Postdoctoral Associate, Sinha Laboratory

Massachusetts, United States
27 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)-Sinha Laboratory, to lead a project to study predictive abilities in autism. The goal of the project is to understand the characteristics and mechanistic underpinnings of predictive abilities in autism and typical development by employing electrophysiological tools including EEG, HRV, and EDA, as well as computational modeling of behavior. The project will investigate brain-based and behavioral responses to periodic and aperiodic auditory sequences and probabilistic contingency learning paradigms. The project involves parallel collaborative studies of prediction in cognitive (John Gabrieli, MIT) and linguistic (Jesse Snedeker, Harvard University) domains.  Primary responsibilities will include experimental design, data collection, computational analysis of EEG and other physiological signals, and communication of results via publications and presentations; developing novel analyses and computational models of prediction behaviors and probabilistic learning in the context of processing auditory sequences; working directly with adult individuals with and without autism to collect neural and behavioral data; and training and coordinating the work of student employees and staff at lower levels. May be responsible for onboarding new staff to the lab and training users in equipment operation.

This opportunity is ideal for candidates who wish to gain additional experience with clinical populations while honing sophisticated computational modeling and machine learning approaches.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychological sciences, computer science, or related field; strong quantitative statistical skills and computer programming skills (MATLAB/Python/R); experience with neural signal processing analysis and machine learning; and the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.  Experience with experimental design for human participants, working with autism or other special populations, and clinical/behavioral assessments is desirable. Job #17636

This is a temporary position through June 30, 2020, with the possibility of extension. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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