Employment in MBE

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  • April 10, 2017 4:39 PM | Anonymous

    The Center for Advanced Research in Education (CIAE) of Universidad de Chile, located in Santiago, Chile, has opened a call for post docs in the area of Mathematics Cognition. Please check the attached document for details. Knowledge of the Spanish language is desirable, but not required. The deadline for submissions is June 30th.

  • March 21, 2017 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    Applications are invited for an NSF-funded postdoctoral position coordinating a multi-year research project in the Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition, directed by Adam Green. This project will be conducted in collaboration with laboratories at Dartmouth, James Madison, and Northwestern. The project will investigate cognitive and neural changes/plasticity associated with classroom learning of spatial STEM concepts and relational reasoning strategies in high school students, applying behavioral and advanced MRI measures. The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral scientist will be working with high school administrators, teachers, and students in the Washington, D.C. region of northern Virginia to coordinate and conduct testing, both in the high schools (behavioral) and at Georgetown (MRI). The postdoc will also directly oversee project-dedicated research assistants and graduate students who will support behavioral and MRI data collection. There will be ample opportunity to engage with advanced MRI data analysis.

    Applicants should hold a Ph.D. (or anticipate a Ph.D. by spring of 2017) in an area related to education and/or cognitive neuroscience, and will ideally begin work on this project in early fall or late summer of 2017. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with experience or substantial interest in K-12 educational settings, advanced statistical data analysis, and human neuroimaging, and to those with a record of productivity and strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

    Any informal inquiries can be sent to Adam Green (aeg58@Georgetown.edu). Interested candidates should send a CV and a letter of application describing research interests and professional goals to Nhi Dinh (Nhi.Dinh@georgetown.edu), and should indicate three professional references who can readily provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin in April 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

  • January 28, 2017 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    The Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory at UC Berkeley seeks a postdoctoral scholar to analyze an existing longitudinal dataset to characterize the influences of demographic variables on developmental changes in brain connectivity (structural and functional) and cognitivefunctioning in a sample of over 500 participants between ages 6 and 22. Dependent measures of particular interest for this proposal are socioeconomic status, early life stress, sex, and pubertal status (as well as pubertal hormone data from a subset of participants). Independent measures are reasoning and episodic memory, and their underlying brain networks. Experience with neuroimaging data analysis, particularly of functional or structural connectivity, is essential. Statistical modeling of longitudinal data (or aptitude and desire to learn) will be equally important. The incumbent will work in the Building Blocks of Cognition laboratory of Professor Silvia Bunge at UC Berkeley, and will collaborate with Research Scientists Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, as well as with Professors Simona Ghetti, Emilio Ferrer, and Laurie Cutting. 

    The term of this appointment is one year, beginning as soon as the spring of 2017. This term may be extended, pending funding and level of productivity.      

    RESPONSIBILITIES: The postdoctoral scholar will manage a large longitudinal dataset, conduct brain imaging data analyses, coordinate with several co-investigators, take the lead on writing and revising manuscripts, and present results locally and at conferences.

    QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Statistics, or a closely related field is required by the start date. At the time of application, the basic required qualification is the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation.

    ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (required by start date): Experience with at least one of the following is required: neuroimaging data analysis and longitudinal data analysis. Must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team; be self-motivated; have critical thinking abilities; demonstrated written/oral communication skills; and have a proven publication record.

    SALARY and BENEFITS: The initial appointment is full-time for one year, with possibility of renewal. The salary range for this position is $48,216.00 - $52,140.00. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. The University of California offers a comprehensive benefits package for postdoctoral scholars. (http://www.garnett-powers.com/postdoc/index.htm

    This position is open until filled. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Professor Silvia Bunge at sbunge@berkeley.edu. Applications can be submitted at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01244

    Complete applications will include a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for one (1) to two (2) references.

