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CNS Annual Meeting from March 23-26, 2019 in San Francisco, California.   

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New on the CNS Blog: Putting Together the Puzzle of Adaptive Constructive Memory
 
The image most often used to describe how memory works is that of a video recorder retaining impressions in real time of each event, and your brain then plays back those impressions when calling up a memory. But that is but a memory myth. The image Harvard cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Schacter draws on to describe memory is instead an act of construction, "something like assembling a jigsaw puzzle from fragmentary bits and pieces." Indeed, he calls memory an "adaptive constructive process" - a process he has illuminated throughout his career and for which he is receiving the Distinguished Career Contributions Award from CNS this March at its annual meeting in San Francisco. Read more in this new Q&A with Schacter, as a preview of his CNS 2019 award address
 
Also on the CNS Blog: Bringing Hyperfocus Into Research Focus
 
"I get hooked into Netfix, and I'm not able to stop easily to get work done." Sound familiar? Maybe you're trying to catch up on Game of Thrones before the new season comes out or keep up with the seemingly infinite Netflix stand-up specials. For most of us, this engrossment never crosses the border from a few episodes of harmless binge-watching into missing out on much-needed sleep and forgoing personal and work responsibilities. But for some, a heightened level of focus on one task known as hyperfocus can occur. Often occurring in people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hyperfocus is a new area of neuroscientific research that would benefit from more attention from the cognitive neuroscience community. Read more in this guest post by Tessa Abagis (University of Michigan). 

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Recruiting Guest Bloggers for CNS 2019
 
CNS invites its members to author blog posts about research being presented at the upcoming CNS 2019 meeting in San Francisco. This is a great opportunity to communicate and share your work with a broader audience! Send your ideas to Lisa M.P. Munoz at: cns.publicaffairs@gmail.com.
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Conference/Symposium/Event

IWORDD 2019 - International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia

BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain & Language

Dear Researcher,
We're inviting you to the third edition of the International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia in San Sebasti√°n!
iWORDD was created back in 2013 with the aim to bring together researchers interested in understanding the causes and manifestations of developmental dyslexia and attempts to address the theoretical issues faced in this field.
Across two full days (October, 2nd -3th), the third edition of iWORDD will feature four excellent invited speakers whose theoretical views will cover various issues related to the impact of cross-linguistic variations on the manifestations of reading development and reading disorders. Questions linked to how structural differences amongst languages modulate reading acquisition and reading disorders will be addressed as well as important timely issues such as multilingualism and second language learning.
iWORDD will therefore offer the research community the opportunity to get a broad overview of the current cross-linguistic theories underlying research in the field, while helping outline future directions in the investigation of developmental dyslexia.
With it limited size, iWORDD will encourage interactions among invited speakers and researchers during the four keynote lectures, invited symposiums, oral as well as poster sessions.
Coupled with the aim of generating new ideas to advance our field from theoretical perspectives, the ultimate goal of iWORDD is to highlight innovative thinking which could play in important role in clinical practice and education. With this in mind, a day devoted to linking theory to practice which will be open to a broader audience will take place after the two days of scientific meeting between researchers (October, 4th).
Speakers iWORDD 3
Charles Perfetti
Johannes Ziegler
Ludo Verhoeven
Karin Landerl
For further information please visit https://www.bcbl.eu/events/iwordd2019/en/.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Yours sincerely,

Marie Lallier & Manuel Carreiras
BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
www.bcbl.eu

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://www.bcbl.eu/events/iwordd2019/en/

Contact Email: iwordd@bcbl.eu
 
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Conference/Symposium/Event

Registration open! Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity 2019 Meeting

Cognitive Neuroscience

Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity

The 5th Meeting of the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity (SfNC) meeting will be held on Friday, March 22 2019 in San Francisco, CA, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, preceding the Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting (March 23-26, 2019).

REGISTER ASAP TO ENSURE YOUR ATTENDANCE! 

Due to the overwhelming interest we have received for this year's meeting, attendance will unfortunately be limited. Make sure to register as soon as possible to ensure your place. 

