The Woodward Laboratory at the University of Chicago seeks a postdoctoral researcher to design and implement research projects to study the neural and cognitive systems that support social cognitive development in infants and young children. The postdoctoral researcher will work on a multi-site collaborative project investigating the neural correlates of social cognitive development, the social-cognitive consequences of action learning and social collaboration in infants, and the longitudinal relations between infant neural and cognitive responses to others’ actions and later-emerging social abilities. The postdoctoral fellow will interface with collaborators in the labs of Nathan Fox and Elizabeth Redcay at the University of Maryland, Helen Tager-Flusberg at Boston University, and Pier Ferrari at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod, CNRS. This active collaboration creates the opportunity to work closely with colleagues across these groups.
The postdoctoral researcher will participate in all aspects of research management, development and implementation. He/she will oversee design, data collection, coding and analysis for behavioral and EEG studies with infants. He/she will maintain data storage systems in the laboratory, and liaise with other projects and collaborators for data sharing and analysis. He/she will oversee the work of research assistants, prepare manuscripts for publication and present research findings at scientific conferences.
The position is open immediately and will remain open until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a CV, a research statement and the names of two references to:
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer. Individuals requiring accommodation call 773-834-7573.
A doctoral degree is required in psychology, cognitive science, or a relevant field. Expertise in EEG methods is required, with experience using these methods with infants and children strongly preferred. Experience supervising and coordinating the work of assistants and strong project management skills are preferred.
Internal Number: 60637
About Infant Learning & Development Lab, University of Chicago
Human social life requires understanding the intentions, perceptions and emotions that organize and motivate other’s actions. At the Infant Learning and Development Laboratory we investigate infants’ and young children’s understanding of these aspects of the social world. We recruit behavioral experimental methods, EEG and eye-tracking paradigms, and imitation paradigms as tools to investigate infant’s action and understanding. We also study the factors that support the emergence of infants’ social cognition, in particular, the information that infants glean from their own experience as intentional agents.