Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Study of Language and Math (SLaM, http://slam.uconn.edu) based in the CoppolaLab (PI: Dr. Marie Coppola) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks a full-time postdoctoral research associate. UConn is home to a large, vibrant, interdisciplinary language and learning science community. This postdoctoral research associate will work with a highly collaborative team including the PI Dr. Marie Coppola, a full-time Laboratory Manager, a doctoral student, and a team of research assistants. Deaf and hard of hearing candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
This postdoc will join an NSF-funded project investigating the impact of variable language experience on the development of symbolic and non-symbolic number concepts in typically hearing, deaf, and hard of hearing children, including deaf children acquiring sign and spoken languages. Projects include: 1) characterizing the impact of language modality and timing of access to language on number concept development; 2) examining the interrelationships among different symbolic formats for number; 3) designing a training study to stimulate development of foundational number concepts; 4) investigating the contributions of other cognitive factors (e.g., executive functioning) to number cognition; and 5) understanding symbolic and non-symbolic number development in deaf and hard of hearing children. The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting and interpreting analyses of behavioral studies with children 2-9 years old and preparing results for journal submission and publication.
· PhD or equivalent in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Education, or related field
· Strong background in the literature on number cognition development
· Experience using R (or similar software or program) for data analysis
· Proficiency with writing academic manuscripts
· Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills
· Strong publication record
· The fellow must be able to operate with considerable autonomy and have the ability to manage timelines with regular communication to research group members
· Prior publication(s) on the development of number cognition in children
· Knowledge of general cognitive development (e.g., executive functioning, language development)
· Knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) or another sign language; familiarity with Deaf culture
· Demonstrable interest in the development of deaf and hard of hearing children
· Familiarity with deaf education practices, especially relating to access to language
The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal for a second year possible. Salary will be commensurate with NIH postdoctoral funding levels. The desired start date is September 2019, but is flexible.
Please apply online at UConn Jobs, https://jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions, Search #2019605. For full consideration, candidates should submit a resume, a cover letter describing their interests and goals and three supplemental PDF documents that reflect your academic writing such as research publications, Master’s thesis or a dissertation chapter. Three letters of recommendation (PDF format) should be sent via e-mail attachment directly from letter writers to Dr. Marie Coppola @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Screening of applicants will begin immediately.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019605). This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 7, 2019.
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