Registration is free for current SfNC members (the registration fee is included in the SfNC membership fee: $25 for trainees and $50 for regular members). If are not yet a 2019 member, you'll have the opportunity to join after registering at the link below. Note that your registration is not official without 2019 membership.

This year's conference includes two programs. You may register for one or both: 

* The day program will consist of keynote talks, regular talks, catered lunch, blitz talk sessions, and poster sessions, and will take place from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.

*Registration for the day program is required for all presenters.*

* The evening program will consist of catered dinner and an education-focused design workshop, and will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The workshop will include a brainstorming session in which educators and researchers will team up, with the guidance of design-thinking experts, to generate new designs for improving (1) communication/learning between educators and researchers; and (2) allocation of community and educational resources for enhancing creativity in students and teachers.

o Space for the evening program is limited to approximately 1/3 the size of the day program, so make sure to register ASAP.

To register for either or both programs, please go to: https://ucsbltsc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3f6GO8txrPStvAV
 
Contact Information

Contact Website: https://tsfnc.org/

Contact Email: info@tsfnc.org
 
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Conference/Symposium/Event

Attention and Awareness II: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert Rafal

Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences

University of California, Berkeley

This series of talks will cover historical and contemporary perspectives on the neural basis of attention and awareness. Speakers will pay special tribute to the contributions and influences of Professor Robert Rafal, a cognitive and behavioral neurologist whose career focused on better understanding the neural underpinnings of attention, consciousness, eye movements, and perception. During his highly influential research career so far, Professor Rafal has elucidated important and distinct roles of the superior colliculus, thalamus, and the temporo-parietal junction in the orienting of attention, and also demonstrated unconscious processing in blindsight and hemispatial neglect.

Speakers include Bob Knight, V.S Ramachandran, Chris Rorden, Anne Sereno, and Patrik Vuilleumier, among others.

For further information, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-neural-basis-of-attention-festschrift-in-honor-of-bob-rafal-tickets-54694011260

Generously sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-neural-basis-of-attention-festschrift-in-honor-of-bob-rafal-tickets-54694011260

Contact Name: Alexandra List

Contact Email: alist@hamilton.edu

Faculty Positions

Faculty Position

Postdoc in Memory and Aging

University of Massachusetts

Psychological & Brain Sciences

University of Massachusetts

We seek a post-doctoral research associate for NIH-funded research on age-related changes in memory and how this interacts with sleep. 

The candidate must have completed or be in the process of completing a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, or other related discipline. Training in statistical methods, mastery of English speaking and writing, and experience working with human subjects are required. Successful candidates must have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with participants and other trainees; and strong organization, problem solving, and analytic skills. 
We seek a post-doc who is motivated and ambitious, who is prepared for a hands-on research experience including the use of new tasks and techniques, and who is prepared to be an intellectual contributor to the research. Responsibilities will include: (1) conducting experiments in young and older adults (behavioral and physiological (EEG, fMRI) data collection); (2) data processing and analysis; (3) training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants; (4) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; (5) assisting with research protocols and compliance; and (6) contributing to data dissemination (poster presentations, manuscript submissions).

The lab is in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and part of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amherst is in the beautiful western part of Massachusetts with plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities and scenery. Situated close to Boston, Providence, and New York City, the lab offers many opportunities to attend lectures and workshops and visit labs in the New England region.

The position is set to begin as soon as possible with a start date before May 1, 2019 preferred. If interested, please send CV, letter describing research interests and goals, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Rebecca Spencer at rspencer @ umass.edu.
 
Contact Information

Contact Website: https://www.somneurolab.com/

Contact Name: Rebecca Spencer

Contact Email: rspencer@umass.edu
 
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Faculty Position

Research Scientist

Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute is hiring a research scientist to lead their own independent research projects and provide service to the institute by assisting in data collection, analysis, pulse sequence implementation, and scheduling and billing.

Apply before 4/07/2019

See posting for full details.

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25898&siteid=5635#jobDetails=432016_5635

Contact Name: Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute

Contact Email: neuroimaging@ttu.edu

 
Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral position focused on the neurobiological basis of predictive processing and statistical learning.

BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain & Language

The main project will focus on the oscillatory correlates of predictive processing in vision and audition with a special focus on neural entrainment phenomena and top-down control. The project is part of a collaborative research effort of the BCBL with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem funded by the ERC with PIs: Ram Frost (Hebrew U), Craig Richer (BCBL), Nicola Molinaro (BCBL). The expected time frame is one year with a possible extension to another year.

The project is based upon a set of EEG and MEG experiments that will be designed to uncover the neural mechanisms supporting predictive processing - across sensory modalities and cognitive domains. The long-term goal is to evaluate the role that such predictive skills play in second language learning, and how these are implemented neurobiologically.

We are interested in candidates with a high level of independence, familiarity with EEG or MEG, as well as computing tools (Python/Matlab). Candidates should demonstrate a convincing publication record.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers studying the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying statistical learning, predictive processing and language learning, and research will be carried out primarily at the BCBL, with stays at the and Hebrew U.

Deadline: April 15th, 2019.

To submit your application please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for EEG_MEG Postdoc 2019_02 and upload:

1. A curriculum vitae.

2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters max).

3. Two reference letters submitted directly by the referees through the outline system.

For more information about the specifics of the position, please contact Ram Frost (ram.frost@mail.huji.ac.il) and/or Craig Richter at the BCBL (craiggrichter@gmail.com).

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://www.bcbl.eu/jobs/

Contact Email: ram.frost@mail.huji.ac.il
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Exercise for Brain Health Lab

University of Maryland, College Park

The Exercise for Brain Health (E4BH) Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, directed by Dr. J. Carson Smith, is focused on understanding how exercise and physical activity affect human brain function and mental health. Our methods include functional and structural MRI as well as behavioral measures of cognitive and physical function with young and older adults. The focus of this position will be to support an NIH-NIA funded clinical trial to determine the effects of exercise training on brain and cognitive function in older adults at increased genetic risk for Alzheimer's Disease.

Preferred qualifications include: 1) a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Kinesiology, or related field; 2) research experience collecting, processing and/or analyzing human MRI data; and 3) excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Experience with neuropsychological testing and exercise testing are desirable but not required. Application review will begin immediately, and start date is Summer 2019. 

Application materials should be sent to carson@umd.edu and include a cover letter detailing research interests, career goals, qualifications, and experience, a CV, and contact information for 2-3 references who can provide letters upon request.

Contact Information

Contact Name: J. Carson Smith

Contact Email: carson@umd.edu
 
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Postdoctoral Position

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN EPILEPSY COMPUTATIONAL IMAGING AT CHILDREN'S NATIONAL HOSPITAL SYSTEM AND THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Neuroimaging, Methods

Neurology

Children's National Health System, GWU, Washington, DC

A post-doctoral position is available starting Spring/Summer 2019 in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Children's National Hospital System (Center for Neuroscience/Children's Research Institute) and the George Washington University, Washington DC. This position involves the application of state-of-the-art functional and structural MRI imaging methods. The fellow will apply methods previously developed but not used in epilepsy as well as develop novel computational imaging methods. Our aim is to apply sophisticated approaches to answer clinical questions (e.g., identify seizure focus through fMRI; develop sensitive MRI metrics of cognitive reorganization; examine pre-post surgical changes structurally and functionally). 

The fellow will have the opportunity to initiate his/her own research projects, mine existing data, and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, cognitive neuroscientists fellows, graduate students, and research assistants.  

The appointment is for one year, renewable for up to three years upon mutual agreement. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in engineering, neuroscience, biological science, or machine learning related field. Experience with computer programming and image processing is essential. Familiarity with fMRI analysis software including SPM, FSL, AFNI, and Freesurfer, as well as programming environments such as MATLAB or Python is highly desirable. Children's National Hospital System is an equal opportunity employer. Full-time employees receive full benefits, competitive salaries, and excellent resources for career development. 

