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

  • MS Computational Linguistics, Brandeis

    Posted: May 6, 2020

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    As the Director of Graduate Studies for the Computational Linguistics MS program at Brandeis University, I would like to share with you a special opportunity to apply to enter our Master’s program in fall 2020. We are accepting applications through May 31st, and are looking for a group of talented, diverse students to be included in our cohort. To help you decide whether our program would be a good fit, I’d like to share the following information with you:

    What is Computational Linguistics?
    Computational linguistics is a growing field that is involved in areas including artificial intelligence, speech recognition and synthesis, machine translation, and big data. The Brandeis Computational Linguistics MS program is a specialized degree offered by the Computer Science Department. It’s a two year degree that is programming-intensive, and includes a number of background, core and elective courses in computational linguistics/natural language processing, as well as an exit requirement (a master’s thesis, internship, or capstone project). Graduating students have access to a broad alumni network, and have an excellent placement rate at companies including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Adobe, IBM, Partners Healthcare, Athena Health, QPID Health, and more – as well as in PhD programs. You can learn more about our program here:  https://www.brandeis.edu/computer-science/computational-linguistics/index.html.

    We are looking for students who have:

    • Grades in the A and B range
    • Strong interest in languages (no prior linguistics coursework or knowledge of individual foreign languages is required)
    • Strong interest in computer programming and quantitatively-oriented work (prior programming and mathematics coursework is helpful, but not required)

    Application Information:

    • Application Deadline: May 31st, on a space-available basis (applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible)
    • Enter the code CL2020 to have your application fee waived by following these instructions.
    • Required Materials: personal statement, transcript, resume, 2 letters of recommendation. Here is the application page.
    • Note: Students are generally required to submit GRE scores, but please let us know if you are unable to schedule the GRE, including due to the COVID-19 situation; we may be able to waive the requirement for students with strong coursework in computer science and/or mathematics.

    If you have any questions about the program or would like to learn more, please email: scigradoffice@brandeis.edu and clms@brandeis.edu.

    Lotus Goldberg
    Brandeis University
    BA Program in Linguistics (Undergraduate Advising Head)
    MS Program in Computational Linguistics (Director of Graduate Studies)

  • STEM Teaching Fellowship, West Chester PA

    Posted: April 20, 2020

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    For those with degrees in science or math, teaching might be a next step. Through the WW Teaching Fellowship, they can receive a $32,000 stipend, discounted tuition, and mentoring.

    A few spots are still open at West Chester University, a partner university, where WW Teaching Fellows complete a clinically based preparation program for STEM teachers that leads to a master’s degree. The program focuses on preparing teachers for success in high-need middle or high schools in the School District of Philadelphia.

    All interested candidates should complete their applications by April 24. For questions about the application process or eligibility, candidates can reach out to Neema Ndiba.

    WW Teaching Fellowship digital brochure

Jobs

  • Literacy Tutors, Literacy Lab

    Posted: May 5, 2020

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    The Literacy Lab is seeking to hire literacy tutors for the 2020-21 school year beginning in August 2020. They are able to connect with any interested individuals virtually.

    The Literacy Lab is an AmeriCorps partner program providing individualized reading support for students ages 3 to grade 3 in Baltimore and other cities across the country. During their one-year service term, tutors receive training and support, a modest cost-of-living stipend, health insurance, and are eligible for SNAP benefits if they choose to use them. Check out our Year at a Glance and FAQ page to learn more about the commitment, locations, benefits, and application process. After reviewing, you can submit an application here. We hope to have you join our team!

    Questions? Contact Josie Verchomin, Program Associate (jverchomin@theliteracylab.org  |  (443)-540-6556)

  • ABA Instructor & Assistant, Rockville MD

    Posted: April 24, 2020

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    The Ivymount School is actively recruiting upcoming graduates for our full-time Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Instructor and 1:1 ABA Assistant positions available in June 2020. Ivymount is a non-public special education school located in Rockville, Maryland with over 55 years of experience serving students with special needs. Ivymount provides staff with exceptional training and opportunities for professional growth in the areas of special education, psychology, and applied behavior analysis.

