Job & Research Opportunities

This is a selective list of opportunities that cognitive science and linguistics students may find of interest. Students should also expand their search through the Life Design Lab, URSCA, and more.

Undergraduates may receive credit for on- or off-campus independent academic work (IAW) OR be paid, but not both. Students may earn up to 3 IAW credits per term and up to 6 IAW credits per year (40 hours of work = 1 credit). What are the rules for IAW and how do I register for credit?

Finding & Funding Research or Internships

Finding the right IAW position can be hard work. Online resources, hands-on support, and even funding opportunities are readily available through these offices to help guide students through the process. HOUR provides a particularly helpful guide on how to seek out and secure research positions.

Conferences

  • Online Computational Linguistics Course, UMass

    Posted: November 15, 2021

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    The Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is offering a new on-line computational linguistics course, Ling 492B, Computational linguistics: Use and meaning. The course is asynchronous, so students can watch the lectures and complete the exercises at a time of the day and week that is convenient for them. It is taking place in the UMass spring semester, beginning Jan. 25th and ending May 12th. A course description and list of prerequisites follows. It is now available on-line for non-UMass students.

    To register, go to: https://www.umass.edu/uww/class-enrollment. The cost of the course, including registration fee, is $1496. It is a regular 3-credit advanced undergraduate course, and may be eligible for transfer credit, subject to the granting school’s approval. 

    Students interested in this program who may want to transfer credits to JHU, should read up on the JHU pre-approval transfer credit process.

    If you have any questions about the course, contact Brandon Prickett, the instructor, at brandonlprickett@gmail.com. If you have any questions about course registration, contact  the UMass Amherst UWW registration office at regoff@uww.umass.edu.

    Ling 492B Computational linguistics: Use and meaning 

    This course is an introduction to computational linguistics, the study of natural language from a computational perspective. Computational linguistics encompasses both applied (engineering) and theoretical (cognitive) issues, and in this course you will get a taste of both. You will learn how to write code to implement key algorithms for processing and analyzing linguistic structure in language corpora. You will learn how formal language models (grammars) can be implemented computationally and used to represent linguistic structure at various levels. You will use these formal language models to automatically analyze linguistic data, and see how these models can be trained using language corpora. A major focus of the course will be on statistical techniques, especially Bayesian inference, because this forms the foundation of much current work in computational linguistics, both theoretical and applied.

    Prerequisites: some familiarity with Python (functions, lists, dictionaries, file I/O, and command line) and some background in linguistics (at least one course in e.g. syntax, phonology, or general linguistics). In addition, a course in probability or statistics is recommended.

  • Summer Inst. for Languages of the Muslim World, University of Illinois

    Posted: September 22, 2021

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    The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL). We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement. Many of these languages can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.     

    This summer SILMW will take place from June 13 to August 6, 2022, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters. This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more!   

    When you complete the program, not only will you be able to hold a conversation in a new language and have earned up to 10 credits, but you will also have had fun!    

    Students interested in this program who may want to transfer credits to JHU, should educate themselves on the pre-approval transfer credit process.

    We invite you to check out our website for more details about the program in general and for the application requirements in particular. The following selected web pages might be of interest to you, should you want to learn more about the program:  

    If you have any questions, please contact us at silmw@illinois.edu.  

Graduate Programs

  • MS in NLP, UCSC

    Posted: November 29, 2021

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    Natural language processing (NLP) is a rapidly growing field with applications in many of the technologies we use every day, from virtual assistants and smart speakers to autocorrect. UCSC has created a unique Master’s program in NLP to provide students with the skills and in-depth knowledge of NLP algorithms, technologies, and applications that are in high demand in both industry and academia. Our program goes beyond the classroom by supplying students with industry-relevant projects for the kind of real-world experience that is essential for a successful career in NLP. Please visit https://grad.soe.ucsc.edu/nlp/ for details.

    Program Highlights

    • 1-year program, including a 3-quarter capstone project
    • Core courses covering all aspects of NLP
    • Instruction and capstone project collaborations with experts from industry giants like IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and Bloomberg
    • State of the art facilities in the heart of Silicon Valley

    We are seeking a diverse pool of applicants to this program.