To apply, please send a letter describing research interests and experience, curriculum vita, and names and contact information of three references to William D. Gaillard, MD at wgaillar@childrensnational.org and cc Xiaozhen You, PhD at xyou@childrensnational.org.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Chandan Vaidya

Contact Email: xyou@childrensnational.org
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Post Doctoral Fellow-Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology

PEMDAS Lab - McGregor/Nocera

Department of Neurology

Emory University

The PEMDAS (Physical Exercise Movement Dynamics Aging and Stimulation) Laboratory at Emory University seeks a post-doctoral research associate to assist with research performed within the Atlanta VA and the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology at Emory University. 

The successful candidate will have interest in contributing to research focused on investigating changes in neural function as a result of aging and/or regular engagement in cardiovascular training. Successful candidates will also have a record of successfully conducting independent research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and/or national presentations. Candidates should have a strong background in structural and functional brain imaging including fMRI and rsfMRI. Experience with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is also required including use of neuronavigated TMS for both assessment and neuromodulation. 

A strong background in Unix systems is preferred. Candidates are also desired who possess experience in research using human models of exercise as well as a working knowledge of biostatistics. Interpersonal skills and professionalism are highly valued. 

The position provides excellent opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment and have close interactions with MR physicists, exercise scientists, neuroscientists, physical therapists, neurologists, radiologists, and speech and language pathologists. 

The post-doc will work in a team-based environment including establishment of a mentoring team to support career development. The initial full-time appointment is for 12 months, with renewal based on performance and funding availability. Candidates should possess either an MD or PhD in psychology, neuroscience or another related biomedical science-related field by the time of appointment. Interested individuals should provide a one-page cover letter describing their research experience and interests, along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three references.

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/mcgregorlab/positions/

Contact Name: KEITH M MCGREGOR

Contact Email: keith.mcgregor@emory.edu
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Early Brain Development

Dr. Pat Levitt

Developmental Neuroscience

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The Healthy Development and Resiliency Study at The Saban Research Institute in the Program of Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Neurogenetics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a longitudinal research project investigating novel early life biomarkers of risk and resilience of brain and behavioral development. Methodologies include neurophysiology (EEG), attention metrics (eye tracking), measures of metabolic homeostasis, and environmental risk (low income, stress exposure, maternal psychopathology, housing instability) across the first few years of life. The research fellow will participate in all levels of the research investigation, including data collection, data processing, established and innovative data analysis, and manuscript preparation. Some training and supervision of research assistants will be required. Professional development activities, including individual development plans, assistance with fellowship application, science communication skills and opportunities for academic growth are provided by the laboratory and institution. See link for more information.

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://jobs.chla.org/job/los-angeles/fellow-post-doc-research/277/10746407

Contact Name: Lisa Schlueter

Contact Email: ljschlueter@gmail.com
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position: Yale University--Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab.

Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab

Department of Psychology

Yale University

The Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab (PI: Dr. BJ Casey) at Yale University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position starting in summer 2019. Ongoing work in the lab ranges from cognitive, affective, and clinically-relevant approaches to understanding the developing brain. The FAB Lab is also home to one of the sites involved in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, a large-scale national longitudinal study and unprecedented resource for investigating brain development and health outcomes.

In addition to completing a PhD in psychology or neuroscience, the ideal candidate will be highly motivated, innovative, and enthusiastic about working collaboratively. Qualifications include experience working with human participants and brain imaging data, as well as a strong background in study design and statistical analyses. Computational skills and programming experience (e.g., R, Python) are desirable, but not expected.

To apply, please email Kristina Rapuano at kristinarapuano@gmail.com with a CV, cover letter, and contact information for references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://fablab.yale.edu

Contact Name: Steven Martinez

Contact Email: steven.martinez@yale.edu
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Two-year postdoctoral fellow sought

Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Department of Neurology

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory seeks a fellow for a two-year fellowship providing a solid research background to serve as a foundation for an independent research career. Our lab investigates the neural substrates of cognitive impairment, with a specific focus on developing a science-based approach to cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis. The trainee is exposed to a broad range of interrelated research approaches including randomized clinical trials of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for cognition, and multimodal neuroimaging. The ideal candidate's interests may include biopsychosocial factors related to cognition e.g., education, health risk factors, mood, loneliness, resilience, fatigue, diet, exercise, sleep, socioeconomic status, and social network science. Experience with large data modeling / statistical modeling is a plus. Neuroimaging experience is desirable, although not essential. The fellow will be co-mentored by Dr. Victoria Leavitt and Dr. Yaakov Stern. Please email CV and statement of goals to Dr. Leavitt at VL2337@cumc.columbia.edu

