Postdoctoral Researcher at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas

Posted in Other 17 days ago.





Job Description:

Position OverviewThe Infant Cognition Laboratory at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to assist with and coordinate an NIH-funded study of individual differences in infant learning. The project is a multi-site longitudinal study conducted at the University of Kansas under Dr. John Colombo in collaboration with the infant laboratory at the University of Connecticut under Dr. Kimberly Cuevas. The postdoc will be responsible for day-to-day duties in the laboratory, including recruitment and tracking of participants and data collection.


Applicants should have the doctoral degree conferred at the time of appointment to this position, or have the degree conferred within six months from the date of hire. Position is a limited term of up to 4 years, contingent on availability of funding.


Job Description60% - Implementation of Assessment Protocols


  • Lead the implementation of clinical, psychological, and educational assessments consistent with research protocols, guided by best practice standards.

  • Includes scoring of protocols, coordinating entry into data systems, and working with project teams to interpret assessment outcomes and track implementation of assessment batteries.


20% - Train staff to implement protocols

  • Train students, other team members, and other project staff in assessment protocols, monitor fidelity to protocols, and ensure training and re-training as needed.


10% - Support Grant Development

  • Support development of protocols for grant proposals, specifically defining state of the art measurement approaches to establishing diagnoses and tracking outcomes.


10% - Dissemination

  • Support disseminating of findings, including supporting integration of measures in analysis plans, write up of assessment protocols, and reports required for projects.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree in the behavioral sciences or relevant/related field, and 2 years of experience in recruiting and testing infants.

  2. Excellent organizational skills, as evidenced by the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and work across multiple tasks through previous experience or interview

  3. Excellent interpersonal and language skills, as evidenced by previous experience and interactions with human participants and families in recruiting and data collection

  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as evidenced by application materials and existing publications

  5. Experience working independently and with collaborative teams, as evidenced in documented experience (e.g., CV) and interview




  • To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed as "Acting" not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the acting title will be removed and appointment extended to it's full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Previous experience with operant conditioning techniques and procedures

  2. Background in cognitive neuroscience

  3. Excellent quantitative skills and experience with repeated measures and longitudinal databases

  4. Publications/presentations related to infancy, individual differences and/or human learning

Additional Candidate InstructionsIn addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:

  1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.

  2. Current CV or Resume

  3. Contact information for three professional references.

  4. Statement of research interests




  • Application review begins February 19th, 2024 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.



Contact Information to ApplicantsJennifer Holwick jennatt@ku.edu
Advertised Salary Range$55,000-$61,000Work Schedule8:00AM - 5:00PM, Monday - FridayApplication Review BeginsMonday February 19, 2024Anticipated Start DateWednesday April 10, 2024Apply to Job


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