    Questions? Contact Eden Anderson, Human Resources Assistant, The Ivymount School

    (301) 469-0223 x 277  |  Eanderson@ivymount.org

  • STEM Teaching Fellowship, West Chester PA

    Posted: April 20, 2020

    (View as individual posting)

    For those with degrees in science or math, teaching might be a next step. Through the WW Teaching Fellowship, they can receive a $32,000 stipend, discounted tuition, and mentoring.

    A few spots are still open at West Chester University, a partner university, where WW Teaching Fellows complete a clinically based preparation program for STEM teachers that leads to a master’s degree. The program focuses on preparing teachers for success in high-need middle or high schools in the School District of Philadelphia.

    All interested candidates should complete their applications by April 24. For questions about the application process or eligibility, candidates can reach out to Neema Ndiba.

    WW Teaching Fellowship digital brochure

  • Postbac NIH IRTA Position, Bethesda MD

    Posted: March 31, 2020

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    The causal role of inferior temporal cortex in object recognition behavior.

    NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate training positions are available in the laboratory of Arash Afraz (NIMH Intramural Program, NIH, Bethesda, MD) to study the neural underpinnings of object recognition behavior in the non-human primate brain. Specifically, we are interested in uncovering the causal links between the neural activity in the ventral stream of the visual pathway and visual perception. Potential projects include: electrophysiological recording of the neural activity in the ventral visual pathway (e.g. areas V4 and IT), microstimulation and optogenetic perturbation of neural populations in the ventral pathway and utilizing a combination of recording and perturbation techniques to study the circuit dynamics of the ventral stream during object recognition behavior. All of these efforts will be done with respect to the general goal of developing a quantitative theory of how neural spiking features (rate, timing, etc.) shape and constrain visual perception and behavior. The experiments will be carried out in the context of the collaborative research environment at the NIH and will benefit from the rich infrastructure and vibrant neuroscience community of the NIH intramural program.

    Postbaccalaureate training positions are for 1 year with an option to renew for 1-2 additional years.  All candidates must apply through NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate program. Requirements include good programming skills, writing and oral communication skills and self-motivation for science. To learn more about the NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate program click here.

    Those interested should first submit their application on the OITE application portal, then point Arash Afraz to their IRTA application through email: arash.afraz@nih.gov.

    NIH and DHHS are Equal Opportunity Employers.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Yale

    Posted: December 13, 2019

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    The Yale Fellowship in Autism Clinical Research and Community Wellness at the Yale Child Study Center is recruiting highly qualified students for an intensive 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 2020

    The Yale Child Study Center is a leading institution in autism research.  Fellows will have 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.

    The fellowship is up to two years in duration, with the second year being conditional on progress made in the first year. The fellowship combines elements of experiential learning with supervision, self-directed learning, and shadowing. Research training encompasses learning to lead and coordinate multiple pharmaceutical clinical trials involving children and adults living with autism Clinical training will include training on assessments used in autism evaluation and observation of clinical evaluation through the Developmental Disabilities Clinic. They will be directly involved in communication with parents regarding patient treatment. Fellows will have the opportunity to peer-mentor adults with autism through weekly small group meetings. Fellows will engage in community outreach and develop leadership skills while directing organized social groups for families and individuals living with autism.  Fellows will manage an online meetup platform with over 1000 members including individuals with ASD, parents, students, and professionals. Fellows are encouraged to develop and implement creative in-person events and will co-facilitate activities. Selected applicants will be expected to present results of their own work related to autism research. 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 2020. 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  Jane Jurayj (jane.jurayj@yale.edu), Annie Fanta (anne.fanta@yale.edu) or Hope Koene (hope.koene@yale.edu) Electronic submissions are preferable when possible. 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 jane.jurayj@yale.edu. The recommender should include the applicants full name in the subject line.

    Interested students should send their CV, personal statement, and transcript, no later than January 31st, 2020. Letters of recommendation should arrive no later than February 7th, 2020.

