Research Fellow, Neurocognitive Assessment

06 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The Centre for Lifelong Learning and Individualised Cognition (CLIC), funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Singapore and coordinated through the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES), is a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the University of Cambridge. CLIC is a flagship programme in the Science of Learning to harness advancements in neuroscience to develop cognitive training programmes for the improvement of lifelong flexible learning, focusing initially on adolescents and young adults, but also envisaging work with infants and older adults.  This is a strategic global initiative for the Universities of Cambridge and NTU that brings together multidisciplinary expertise from over 30 investigators in the areas of Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics and Education across the two universities.

The CLIC program is seeking one full-time Research Fellow to lead the optimisation and delivery of core neurocognitive assessments, with a focus on executive function (cognitive flexibility, working memory, inhibition) and structure learning tasks. We anticipate that you will be a psychometrician, psychologist, neuropsychologist or cognitive neuroscientist with significant experience in human cognitive test administration and statistical modelling of large datasets. You will be a high-performing individual with a track-record of publication in areas such as (but not limited to) learning, executive function, cognitive flexibility, cognitive training/intervention and neuroplasticity. You will primarily be supervised by Prof Trevor Robbins and Asst Prof Victoria Leong. You will also interact widely with other members of the academic consortium.

Given the highly inter-disciplinary nature of the project, the Research Fellow can also expect to be offered opportunities for involvement in research activities related to human neuroimaging, infant cognition/learning and pedagogy.

The responsibilities of the position include:

  • Leading the optimization and delivery of neurocognitive tasks and protocols
  • Overseeing participant recruitment and large-scale experimental testing
  • Assisting with the development and piloting of neuroimaging sequences to monitor training-related brain changes
  • Supervising junior members of the research team
  • Conducting statistical modelling and analysis of data
  • Leading the authorship of academic publications
  • Contributing to the production of research reports for funders and the public
  • Contributing to the dissemination of research findings
  • Performing other research-relevant tasks as required by the Principal Investigators

Essential requirements:

  • Doctorate (PhD) degree specializing in either in experimental psychology, biopsychology, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, neurology, psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, electrical engineering, medical engineering, computer science or related fields
  • A publication track record and other evidence of research productivity
  • Experience with conducting human experiments in neuropsychology or cognitive psychology
  • Experience with psychometrics and statistical modelling, including the use of statistical packages such as R and Matlab
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work within given deadlines

Preferred requirements:

  • Experience working on large-scale studies and in the analysis of complex datasets
  • Experience with neuroimaging techniques (MRI, EEG or TMS)
  • Familiarity with image data analysis tools such as SPM, FSL, AFNI, DSIStudio, Python etc
  • Data management experience with REDCap
  • Prior experience of experimental testing in the Singapore context
  • Experience in a supervisory context

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Hiring Institution: NTU

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