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 (growingwords.lab.uiowa.edu). 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.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.