    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, disability age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

  • January 27, 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    We are seeking an Associate Director for the Northwestern University Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences (DevSci). This newly-formed University-wide Institute builds on a vibrant established DevSci community that connects scholars and students from numerous disciplines from across the University. In particular, the mission of the DevSci Institute is to motivate and lead transformative research to engender a “healthier, earlier” population-beginning even before birth-and continuing throughout the lifespan. The Institute catalyzes developmental sciences research and training innovation at the intersection of biomedical and social sciences, promoting discovery of early life, modifiable mechanisms, and their rapid translation to real world applications to improve children’s long-term health and wellbeing across diverse contexts. 

    The Associate Director is a research scientist faculty position. It is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and reports to the Institute Director, Laurie Wakschlag, PhD.We are seeking an energetic and highly collaborative developmental scientist to help shape and guide the Institute during this formative phase of its development. In so doing, the Associate Director will play a prominent role in advancing the Institute’s broader objective of Northwestern as a center of excellence and international leader in transdisciplinary developmental sciences. S/he will work closely with other Institute faculty leaders across a range of developmental science disciplines including pediatrics, psychology, neuroscience, economics, epidemiology, and prevention science.


    The Associate Director will have primary day-to-day responsibility for Institute operations, strategic implementation, and communications. Operationally, s/he will work closely with the director and leadership to ensure smooth and effective functioning of the Institute. Responsibilities will include oversight of the Institute’s administrative core including fiscal and organizational oversight, staff supervision, serving as liaison to University offices, and creating and obtaining resources to ensure success and growth and sustainability of the Institute.   Strategically, the Associate Director will collaborate with leadership of the Institute’s scientific and training centers to provide a thriving collaborative platform, expand the University’s developmental sciences research portfolio and its leadership in large scale federal initiatives, and supporting a wide range of training opportunities.  An important aspect of this role will be facilitating cross-center communication and integration, and nurturing strong ongoing alliances with supporting partners throughout the University. The Associate Director’s public facing communications role will center on promoting the Institute, its knowledge generation and activities. This will be achieved via innovative dissemination modalities across the University, to national and international scholars, the public at large, service providers, educators and national constituencies determining resource allocation for developmental programs and research. 

    The optimal candidate will have a doctoral degree in developmental psychology or a related developmental science field, with emphasis on early childhood research, and expertise in developmental methodology.   Individuals from a range of developmental science disciplines are welcome, and capacity to work across social and biomedical sciences is essential. Applicants at all levels are encouraged to apply, but demonstrated leadership and/or experience in program development and administration will be an important consideration.  This may include program development and administration roles both within and outside of academic contexts.  Within the University setting, experience within University research centers, knowledge of extramural funding mechanisms, and experience in University- level interactions are valued.  Strong organizational, problem-solving, written and verbal communication skills, and capability to manage day-to-day tasks and competing priorities independently are requisite.  A strong collaborative orientation is also essential to this role.

    Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and credentials. This is a full time continuing position. Start date is ASAP.  Please send a statement of interest, curriculum vitae and three references to Laurie Wakschlag lauriew@northwestern.edu

  • January 27, 2017 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    Company: Johns Hopkins University

    Location: Homewood Campus

    Description: The Sr. Education Research Consultant will lead the CER’s scholarship of teaching and program assessment initiatives. This will include consulting with CER staff, faculty, and senior leaders (e.g., Vice Provosts, Vice Deans) on grant proposals. The research consultant will be responsible for designing research methods and assessment plans, collecting and analyzing data, and publishing on the results. This may include coordinating with staff or supervising graduate students assisting on the project. The research consultant will also participate as a facilitator in the CER’s training programs by leading workshops on evaluation best practices and teaching-as-research methods. The CER manages the University’s Teaching Academy – a professional development program for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who aspire to academic positions with instructional responsibilities. The research consultant will support this initiative by consulting with and mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows completing teaching-as-research projects.

    For Additional Information and to Apply: 


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