Contact Information

Contact Name: Victoria Leavitt

Contact Email: VL2337@cumc.columbia.edu
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PhD or MD track)

VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

The Office of Academic Affiliations, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is now accepting applications for a two-year VA funded program for researchers (MD or PhD) with an optional third year of funding. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The Fellowship site is located within the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC). The WRIISC interdisciplinary program aims to provide M.D.'s or Ph.D.'s in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience or other applicable disciplines with clinical experience and research training to become outstanding researchers in high-priority areas of healthcare. The Fellow will analyze data from clinical trials examining behavioral interventions for treating posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. Candidates should have an interest in the mechanism of action of interventions, with an emphasis on processes related to cognition (sleep, memory consolidation), or autonomic nervous system function. Preference will be given to candidates with an interest in applied research, integrative health, or rehabilitation methods. The Fellowship would be suitable for candidates with a background in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, physiological psychology or similar fields of study. Fellows will conduct studies and analyze data that will create the foundation for future treatments, and will develop innovative tools and measures for novel approaches to healthcare.

The Fellowship can begin any time, and a 2-year commitment is preferred. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For consideration, please submit a letter of interest and curriculum vita to Peter Bayley, PhD at pbayley@stanford.edu

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/training-opportunities/ca/index.asp

Contact Email: pbayley@stanford.edu
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Hutchinson Lab at University of Oregon looking for a post-doc

Hutchinson Lab of Cognitive Neuroscience

Department of Psychology

University of Oregon

The Hutchinson Lab of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oregon (http://hulacon.uoregon.edu) is looking to hire a post-doctoral fellow with a starting date in the fall (on or around 9/1/2019). The lab is part of the Oregon Memory Group (http://oregonmemorygroup.uoregon.edu) and is interested in how memory influences, and is influenced by, selective attention with a focus on using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (e.g. fMRI). The fellow will work with the PI in developing a research program reflective of mutual research interests in memory and attention. The fellow is expected to independently manage and execute the research program as well as provide supervision and mentorship to junior lab members as needed. 

Applicants should possess a PhD degree or equivalent in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or a related field by the time of employment and be eligible to work in the United States. Evidence of an existing, well-developed, and topically related research program is essential and past work with neuroimaging data (in particular fMRI) is especially valued. Prior experience with programming (MATLAB, Python, R) and fluency in statistics with a focus on empirical data analysis is also strongly desired. 

The position is for up to two years with the possibility of extending beyond that.

If interested, please send along a copy of your CV as well as a description of your research interests and experience to Dr. Ben Hutchinson (bhutch@uoregon.edu).

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://hulacon.uoregon.edu

Contact Name: Ben Hutchinson

Contact Email: bhutch@uoregon.edu
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Research Associate in EEG/tACS Studies of Episodic Memory

Nyhus Lab

Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Nyhus lab in the Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience. Our lab conducts research on the neural basis of executive function and episodic memory. For additional information on research in the lab, visit https://www.bowdoin.edu/profiles/faculty/enyhus/index.html. 

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will conduct research for a two-year NIMH funded project on the role of theta oscillations in episodic memory. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will assist with designing EEG/tACS experiments, implementation, analysis, presentation, and publication of the research.  

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related discipline or must show evidence that a Ph.D. will be completed before the start of the position. Applicants are welcome from scientists with interests related to the study of executive function and/or episodic memory. Experience with behavioral, EEG, tACS, or other cognitive neuroscience methodologies is also a requirement for this position. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to research with undergraduate students.

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://careers.bowdoin.edu/postings/5767

Contact Name: Erika Nyhus

Contact Email: enyhus@bowdoin.edu
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Fellowship in fMRI Studies of Concept Representations

Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging

Department of Psychology

Carnegie Mellon University

The Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon has a postdoctoral position available starting in spring 2019, typically lasting 2 years, working with Dr. Marcel Just. The research focuses on fMRI studies of concept representations, with one focus on representations of scientific concepts, and another on differences between neurotypical and psychiatric populations.  

