Cornell University, CHE-Psychology

Position ID:Cornell-HD-PDPLAYANDLEARNING [#22040, WDR-00032281]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate - Cornell Play and Learning Lab
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Developmental Psychology
Human Development
Appl Deadline: (posted 2022/07/07, listed until 2022/08/17)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Associate - Cornell Play and Learning Lab
Department of Psychology - Cornell University

The Cornell Play and Learning Lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to join several ongoing projects, including an NSF-funded multi-lab investigation into the development of mental rotation and related cognitive skills.  This position will be supervised by Dr. Marianella Casasola, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Lead Investigator of the Cornell Play and Learning Lab. 

The Postdoctoral Associate will contribute to the ongoing projects and will oversee data collection, data analysis and manuscript preparation. The position is fully funded for one year with the potential for renewal. 

Responsibilities include:

Overseeing and leading data collection and analysis for federally funded collaborations, which includes a variety of tasks and methods including eye tracking, touchscreen tasks, externally validated normed measures, and naturalistic play tasks.  

  • Maintaining a clear, written protocol and record of any modifications to the study. 
  • Uploading and managing sensitive participant data.
  • Writing and collaborating on research papers and presentations. 
  • Assisting in training research assistants at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Collaborating and communicating with multiple stakeholders, including our external collaborators and the internal IRB.

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have obtained or be in the process of obtaining a doctoral degree in developmental psychology, human development, or a related field.
  • Strong written communication and experience with scientific writing and publication. 
  • Experience overseeing research assistants; and demonstrated ability to work well independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience working in research with young children and toddlers.
  • Experience in quantitative analysis, preferably in the R software language.
  • Familiarity with current research in spatial and cognitive development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with eye tracking methods and developing eye tracking tasks.
  • Familiarity with reproducible and open research methods.
  • Familiarity with longitudinal research design and statistical analyses. 
  • Interest in furthering research into children’s development of spatial and other cognitive skills. 

The following documents must be uploaded when applying through Academic Jobs Online:

  • Cover Letter describing research experience, fit for the position an future interests
  • CV (including full publication list)
  • Statement of contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Provide names and email addresses of three references as part of the application process.  When ready, the hiring department will contact the listed references.

This a full-time 12-month position, located in-person in Ithaca, NY. The preferred start date is August 2022.

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
G201 MVR Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853