Ph.D. Opportunity in Bilingual Language and Literacy Research

Dr. Marc Goodrich is seeking highly-qualified doctoral students interested in studying how children who are learning more than one language acquire language and literacy skills in their first and second languages.

Dr. Goodrich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His specific research interests focus on how children utilize knowledge and skills from their first language while learning a second language. Additionally, Dr. Goodrich’s research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of instructional strategies designed to improve language and literacy outcomes for children who are acquiring more than one language.
The doctoral program in special education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a unique program that trains students to design instruction to support children with learning difficulties. Students receive extensive training in high-quality research design, methodology, and statistics.
Admission is currently being granted on a rolling basis. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the doctoral program at UNL. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Goodrich (marc.goodrich@unl.edu) for more information.
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Research Assistant, Child Development Laboratory, University of Maryland (Dr. Nathan Fox, Director)

The Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland is searching for a person to fill the position of Research Assistant. The successful applicant will work on a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, called the Temperament Over Time Study. This large, longitudinal study examines the effects of infant temperament on later social and cognitive development and examines trajectories of development that may result in the emergence of psychopathology in adolescence. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Section on Developmental Affective Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health. RAs work with clinical psychologists, developmental and cognitive neuroscientists, and brain imagers involved in the project. The position involves recruiting, scheduling, and assessing adolescents and their families and will involve seeing subjects on week-ends.

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience, or a social science related field is required. The position requires attention to detail, organizational and planning abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills. Experience working or completing research with children, families or adolescents is preferred. The position can begin as early as June 1, 2018 and requires a two-year commitment. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and the names and email addresses of two references to Dr. Nathan A. Fox at fox@umd.edu and Dr. Kaylee Seddio at kseddio@umd.edu.

Summer internship in Learning Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

The Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh invites undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in learning sciences to participate in their summer internship program. A large number of potential faculty mentors offer a variety of research experiences (see http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/Diversity/faculty_mentors.cshtml) in a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of learning scientists.
Important information:
– Dates: May 20-June 30, 2018
– Housing and stipend will be provided; some travel supplements are available
– Eligibility: major in an area relevant to learning sciences; GPA > 3.0; women and members of under-represented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply; internships are most appropriate for rising seniors
– Applications are due April 1st and can be submitted here: https://form.jotform.com/80354739986170
For more information, please visit http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/Diversity/internship/index.cshtml and see the attached flyer!

Laboratory Coordinator Position—Emory University

 The Memory at Emory laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Emory University (http://Scholarblogs.emory.edu/bauerlab/), directed by Dr. Patricia Bauer, seeks a full-time laboratory coordinator (job classification: Research Specialist).

The laboratory coordinator will assist with studies of the development of episodic and semantic memory, in preschool to school-age children, and young adults. The laboratory makes use of behavioral measures, eye tracking, and event-related potential (ERP) methods. Duties include contributing to study design, creating experimental stimuli, testing participants, managing data, and assisting with data analysis. There also are administrative duties including assisting with participant recruitment and training and supervising undergraduate research assistants. Coordinators also have the opportunity to attend and present the work of the laboratory at scientific conferences and to contribute to preparation of scientific publications.

The position is ideally suited to a recent college graduate who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, neuroscience, or a related field and who is (a) looking for additional research experience before going on to graduate school or (b) seeking a more permanent employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in related scientific field or discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, and an interest in development are a must. The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and with parents and community members. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Emory University is a vibrant, research-centered private university, located in Atlanta, Georgia. The position offers competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate may start as early as May 2018 and no later than July 2018. A 2-year commitment is required.

To apply for this position, please submit (1) a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, and (2) your CV or resume, to Dr. Natalie Merrill (natalie.merrill@emory.edu). (3) Please also arrange for two letters of recommendation, also to be submitted to Dr. Merrill. If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Dr. Patricia Bauer or Dr. Natalie Merrill (patricia.bauer@emory.edu ornatalie.merrill@emory.edu). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

This is an equal employment opportunity, and Emory is an affirmative action employer. Emory does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran/Reserve/National Guard status.

Job Opportunity- Solomon Lab, UC Davis MIND Institute

Junior Specialist for the Solomon Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 9th, 2018

Next review date: February 23rd, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: June 30th, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Description

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Solomon Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

RECRUITMENT DESCRIPTION:

The candidate will be involved in interdisciplinary studies investigating the behavioral and developmental characteristics of autism spectrum disorder in children, adolescents, and young adults. This position will be integral for the daily operation of a clinical cognitive neuroscience laboratory. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. This candidate will work closely with Marie Krug, PhD (Assistant Project Scientist) and Marjorie Solomon, PhD (PI).