Qualifications for the position: 
* A Ph.D. in a branch of cognitive neuroscience.
* Experience in brain imaging as well as expertise in the computational methods related to this area of research. 
* Facility with Linux, Matlab, MVPA, and machine learning would be useful.

The position offers training and research opportunities working with a multidisciplinary Center team with excellent technical support and research staff.

Applicants should send a CV, statement of research skills and interests, preprints, and three letters of reference to:

Paulette Williams
Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging
Department of Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: pwilliams@cmu.edu

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://www.ccbi.cmu.edu

Contact Name: Paulette Williams

Contact Email: pwilliams@cmu.edu

  
Research Assistant Positions

Research Assistant Position

Research Assistant Position: Yale University--Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab.

Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab

Department of Psychology

Yale University

The Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab (PI: Dr. BJ Casey) at Yale University is seeking a full time Research Assistant to work on studies of self-control. One major study in the lab is the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, a national longitudinal study following brain development and health outcomes in over 10,000 children through adolescence into young adulthood.

The Research Assistant's primary responsibilities include participant retention and scheduling, data collection (behavioral, biospecimen, MRI neuroimaging), database management, and other administrative lab duties.

The ideal candidate will hold a B.A./B.S. in a related field such as psychology, neuroscience, or computer science and have experience working with human participants, especially children and adolescents. Additional highly desired qualifications include ability with brain imaging software and programming (e.g., FSL, AFNI, Python). 

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual who would like to gain research experience in preparation for a graduate career. Application review will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants who can provide a two-year commitment are strongly preferred.

If interested, please contact Dr. BJ Casey at bj.casey@yale.edu and include your CV/resume and a cover letter.
 
Contact Information

Contact Website: http://fablab.yale.edu

Contact Name: Steven Martinez

Contact Email: steven.martinez@yale.edu
 
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Research Assistant Position

Risk and Resilience

Division of Children, Youth, and Families

Developmental Neuroscience

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Division of Children, Youth, and Families is hiring at least one full-time Research Assistant to participate in the data collection and management of the Healthy Development and Resiliency study, an ongoing investigation of novel early life biomarkers of risk and resilience.  

Primary responsibilities include 1) administration of developmental testing, EEG and eye tracking to infant/toddlers (age 2-36 months) and questionnaires to parents; 2) collection and processing of biological samples; 3) database management; 4) assisting with screening, scheduling, and organizational tasks. Spoken and written Spanish and English language proficiency is preferred. Familiarity with REDCap, SPSS, MatLab, as well as IRB protocols is desirable. Interest in learning EEG data processing and analysis is required. 
The position is available immediately. See link for more information.

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://jobs.chla.org/job/los-angeles/research-assistant-levitt-lab/277/10746409

Contact Name: Lisa Schlueter

Contact Email: ljschlueter@gmail.com
 
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Research Assistant Position

TWO Research Assistant Positions at UNC in the Cohen Lab

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Cohen Laboratory in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, directed by Dr. Jessica Cohen, is seeking a research assistant beginning summer 2019. We investigate how functional brain networks dynamically interact and reconfigure when confronted with changing cognitive demands, when experiencing transformations across development, and when facing disruptions in healthy functioning due to disease. The lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging, and clinical approaches taken from neuroscience, psychology, and mathematics to address our research questions. We have several ongoing projects that investigate moment-to-moment network dynamics during rest and cognitive tasks in typically developing children and children with ADHD. You will be encouraged to take on an independent project that can result in a conference poster presentation and/or manuscript authorship. Interested applicants please send a CV, cover letter describing research interests and career goals, unofficial transcript, and contact info for 2-3 references to: jrcohen@unc.edu.

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://cohenlab.web.unc.edu/

Contact Name: Jessica Cohen

Contact Email: jrcohen@unc.edu
 
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Research Assistant Position

Departmental Assistant

Neural Vitality Lab

Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

University of Massachusetts- Amherst

The Neural Vitality Lab at UMass Amherst seeks a full-time Departmental Assistant. Position will involve participant recruitment (older and younger adults), task preparation, running behavioral and fMRI sessions, and preparing presentations. Other duties include bookkeeping and managing IRB protocols. 

