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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Heidi Feldman

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Feldman, Heidi
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Katherine E Travis PhD, Kalanit Grill-Spector PhD, Kristen W Yeom MD, Virginia A Marchman PhD
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Up to 4 years
Appointment Start Date: 
Negotiable, as soon as possilbe
How to Submit Application Materials: 

For further information, interested candidates should email the required application materials to Heidi M Feldman MD PhD at

The Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics within the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University is currently soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. We seek a post-doctoral fellow who has specialized experience in the collection and analysis of diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) of white matter circuitry in infants. The fellow will contribute to a longitudinal study of language development in preterm infants, born before 32 weeks’ gestation, over the first 18 months of life. The infants live in predominantly English- or predominantly Spanish-speaking households. The study considers how characteristics of white matter pathways at birth and the development of these pathways over the first year of life contribute to standardized and novel, experimental language outcomes. The study simultaneously considers contributions of the social environment to language development, assessed through analysis of child-directed speech from day-long audio recordings in the home and from caregiver-child interactions observed in the laboratory. The study considers the moderating influences of maternal mental health and familial stress on the social environment. This project will provide unprecedented access to an existing rich dMRI dataset of preterm infants and to new data collected on an ongoing basis as part of this project.  The post-doctoral fellow will have opportunities to guide data collection and analysis around novel questions.
This project is generously funded by a research grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This full-time position is available for up to four years.  The fellow will work with a trans-disciplinary team of investigators across a wide range of disciplines, including pediatrics, radiology, psychology, and neuroscience to drive insights into the associations between structural and functional development.  This research group values Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

Required Qualifications: 
  • Applicants should have, or will soon have, a doctoral degree in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • The successful candidate will bring knowledge, experience, and analytic and computer programming skills for dMRI analysis analysis .
  • The successful will be highly motivated to extend their expertise to integrate different disciplines and approaches. 
  • Experience  in human development or psycholinguistics is preferred but not required.
  • The ability to speak Spanish is preferred but not required.
Required Application Materials: 
  • Current CV
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • A statement  of interest in this position


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