    Application materials should be emailed to Jane Jurayj B.A. (jane.jurayj@yale.edu), Annie Fanta B.A. (anne.fanta@yale.edu) and Hope Koene B.A. (hope.koene@yale.edy). Although electronic submissions are preferred, materials may also be mailed to:

    Roger Jou, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
    230 South Frontage Rd, Rm G-130
    New Haven, CT 06519
    (203) 737-7142
    roger.jou@yale.edu

    Questions regarding the Yale Fellowship in Autism Clinical Research and Community Wellness may be directed to Jane Jurayj (jane.jurayj@yale.edu), Annie Fanta (anne.fanta@yale.edu) or Hope Koene (hope.koene@yale.edu.

  • Lab Coordinator, Boston

    Posted: October 23, 2019

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    The Morality Lab at Boston College, led by Liane Young, is seeking a full-time Lab Coordinator, 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 November 2019 and no later than May 2020.

    Graduate students and postdocs in the Morality Lab research diverse topics related to social and moral cognition. This currently includes but is not limited to: reasoning in moral thought and action, 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:

    • Supporting the research of graduate students and postdocs – maintaining and developing lab software/analysis scripts (e.g., in Matlab, R, Javascript, Python), assisting in data collection and analysis (e.g., fMRI, TMS, online experiments), and assisting with manuscript editing and grant writing
    • Managing undergraduate research assistants – recruiting, training, mentoring, and managing undergraduate students, during the academic year and summer
    • Handling administrative duties for the lab – managing finances, purchasing equipment, obtaining human subjects approval, recruiting and scheduling subjects, planning lab meetings and larger multi-lab grant-based events, maintaining documentation of lab practices, and updating lab and grant websites.
    • Conducting original research – the lab coordinator will have the opportunity to design, conduct, publish, and present original research projects.

    This position is ideal for individuals interested in applying to graduate school in psychology, neuroscience, or an adjacent field. The lab coordinator will obtain valuable research experience, as a core member of a collaborative research group. All previous lab coordinators have published their work from the lab.

    Candidates should have a B.A./B.S. in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or a related field. Candidates should also have prior research experience, strong quantitative skills, and knowledge of the statistical methods and experimental designs that are commonly used in behavioral and/or neuroimaging research. Candidates should be highly organized, independent and eager to learn new skills on their own, and able to work well with others, as effective and patient communicators. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with computer programming (e.g., in Matlab, R, Javascript, Python), though we will also consider applicants who can demonstrate a strong commitment to learning how to code.

    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 Coordinator 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 especially encouraged to apply. Boston College is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Research

  • Postbac NIH IRTA Position, Bethesda MD

    Posted: March 31, 2020

    (View as individual posting)

    The causal role of inferior temporal cortex in object recognition behavior.

    NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate training positions are available in the laboratory of Arash Afraz (NIMH Intramural Program, NIH, Bethesda, MD) to study the neural underpinnings of object recognition behavior in the non-human primate brain. Specifically, we are interested in uncovering the causal links between the neural activity in the ventral stream of the visual pathway and visual perception. Potential projects include: electrophysiological recording of the neural activity in the ventral visual pathway (e.g. areas V4 and IT), microstimulation and optogenetic perturbation of neural populations in the ventral pathway and utilizing a combination of recording and perturbation techniques to study the circuit dynamics of the ventral stream during object recognition behavior. All of these efforts will be done with respect to the general goal of developing a quantitative theory of how neural spiking features (rate, timing, etc.) shape and constrain visual perception and behavior. The experiments will be carried out in the context of the collaborative research environment at the NIH and will benefit from the rich infrastructure and vibrant neuroscience community of the NIH intramural program.

    Postbaccalaureate training positions are for 1 year with an option to renew for 1-2 additional years.  All candidates must apply through NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate program. Requirements include good programming skills, writing and oral communication skills and self-motivation for science. To learn more about the NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate program click here.

    Those interested should first submit their application on the OITE application portal, then point Arash Afraz to their IRTA application through email: arash.afraz@nih.gov.

