Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number S00460
Position Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Department Psychology Department-1019
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Grant Funded Full-Time
Position Details

The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, headed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow for an NSF-funded project on early number acquisition. The Post-Doc will be responsible for working closely with the PI, a dedicated project manager, and undergraduate research assistants to carry out the goals of the study. The project explores the role of language and syntax in number acquisition, including a large cross-linguistic component with data collection in the US and international field sites.

The post-doc will be involved in:

Research design, data collection and analysis, subject recruitment, and management of grant/IRB/human subjects protocols

Supervision of research assistants

Manuscript preparation and editing, conference presentations, coordinating with collaborators in the US and abroad, and disseminating findings to non-science audiences

Travel will most likely be required. The post-doc will also have time, support, and resources to develop and work on an independent research program.

This is a one-year grant-funded position. Continuation of this position is dependent upon continued grant funding.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral in Psychology or a related field.

Research background in cognitive or language development.

Demonstrated ability to work with children.

Experience with experimental research design and statistical analysis.

Proficiency with basic computer platforms (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).

Proficiency with statistical analysis software and research tools (e.g., R, SPSS, PRISM, etc.).

Highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.

Able to take initiative and incorporate feedback.

Able & willing to travel.

Exceptional cultural sensitivity.

Excellent writing and communication skills.

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with preferential looking methodologies.

Past success in mentoring undergraduate research students.

Ideal candidate will also be self-directed and confident working both independently and with others in a busy and active research environment.

Management Competencies Not Applicable
Competencies Oral communications, Organizational skills, Teamwork/collaboration, Written communications, Commitment to sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants

Apply to Wesleyan Careers: In addition, please email a copy of the application (cover letter, CV, names and contact information of three references) to Maddy Barclay ( Review of applications will begin on March 13. The preferred start date is July 1 or earlier.

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Please tell us how you specifically heard about this position? ( e.g CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Higher Ed, InsideHigher Ed, CT.Jobs etc.)

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Resume