    Some partial fellowships may be available.

    Applications are now open. See https://grad.soe.ucsc.edu/nlp for instructions.

    Application deadline is February 15, 2022 for Fall 2022 admission.

    Questions can be directed to nlp [at] ucsc.edu.

  • Brown’s PhD Linguistics Program Info Session

    Posted: November 18, 2021

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    Interested in studying cognitive, linguistic, and psychological science? Want to learn what it’s like being in a PhD program? Have questions about the grad school application process? We’re hosting a Zoom seminar on November 22nd at 6pm EST! Register at bit.ly/brownclps_grad21

    Our panel will include current graduate students and professors, who will answer questions you might have about our graduate program, applying to PhD programs, and/or about grad school life in general!For more info, check out our department website: https://www.brown.edu/academics/cognitive-linguistic-psychological-sciences/prospective-graduate-students

    The video recording of last year’s session can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17NWckWZRLtRgIkycm6vBO054kAQOKolI/view

    Want to hear about the experiences of our community members? You can listen to video interviews in this twitter thread: https://twitter.com/BrownCLPS/status/1324960238575955969

    You can find information about application fee waivers here: bit.ly/3l6JTiD 

  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, FIU

    Posted: November 15, 2021

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    The Cognitive Neuroscience program at Florida International University (FIU) is currently welcoming applications to its PhD program. The application deadline is December 1st.

    Along with our APA-accredited Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology program and the Center for Children and Families, our program is especially well-positioned to train scientists at the intersection of developmental, cognitive, behavioral and translational neuroscience.

    FIU is classified as a Carnegie Foundation R1 “Highest Research Activity” doctoral university and its Department of Psychology is ranked 13th nationally for R&D by National Science Foundation. As the fourth largest university in the nation and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, we are committed to training a diverse generation of future scientists.

    Further information about our research and our Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program is available at: https://case.fiu.edu/psychology/phd-in-cognitive-neuroscience/.

    Our PDF flyer can be viewed and downloaded at: https://app.box.com/s/hrw5i75fyp2bcyczuchbn5vc1dj7x78p.

  • MA & PhD Program Recruiting, JHU Cognitive Science

    Posted: November 1, 2021

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    The Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University is recruiting motivated students who are interested in pursuing an MA or PhD in Cognitive Science. Our program provides a unique opportunity to tackle questions about the mind and brain in a theoretically‐motivated, interdisciplinary environment that has a number of foci, including language, visual cognition, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuropsychology, and computational cognitive science. More information about our faculty, labs, and research areas can be found on our website.

    The MA program is a one-year program designed to flexibly provide graduate-level training to a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds and interests. MA students do not receive departmental funding, however, individuals who have a bachelors degree from Johns Hopkins are eligible for a 50% tuition reduction. The application deadline is December 1, 2021.

    PhD students receive five years of funding which includes full tuition, health insurance, and a competitive 12‐month stipend. Our department is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. The application deadline is December 1, 2021.

    • PhD Information Session: Prospective students are encouraged to attend a virtual informational webinar on our PhD program and the application process on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 2-3 pm EST. Two of our faculty will present then take questions from the audience. Register here. The event will be recorded and posted to our admissions page within a few business days.
    • PhD Application Mentoring: Our current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are providing one‐on‐one mentoring about the application process, with priority given to prospective students from underrepresented groups. To participate, fill out this form. Requests will be accepted until November 15th, but applicants are strongly encouraged to respond by November 5th for maximum chances of being matched with a mentor.

    Questions may be directed to Sarah Ciotola, sciotol3@jhu.edu.

  • Brandeis Computational Linguistics MS Open House

    Posted: October 25, 2021

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    This program will host a Virtual Computational Linguistics MS Open House on Friday, November 12th from 11:00am to 12:30pm Boston (EST) Time. 

    Please register here by Wednesday, November 10th.

    If computational linguistics is a new term to you, don’t worry – this is your opportunity to learn! Studying computational linguistics/natural language processing enables you to work on tasks such as text classification and analytics, machine translation, speech recognition and synthesis, and intelligent agents like chatbots and virtual assistants.