General responsibilities include:

RESEARCH ACTIVITY
• Subject recruitment and scheduling
• Conducting research visits for several projects, including Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA), Autism Phenome Project (APP), The Higher Cognition, Emotional Development, and Language Processing Study (HELP), and Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research (STAAR)
• Collection of behavioral, questionnaire, and MRI data from typically developing individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder
• Scoring of questionnaires and assessments, data entry and database maintenance
• Preparing and maintaining documentation for review by the Institutional Review Board Review (IRB).
• After training, the candidate will be expected to assist in all daily operations of laboratory research, and participate in several research projects simultaneously
• Research participation will result in opportunities to present at scientific conferences and potential co-authorship on peer-reviewed articles if criteria for authorship are met

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
• Attendance and active participation in weekly lab meetings and research-related discussions by providing feedback on implementation of research visits, which will aid in study design and improvements to the experimental protocol, presenting data, and engaging in interpretation of study findings
• Assisting with preparation and analysis of data for presentations, conference abstracts, posters, publications, and grants
• Literature reviews of journal articles on topics including but not limited to cognitive control, decision-making, and emotion processing in autism, to assist with data presentations, conference abstracts, posters, publications, and grants

SERVICE ACTIVITY
• Participate in the University by volunteering at special events for children with autism that participate in research studies at the MIND Institute
• Engage in recruitment and outreach activities in the community
• Provide interpretation of study measures to participants and their families, including summarizing behavioral assessment results and preparing results letters

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, human development, neurobiology, physiology, and behavior (NPB), biological sciences, or a related field by hiring date (students graduating in spring of 2018 are encouraged to apply)
• GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher
• Experience in a clinical, psychology, or neuroscience research laboratory
• Experience working with children, experience working with children/adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, and/or a strong desire to work with and learn more about individuals with autism spectrum disorder

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills to convey information and work effectively with lab members
• Excellent social skills to facilitate communication with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families
• Detail oriented with exceptional organizational skills to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
• Tracking and record-keeping skills
• Writing skills including accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation sufficient to create and edit documents

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience with data analysis in psychology and/or neuroscience
• Experience with SPSS, R, SAS, or neuroimaging software
• Programming experience (Matlab, C, python)

For more details and to apply: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02035

2nd Annual University of Delaware Undergraduate Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences

2nd Annual University of Delaware Undergraduate Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Are you an undergraduate interested in learning more about cognitive and brain sciences? If so, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware is holding its 2nd Annual Summer Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from June 4th-15th, 2018. This program is an intensive workshop for undergraduates who are interested in cognitive research. Participants will engage in immersive training in cognitive and brain sciences, which includes both formal coursework, interactive teaching, and hands-on experience with functional neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, cognitive neuropsychological research, and more. This program is open to permanent residents and citizens of the United States.

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, travel, tuition, room and board will be provided for the entire two-week program. Furthermore, selected workshop attendees will have the opportunity to engage in cognitive neuroscience research over the entire summer at the University of Delaware. Those students will be provided with a stipend, in addition to workshop expenses.

We encourage all undergraduates with a strong interest in the cognitive and brain sciences to apply. We also encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to submit applications. Applications are due March 1st. For more information, please go to https://www.psych.udel.edu/brainworkshop. If you have any questions, please contact the workshop organizers (Drs. Jared Medina & Anna Papafragou) at brainworkshop@psych.udel.edu.

Seeking CRC II MGH, Psychiatry, Position opening 5/1/2018

Seeking CRC II MGH, Psychiatry, Position opening 5/1/2018

Clinical Research Coordinator II (CRCII)- Department of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Neuroscience, Sleep and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA

 

The Clinical Research Coordinator II (CRC II) will work closely with the PI, Post-Doctoral Fellow and a second CRC II on an NIMH-funded project studying sleep and brain activity among individuals who have recently experienced psychological trauma. The CRC II will recruit potential research subjects, conduct ambulatory polysomnography (PSG) studies, participate in fMRI scanning, organize and analyze fMRI, psychophysiological and self-report data, organize and submit IRB amendments, and perform biannual NIMH data-sharing tasks.

 

Requirement of this job include:

 

  1. Undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience or related field
  2. Good interpersonal skills
  3. Willingness to work evening hours several days per week
  4. Willingness to make a 2-year commitment
  5. Prior experience with or the ability to rapidly master technical and analytic skills including ambulatory PSG, psychophysiological measurements, operation of  3T MRI scanner, fMRI analyses using SPM.

 

At least 1 year of related research and /or clinical experience is preferable. Preference will also be given to those with advanced statistical knowledge or prior experience in relevant research techniques such as Matlab programming, MRI analytic software (e.g., SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), resting state functional connectivity, DTI analyses, or quantitative EEG.

If interested, or if you would like to learn more about this position, please contact:

Edward F. Pace-Schott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital – East
CNY 149 13th Street Room 2605
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 508-523-4288
Fax: 617-726-4078
Email: epace-schott@mgh.harvard.edu

Summer Internship at George Mason University

The Social Skills, Imagination and Theater (SSIT) Lab in the Applied Developmental Psychology Group at George Mason University (PI: Dr. Thalia Goldstein) is seeking motivated, reliable, and enthusiastic summer research assistants who would like to gain experience with research in social-emotional development and play. Research in the lab focuses on the development of children’s imaginative abilities, their social emotional skills, and their involvement in the arts, particularly theatre. We work with children and adolescents, with current studies spanning ages 3-15 years old.

