise in fMRI, fNIRS, or EEG and will be able to implement cutting-edge neuroimaging analysis techniques such as network analyses, Multi-Variate Pattern Analysis, or hyperscanning.  The successful candidate will have an excellent publication record with demonstrated interest in developmental cognitive neuroscience and will combine a collaborative orientation with the ability to function well independently.

      The postdoctoral fellowship is open immediately, however, the position will remain open until filled.  The LCBD is willing to hold the position for availability of the ideal candidate.  The fellow will be asked to commit to a minimum of 2 years on the project, however, the position may be extended up to 4 years contingent upon progress.  Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.  To apply please send a cover letter, C.V., and names and contact information of three references to: Susan Perlman, Ph.D. at perlmansusan@wustl.edu.  Questions can be addressed to Dr. Perlman directly.

      Postdoctoral Research Fellow Opportunity – University of Exeter, UK

      Postdoctoral Research Fellow Opportunity
      University of Exeter, UK – Department of Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

      The post

      The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a multi-site international longitudinal project evaluating the impact of youth educator programs within informal science learning sites (museums and science centres) on children’s and adolescents’ psychological engagement with and attitudes towards science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust & ESRC and was awarded to Professor Adam Rutland at Department of Psychology, University of Exeter. The post-holder will be responsible for liaising with the informal science learning sites, data collection, data entry/coding, mentoring students, data analysis, grant writing, publications, dissemination, and the overall day-to-day running of the project.
      About you
      The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.
      Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in Psychology or a related field of study. The successful applicant will have experience of conducting research with children and adolescents, publishing journal papers, presenting research at conferences, advanced quantitative data analyses together with an interest in social developmental psychology and/or informal science education. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
      Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website.
      What we can offer you
      Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
      Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
      An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
      Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
      A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
      A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon
      Further Information
      For further information please contact Professor Adam Rutland, e-mail a.rutland@exeter.ac.uk and an online meeting can be arranged if desired.

      The closing date for applications is 29 June 2021. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 5 July 2021.

       
      For further information and apply please click on the link below…
       

      Research Associate at NYU IHDSC

      Research Associate

      Institute of Human Development and Social Change

      Dr. Pamela Morris is seeking candidates for multiple positions at the postdoctoral and advanced graduate student level to act as members of the research team for projects spanning the areas of parenting, school readiness, early childhood education, and pre-kindergarten at the intersection of research, practice, and policy.

      Dr. Morris’ current work spans three main projects: 1) the study of an integrated primary/secondary parenting intervention within the population-scalable pediatric care platform called Smart Beginnings; 2) large-scale randomized experiments of enhancements to preschool, work with NYC’s Department of Education to strengthen the research architecture in the context of their historic Universal Pre-K expansion and 3) Morris’ newest research addresses adolescent suicide from a developmentally-informed, population-health perspective. For a description of Dr. Morris’ portfolio of research, please visit her NYU Faculty Bio page here.

      The Research Associate’s primary responsibilities include management of data collection efforts, proposal development, data analysis, study coordination and project management and write-up of findings in the form of journal articles and book chapters. The position will allow for a dynamic experience that offers both breadth and depth in the realm of early childhood research and policy work. The Research Associate position offers several excellent training opportunities, including collaboration with senior and junior members of the research team and cross-institutional networking. There is a rich array of seminars in related areas of study and workshops in research methods and statistics available through the Institute of Human Development and Social Change and through NYU more broadly. Competitive postdoctoral salary and attractive fringe benefits; support for local travel costs and conference travel related to study activities. Minimum one-year commitment required, with the potential for a one-year renewal pending satisfactory performance and budgetary approval.

      Qualifications

      There are multiple positions available. Candidates should have completed or be in the advanced stages of doctoral training in prevention science, developmental, clinical, or educational psychology, or related social science field. Experience in data and project management, grants development and manuscript preparation is critical. Relevant analytic skills are required, including proficiency in quantitative methodology (with experience programming in SAS, STATA and Mplus preferred). Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary team; good organization skills and attention to detail; and excellent oral and written communication skills necessary. Track record of academic publications and presentations for scholarly and policy audiences a plus.

