Research Scientist Position for a Project to Develop and Validate Executive Function Games in Children
Open date: February 28th, 2020
Next review date:Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
We seek to hire one research scientist position at 75% to work on a project funded by the NewSchools Venture / EF+Math Program entitled Developing low-cost mobile app technology to assess ability and fluctuations in executive functions and math learning'. It is a collaborative and multi-site project conducted by Susanne Jaeggi (UCI) and investigators at the University of California, Riverside (Aaron Seitz), the University of Maryland, College Park (Geetha Ramani, Imani Goffney), and Washington University, St. Louis (Dennis Barbour).
Main duties will include overseeing the day to day operations of the project, including the design, implementation and validation of executive functions and math games. Main duties include working with the developers to design the application, setting up studies, managing IRB protocols, collecting and managing the data, as well as training and supervision of project managers and undergraduate research assistants. Other responsibilities include running statistical analyses, as well as disseminating research findings (writing peer reviewed journal articles, presenting at conferences and schools). Finally, the project scientist will coordinate and integrate the data that will be collected by other research sites, and she/he will organize biweekly skype/teleconferencing meetings between research sites and regularly travel between Southern California and Maryland.
The primary appointment will be at the Working Memory & Plasticity Lab at UCI (http://wmp.education.uci.edu), which currently employs 3 full-time lab managers, as well as a large team of undergraduate research assistants, and graduate students from both, the School of Education and the Department of Cognitive Sciences. Furthermore, there are many ongoing national and international research collaborations providing opportunities for networking and intellectual exchange. Importantly, the research scientist will work closely with the team at the Universities of California, Riverside, Maryland and Washington St. Louis, which requires weekly skype meetings and occasional in-person visits.
Position will begin as soon as funding is available, with the exact start date contingent on the availability of the funding and the applicant. Salary is commensurate with experience, plus health benefits.
Requirements: Candidates must possess a Ph.D in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, education, or related fields, with a special focus on executive functions, psychometrics, and individual differences. Furthermore, successful candidates should have strong methodological and technical skills, management skills, creativity and perseverance required to play a lead role in this sizeable project.
To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF05997 Please include a cover letter explaining your relevant background and interest in this project, CV, relevant publications, and names of three references (please do not solicit letters). Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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