The Centre for Sleep and Cognition at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, is recruiting tenure-track faculty (at all ranks) interested in contributing to one or more of the following areas:
The team has an extensive network of local and international collaborations and is renowned for work on sleep restriction/ deprivation across the lifespan as well as human MRI based functional, brain structure and connectivity studies. The use of wearable technology in population health study is an area of particular interest.
The CSC is equipped with two research MRI scanners, ~70 portable EEG systems, wearable sleep and physical activity monitors, computing infrastructure, associated lab space and core research support services.
Candidates should be post-doctorate or post MD/MBBS for at least 3 years and have a good record of high-quality research publications. Interest in translational research (as opposed to purely theoretical approaches) is favored.
Note that faculty salaries / stipends are paid using school funds i.e. they are not dependent on ‘soft’ money obtained from grants
Applicants should submit dossiers (cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, key publications, and three references) to the search committee through email@example.com. Review of applications begins 1stAugust 2023.
The Sleep and Cognition Lab originally called the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab was established in 1997. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-nationality team that seeks to contribute knowledge that furthers our understanding of sleep, its cognitive functions and how to optimize it to further health, cognitive performance and wellbeing. From modest beginnings, we have grown to have about 20-members, with many fulfilling collaborations and affiliations as well as several well-placed alumni.
From 1997 to the end of 2003, the CNL performed functional imaging research in the domain of bilingualism and language processing. It was our goal to elucidate the neural basis for differentiating persons adept at learning a second language from cognitively-matched persons who have difficulty doing this.
The lab switched focus to studying sleep deprivation at the end of 2003. We investigated the mechanisms underlying neurobehavioral changes occurring after a night of total sleep deprivation. We contributed numerous empirical studies examining attention, processing capacity, distractor inhibition, decision making and working memory using a mixture of behavioral tasks and fMRI.
In 2013, the lab took its work on sleep deprivation into a more translational realm with our ‘Need for Sleep Studies’ on adolescents. Working with June Lo and Joshua Gooley, we mapped out cognitive performance following exposure to multi-night sleep restriction using different sleep timings, some of which incorporated naps. These studies, conducted over 6 years have greatly added to our understanding of which aspects of cognition are affected with multi-night sleep restriction over two cycles. Other efforts to study adolescent sleep include investigations on starting school later and sleep education. We have also been extremely active in advocating for sleep as a key component in improving health and wellbeing.
Alongside these efforts we investigated acoustic stimulation to boost sleep slow oscillations. To support the high throughput PSG evaluations in the NFS studies, we developed an automated sleep staging system that has been spun off into a start-up.
We have a long standing interest in studying naps from adolescence into late adulthood.
In 2018, we began to use consumer sleep trackers to evaluate population sleep patterns. This was extended through collaboration with the Health Promotion Board over a span of 5 years, resulting in studies on sleep pre-COVID-19, during COVID-19 and transition to normality, In 2019 we started combining sleep and activity tracking with smartphone based apps to better understand sleep and its effects on cognition, health and wellbeing.
Sleep Restriction, Sleep Deprivation, Memory, Attention, Napping, Sleep and Ageing, Adolescent Sleep, Consumer Sleep Trackers,
Listing of publications related to sleep only till Feb 2023; For a more complete listing see https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Chee+MW