Spring 2018

Postdoc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience/Global Literacy

Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (fNIRS) and Global Literacy

Postdoctoral position in behavioral and neuroimaging research of language, literacy, and cognitive development, focused on global literacy initiatives in Ivory Coast. Position start date: August 1, 2018 (flexible). Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

Brain Organization for Language and Literacy Development (BOLD) Lab
Linguistics and Cognitive Science Department
University of Delaware

The BOLD Lab at the University of Delaware has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to research on child literacy development in rural Ivory Coast. We have several ongoing projects using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study how children develop and learn to read in high-risk environments. Specifically, we are looking for an individual who can contribute to two projects: (1) a technology-based literacy intervention program in primary school settings, and (2) brain-behavior approach to the study of development and reading outcomes, both in Ivory Coast.

Responsibilities will include the development, collection, and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data about literacy development and literacy intervention outcomes in school-aged children growing up in rural communities of Ivory Coast. The postdoc will also contribute to mentorship and collaboration with an Ivorian research team of graduate students and postdocs, with the goal of increasing local science capacity. The position is based at the University of Delaware, and the postdoc will have opportunities to go to Ivory Coast over the duration of the position.

Successful applicants will have a background in several of the following areas: child development, language and literacy acquisition, reading interventions (including education technologies), recording and analysis of fNIRS data, design and analysis of complex behavioral experiments/tasks, longitudinal data analysis, global development (ideally in sub-Saharan Africa). A Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or Neuroscience is preferred. The ideal candidate will be familiar with working in international contexts (preferably sub-Saharan Africa), proficient in French, and have a high degree of fluency conducting univariate and multivariate statistics using R, and fNIRS neuroimaging analysis using Matlab (NIRS-SPM, fNIRS-toolbox, Homer).

Interested candidates should send via email their CV, two representative papers, the names of three references, and a cover letter to Dr. Kaja Jasinska (jasinska@udel.edu).

The position is for one year, with the option to renew for 1-2 years, given satisfactory performance and available funding.

Contact Information

PI Website: www.haskins.yale.edu/staff/jasinska/

Lab Website: sites.udel.edu/boldlab

Contact Name: Kaja Jasinska

Contact Email: jasinska@udel.edu

Kaja K. Jasińska, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Joint Appointments: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Delaware
Research Scientist, Haskins Laboratories
USA: 302 831 0156 / Côte d’Ivoire: (+225) 77 62 42 28
Skype: kaja.jasinska

Postdoctoral Position to Study the Neural Circuitry of Memory

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION available immediately for an NIH funded project investigating hippocampal-neocortical interactions supporting learning and memory. We will use high volume neuronal recordings and local field potentials in behaving rats, in combination with optogenetic and chemogenetic methods for manipulating specific pathways in order to study the functional interactions between the hippocampus and various neocortical brain regions, especially the retrosplenial cortex. Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology or a related field. Candidates with a background in math or engineering and an interest in neuroscience are also encouraged to apply. Previous experience with any of the above-mentioned techniques is desirable but not required. Salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines and applicant experience. The start date is flexible and applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. Interested applicants should direct inquiries to David M. Smith, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; e-mail dms248@cornell.edu, http://people.psych.cornell.edu/~dms248/.

CT Institute for Brain & Cognitive Sciences: “Meet-and-Speak”

The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) invites you to their annual two-day Meet-and-Speak” event on May 8th and 9th where affiliated faculty (from the Storrs campus and UConn Health Center) will give 15 minute presentations describing, in accessible language, the research they have carried out, or propose carrying out, with seed funding previously awarded by IBACS. Also, Graduate Students affiliated with the Institute will be performing short “datablitz” style presentations about their involvement in Seed Funded or related research, and posters. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held in The Great Room at the Alumni Center from 9-3:30.

In addition, the 2018 Meet-and-Speak will feature Keynote speakers each evening.

  • Holly Fitch, UConn Psychological Sciences at 5pm, May 8 in Konover Auditorium – Auditory processing in genetically engineered mouse models: Implications for human language
  • Dianne Newbury, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK at 5pm, May 9 in Konover Auditorium – Genetic contributions to auditory processing disorder

This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the diverse research that IBACS affiliates are engaged in, and will provide a forum for cross-disciplinary networking.

Lunch and other refreshments will be provided.

More information about this event, including the programs and abstracts of the keynote topics, can be found here.

If you are interested in attending all or part of this 2-day event, please register by May 1st. Attendance at each session or each day is not required, and you will be able to specify on the registration form which sessions you can attend.

