Research Opportunities

Lab Manager, Univ. Michigan

Posted: February 14, 2019

We are looking for a full-time lab manager to coordinate and conduct research on cooperation in young children at the Social Minds Lab of the University of Michigan (Prof. Felix Warneken). The position entails subject recruitment and scheduling, testing in the lab and at schools, using advanced video coding technology, and active participation in research. The position also requires supervising undergraduate research assistants and working closely with a postdoctoral researcher, as well as overseeing an international collaboration as part of an NSF funded grant.

The intended start date is Spring/Summer of this year.

For more information on the Social Minds Lab and Prof. Warneken’s research, please click here. The complete job posting can be found here.

Responsibilities

  • Active research – Preparing and running child studies; video coding
  • Administrative tasks – Purchases; IRB protocols; grant reports
  • Recruitment and supervision of student research assistants
  • Building and maintaining infrastructure – recruitment of families; maintaining a child database; communications with other labs

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field
  • At least 1 year of research experience

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to use or learn essential software for research, including Microsoft Office, behavioral coding software, data management software.
  • Experience working with parents and children.

Additional Information

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled
  • Two year term-limited position with a possibility of extension
  • Questions about this position can be directed to warneken.labmanager@umich.edu

Lab Manager, Duke

Posted: February 8, 2019

The Bergelson Lab at Duke, a federally funded lab in Duke’s Psychology & Neuroscience department, is looking to hire an excited, competent, and detail-oriented recent graduate to be an active member of our research team. The lab’s focus is on language development, and in particular, on how word learning interfaces with other levels of linguistic representation, and other dimensions of cognitive and social development. We are part of Duke CHILD Studies.

The lab manager position entails working with families, infants, and toddlers, and a team of researchers from the undergraduate to postdoctoral level.

The lab manager’s duties will include:

  • * managing a team of RAs conducting annotations of home recordings on the SEEDLingS Corpus
  • * scheduling and running in-lab eyetracking and discrimination experiments with infants and adults ,
  • * data processing, coding, and analysis,
  • * vocabulary assessment and other cognitive development measures,
  • * miscellaneous aspects of project and lab upkeep.
  • * writing and maintaining project & lab documentation & calendars

This would be an excellent position for someone looking for research experience with infants and families, in visual, environmental, social, and linguistic aspects of cognitive development.

The lab manager’s contribution would potentially lead to authorship on papers published from the results of these data, and hands-on involvement in the nuts-and-bolts of research in cognitive development.

Requirements:

  • * BA or BS in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or a related field
    * strong independent work ethic
  • * previous research experience in a psych, cogsci, linguistics, or related research lab
  • * Ability to manage deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced working environment
  • * Feeling comfortable interacting with infants and families
  • * Ability to troubleshoot and learn software and scripting methods on-the-job

Other desiderata:

  • * experience with audio, video, and image file manipulation
  • * basic programming skills (e.g. Python and R),
  • * experience interacting with infants and families
  • * eyetracking experience (desired but not required)

The position begins Early Summer 2019. This is a one year position, with the possibility of extension.

Applicants should send a CV (which includes GPA, relevant course and research experience, and references) and a cover letter to elika.bergelson@duke.edu with the title “Bergelson Lab Manager Position”.

Applications are due 3/15, with the goal of hiring the best candidate by the end of April for an early summer start date.


Clinical Research Coord IIs, Martinos Center

Posted: February 8, 2019

We are looking for people to fill two positions in our lab at the MGH Martinos Center. As part of the Division of Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation led by Joan Camprodon, MD, MPH, PhD, we’re looking for two Clinical Research Coordinator IIs that have strong translational research skills with a desire to get more clinical exposure as well. Computational skill are a plus, but are not required for the role. Expected time commitment would be a minimum of 2 years.

https://www.massgeneral.org/careers/jobsearch.aspx

Search Job Code: 3080024

Candidates are also encouraged to forward their CV to me at eamelendez@partners.org.


PhD Program, UTA

Posted: January 22, 2019

The Department of Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is currently accepting applications for our PhD program. All candidates for this program are considered for a Dean’s Doctoral Assistantship from the College of Liberal Arts. This assistantship provides a $15,300 yearly stipend, 85% coverage of tuition and fees, and an out-of-state tuition waiver. (Some of these awards are supplemented to provide 100% coverage of tuition and fees.) The award, coupled with lower-than-average costs of living in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, make UTA ideal; we are highly competitive with universities in other major metropolitan centers.

About the program: The Department of Linguistics & TESOL at UTA (http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/) seeks to deepen our understanding of language by examining how it is represented, used, and processed. Our department works toward this goal through research and teaching in theoretical linguistics, focusing on phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics as well as the interfaces among these domains of inquiry. In order to explore questions in these areas, we use multiple methods, including field methods, corpus-based methods, and experimental research methods, to collect and analyze data from a wide range of the world’s languages, and from both native and non-native speakers of these languages.

