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The Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) at the University of Chicago seeks a postdoctoral researcher to design and implement research projects at the intersection of basic science and education. SILC is an NSF-funded, inter-university collaboration between the University of Chicago, Temple University, Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania.  The postdoctoral researcher will work directly with the institutional principal investigator on research that is aimed at understanding the course of children's spatial development and how variations in environmental factors impact this development. It is expected that the studies associated with this position will shed light on the acquisition of fundamental spatial processes, how this acquisition is related to schooling (particularly the formal learning of mathematics and science), and the types of experiences that enhance children's spatial learning and intelligence.

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in all aspects of research management, development and implementation. He/she will supervise several full-time employees as well as part-time student employees working on a number of separate projects. He/she will serve as the main liaison with school administrators and teachers, including working with teachers to evaluate lessons and identify opportunities to integrate spatial learning into classroom practice.

A doctoral degree is required in psychology, cognitive science, or education with research interests in cognitive development, preferably mathematical or spatial development. Experience supervising and coordinating the work of others and strong project management skills are preferred. Must be able to represent SILC to diverse audiences.

Start date is flexible; preferred date is prior to July 1. Interested candidates should send a CV, a research statement, preprints/reprints of papers, and two letters of recommendation to:

Susan Levine, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Chicago
5848 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637



University of Chicago Undergraduate Students -- UC undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with the Spatial and Intelligence Learning Center in Susan Levine's Lab for course credit or on a volunteer basis during the regular academic year. A research assistant in these labs will learn about research in spatial cognition and science education. Among some of the tasks you will perform will be: data entry, coding, image and literature searches, running participants and attending group meetings. An internship with the SILC labs will allow the intern/volunteer to gain hands-on experience in psychological experimentation in a lab setting. If you are interested in learning about further opportunities, please send an email to Jodi Khan, jodikhan@uchicago.edu.


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.  Individuals requiring accommodation call 773-834-7573.



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