[Comp-neuro] Post-Doctoral Position to Research Mediating and Moderating Factors that Determine Transfer of Working Memory Training at UC Riverside and UC Irvine.
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Post-Doctoral Position to Research Mediating and Moderating Factors that
Determine Transfer of Working Memory Training at UC Riverside and UC Irvine.
Aaron Seitz (UCR) and Susanne Jaeggi (UCI) are seeking to hire a
post-doctoral researcher to work on a project funded by the National
Institute of Mental Health entitled ³The Understanding Mediating and
Moderating Factors that Determine Transfer of Working Memory Training²
(https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/40627 <https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/40627> ). This
individual is expected to take a lead role in designing and conducting
experimental work investigating features of training that differentially
lead to learning and transfer of learning, participant characteristics that
determine predispositions for different training outcomes, and develop and
implement tests that are valid towards assessing potential far transfer of
working memory training to ecological settings. This project, which intends
to run 31,000+ research participants (online and in lab) on working memory
training, aims to generate a robust and reliable dataset on Working Memory
training to settle current debates in the field and translate these findings
to promote more effective methods of cognitive rehabilitation.
Successful candidates should have strong technical skills, management
skills, creativity and perseverance required to play a lead role in this
sizeable project, and have expertise in one or more of the following areas
and knowledge of the others; working memory, cognitive training, perceptual
learning, and methods of assessing individual differences and effects of
interventional studies. Researchers must possess a doctoral degree in
Psychology, Education, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or a related field.
The University of California offers excellent benefits. Salary is based on
research experience. The initial appointment is for 1 year with a
possibility of extension.
The post-doctoral researcher will be involved at all stages of the proposed
research, including setting up experiments, collecting and analyzing data,
training and supervision of graduate students and undergraduate research
assistants, and dissemination of results at conferences and in research
publications. The postdoc will spend equal time on the UCR and UCI campus
and work closely with both Seitz and Jaeggi to insure that procedures are
coordinated between the sites and that all personnel are properly trained
The primary appointment will be at the UC Riverside Brain Game Center for
Mental Fitness and Well-being (http://braingamecenter.ucr.edu/
<http://braingamecenter.ucr.edu/> ). The Brain Game Center¹s mission is to
research, test, and disseminate evidence-based, scientifically optimized
brain fitness games that transfer benefits to real-life activities. The
Center has recently moved into a 3000 square foot facility that provides an
ideal environment for the proposed work with a staff of full time research
coordinators, full time programmers and a team of postdocs, graduate
students, and an army of research assistants that facilitates the
development, testing and dissemination of brain training games and cognitive
assessment tools. The Brain Game Center is the only university-based
research center focused on research of brain training games, and it has a
track record of making tested procedures publically available so that people
can try them out for themselves.
The post-doc will also spend time at the UCI Working Memory and Plasticity
Lab (http://wmp.education.uci.edu <http://wmp.education.uci.edu/> ) whose
mission lies in the development of working memory interventions for
populations across the lifespan, with the aim to understand the underlying
cognitive and neural mechanisms that drive training-related changes using
behavioral and neuroimaging methods, as well as transcranial electrical
stimulation. The WMP lab currently employs 3 full-time research
coordinators, as well as a team of undergraduate research assistants, and
graduate students from both, the School of Education and the Department of
Cognitive Sciences, and there is a host of ongoing national and
international research collaboration providing opportunities for networking
and intellectual exchange.
Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, relevant publications, and the
names of three references with phone numbers and email addresses to: Aaron
Seitz aseitz at ucr.edu <mailto:aseitz at ucr.edu> ) and/or Susanne Jaeggi
(susanne.jaeggi at u <mailto:susanne.jaeggi at gmail.com> ci.edu <http://ci.edu/>
). Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled.
Aaron Seitz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Director of UCR Brain Game Center
University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Ph: (951) 827-6422
Fax: (951) 827-3985
Email: aseitz at ucr.edu
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