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Postdoctoral researcher - Using gesture to augment web-based mathematic instruction for children and adults

The Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago seeks a postdoctoral researcher to design and implement research projects to test the effectiveness of teaching methods that incorporate gesture or spatial highlighting tools for math learning in hearing and deaf children and adults from diverse backgrounds. The research also includes the development and testing of an online tool that incorporates gesture for teaching mathematics. The postdoctoral researcher will work with the institutional principal investigator, Susan Goldin-Meadow from University of Chicago and co-principal investigators Ruth Church (Northeastern Illinois University), Nicole McNeil (University of Notre Dame), Fey Parrill (Case Western Reserve University), Ryan Lepic (Gallaudet University), and David Simkins (Rochester Institute of Technology). The postdoctoral researcher will participate in all aspects of research management, development, and implementation.  He/she will oversee design, data collection, coding, and analysis for this NSF funded project. He/she will prepare manuscripts for publication, collaborate on the writing of annual grant reports, and present research findings at scientific conferences.

A doctoral degree is required in psychology, cognitive science, or a relevant field with research interests in development and learning, preferably mathematical development. Expertise in online education and website design preferred. ASL knowledge, experience supervising, and coordinating the work of others, and strong project management skills are preferred.  Must be able to represent the project to diverse audiences. This position is funded for two years and the start date is flexible.

Interested candidates should send a CV, a research statement, preprints/reprints of papers, and two letters of recommendation to:

Markie Theophile
Lab Manager, Goldin-Meadow Lab
5848 S University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-1562
mtheophile@uchicago.edu

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.  Individuals requiring accommodation call 773-834-7573.

Postdoctoral researcher - The neurobiological mechanisms underlying gesture's role in mathematical learning

The Goldin-Meadow Laboratory and the Environmental Neuroscience Lab (PI: Marc Berman) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago are seeking a postdoctoral researcher beginning in the Fall of 2021 (start date is flexible). The postdoctoral researcher will join a team investigating how action and gesture instruction differentially affect children’s ability to learn, generalize, and retain information related to a math lesson using different neuroimaging modalities, i.e., fMRI and fNIRS. The postdoctoral researcher will be applying cutting edge analysis and modeling techniques to the data, which involve multivariate analysis, network analysis, non-linear dynamics measures and classification techniques that the ENL applies to their data regularly. The postdoctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to be involved in other projects in the labs, including behavioral analyses of gesture and working with large datasets such as the ABCD adolescent neuroimaging dataset.

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in all aspects of research management, development, and implementation for this NSF funded project. In addition to overseeing design, data collection, coding and analysis for behavioral and fMRI and fNIRS studies with children. They will maintain data storage systems in the laboratory, and liaise with other projects and collaborators for data sharing as needed. They will oversee the work of research assistants, early-career graduate students, and prepare manuscripts for publication and present research findings at scientific conferences.

A doctoral degree is required in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, physics, or other related fields. Experience with neuroimaging data and neuroimaging analysis packages (e.g., BrainVoyager, SPM, AFNI, FSL, Nipype) is desirable.
Proficiency in the following programming languages: MATLAB, Python, R, Java, C/C++ or JavaScript is also required. Experience conducting studies with children, supervising and coordinating the work of others and strong project management skills are preferred.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals, and two letters of recommendation.

Please email these materials to:
Markie Theophile (mtheophile@uchicago.edu)

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer. Individuals requiring accommodation call 773-834-7573.