Job opportunity: Postdoctoral position at the University of Connecticut

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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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

· 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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

· 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

APPOINTMENT TERMS

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.

TO APPLY

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 @ marie.coppola@uconn.edu. 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.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

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