Applications are invited for an NSF-funded post-doctoral position coordinating a three-year collaborative research project to be conducted by the laboratories of Drs. Robert Kolvoord (James Madison University), Adam Green (Georgetown University), and David Uttal (Northwestern University).  This project will investigate cognitive and neural changes/plasticity associated with classroom learning of spatial thinking skills in high school students, applying behavioral and MRI measures.  The primary responsibility of the post-doctoral scientist will be working with high school administrators, teachers, and students in northern Virginia to coordinate and conduct testing, both in the high schools (behavioral) and at Georgetown University (MRI).  A project-dedicated research assistant will support MRI data collection.  The post-doc will be an employee of James Madison University, and provided office space at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. (or anticipate a Ph.D. by spring of 2015), in an area related to education and/or cognitive neuroscience, and will ideally be able to begin work on this project in the early spring of 2015. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with work experience in K-12 educational settings, experience or substantial interest in neuroimaging, experience with geospatial technologies, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills. 

To apply, please visit the JMU JobLink website ( and reference posting number 04782.  Candidates must complete the online profile and submit a letter of application outlining scientific interests and career goals, curriculum vita, and a list of three professional references.  Each reference listed will receive an e-mail requesting that they submit a letter or recommendation through the JobLink system. Questions may be directed to Bob Kolvoord (, Adam Green (, or David Uttal (   Review of candidates will begin on October 17, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Salary shall be commensurate with experience.

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We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

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Please note that this post-doc focuses on cognitive and neuro- indicators of spatial learning.  The trainee would receive training in educational neuroscience and related fields.