      Application Instructions

      We are accepting applications immediately and will review applications on a rolling basis. To apply, upload CV, cover letter/ statement of interest, writing sample (thesis chapter or published article), and names, phone numbers and email addresses of three referees via Interfolio. If you have any questions, please contact Helena Wippick (helenawippick@nyu.edu).

      There are opportunities for both full-time and part-time positions. Full benefits are offered to full-time staff. Candidates should be able to travel to New York University’s Washington Square Campus several times a week for work onsite. Salary is commensurate with experience and position type. Applications will be reviewed immediately and on a rolling basis. Please include in your cover letter your earliest available start date. We strongly prefer candidates who can begin between July and August 2021.

      Postdoctoral position: Open Science Practice in Infant Research

      Postdoctoral position: Open Science Practice in Infant Research

      The Concordia Infant Research Lab, directed by Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein, is seeking a Concordia Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow to join our dynamic and friendly lab. The lab is housed in the Psychology Department of Concordia University in Montreal, on the beautiful Loyola Campus. The postdoctoral fellow will be positioned at the forefront of an Open Science revolution in infancy research, a movement which aims to improve the practice of scientific research based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and collaborative tools. The postdoctoral fellow will take a leadership role in large, international collaborative projects on infant development (i.e., ManyBabies) and conduct meta-science research aimed at improving research and Open Science practice in infant research. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to develop their own research ideas within the context of a research program on early language acquisition and bilingualism, implementing and innovating Open Science practice.

       

      Academic qualifications required

      ·       PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related discipline

      ·       Excellent computational, statistical, and technical skills (knowledge of R is an asset)

      ·       Demonstrated commitment to Open Science

      ·       Interest in human development, particularly in the areas of infancy and bilingual development

      ·       Excellent organizational and communication skills

      Eligibility requirements

      ·       Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy

      ·       Both Canadian and International applicants are encouraged to apply

      ·       While the lab is temporarily operating remotely, the postdoctoral fellow must be able to relocate to Canada to commence employment

      Timeline and application process

      ·       Start date is flexible, but preferably summer/fall 2021

      ·       Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning on June 14, 2021, until the position is filled.

      Application checklist

      ·       One to three (1-3) page research statement/cover letter demonstrating fit with the program described above

      ·       Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)

      ·       Names and contact information of two referees

      ·       Submit all documents by e-mail to Hilary Killam, kbh.coordinator@concordia.ca

      Value

      The prestigious Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $47,500 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

      Postdoctoral position, Language and Cognition lab, University of Pennsylvania

      Post-Doctoral Position, University of Pennsylvania

      One post-doctoral position is available in the Language and Cognition lab in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. This position is linked to a new NSF-funded project (‘Event Structure in Language and Cognition’) awarded to Anna Papafragou. This project investigates how we represent events in thought, how both novice (child) and experienced (adult) communicators use language to encode events, and how speakers of different languages think about events in the world. The postdoctoral researcher will take a leading role in designing and conducting experimental work with young children and/or adults on the representation of events in language and cognition.

      A PhD in Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science or a related field is required. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Department. The researcher is also expected to contribute to the vibrant interdisciplinary group of cognitive scientists at Penn that includes faculty, postdocs and students in Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, Education and related disciplines. The position is available in early Fall 2021 (start date flexible) and is for an initial period of one year with potential extension for an additional year. The position is open to non-US citizens.

      Candidates should apply online atapply.interfolio.com/88283 Please submit a CV, two samples of written work and three letters of recommendation.  The University will contact the recommenders directly with instructions on how to submit their letters. Review of materials will begin on June 20th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

      The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to 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. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

      Postdoc Position at UConn

      Hello,

      I am recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow for a newly funded NSF Discovery Research preK-12 project. This project focuses on fostering computational thinking through neural engineering activities in high school biology classes. The postdoctoral fellow will be based at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education and will collaborate with our team at Columbia University’s School of Engineering.
      For more information about the position and to apply:

      Thank you in advance for sharing this announcement with colleagues and students in your program.

       
      Best,
      Ido
      Ido Davidesco, Ph.D.
      Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences
      Department of Educational Psychology
      Neag School of Education
      University of Connecticut

      https://education.uconn.edu/person/ido-davidesco/