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Requisition # 3529

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
College:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department:Psychological and Brain Sciences


Salary:$53,760.00 to Commensurate

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa, starting June 1, 2021.

This postdoc toral scholar will be part of a multi-disciplinary team examining the development of language and reading skills during the school-age years, the Growing Words Project (  This is a longitudinal project assessing several hundred children from 1st through 6th grade across two laboratories, one at the University of Iowa, and an urban off-campus laboratory in Cedar Rapids. Growing Words combines eye-tracking measures of real-time spoken and written word recognition, with measures of speech perception and cognitive control and relates these two standardized measures of language, reading and cognitive outcomes the project spans. 

The postdoctoral scholar is expected to help lead a new arm to this project which will collect structural MRI and Diffusion White Matter imaging on the same children, to understand how the development of neural structures shapes both language and reading outcomes, and real-time language processing.  The postdoctoral scholar will assist with scanning the children, lead the image processing and analysis, and to take the lead on analyses and manuscripts linking brain structure to language function.  He or she will also develop new eye-tracking and other experimental measures to relate to the neuroimaging data and to other measures in Growing Words.  

The postdoctoral scholar will be part of a large team of Cognitive Scientists, Speech Pathologists, Education Psychologists, Linguists and Clinical Psychologists, with a large support staff available, and a strong infrastructure for the research.  Multiple opportunities exist within the Growing Words study for postdoc led projects, and there are opportunities for collaboration with other scholars, and for application of other methods (EEG), or populations.

Education Requirement:

  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, Speech and Hearing Science, Linguistics or related field by 6/1/2021

Required Qualifications:

  • Training in cognitive neuroscience, language science and/or development

  • Ability to program in R or Matlab

  • Proficiency processing structural MRI.

  • Experience working with children.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with Free Surfer

  • Experience with Eye-tracking

  • Background in speech perception, word recognition or reading.

  • Strong record of publication and presentation

  • Experience supervising students and/or staff

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vita
Letters of Interest

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Contact Information

Contact:Robert M McMurray -
Clas-Psychological Brain Sci
Psychological and Brain Sciences Building
340 Iowa Avenue
278 PBSB
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-2408
Department URL:

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