Dr. Hélène Deacon, director of The Language & Literacy Lab at Dalhousie University, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to support research into children’s reading development. 

This project will evaluate how children learn about the spelling and meaning of words during their independent reading. The Postdoctoral Fellow will assist the project through design and execution of novel studies. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have ample opportunities to contribute his or her own research ideas to the project and to write manuscripts based on the findings. The Postdoctoral fellow will benefit from being a part of an active research lab, with local, national and international collaborations. 

Recent PhD graduates from Psychology, Linguistics, or Education are encouraged to apply. Students nearing completion of PhD are also encouraged to apply, with the application specifying anticipated date of submission of dissertation. 

Candidates should be self-motivated and have sound training in experimental research methods and data analysis. Experience in conducting studies on reading with children would be preferred. 

This two-year fellowship includes health benefits and conference travel. There is a possibility for extension beyond the initial two years based on performance review.

The position is based in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Founded in 1818, Dalhousie University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Halifax is a vibrant port city, close to beaches and hiking, with a culture of lively music and festivals. The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is one of the largest and most successful in the University, with active graduate and undergraduate student groups. 

The application deadline is March 19th, 2014. However, we will begin review of applications on February 28th, 2014. Position start date: July 1, 2014, with possibility of modification. 

Applicants should send their CV and a statement of scientific interests to Dr. Hélѐne Deacon c/o Annie Laroche: langlabmanager@dal.ca  . Please also forward three letters of reference to

For information about the Language & Literacy Lab, visit: http://langlitlab.psychology.dal.ca/