The NeuroCognitive Lab (directed by Dr. Tracy Riggins) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking a full-time post-doctoral scholar for an NIH-funded study of brain development, sleep, and memory in early childhood. This project, in collaboration with Dr. Rebeca Spencer (UMass, Amherst) will provide an opportunity to bridge domains of brain development, sleep science, and cognition. The project provides opportunity for the scholar to pursue their own research questions from the rich dataset.

The NeuroCognitive Development Lab broadly focuses on the co-development of the brain and memory in early childhood. We are particularly interested in mechanisms underlying sleep benefits to these domains and apply multiple tools to address these questions (MRI, EEG, PSG, behavioral assessments). See for more details.

Position details:

Responsibilities will include:

  • conducting experiments in young children (MRI, behavioral, and sleep physiology data collection)
  • data processing and analysis
  • training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants
  • assisting with research protocols and compliance
  • contributing to data dissemination (poster presentations, manuscript submissions)

Minimum qualifications:

  • PhD in psychology, neuroscience or related field
  • experience collecting and analyzing MRI or related data in developmental populations
  • proficiency in statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS)
  • record of peer-reviewed publications
  • excellent communication skills, keen attention to detail and strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • demonstrated ability to recruit developmental populations for research
  • reliable transportation

Preferred qualifications:

  • experience working independently
  • demonstrated experience managing research assistants or other staff
  • experience collecting and analyzing EEG and/or PSG

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The position is set to begin April 1, 2023 (with some flexibility) contingent on available funds and a 2-year commitment is preferred with the possibility of additional reappointment. Interested individuals should email a cover letter/research statement, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Tracy Riggins at  Please include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”).