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Position Detail - Post Doc Researcher

Post Doc Researcher

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Instructor/ Research Assistant

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Department of Psychology and Education seeks a postdoctoral researcher work on prosody and literacy in the Cognition Attention Perception and Speech (CAPS) Lab, run by Dr. Mara Breen. This is a 2-year, benefitted position.

The position is funded by a grant from the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to investigate the role of neurocognitive markers of metric structure in explaining the relationship between reading comprehension ability and prosodic fluency (R15HD109686). The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the research: collecting behavioral, eye-tracking, and event-related potential (ERP) data; training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; performing data coding and analysis; and writing papers and conference talks.


• PhD in Psychology, Linguistics, or a related field.
• Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
• Evidence of a strong commitment to the academic support and mentoring of undergraduate students, including those who are underrepresented in STEM.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Eye-tracking data collection and analysis
• ERP data collection and analysis
• Acoustic analysis of speech
• Statistical modeling
• Coding skill in R and Matlab
• Working with children ages 6-10

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter summarizing relevant experience and research focus, methodological expertise, long-term career goals, and availability date, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement describing experience mentoring a diverse student body, and 4) contact information for 3 professional references. Application review will begin on 9/15/2022. Start date is flexible, but preferred start is 1/3/2023. Candidates must have an earned doctorate by the time of appointment.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program. Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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