POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, LEARNING AND COGNITION
LAB, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
The University of Maryland’s Learning and Cognition
Lab, under the direction of Dr. Kelly Mix, seeks applicants for a postdoctoral researcher to support the implementation of research projects on the development of mathematics and numeracy concepts. This position is partially funded by a newly approved DRK-12
grant from the National Science Foundation that focuses on ways to improve children’s understanding of place value using cognitive science principles. This is a collaborative research project that will be carried out in partnership with Dr. Linda Smith at
Indiana University and a panel of expert consultants that includes Dr. Dedre Gentner (Northwestern University) and Dr. Art Baroody (Univ. of Illinois).
The postdoctoral researcher will help to develop
a training protocol and test battery in collaboration with the PIs and our expert panel, interact with local school districts to recruit children to participate, and lead the data collection efforts. There will also be important roles for data archiving,
analysis, and publication. Because this position is only partially funded by the NSF grant, there will be additional opportunities to develop separate research projects that align with the candidate’s and Dr. Mix’s research interests. One such opportunity
would be to further analyze an extensive dataset we collected for a project on spatial skill and mathematics with previous funding. The position would be a two-year appointment with the possibility of extending to a third year.
The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree
in psychology or related field, and at least 2 years of experience working with children. Excellent scientific writing skills and a strong background in statistical analysis are highly desired, as well as previous supervisory experience and effective project
management skills. An understanding of the school context (e.g., communicating with teachers and principals) would be a plus.
To apply, please send a letter of interest that
describes your qualifications and reasons for interest in this position, along with your CV, two publications, and the contact information for three references to
Use the subject line POSTDOC. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Note that the University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.