See the poster here: IBACS poster for May 2018 v21

Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship, Univ of Alaska Anchorage

Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology

JOB NO:508981


This is a 9 month appointment (August to May) with a 3 month contract extension during the summer. This appointment may be renewed for up to an additional two years.

UAA – with community campuses in Mat-Su, Kenai, Kodiak, and Prince William Sound – is located on the traditional homelands of the Dena’ina and Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, and Eyak peoples. Furthermore, a rapidly increasing number of culturally diverse peoples from all over the world also call Anchorage home. To better reflect this diversity and better serve our communities, we seek a culturally and academically diverse postdoctoral fellow with an emerging or established interest in working with Indigenous/American Indian/Alaska Native communities or other marginalized groups. The postdoctoral fellow may be involved in the department’s undergraduate, masters, and PhD programs, depending on the fellow’s career goals.  The successful candidate will teach one course per semester in the first year, with the teaching load potentially increasing in subsequent years based on individual goals.  Psychology faculty will provide mentorship in peer-reviewed publications, conference and community  presentations, applications for external funding, and/or clinical service provision.  Psychology faculty will also provide mentorship in opportunities to engage with UAA and the greater Anchorage and Alaska communities.

Applications from all persons are welcomed; women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States at the time of application.

Successful candidate will be prepared to teach psychology courses and have teaching competence in at least one of these areas: behavioral health, clinical, community, statistics, or research methods. Research interests should address issues of diversity and/or reflect an interest in working with Indigenous/American Indian/Alaska Native communities or other marginalized groups. Scholars who study health disparities or whose research is focused on diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

Required Experience: Successful candidates will be prepared to teach psychology courses and have teaching competence in at least one of these areas: behavioral health, clinical, community, statistics, or research methods. Research interests or expertise in working with Indigenous or multicultural communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Typical Education or Training: Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related field is required. ABDs in Psychology will be considered however employment is contingent upon conferral of Ph.D. prior to appointment start date in August 2018.

Successful applicants must provide Official Transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment. Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.


For further information and to apply: http://careers.alaska.edu/cw/en-us/job/508981/multicultural-postdoctoral-fellow-department-of-psychology

Direct questions about the position to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Vivian Gonzalez (vmgonzalez@alaska.edu).

2018 Annual Departmental Research Poster Night – April 18

The Annual Departmental Research Poster Night will take place on Wednesday, April 18 from 4:30-5:30pm in the Bousfield Building Annex. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome.  Please follow this link to sign up!

The deadline to sign up is Friday, April 13.

This is a great opportunity to showcase work presented at a recent or upcoming conference (save your posters!) and talk with students from other divisions.

Drinks/pizza/samosas will be provided, so please come by even if you are not presenting!

UConn’s 3MT – Three Minute Thesis International Competition

You’re Invited! 

UConn is hosting its Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition to select a winner to move forward in the international competition. The event features three minute long presentations by PhD candidates on their research topics.


  • Fun event with door prizes
  • Meet UConn’s new provost, Dr. Craig H. Kennedy, who is planning to attend
  • Vote for the UConn People’s Choice Winner

 Click here to reserve your seat to attend this popular annual event.

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018 / Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: Student Union Theater, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Don’t forget to click here to reserve your seat.                             

Graduate Student Improv Workshop

Prof. Kenneth Noll of the Molecular and Cell Biology Dept. will be sponsoring an improvisation workshop to help graduate students from all areas of study to develop listening skills necessary for effective communication in your profession and in job interviews. Communication is two-way, so listening attentively is extremely important. This workshop will give you some basic tools and training to help you work on listening skills as well as learning to think on your feet. This is not meant to make you a comedian nor an actor. You will not be expected to get up on a stage to perform. The workshop uses group and partner activities to help build your skills and confidence as a listener.

The workshop will be held for 4 weeks on Monday evenings, March 19 to April 9 from 6-9 pm in Oak Hall Room 106. The instructor will be an experienced improv performer from Hartford’s SeaTea improv company. A $5 cash fee is due to Dr. Kenneth Noll at the first session. If you attend at least 3 of the sessions, your $5 will be refunded. The class size is limited to 14, so register soon to get your spot. A waiting list will be kept in case of cancelations. To register contact Dr. Noll at kenneth.noll@uconn.edu and let him know which graduate program you are in.

Prof. Kenneth Noll
Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology

Poster details here: Improv workshop poster