Our lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to collaborate on an innovative study about ways to address the effects of child poverty. The project focuses on the effects of poverty on the development of children’s judgment and decision-making abilities. This project is being conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by co-PIs Seth Pollak (psychology) and Barbara Wolfe (economics, public health) through the UW Waisman Center and Institute for Research on Poverty in collaboration with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This is a 2-year appointment that can begin immediately (some flexibility in start date), with the possibility of extension for a third.

Title: Post-Doctoral Scholar (Research Associate)
Salary: $48,432 (minimum)
Deadline Date: Until filled; review of applications will begin August 1, 2021 

Start Date: Flexible
Contact: Anna Bechner –

A Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, economics, public policy or a related field is required. The ideal candidate will have experience with neuroimaging analysis programs (e.g., AFNI, FSL, SPM, or other relevant programs), stimulus presentation programs (e.g., E-prime, Presentation, Cogent/Psychtoolbox [MATLAB]), and statistical analysis (e.g., MATLAB, R, SPSS). Prior experience interacting with community organizations, government social service agencies, and high-risk families/youth are also valued. A candidate with some of the aforementioned skills who wishes to add these other skills would likely find this position especially valuable. Prior psychology laboratory or clinical research experience with children, adolescents, and/or families is preferred. Excellent scientific writing skills and strong publication records are highly desired. Applicants should be interested in taking a leadership role in the scientific project and resulting publications, but also demonstrate interpersonal skills and an interest in working collaboratively with experts across different disciples.

To apply, please send a letter of interest describing graduate training and research interests, a CV, and the names and contact information for three potential references, via email to Anna Bechner at . Please note “Postdoc Inquiry 2021” in the subject line.

More information can be found at the following links:
Child Emotion Research Lab: https://childemotion.waisman.wisc.edu/
Representative Publication: how-developmental-neuroscience-can-help-address-the-problem-of-child-poverty.pdf