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Post-Doctoral Position for an NSF REAL Project at the University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.

University of Colorado Boulder


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A two-year postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Akira Miyake at the University of Colorado Boulder (Department of Psychology and Neuroscience). The lab investigates individual differences in executive control and their roles in various cognitive activities and social behaviors (such as self-control). This position will focus on a collaborative research project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) REAL program, that examines how individual differences in working memory, executive control, motivation, and situational interest influence college students’ learning and retention of statistical concepts from on-line (video) and live statistics lectures in both laboratory and classroom settings. In particular, the project examines the potential mediating role of mind-wandering during learning. This project is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Michael J. Kane at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and the postdoctoral fellow will work closely with both Dr. Miyake and Dr. Kane via regular project meetings.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to actively participate in the designing and implementation of laboratory and classroom studies, the analysis of the collected data, the writing of the research reports resulting from the research project, and the presentations of the research at relevant conferences. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to conduct additional research or write additional papers in collaboration with both Dr. Miyake and Dr. Kane and engage in intellectual activities outside Dr. Miyake’s laboratory (e.g., seminars and talks at CU Boulder).

The start date can be flexible. It can start as early as the beginning of the summer (mid-May 2014) or as late as the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester (late August), but the latest possible start date will be September 1, 2014. We will consider applicants who are close to completing their Ph.D. theses, but the selected candidate must have completed all the Ph.D. requirements before being able to start this postdoctoral position (i.e., a proof of the Ph.D. degree is required prior to the start of the position). We expect a minimum one-year commitment, with the possibility of renewal for up to a total of 2 years (until the end of August 2016). Salary is competitive and includes full benefits.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Ph.D., with an educational and research background in cognitive psychology, cognitive science, social psychology, or education (educational psychology)

• Strong interest in educational applications of basic cognitive/social psychological theories

• Strong statistical skills and knowledge (e.g., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling) and strong writing skills

Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Some experience with teaching a statistics course at an undergraduate level

• Experience in computer programming and/or website design and management

To apply for this position, please provide the following materials: (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, (c) up to 3 representative publications (preferably peer-reviewed journal articles, already published or currently in press), and (d) contact information for 3 reference letter writers. The cover letter should describe how you are well suited for the position based on your experiences, skills, knowledge, and goals. The application must be completed via the University of Colorado’s online job site, Job@CU ( The Job Posting Number for this position is #RF00931. Any inquiries regarding this position should be addressed to Dr. Miyake (, but no email applications will be accepted (only the applications submitted through Jobs@CU will be considered). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, though all applications received by February 15, 2014, will receive full consideration.

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