Please see the following website for information on the application process: http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/prospective/index.php

For more information about the program or about the admissions process, please contact Jeffrey Witzel at jeffrey.witzel@uta.edu.


Summer Program, Michigan

Posted: January 17, 2019

Join us at the Michigan Summer Program in Cognition & Early Development (MSPICED)

Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

We are seeking motivated students to participate first hand in developmental psychological research. Our research aims to understand the cognitive and social foundation of young children’s behavior, including how children think about the minds of others, how they cooperate, acquire language, and how language shapes their thinking. We invite both UM and non-UM students to apply!

This is a cooperation of four laboratories by Dr. Susan Gelman, Dr. Ioulia Kovelman, Dr. Felix Warneken, and Dr. Henry Wellman.

Our program lasts 10 weeks, from June 3 to August 9, 2019. You will be paired with a graduate student or postdoctoral mentor to work on cutting-edge research (see Researchers). You will gain experience and exposure to a variety of research activities, including: conducting experimental studies with children; data analysis using advanced video coding technology and statistical software; recruiting and scheduling child participants and their families; and aiding in the development of research design. We also offer an introduction to developmental neuroscience using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and hands-on training for conducting statistical analyses.

In addition to participating in research, you will attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups. This gives everyone a chance to learn more about current developments in psychological research and provide feedback on ongoing projects. The program includes sessions on professional development, such as paths towards graduate school and advice on how to write research statements. You will also participate in several social events aimed to foster relationships among interns and members of the Psychology Department, including a poster fair to showcase the project you conducted over the summer.

You can find more information about our internship program here and fill out an online application form. Applications are now open and will close February 15, 2019, at midnight EST.

An interest in psychology and working with children is essential, and previous experience is a plus. We offer half-time (20 hours a week) and full-time internships (40 hours a week). Some funding is available, especially for qualified underrepresented students. Applicants who come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan, should identify as such on the application form.

For questions, please send us an email at MSPICED-admin@umich.edu


Lab Research Coord, JHU CogSci

Posted: January 15, 2019

The Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University is seeking a full-time Laboratory Research Coordinator to work in the labs of Dr. Leyla Isik (Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab) and Dr. Michael Bonner (Cognitive Neuroscience and Machine Learning Lab). The Laboratory Research Coordinator will work on projects involving fMRI, EEG, behavioral testing, and computational modeling of vision and cognition. The position is particularly suited for a recent graduate from a Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science or related program who is seeking to work in an innovative research environment in preparation for graduate school.

For more details and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.jhu.edu/job/Baltimore-Laboratory-Research-Coordinator-MD-21234-273/529061800/

You can contact Dr. Isik (lisik@jhu.edu) and Dr. Bonner (mfbonner@jhu.edu)​ with any questions.​​


Summer Mind/Brain Workshop, UPenn

Posted: January 15, 2019

The Undergraduate Summer Workshop in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications. The workshop is scheduled June 2-15, 2019. This year’s topics are (1) Language Science and Technology and (2) Minds in the World. Participants will attend lectures from distinguished researchers these fields, participate in labs and lab tours involving some of the latest technologies and research methods, and attend panel discussions on the future of interdisciplinary mind and brain studies as well as career and professional development in these fields.

Students with a strong interest in language science, cognitive science, computer science, psychology, and related fields are encouraged to apply. We also encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Summer Workshop participants will receive free room and board on campus, plus a travel stipend.

Applications are due March 1, 2019. For more information, and to apply, please visit our website: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/cogsci/summer/

If you have any questions, please contact us: IMBsummerworkshop@sas.upenn.edu


Internship, Boston University

Posted: January 8, 2019

The Developing Minds Lab at Boston University, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Kibbe, is seeking excellent undergraduates for our summer internship program. Research in the Developing Minds Lab focuses on the the development of object, numerical, and social cognition in infants, children, and adults.

Summer interns will be involved in every aspect of the research, from scheduling participants to running studies to coding and analyzing data. Interns will also have the opportunity to read and discuss the relevant literature, and to present their work in lab meetings. Interns will interact with other undergraduate researchers in the other developmental labs here at BU, and participate in workshops on careers in psychology and research. Finally, interns will gain valuable research experience in a dynamic (and fun!) lab environment.

The program begins the first week of June and runs through the end of July (with the option to extend through August). Interns will work 35-40 hours/week. Applicants should be highly motivated and have a background in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field. Applicants should send the following to devmind@bu.edu with the subject line “2019 Summer Internship Program” by March 1, 2019:

  • a CV
  • A cover letter (2 pages max) addressing:
    • Your interest in research
    • Previous relevant experience
    • Any relevant coursework
    • What you hope to get out of the internship
  • two letters of reference (to be sent separately to devmind@bu.edu)

The internship is open to all undergraduates enrolled in four year institutions. Students from primarily teaching-focused universities and underrepresented minority students are especially encouraged to apply. A stipend of $2000 may be available for outstanding applicants; applicants also are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions.