    The Brandeis Computational Linguistics MS program is a specialized degree offered by our Computer Science Department.  It’s a two year degree that is programming-intensive, emphasizes a strong foundation in both computer science and linguistics, and is open to students of varying academic backgrounds, including to non-CS majors. 

    Graduating students have access to our broad network of alumni, and have an excellent placement rate at companies including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Adobe, IBM, Partners Healthcare, Athena Health, QPID Health, and many more – as well as in PhD programs.  You can learn more about our program here.

    During our Open House, you will have the opportunity to meet faculty and students, and to learn about our curriculum, admissions process, professional development opportunities, and have your questions answered. If you can only make a portion of the Open House, this is completely fine.  If you are unavailable but would still like to receive more information about our program, please indicate this on the registration form.

    If you have any questions about the program or would like to learn more, please email our Admissions Coordinator Emily Palmer: scigradoffice@brandeis.edu.

  • Georgetown’s Health & Public Interest M.S. Program

    Posted: October 18, 2021

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    Georgetown University’s Health and the Public Interest M.S. program, is an interdisciplinary, one-year program aimed at creating effective advocates for better health care systems and improved public health. The HAPI program examines health policy in the context of societal, psychological, and cultural factors and how they intersect with corporate and institutional influences to affect health. The program incorporates diverse theory and methods of social sciences and epidemiology to understand the evolution of governance, economic issues and other drivers of global health. Students who apply by the January 15 priority application deadline will have their application fee waived. Admissions are rolling, so apply today!

    Updates

    • NEW! Fall Information Session Dates
    • Virtual HAPI (Health and the Public Interest) Hour Seminars
    • Connect with us on social media

    Go to hapi.georgetown.edu  for details and instructions on how to register.

Jobs

  • RA in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Temple Univ.

    Posted: November 15, 2021

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    Gayle DeDe, PhD, CCC-SLP is seeking a full- time research assistant to work on a multi-site, NIH-funded project about treatment for people with aphasia. The RA will work in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University. Responsibilities include coordination with other project sites, recruitment and testing of participants, transcription and coding of discourse and conversation samples, and evaluating treatment fidelity. Additional responsibilities include activities that ensure the smooth operation of the lab, including maintaining and updating IRB protocols, ordering supplies, preparation of testing/treatment rooms and materials, overseeing petty cash for participant reimbursement, photocopying, computer searches for research resources and other appropriate duties, as assigned. The research assistant will attend lab meetings and take minutes for the meetings.  Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Essential Functions: Coordination with other project sites; Recruitment and testing of participants; Collecting, transcribing, and coding data; Ensure smooth operation of the lab, including maintaining and updating IRB protocols, ordering supplies, preparation of testing/treatment rooms and materials, overseeing petty cash for participant reimbursement, photocopying, computer searches for research resources and other appropriate duties, as assigned. The research assistant will attend lab meetings and take minutes for the meetings.

    Required Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive science, Neuroscience, or a related field.  At least six months of related research experience in Communication Sciences and Disorders and experience working with people with aphasia are preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Candidates who plan to work at least two years in this position are preferred.

    Required Skills & Abilities:

    • Knowledge of and interest in neurogenic communication disorders treatment and research.
    • Ability to work in a team environment with strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to work independently as needed.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word processing, Excel, power point and willingness to learn other programs (e.g., REDCap) for implementation of study protocols.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse populations of research participants, students, faculty, staff, and health care providers.
    • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and planning.

    Interested applicants should send a CV, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), three references, and a cover letter to Gayle DeDe at gayle.dede@temple.edu.

    Complete Job Posting Found Here

  • Data Specialist for CogSci/CompSci @ JHU

    Posted: October 14, 2021

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    Researchers in Computer Science and Cognitive Science are looking for students to provide annotation of various kinds of examples for the purposes of training AI systems. All work is performed online through interaction with web pages, on your own schedule, from home. Examples to be judged may be text-based or images. For example, when presented with a paragraph of text from an English newspaper, can you identify the spans of text that are descriptions of events involving being being sick in a pandemic. Or given an image, can you verify that a certain region of that image refers to a truck, and that it is in the process of being driven by someone. Different projects may be available throughout the year, with the initial project being focused on English text, as well as Russian and Spanish for those that are speakers of those languages.

