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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Neural Enhancement of Learning (NEL) Lab in the Department of Special Education of Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Katherine Aboud and an interdisciplinary research team using neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation to investigate reading comprehension and text-based learning in adults. The fellow will make research contributions to an innovative collaboration of Vanderbilt faculty and Vanderbilt’s interdisciplinary Soldier-Inspired Innovation Incubator to increase our understanding of reading comprehension and learning in the brain, and develop new approaches to brain-based learning enhancement via non-invasive brain stimulation. The fellow will help collect and analyze data from several projects focused on neuroimaging, learning and stimulation, with the aim of publishing relevant manuscripts. The fellow will receive mentorship from Dr. Aboud.

Special Education

Key Functions and Expected Performances

1. Data collection and analysis associated with multi-modal neuroimaging/neuromodulation research (fMRI, EEG, tACS)
-Substantial experience with the collection and analysis of fMRI data, with a strong preference for individuals with experience in multiple neuroimaging modalities (fMRI, EEG, DWI) and neuromodulation (tACS/tDCS, TMS).
-Proficient at overseeing research collection pipelines, including informed consent, data management, quality assurance, protocol compliance documentation and management of research assistants and mentees during data collection efforts.
-Proficiency in advanced neuroimaging analytical methodologies, which could include connectivity/dynamical connectivity analyses, multi-modal (fMRI/EEG) neuroimaging analyses, longitudinal modelling, deep learning and other advanced biostatistical models.
-Substantial training and experience in neuroimaging analytical tools (SPM, FSL, AFNI)
-Understanding and capability to accurately and compliantly perform the procedures required of each study protocol, working collaboratively with study participants, other staff and departments, in safely and accurately performing study procedures. Ability to identify and troubleshoot problems.
-Proficiency in programming (Matlab, R, Python) and big data processing.

2. Publication and professional development
- Excellent communication skills and professionalism, including the ability to respectfully communicate with research participants, lab team members, and collaborators.
- Motivation to publish first-author papers in the field of neuroscience as well as regular poster presentations at conferences
- Possibility of mentorship of undergraduate and Master’s students.

- PhD in cognitive neuroscience or a related field.
- Strong publication record that includes first-author publication in the field of neuroscience.

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
- Experience administering and scoring standardized tests preferred
- Expertise in reading comprehension and/or learning disabilities preferred.
- Experience in open science practices (e.g. open data, preregistration, BIDS formatting)

Applications should include: a current curriculum vitae, a letter describing clinical and research interests and experience, and the contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas.

Contact: Send materials by email to Dr. Aboud ( Informal questions and inquiries may also be directed to Dr. Aboud by email.

Katherine Aboud
: (703) 851-2588
2022-02-22 21:10:31

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