The Sleep Lab @ Umass (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is looking for a post-doc and project coordinator for an NIH-funded project examining the function of naps on learning and cognitive functions in preschool children. Please share this with your trainees and colleagues who may be or may know someone interested.
For both positions, we seek candidates with experience working with developmental populations. Experience working in a preschool classroom is preferred but not required. As both involve testing at various locations, access to transportation is essential (standard gas mileage is reimbursed).
Project Coordinator: This person will manage recruiting and scheduling for the project. This involves educating preschool directors, teachers, and parents as to the objectives of the project, scheduling and conducting testing sessions in the preschools, and helping manage data. We will provide career development for this person according to their career goals, but this may include training in research methods and statistics and the opportunity to present and publish on the projects.
Post-doc: This person will take the lead on the scientific aspects of the project – developing and preparing tasks, completing or assisting with analyses, training and mentoring grad students on the project, and contributing to the dissemination (posters, articles) of the work. This position provides excellent opportunity for career development through the opportunity to publish, present at conferences, and through trainee opportunities at UMass Amherst and the New England region. A PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Education, or related discipline is required.
The Sleep Lab @ UMass has a new 3-bedroom sleep lab in the Institute of Applied Life Sciences for in-lab studies. We combine techniques including polysomnography (EEG, EOG, and EMG) and actigraphy to measure sleep and use an array of behavioral probes in populations from children to older adults. UMass is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts.
If interested, please send a CV with cover letter to Rebecca Spencer (firstname.lastname@example.org).