 

Internship Description

Summer research responsibilities include participant recruitment, help running studies both in the lab and in outdoor spaces, debriefing parents, data entry, and video coding. Additionally, research assistants will be involved in weekly lab meetings, an informal reading group, and will gain hands-on experience working with data. Research assistants will work closely with other team members and will be supervised by Dr. Goldstein. Stipends of approximately $1000 are available, and research assistants are encouraged to seek additional funding through their home universities. Dependent on the requirements of interns’ home institution, academic credit may be available.

 

Eligibility and requirements

Research assistants are asked to commit either part time (20 hours per week) or full time (40 hours per week) to research in the lab and should be open to the possibility of testing outdoors and on weekends. The tentative start date for positions is as early June 4th and the internship continues through August 3.

 

Anyone is welcome to apply. To do so, please complete our online application *.  Applications will be reviewed as they come in, with a final review occurring after March 15.

 

 

*full link address:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckpI7YMp-cTL7K3OxnR6V5Gb0Zmm_qVV8KPLBdlQK3nmkOuQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

NeuroCognition of Language Lab Research Assistant Application

Research Assistant Position

START DATE: April 2018 – Summer 2018.

JOB DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW: We are seeking a full time Research Assistant to assist with all aspects of our cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistic research. Our lab is interested in where and when the brain is activated during language processing in healthy individuals and in patients with schizophrenia. For more information about what we do, see: http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/kuperberglab/. The responsibilities of this position are varied and involve the coordination of all aspects of research projects, including collecting and analyzing neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, ERP) data, statistical analysis, scientific manuscript writing, and maintaining the day-to-day operations of the lab.

In addition to the intellectual reward, the position would give the holder experience of research in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, clinical applications, as well as database and program management. This is an ideal research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology. Our lab has sites at both Tufts University (Medford, MA) and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Charlestown, MA), both of which are easily accessible from Boston, MA.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. B.A., B.Sc. degree in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics, computer science, or a closely related field.
  2. Strong interest in how language is processed in the brain.
  3. Very strong quantitative and analytic skills and comfort with programs such as Excel and Powerpoint.
  4. Some research experience with statistics and familiarity with statistical analysis software such as SPSS or R.
  5. Very strong organizational skills: Must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized; able to multi-task and prioritize.
  6. Strong computational skills and some programming experience (e.g. Python, R, MATLAB) and familiarity with Linux/Unix environments and bash/shell scripting.
  7. Ability to work well in teams, with strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  8. A two-year time commitment is requested.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Previous experience on ERP data collection and analysis

OTHER:

Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Tufts University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Full-time employees receive full benefits.

TO APPLY:

Please complete our online application, link: https://tufts.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aVGFWPmGGPnsovj

CONTACT:

Please direct any technical questions regarding the application to Lena Warnke at lena.warnke@tufts.edu

All other questions regarding the application should be sent to Dr. Gina Kuperberg at GKuperberg@mgh.harvard.edu

Lab website: http://kuperberglab.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/

Berkeley Early Learning Lab Summer 2018 Internship Program

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley Early Learning Lab Summer Internship Program

 The Berkeley Early Learning Lab (BELL), under the direction of Dr. Fei Xu, is now accepting applications from highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors for our Summer Internship Program in 2018. 

Descriptions of the Program
The goal of this internship is to provide hands on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive and Language Development or a related field. Successful applicants will be paired with a graduate student or postdoc mentor and will have the opportunity to conduct research at local children’s museums and in the lab, and collaborate on a variety of on-going and new projects. Our lab uses looking time, eye tracking, free play, intervention, and other behavioral methods to investigate inductive learning and statistical inference in social cognition, category learning, physical reasoning, causal learning, word learning, and other domains.

In addition to collaboration with individual graduate students and work on specific projects, weekly lab meetings will give interns a chance to present their own work for feedback and provide feedback to others. We will also discuss current papers being published that relate to the lab’s projects.

Eligibilities
Berkeley affiliated and Non-Berkeley undergraduates who are interested in developmental psychology and cognitive science are welcome to apply to our summer internship program. Applicants should have some course work in developmental psychology, cognitive science, and programming. Experience working with children is highly desirable.

Commitments
This is an unpaid internship and requires a commitment of 20-30 hours/week for 8 weeks between June 4 and July 27.

To apply, please see http://babylab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship. The application deadline is March 16, 2018 11:59p.m. PST.

If you have further questions about the program, please refer to our website (http://babylab.berkeley.edu) or contact us at babylab@berkeley.edu.