Job & Research Opportunities

Below is a selective list of opportunities that cognitive science majors and linguistics minors may find of interest. Students are encouraged to also explore opportunities made available through the Life Design Lab. The Life Design Lab provides a rich suite of services and an expansive database to support Johns Hopkins student and alumni career development and job/internship searches.

Do you have an opportunity that is specifically applicable to our cognitive science and linguistics undergraduate students? Contact the academic program coordinator. Employers should cross-post their job/internship opportunities with the Life Design Lab

Graduate Programs

  • MICHHERS Summer Program

    Posted: January 25, 2021

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    The Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program is a 2-week workshop to bring to Ann Arbor (maybe still remotely on Zoom) talented undergraduate or MA students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Selected applicants will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation in the program. Round trip travel, lodging, and on-campus meals will also be covered by the program if it happens in person.

    Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2021. 

    Program Dates: Sunday, June 6, to Friday, June 18, 2021

    The program will help participants prepare to apply to a PhD in Linguistics, and will give them an overview of opportunities and resources available for Linguistics graduate students at the University of Michigan.  Participants will meet with our faculty and PhD students about research in linguistics, and will work on their own research project under the guidance of U-M Linguistics faculty.

    For details about application: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/michhers.

    For more information about the Linguistics PhD program at the University of Michigan:  https://lsa.umich.edu/linguistics.

    For any questions about MICHHERS, email the program at rackmichhers@umich.edu

Internships

  • Summer Research Internship, CUNY

    Posted: February 15, 2021

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    College of Staten Island, City University of New York
    Child Development Lab Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

    The CSI Child Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Berger, is now accepting applications for our NSF-funded 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

    The goal of this internship is to promote research experience for undergraduates from groups typically under-represented in the sciences. Students will work on a project examining the impact of sleep on learning in infancy, the relation between sleep and motor development, or the interaction between motor and cognitive development in infancy. Interns will work closely with Dr. Sarah Berger and will collaborate with graduate and other undergraduate students to receive hands-on research experience working directly with families. This internship will be fully remote.

    This is a paid internship running June 1 – Aug 5. Students work 4 days/week and can receive up to a $3000 stipend. Applicants should be current undergraduates who are interested in developmental science, cognitive or motor development, or sleep and who intend to pursue graduate training in these or similar areas. 

    Learn more about the lab here: https://csichildlab.wixsite.com/csichildlab. Fill out an application here by March 12: https://csichildlab.wixsite.com/csichildlab/researchopps.

  • MICHHERS Summer Program

    Posted: January 25, 2021

    (View as individual posting)

    The Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program is a 2-week workshop to bring to Ann Arbor (maybe still remotely on Zoom) talented undergraduate or MA students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Selected applicants will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation in the program. Round trip travel, lodging, and on-campus meals will also be covered by the program if it happens in person.

    Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2021. 

    Program Dates: Sunday, June 6, to Friday, June 18, 2021

    The program will help participants prepare to apply to a PhD in Linguistics, and will give them an overview of opportunities and resources available for Linguistics graduate students at the University of Michigan.  Participants will meet with our faculty and PhD students about research in linguistics, and will work on their own research project under the guidance of U-M Linguistics faculty.

    For details about application: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/michhers.

    For more information about the Linguistics PhD program at the University of Michigan:  https://lsa.umich.edu/linguistics.

    For any questions about MICHHERS, email the program at rackmichhers@umich.edu

Jobs

  • Research Associate in Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

    Posted: January 25, 2021

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    Looking to fill immediately. Full-time Research Associate (RA) position available in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. The RA will work on a large, longitudinal research study, the Pittsburgh Girls Study (PGS) under the direction of Dr. Alison Hipwell and Dr. Kate Keenan. In this NIH-funded study, a sample of 2,450 girls from the City of Pittsburgh has been followed annually for 19 years to track developmental patterns of psychopathology and contexts of influence. As part of a new project examining lifetime stress exposure on pregnancy and child health (PGS-ECHO), we are now also following a subsample of 800 PGS participants and their offspring.

    RA responsibilities include conducting prenatal face-to-face interviews in the research lab, administering standardized experimental stress paradigms and collecting psychophysiological data, assisting in coding observational data and conducting developmental assessments of the offspring (6 -36 months). The RA will also help enter, manage, track, and analyze data.

    The ideal candidate will have an interest in psychological research and working with women and children; will be organized, attentive to detail and protocol, yet creative in solving problems; will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will work well as a team – each assessment involves the coordination of several staff members working together.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field
    • Minimum one year work or volunteer experience in a psychology or psychiatry research setting
    • Act 33/34/73 Clearances (Child Abuse/Criminal History/FBI)

    A two-year commitment is expected. Must be available to work some weekend and evening hours as needed.

    Interested candidates please send a statement of interest, CV, and contact information for three references to Amy Blackford at blackforda@upmc.edu. Please specify ECHO-RA position in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Yale Fellowship in Translational Developmental Neuroscience

    Posted: December 22, 2020

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    The Yale Fellowship in Translational Developmental Neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center and Cogstate is recruiting highly qualified students for an intensive joint pre-doctoral fellowship for current graduates or graduating seniors interested in a combined clinical and research career in autism intervention. The position will commence June 2021.

