For a NWO-funded, collaborative replication study involving four Babylabs in the Netherlands, we are looking for a Postdoc Researcher (0.8 Fte, 18 months) who will coordinate the study.
Two high-profile infant studies will be replicated, namely the Marcus et al. (1999) study on infant rule learning, and the Kovács & Mehler (2009) study on the cognitive advantage in rule learning of bilingual infants. With the replication of these studies the intention is to increase the statistical power of the studies, and to test the robustness of the original results when the experiments are performed in different labs, with babies from a different background. A Bayesian model will be used to determine the exact participant group size that will be needed in the studies, and to make it possible to provide evidence for the alternative hypothesis in case the results of the original studies cannot be replicated. With this NWO funded replication project the Dutch Baby & Brain Network aims to solidify the results that address fundamental questions concerning human nature, by tackling the problem of statistical power and replicability in infant studies.
Location: Leiden University (but traveling to Utrecht, Amsterdam and Nijmegen)
Supervision: Claartje Levelt (PI), Elma Blom, Sabine Hunnius, Caroline Junge, Josje Verhagen, Ingmar Visser, Frank Wijnen
Preferred starting date: June 15 2019.
Duration: 18 months, 0.8 fte (some flexibility possible)
Salary: Salary level 11
For this project we are looking for a Postdoc candidate with a PhD in Linguistics, Psychology or a related field and demonstrable experience with infant testing (Head-turn, Eyetracking). The candidate should have excellent managerial capacities in order to set up and coordinate the running of the experiments in four different locations. Preferred qualifications include computational skills, such as knowledge of advanced statistical methods and coding abilities, and active knowledge of Dutch. Tasks will involve:
- Coordinating the writing of the data-management plan
- Writing the research manuals for the labs
- Preregistration of the studies
- Instructing lab-assistants
- Visiting the labs
- Organizing (bi-)monthly group meetings
- Presenting results at conferences
- Active role in write-ups of the results
Deadline and Application Process
The deadline for sending in your application is April 23, 2019 . Please apply by visiting the Leiden University website.
Enquiries can be made to the PI of the NWO project, Prof. dr. Claartje Levelt, email email@example.com.