The position would be a great opportunity to build research skills, learning fMRI/psychophysiology analyses, and present/publish research prior to applying to graduate programs in clinical and/or cognitive psychology.

Preferred Qualifications 
* BA in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or related field
* Experience with fMRI research and scripting
* Experience working with older adults 

Work Schedule 
40 hrs per week

Salary Information 
$14.00 per hour

Start date is Summer 2019 (negotiable). 

More details at: http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/496693/departmental-assistant-summer-2019

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information.

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/496693/departmental-assistant-summer-2019

Contact Name: Dr. Bruna Martins
 
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Research Assistant Position

Lab Coordinator in the Memory, Aging, & Cognition Lab at Notre Dame

Memory, Aging, & Cognition Lab

Department of Psychology

University of Notre Dame

The Memory, Aging, and Cognition laboratory at the University of Notre Dame seeks applicants for a laboratory coordinator. Our laboratory investigates the neural bases of episodic memory in healthy young and older adults using a variety of techniques, including electroencephalography (EEG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The lab coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day management tasks in the lab including scheduling and recruiting participants, training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, creating experimental and laboratory protocols and procedures, as well as data collection and analysis. 

Applicants should have interests in the cognitive neuroscience of human memory and cognitive aging, prior research experience, and have a bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Individuals who will graduate by June 2019 with a bachelor's degree will also be considered. Prior research experience with EEG, TMS, and fMRI is desirable, is not required. This is a one-year, limited term position with the option for a second year renewal. Informal inquiries may be made to by email to Dr. Josh Koen (jkoen@nd.edu). 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filed. 

To view and apply for this job, please visit https://jobs.nd.edu/postings/15465

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

Contact Information

Contact Website: https://jobs.nd.edu/postings/15465

Contact Name: Joshua Koen

Contact Email: jkoen@nd.edu
 
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Research Assistant Position

Research Assistant in Multimodal Brain Imaging

Neurochemistry and Cognition Laboratory

Department of Psychology

Brandeis University

The Neurochemistry and Cognition Laboratory (PI: Dr. Anne Berry) is looking for a research assistant to work on human brain imaging studies investigating relationships between dopamine function, brain network activity, and high-level cognition in young and older adults. The lab launches this year, so the research assistant will have a unique opportunity to be involved in foundational work for our research program. This position offers opportunities to train in neuroimaging methods including PET, fMRI and EEG. We are looking for a highly motivated, organized and enthusiastic team member to advance this exciting research. This position is ideal for someone interested in pursuing a career in research.  

Expected commitment for this position is 2 years, but may be extended. The position will begin in mid-July 2019, though the start date is flexible. 

Submit cover letter and resume as a single document at
http://www.brandeis.edu/humanresources/jobs/external.html. Job ID: 528252.

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://www.brandeis.edu/humanresources/jobs/external.html

Registered Email: aberry@lbl.gov

Contact Name: Anne S. Berry

Contact Email: anneberry@brandeis.edu


Other Positions

Other

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program seeking to promote broader participation in training in the Learning Sciences

Learning sciences

Learning Research and Development Center

University of Pittsburgh

The Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program seeks to promote broader participation in training in the Learning Sciences. We bring students to LRDC who embody the diversity of our nation, region, and city. LRDC interns gain experience in the Learning Sciences (research on instruction and learning) by working projects with a faculty members who specialize in this area. Interns may also work with advanced graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in the faculty members' labs.

Faculty have primary appointments in the Department of Psychology, and the Schools of Education, Law, and Computing and Information. For a list of potential faculty mentors and research topics, see http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/Diversity/faculty_mentors.cshtml. Although applications from all undergraduate students will be considered, these internships are most appropriate for students who will be entering the final year of undergraduate study.

