Postdoctoral Scholar – Parent-Infant Interaction Dynamics, Stress Regulation, and Brain Development


The Interdisciplinary Lab for Social Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is currently seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on NIH-funded studies investigating infants’ and young children’s developing stress regulatory capacities in the context of interactions with parents and the extent to which early caregiving experiences shape socioemotional functioning and neurodevelopment. We use an array of methods, including direct behavioral observations of parent-child interactions, psychophysiology (ECG), and neuroimaging (MRI). We also use remote, unobtrusive methods to assess physiology and behavior among infants/toddlers and parents in home environments. We seek candidates with interests in bridging behavioral, physiological and/or neural levels of analysis to inform understanding the development of stress regulation during the first years of life. We also seek candidates with strong data analytic skills and experience with one or more of the above methods. The postdoctoral scholar will join a highly interdisciplinary team that brings together expertise in developmental psychology, neuroscience, bioengineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science, and the position will provide opportunities for professional development, particularly with respect to interdisciplinary training and collaboration.


Position qualifications include a Ph.D. in human development, psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related field. We seek candidates with a record of conference presentations and/or scholarly publications, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. The position is for 2 years and will begin during fall 2020 or winter 2021.


Please send questions and application materials (i.e., cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references) to Nancy McElwain at Applications will be considered until the position is filled, with priority given to applications submitted by August 15th.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more information, visit



Nancy L McElwain
Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Part-time faculty, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2004 Christopher Hall
904 West Nevada Street | M/C 081
Urbana, IL 61801

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