Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland

The Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland is currently accepting applications for post-doctoral research positions on two separate projects. Please see below and attached for more information.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, CHILD DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The Child Development Laboratory at the University of Maryland seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience supporting the implementation of research projects that study the neural and cognitive systems that underlie motor learning, social behavior, and social-cognitive development. The postdoctoral researcher will work in the Fox Laboratory on the development of computational methods examining EEG source localization and connectivity. The position is part of a newly approved Program Project Grant on the neural and behavioral mechanisms associated with the emergence of social cognition. The postdoctoral fellow will interface with collaborating developmental neuroscientists in the Woodward Laboratory at the University of Chicago, the Tager-Flusberg Laboratory at Boston University and the Laboratory of Pier Ferrari at the CNRS in Lyon, France.

The postdoctoral researcher will oversee and ensure comparable standards of EEG data collection at each of the different laboratories and will be tasked with developing novel methods for assessing EEG connectivity and other time-frequency analyses. He/she will maintain data storage systems in the Fox laboratory, and liaise with other projects and collaborators for data sharing as needed. He/she will oversee the work of research assistants, prepare manuscripts for publication and present research findings at scientific conferences.

A doctoral degree is required in psychology, cognitive science, or a relevant field with research interests in child development. Expertise in EEG methodology is essential, including familiarity with time-frequency analyses. Prior programming experience is required, with a strong preference for familiarity with the MATLAB programming environment and associated toolboxes (EEGLAB, FieldTrip). Experience supervising and coordinating the work of others and strong project management skills are also preferred.  Must be able to represent the project to diverse audiences.

Start date is flexible. Interested candidates should submit a CV, a research statement, preprints/reprints of papers, and the names and contact information for two references who can be contacted for letters of recommendation. Please email these materials to: Nathan Fox, fox@umd.edu and Brittany DeVries, bdevries@umd.edu


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW FOR BUCHAREST EARLY INTERVENTION PROJECT, CHILD DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The Child Development Laboratory at the University of Maryland is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on the analysis and publication of data collected from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. This project is a 16 year longitudinal, randomized controlled trial of the effects of early psychosocial deprivation and family intervention on children’s development. Data have been collected at multiple age points since randomization, with the most recently completed assessment when children were 12 years of age. Data are currently being collected when participants are 15-16 years of age, including EEG/ERP measures and biomarkers of stress.  The fellow would be tasked with exploring these data to examine behavioral, electrophysiological immune and psychiatric outcomes and complete cross-domain analyses. Individuals ideally should have a Ph.D. in either Developmental or Clinical Psychology and have significant expertise in multivariate statistics and a strong interest in writing peer-reviewed journal articles.  Candidates with experience and/or interest in processing and analyzing EEG/ERP and/or stress biomarkers from dried blood spots are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send their CV and a letter of inquiry to Nathan Fox, fox@umd.edu and Brittany DeVries, bdevries@umd.edu