Sunday, January 11, 2015

Post-doc opening at Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT

POSITION OPENING: The Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT is looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a 2-year position (possibly extendable up to 3 years) to work on an interdisciplinary project investigating pragmatic processing and the nature of pragmatic impairments in autism spectrum disorders. The project is a collaborative effort across five labs and includes three components that use i) behavioral (Gibson), ii) neural (Fedorenko & Saxe), and iii) computational/developmental (Schulz & Tenenbaum) approaches, respectively.  Target start date is June 1 but earlier would be preferable.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Leading one or more components of the project, including designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data (plus overseeing data collection / analyses carried out by graduate students / lab tech working on this project), presenting the results at conferences, and writing up the results for publication.  Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the project, we expect the postdoc to acquire new skills in order to be able to truly integrate the three components (for example, if the postdoc has a cognitive neuroscience background, s/he will be expected to acquire behavioral experimental skills, developmental research skills, and/or computational modeling skills).

REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for individuals with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science or related fields.  Strong quantitative skills are a must.  Expertise in pragmatics and/or autism spectrum disorders is a big plus.  So is experience working with ASD populations.

SEND APPLICATIONS TO: Ev Fedorenko (  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

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