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Research Fellow (Office of Education Research) [NRF2016-SOL001-003]

  • The National Institute of Education invites suitable applications for the position of Research Fellow (Position 1) on a 54-month contract and Research Fellow (Position 2) on a 60-month contract at the Office of Education Research.

    Project Title:
    Optimizing pre-schoolers’ working memory and numerical processing capabilities

    Project Introduction: The project aims to understand (a) how early mathematical skills develop and (b) how variation in childhood parenting practices influences children’s development in working memory and numeracy. Using both behavioural and neuroimaging methods, we will collect cross-sectional and longitudinal data from a large sample of preschool children. The information generated will be used to help identify and develop intervention for children with difficulties in early numeracy. 

    Research Fellow (Position 1)

    Applications are sought for a Research Fellow to work on a longitudinal study of early mathematical skill development using both behavioral and brain-imaging methods.

    The Research Fellow will work with Visiting Professor Daniel Ansari (National Institute of Education, Singapore & Western University, Canada), Associate Professor Kerry Lee (National Institute of Education, Singapore) and Dr Anne Rifkin (Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR) to collect behavioral and neuroimaging data from a large sample of preschool children in Singapore.

    Neuroimaging data will be collected at the new Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre within the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which houses a 3 Tesla Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, a magnetoencephalography (MEG) system, and multiple electroencephalography (EEG) systems as well as an MRI Simulator. 

    Research Fellow (Position 2)

    This project focuses on the interplay between parent-child relationships and working memory during the preschool and early elementary school years, and is part of a larger collaboration aiming to understand links between parenting/attachment, working memory, neuroanatomy, and mathematical performance amongst Singaporean children.

    Singapore is a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual Southeast Asian country.  This project will offer interested applicants unique opportunities to consider contextual factors influencing parental influences on child development and school success.

  • Research Fellow (Position 1)

    Essential

    • Doctoral degree in psychology, neuroscience or related discipline
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and able to work within given deadlines
    • Knowledge of statistical methods used in neuroimaging research
    • Prior experience and knowledge in data acquisition using fMRI

    Preferred

    • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision

    Research Fellow (Position 2)

    Essential

    • Doctoral degree in psychology or related field 
    • Experience with behavioral coding
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and able to work within given deadlines

    Preferred

    • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
    • Prior experience and knowledge in gathering and assessing parent-child interaction data 
    • Prior experience designing and/or assessing aspects of children’s cognitive functioning

  • Research Fellow (Position 1)

    • fMRI data acquisition and analysis
    • Communication with key stakeholders, teachers, parents, academic and research staff
    • Conduct training workshops for new full and part-time research assistants
    • Supervise research assistants
    • Efficient organization of all project documentation
    • Perform other tasks as required by the Principal Investigators

    Research Fellow (Position 2)

    • Assist in task design, coding and analyses of data
    • Oversee data collection
    • Communication with key stakeholders, parents, academic and research staff
    • Conduct training workshops for new full and part-time research assistants
    • Supervise research assistants
    • Efficient organization of all project documentation
    • Perform other tasks as required by the Principal Investigators
       


       
  • Applicants should complete and submit the following item/s:

    • Application form for Research Positions
    • Cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of this position
    • Supporting documents as stated on the job application form
    • Other documents to support your qualifications

    Please send your application to:
    Ms Sheryl Ng
    Office of Education Research
    National Institute of Education
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Email: sheryl.ng@nie.edu.sg


    **We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified**

  • 3 Aug 2017
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