Postdoctoral ResearcherThe neurobiological mechanisms underlying gesture’s role in mathematical learning


The Goldin-Meadow Laboratory and the Environmental Neuroscience Lab (ENL, 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, and non-linear dynamics measures. 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. It is not essential that the postdoctoral researcher have experience with neuroimaging data and neuroimaging analysis packages; they will receive training in collecting and analyzing neuroimaging data in the ENL lab.  Proficiency in one of the following programming languages (MATLAB, Python, R, Java, C/C++ or JavaScript) is preferred, as are experience conducting studies with children, supervising and coordinating the work of others, and strong project management skills. 

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 ()