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.