Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Mathematical Cognition and Mathematics Learning Difficulties, University of Minnesota, USA


The Math and Numeracy Lab at the University of Minnesota, directed by Michele Mazzocco, seeks candidates for a postdoctoral position. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in all aspects of an ongoing NSF-funded study focused on individual differences in young children's emerging number knowledge and the dynamic relations between linguistic, executive function, and mathematical thinking in children ages 4 to 7 years. This study is focused on children at risk for MLD, including children from high poverty environments and girls with Turner syndrome. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in study design, implementation, data analytic and dissemination activities; he or she will supervise and participate in data collection and supervision of research assistants. There is likely to be some domestic travel for data collection by the postdoctoral fellow and/or a full time project coordinator. 

In addition to activities associated with this NSF-funded research, the postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities for multiple academic activities including grant application preparation, access to existing data from a completed K-12 longitudinal study of individual differences in mathematical thinking (the Math Skills Development Project) for secondary data analysis, and the option to support or initiate related studies in the Math and Numeracy Lab. This position is geared towards applicants with a strong interest in an academic research career.  

This position is for a minimum of two years, with funding through August 2019, and a possibility of a third year. 

The start date is flexible; preferred date is July 2017.

Eligibility and requirements:

Applicants must have completed doctoral training in developmental science (child development, experimental psychology, or another related discipline) and have promise as a research scholar. Applicants should have a demonstrated research interest in child development, preferably in an area directly relevant to children's mathematical thinking, language acquisition, or developmental neuropsychology and learning disabilities. Research experience and experience working directly with children are required. We seek applicants with project management experience who have strong organizational and data analytic skills and experience with manuscript publication.

To apply, please email a CV, a statement of postdoctoral interests and goals, reprints, and two letters of reference (sent directly from the referees) to Dr. Michèle Mazzocco, at

Please feel free to direct any questions you may have directly to Dr. Mazzocco.