    The Yale Child Study Center is a leading institution in autism research. Cogstate is an independent science company that supports clinical trials. The Yale Child Study Center and Cogstate have developed a collaborative partnership to support clinical trials in pediatric and developmental disability populations.

    The Yale Child Study Center provides fellows the opportunity to shadow weekly developmental disability clinic rounds, attend Child Study Center Grand Rounds, as well as other departmental Grand Rounds lectures in the School of Medicine in addition to their clinical and research responsibilities. The fellows will be involved in industry-sponsored pharmaceutical trials at Cogstate and gain experience with clinical trial design and methodology, clinician trainings, management of cognitive and behavioral assessments, and statistical approaches.

    The fellowship is one year in duration, a second year of employment is conditional on progress made in the first year. The fellowship combines elements of experiential learning with supervision, self-directed learning, and shadowing. The primary training experience will be training and experience in Pivotal Response Treatment, an evidence-based treatment for children with ASD. The postgraduate fellow, under the supervision of Dr. Ventola, will hold both clinical and research responsibilities. The fellows will be trained in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT); an empirically-validated behavioral intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They will then be primary PRT clinicians for children with ASD, under the supervision and mentorship of a licensed psychologist. The fellows will also conduct standardized psychological assessments with children and complete a variety of parent interviews. Lastly, fellows will be involved in direct research within the laboratory using fMRI, EEG, and eye-tracking measures.

    Under Dr. Ventola’s mentorship, selected applicants will be expected guide a predetermined project of research from the point of data collection through analysis and presentation of results. Successful candidates will have a high degree of initiative and independence with strong organizational and interpersonal skills. They must have the ability to work effectively with many types of people across different settings while juggling multiple tasks. Flexibility, endurance, and attention to detail are also essential qualities. Fellows starting salary will be $35,700/year.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Eligible candidates are college graduates who will have obtained a bachelor’s degree by June 2021. While previous relevant experience is preferred, applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement of the fellowship.

    Please note that this fellowship is not offered concurrently with graduate studies. However, we do hope that the fellowship will serve as an important stepping-stone towards future medical or graduate studies.

    Application Information

    For more specific questions, interested applicants should contact Dr. Pamela Ventola. Electronic submissions are preferable. A complete application includes 1 copy of each of the following items:

    • Resume or CV
    • Transcript, undergraduate and graduate (if applicable)
    • A 2-page personal statement containing biographic material, relevant experience, and career goals – can be single or double spaced.
    • Two letters of recommendations should be emailed to pamela.ventola@yale.edu. The recommender should include the applicants full name in the subject line.

    Interested students should send their CV, personal statement, and transcript to Pamela Ventola.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

    Questions regarding the Yale Fellowship in Translational Developmental Neuroscience may be directed to Pamela Ventola.

Research

  • Summer Research Internship, CUNY

    Posted: February 15, 2021

    (View as individual posting)

    College of Staten Island, City University of New York
    Child Development Lab Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

    The CSI Child Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Berger, is now accepting applications for our NSF-funded 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

    The goal of this internship is to promote research experience for undergraduates from groups typically under-represented in the sciences. Students will work on a project examining the impact of sleep on learning in infancy, the relation between sleep and motor development, or the interaction between motor and cognitive development in infancy. Interns will work closely with Dr. Sarah Berger and will collaborate with graduate and other undergraduate students to receive hands-on research experience working directly with families. This internship will be fully remote.

    This is a paid internship running June 1 – Aug 5. Students work 4 days/week and can receive up to a $3000 stipend. Applicants should be current undergraduates who are interested in developmental science, cognitive or motor development, or sleep and who intend to pursue graduate training in these or similar areas. 

    Learn more about the lab here: https://csichildlab.wixsite.com/csichildlab. Fill out an application here by March 12: https://csichildlab.wixsite.com/csichildlab/researchopps.

  • Research Associate in Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

    Posted: January 25, 2021

    (View as individual posting)

    Looking to fill immediately. Full-time Research Associate (RA) position available in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. The RA will work on a large, longitudinal research study, the Pittsburgh Girls Study (PGS) under the direction of Dr. Alison Hipwell and Dr. Kate Keenan. In this NIH-funded study, a sample of 2,450 girls from the City of Pittsburgh has been followed annually for 19 years to track developmental patterns of psychopathology and contexts of influence. As part of a new project examining lifetime stress exposure on pregnancy and child health (PGS-ECHO), we are now also following a subsample of 800 PGS participants and their offspring.

    RA responsibilities include conducting prenatal face-to-face interviews in the research lab, administering standardized experimental stress paradigms and collecting psychophysiological data, assisting in coding observational data and conducting developmental assessments of the offspring (6 -36 months). The RA will also help enter, manage, track, and analyze data.

    The ideal candidate will have an interest in psychological research and working with women and children; will be organized, attentive to detail and protocol, yet creative in solving problems; will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will work well as a team – each assessment involves the coordination of several staff members working together.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field
    • Minimum one year work or volunteer experience in a psychology or psychiatry research setting
    • Act 33/34/73 Clearances (Child Abuse/Criminal History/FBI)

    A two-year commitment is expected. Must be available to work some weekend and evening hours as needed.

    Interested candidates please send a statement of interest, CV, and contact information for three references to Amy Blackford at blackforda@upmc.edu. Please specify ECHO-RA position in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.