    The initial project requires at least 5 hours per week and optionally up to 19.99 hours per week. $15/hr.

    Those interested please respond to: Seth Ebner <sebner1@jhu.edu>

  • Lab Manager, UChicago

    Posted: September 10, 2021

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    The Goldin-Meadow laboratory at the University of Chicago seeks a lab manager to help conduct research on projects designed to discover the mind hidden in our hands. The lab does research on homesign (gesture systems created by individuals who do not have access to a language model) in deaf children and adults in the US, Nicaragua, and Guatemala; on developing in-person and on-line tools that use gesture to teach children and adults math concepts; and on the neurological underpinnings of learning math through gesture vs. action. The lab manager is responsible for a range of tasks that aid in the smooth production of high-quality research. See more details and apply here.

  • Peer Mentors, PearSquare

    Posted: July 9, 2021

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    PearSquare is a startup founded by former Hopkins students aiming to help high schoolers with their college application process. We want to bring affordable college admission consulting and test prep services to every student. 

    We are looking for mentors who can provide 1-1 tutoring sessions in admission consulting (all topics are welcomed, e.g. Essay Brainstorm, Common App Consulting, Insider Story, SAT/ACT test prep, etc). You can earn $25+/hour here. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact us or fill out our mentor form to get started.

    PearSquare is a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) admission marketplace that offers one-on-one sessions to get customized admission insights and test prep tutoring. We modularize and break down the application process so that you only pay for what you need.

Research

  • Data Specialist for CogSci/CompSci @ JHU

    Posted: October 14, 2021

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    Researchers in Computer Science and Cognitive Science are looking for students to provide annotation of various kinds of examples for the purposes of training AI systems. All work is performed online through interaction with web pages, on your own schedule, from home. Examples to be judged may be text-based or images. For example, when presented with a paragraph of text from an English newspaper, can you identify the spans of text that are descriptions of events involving being being sick in a pandemic. Or given an image, can you verify that a certain region of that image refers to a truck, and that it is in the process of being driven by someone. Different projects may be available throughout the year, with the initial project being focused on English text, as well as Russian and Spanish for those that are speakers of those languages.

    The initial project requires at least 5 hours per week and optionally up to 19.99 hours per week. $15/hr.

    Those interested please respond to: Seth Ebner <sebner1@jhu.edu>

  • RAships in Cognitive Science at JHU

    Posted: October 12, 2021

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    The Cognitive Science department at Johns Hopkins is committed to an inclusive environment where undergraduate students can receive research experience to explore careers in Cognitive Science. There are opportunities available to perform research for credit, as well as grants available to support research as a paid job. Many professors are actively seeking research assistants. Sometimes opportunities may be posted on this webpage, a lab site, or on ForagerOne. Even if a faculty of interest has not actively posted about an RA position, students are encouraged to contact them to inquire about potential research positions. HOUR provides a very helpful ‘how-to’ for this.

    Further down the road, if you enjoyed the research, consider applying to graduate school to study Cognitive Science or related topics. Pursuing a PhD is more like a job than being an undergraduate student: PhD programs often pay a full-time stipend and health benefits to support you as you take ownership of a research topic. People come to graduate school from a variety of backgrounds. Advanced degrees in Cognitive Science can lead to careers within or outside of academia. For example, some of our alumni currently work at NASA as a Technical Writer, at Apple as a Research Engineer, at various organizations as research scientists, and more. Talk to your advisor, another professor, or a graduate student for advice on applying to graduate programs.

  • Lab Manager, UChicago

    Posted: September 10, 2021

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    The Goldin-Meadow laboratory at the University of Chicago seeks a lab manager to help conduct research on projects designed to discover the mind hidden in our hands. The lab does research on homesign (gesture systems created by individuals who do not have access to a language model) in deaf children and adults in the US, Nicaragua, and Guatemala; on developing in-person and on-line tools that use gesture to teach children and adults math concepts; and on the neurological underpinnings of learning math through gesture vs. action. The lab manager is responsible for a range of tasks that aid in the smooth production of high-quality research. See more details and apply here.