Post Doctoral Position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Boredom and Self-Regulation Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo
The Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position within the laboratory directed by Dr. James Danckert. The Fellowship is supported by a research grant (NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement) and is a two-year full time contract position. Further information regarding the Danckert laboratory can be found at: https://uwaterloo.ca/danckert-attention-group/.
The candidate should have a PhD in psychology or neuroscience, a demonstrated strong background in cognition and cognitive neuroscience. Interests in the fields of attention, mind-wandering, boredom, and self-regulation is preferable. The candidate’s duties will include conducting studies examining the cognitive, psychophysical, genetic and neural basis of boredom. This will involve basic behavioural experiments, capturing measures of psychophysical properties such as heart rate variability, analysis of genetic profiles and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) The candidate will be expected to design research experiments and write research articles. In addition, the candidate will have the possibility of conducting his/her own research projects using the Lab facilities. Collaborations with other labs are encouraged. The lab currently collaborates with members of the Developmental and Social Psychology areas at UW, and with labs at the University of Toronto (Evolutionary Biology), Brock University (Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience) and Sydney University, Australia (Functional Neuroimaging).
The Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo is a dynamic research environment which has access to fMRI scan time at the local regional hospital (Grand River Hospital). In addition, Dr. Danckert's lab has access to a database of over 250 neurologically injured patients (https://uwaterloo.ca/neurological-patient-database/). The lab also makes use of eye tracking, psychophysics and genetic analyses. Within the Department there is access to two new EEG labs (Biosemi, 72 channels). For more details on the department, visit: https://uwaterloo.ca/psychology/
The start of this appointment is flexible but should occur within the 2018 Fall term and at the earliest on September 1st, 2018. The salary is $50,000 per year plus benefits. Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled. The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, colour, gender, sexual orientation, ability or disability. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
University of Waterloo Post-Doctoral Guidelines can be reviewed at the following link:
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, two letters of reference and samples of scholarly work to:
Dr. James Danckert
Department of Psychology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567, extension 37014