The Developing Minds Lab is part of the Child Development Labs, a group of seven labs at Boston University focusing on cognitive, social, and emotional development in infants and children. More information about the Developing Minds Lab can be found at http://www.bu.edu/cdl/developing-minds-lab/. More information about the Child Development Labs at BU can be found at http://www.bu.edu/cdl/.


Summer Internship, Stanford

Posted: December 19, 2018

Join us at Stanford for an interdisciplinary summer research experience program in the cognitive sciences!

At the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) Summer Internship Program 2019, interns will work closely with a faculty, postdoc, or grad student mentor on an original cognitive science research project. They will gain experience developing the project, collecting data, and analyzing the results. In addition to their individual projects, interns will attend weekly mentorship meetings and seminars with such topics as reading a scientific paper, introduction to data analysis, statistics and visualization, and presentation skills. The program will culminate with each intern presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience.

Accepted students will receive on-campus housing and a stipend to cover food, travel, and other expenses.

The topical focus of the program will be on language, learning, computation, and cognition, with an emphasis on giving students the skills they need to complete an independent project. Mentors will be from cognitive science departments across Stanford, including Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, and Philosophy.

The program is 8 weeks, from June 24, 2019 to August 16, 2019, and is primarily intended for rising college Juniors and Seniors, though we will consider other applicants as well.

Students should plan to be available for the entirety of the summer program in order to attend training sessions at the beginning of the program and final presentations at the end. In general, interns are expected to be in the lab full-time, 40 hours/week, from 9AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday.

One goal of the internship is to increase the diversity of the higher education pipeline, and we therefore especially encourage applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in research careers. We also welcome applications from students without prior research experience and from non-research institutions.

The CSLI Internship Program is supported in part by the NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program (award #1659585).

Qualifications:

This is an interdisciplinary summer program, and we encourage students from a wide range of majors to apply. Previous research experience is not required.

The program is intended for rising college Juniors and Seniors from outside Stanford University, but we will consider all applicants for the program. Stanford undergraduates who are interested in the CSLI program should apply to their department or program’s summer fellowship (e.g. Psychology, Linguistics, Symbolic Systems) and speak with their research mentor about participating.

To be eligible, you must be a documented U.S. citizen, a permanent resident in possession of an alien registration card (I-555), or an international student enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate institution.


Research Analyst, Boston College

Posted: December 14, 2018

The Morality Lab at Boston College, led by Liane Young, is seeking a full-time Research Analyst, with a two-year commitment. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled, with the position starting as early as January 2019 and no later than July 2019. The Research Analyst will work in tandem with a full-time lab manager, who will hold more administrative duties.

Graduate students and postdocs in the Morality Lab research diverse topics related to social and moral cognition: for example, the role of reasoning in moral thought and action, the involvement of theory of mind across social and relational contexts (e.g., cooperation vs competition), social learning and prediction error, the function of punishment versus partner choice, and the tradeoff between principles of moral obligation and impartiality. The lab uses behavioral methods, fMRI, and TMS, in both typical and atypical populations, adults and children. Learn more by visiting http://moralitylab.bc.edu/.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining and updating lab databases; maintaining and updating lab analysis scripts (particularly fMRI scripts) to be in line with current and emerging practices; maintaining detailed and comprehensible documentation of lab scripts/practices
  • Assisting graduate students and postdocs in all lines of research (e.g. recruiting participants, collecting and analyzing behavioral and fMRI data, mentoring and training undergraduate research assistants)
  • Ensuring that the lab is active in supporting the best practices of open and reproducible science (e.g. pre-registering studies, making datasets and analysis scripts publicly available, etc.)

The Research Analyst will also have opportunities to design, conduct, publish and present original research projects. This position is ideal for individuals who are interested in applying to graduate school.

Candidates should have a B.A./B.S. in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or a related field. Candidates should have prior research experience, as well as knowledge of the statistical methods and experimental designs that are commonly used in psychological research. Candidates should also have a strong background in programming (see below). Finally, candidates should have strong organizational abilities, be independent and eager to learn new skills on their own, and be able to work well with others, as effective and patient communicators.

Preferred qualifications include (1) proficiency in Matlab, Python, R, and/or JavaScript; (2) experience analyzing neuroimaging data, (3) a desire to improve upon existing analytical techniques currently used in the lab.

To apply, please email Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen (hirschjh@bc.edu) and Liane Young (liane.young@bc.edu) with a CV (titled as ‘LastName_CV’) and a statement explaining current and future research interests as well as specific interests in joining the Morality Lab. Please also provide contact information for two references and include “Morality Lab Research Analyst Application” in the subject line of any correspondence.

Review of applications will start immediately and proceed until the position is filled. Women, LGBTQ and under-represented minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Boston College is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.