These internships will provide valuable experience for students who intend to apply for graduate programs, and will include professional development seminars run by the internship director, other faculty, and LRDC graduate students. Professional development programs include topics such as applying to graduate school, writing a research statement, writing a CV, the imposter phenomenon, stereotype threat, and presenting research. The program concludes with a poster session at which the interns present what they have learned to the entire LRDC community.

The 2019 internship program will run from May 20-June 30, 2019 and all participants are expected to be in residence for the entire program. Housing and a stipend will be provided. A limited number of travel supplements are available to fund student travel to and from Pittsburgh. Eligibility requirements: Students should have a primary field of study in an area relevant to the learning sciences. GPA should be over 3.0, however promise can be demonstrated through other means, such as student letters of recommendation, student background, research experience, etc. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution. Women and members of under-represented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are due no later than March 15th and should be completed at the following
website: https://form.jotform.com/81005816384152 . Applicants will be informed of the
decision by April 1st. One or more letters of recommendation from a faculty member should
be submitted on behalf of applicants directly to LRDCinterns@Pitt.edu by March 15th.

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/Diversity/internship/index.cshtml

Registered Email: marc.coutanche@pitt.edu

Contact Name: Marc Coutanche

Contact Email: marc.coutanche@pitt.edu

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Full Time Lab Manager Position
 
University of Virginia
 
The Long Term Memory Lab at the University of Virginia is seeking candidates for a full-time Lab Manager position. The goal of the research in the lab is to understand the neural mechanisms that support our ability to form and retrieve memories. The lab collects behavioral, scalp electroencephalographic(EEG), and/or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data while human subjects perform memory tasks.
 
This would be an excellent position for a recent graduate seeking to gain additional research experience prior to graduate school.
There will be training in multiple methods and opportunities for coauthorship on presentations and publications. The successful candidate will be highly-motivated, reliable, conscientious, and organized. Key responsibilities include scheduling and overseeing data collection. Other responsibilities include preparation and submission of human subject protocols and progress reports, data entry, and basic data analysis.
 
Candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree. Concentration in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering,computer science, or any other related fields, desired. Previous research experience (>1 year) is highly recommended. Experience with a statistical software package (i.e. SPSS, STATA, SAS, R, MATLAB) is a plus. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered, including experience as an undergraduate research assistant.
 
Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with standard neuroimaging analysis methods are a plus, but not required. This position also requires candidates to be able to work independently in a high paced environment and take initiatives when necessary, multitask, and possess outstanding organizational skills. Finally, this position requires the ability to work nights and/or weekend as necessary.
 
Start date is negotiable though the ideal candidate would be able to begin May or June 2019.
 
Individuals interested in this position should email a CV, contact information for three professional references and cover letter to Nicole Long (niclong@virginia.edu).
 
Lab Specialist employees provide technical lab support by performing complex lab and research related tasks. They act as specialists on research methods and equipment functions specific to investigations. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They are distinguished from Lab Technicians by the types and duration of assignments, as well as the skills and expertise necessary to serve as resources on non-routine problems. Lab Specialist employees perform daily activities without supervision; their longer-term assignments require greater oversight. Lab Specialist employees often train others on
work processes and policies.
 
Specialize in lab and/or other research methods and equipment functions specific to Principal Investigators and/or labs. Demonstrate expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions. Perform a variety of tests requiring high degree of proficiency.
 
Assist in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
 
May perform small animal surgery.
 
Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software. Evaluate experiment results using statistical and multivariate analyses. Research, compile, and maintain complex statistical,numerical, and computerized reports.
 
Perform library and literature research.
 
Assist in instructing lab academic sections in lab methods, procedures, and safety.
 
Explain work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.
 
Assist in training other staff members on procedures.
 
In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.
 
To apply, visit https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and search for Lab Manager. Complete a Staff Application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.
 
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Ashley Cochran, Academic Recruiter at
alc6dk@virginia.edu.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
 
Education: Bachelor's degree
 
Experience: At least three years of experience, which may include experience gained while a student.
 
Licensure: None
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
 
This position can spend extensive periods of time standing and squatting while conducting experiments or caring for animals. Also requires keyboarding and other bench work and animal procedures requiring finer finger manipulation.
 
The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician's Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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