General Description: Research of the Division is focused on improving aspects of cognition in humans, particularly those related to speech, reading, and cognitive control, in both normally developing individuals and in individuals with developmental and acquired disorders, such as autism, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, and stroke. Studies use a mix of techniques from experimental psychology, psychophysiology, transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), structural imaging, fMRI, eye-tracking, and/or EEG.
The post-doc will be directly responsible for helping implement the use of mobile autonomic measuring devices for the study of individuals with autism, especially low-functioning, under the direction of Joseph Dien (PhD) and the Division Director Barry Gordon (MD, PhD). The aim of these studies is to apply psychophysiological measures to low-functioning individuals with autism to better detect the determinants of non-preferred behaviors and to improve learning and performance.
The post-doc will have the opportunity to learn high-density (256-channel) EEG and possibly eye-tracking, fMRI, and high-density tDCS methodologies, which will be used in conjunction with the autonomic measures. The post-doc will collaborate on projects with other division members as well as designing his/her own projects.
Qualifications: Doctoral Degree in Experimental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a related field required. Must have training in the use of autonomic measures such as electrodermal activity, electrocardiography (including heart rate variability), optical plethysmography, pupilometry, thermography, salivary and hair cortisol, and electromyography.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with EEG and fMRI a plus but not necessary. Publication record including first authorships. Willingness to draft NIH post-doctoral fellowship proposal prior to moving to Baltimore (although funding is not contingent on successful application). Previous experience with clinical populations, especially individuals with autism. Previous experience with mobile psychophysiology instruments. Advanced experience with relevant statistical techniques such as time series analysis. Facility with software programming using E-Prime, Matlab, and R (or equivalents).
For more information, e-mail cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample publications, and contact information for three references to Dr. Joseph Dien at: ude.imhj|1neidj#ude.imhj|1neidj. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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