Post-Doctoral Position at UC Riverside and UC Irvine

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 “The Understanding Mediating and Moderating Factors that Determine Transfer of Working Memory Training” (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 and supervised.

The primary appointment will be at the UC Riverside Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being (http://braingamecenter.ucr.edu). The Brain Game Center’s 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) 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 [email protected]) and/or Susanne Jaeggi ([email protected]). Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.