    NIH and DHHS are Equal Opportunity Employers.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Yale

    Posted: December 13, 2019

    (View as individual posting)

    The Yale Fellowship in Autism Clinical Research and Community Wellness at the Yale Child Study Center is recruiting highly qualified students for an intensive 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 2020

    The Yale Child Study Center is a leading institution in autism research.  Fellows will have 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.

    The fellowship is up to two years in duration, with the second year being conditional on progress made in the first year. The fellowship combines elements of experiential learning with supervision, self-directed learning, and shadowing. Research training encompasses learning to lead and coordinate multiple pharmaceutical clinical trials involving children and adults living with autism Clinical training will include training on assessments used in autism evaluation and observation of clinical evaluation through the Developmental Disabilities Clinic. They will be directly involved in communication with parents regarding patient treatment. Fellows will have the opportunity to peer-mentor adults with autism through weekly small group meetings. Fellows will engage in community outreach and develop leadership skills while directing organized social groups for families and individuals living with autism.  Fellows will manage an online meetup platform with over 1000 members including individuals with ASD, parents, students, and professionals. Fellows are encouraged to develop and implement creative in-person events and will co-facilitate activities. Selected applicants will be expected to present results of their own work related to autism research. 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 2020. 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  Jane Jurayj (jane.jurayj@yale.edu), Annie Fanta (anne.fanta@yale.edu) or Hope Koene (hope.koene@yale.edu) Electronic submissions are preferable when possible. 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 jane.jurayj@yale.edu. The recommender should include the applicants full name in the subject line.

    Interested students should send their CV, personal statement, and transcript, no later than January 31st, 2020. Letters of recommendation should arrive no later than February 7th, 2020.

    Application materials should be emailed to Jane Jurayj B.A. (jane.jurayj@yale.edu), Annie Fanta B.A. (anne.fanta@yale.edu) and Hope Koene B.A. (hope.koene@yale.edy). Although electronic submissions are preferred, materials may also be mailed to:

    Roger Jou, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
    230 South Frontage Rd, Rm G-130
    New Haven, CT 06519
    (203) 737-7142
    roger.jou@yale.edu

    Questions regarding the Yale Fellowship in Autism Clinical Research and Community Wellness may be directed to Jane Jurayj (jane.jurayj@yale.edu), Annie Fanta (anne.fanta@yale.edu) or Hope Koene (hope.koene@yale.edu.

  • Predoctoral RAship, NYU Abu Dhabi

    Posted: December 13, 2019

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    The Neuroscience of Language Lab at NYU Abu Dhabi, directed by Liina Pylkkänen & Alec Marantz (http://www.psych.nyu.edu/nellab/), has openings for pre-doctoral research assistantships. All positions are based in Abu Dhabi but involve regular travel to New York.

    A BA/BS, MA/MS in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, etc.) or computer science is required. The hired individuals would ideally have experience with psycho- and neurolinguistic experiments, a background in statistics and programming (especially Python and R). A strong computational background and knowledge of Arabic are both big plusses.

    The pre-doc’s role will depend on the specific qualifications of the person hired, but will in all cases involve MEG research on structural and/or semantic aspects of language. In Abu Dhabi, salary and benefits, including travel and lodging, are quite generous. We are looking to start these positions in spring or summer 2020. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately.

    To apply, please submit cover letter, cv and names of two recommenders using the following link: https://apply.interfolio.com/72130

    For more information, please contact the PIs Liina Pylkkänen (liina.pylkkanen@nyu.edu) and Alec Marantz (marantz@nyu.edu)

    About NYUAD

    NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

    UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

    Qualifications

    This position is not located in the United States. You must be willing to relocate to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

  • Lab Coordinator, Boston

    Posted: October 23, 2019

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    The Morality Lab at Boston College, led by Liane Young, is seeking a full-time Lab Coordinator, 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 November 2019 and no later than May 2020.

    Graduate students and postdocs in the Morality Lab research diverse topics related to social and moral cognition. This currently includes but is not limited to: reasoning in moral thought and action, 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:

    • Supporting the research of graduate students and postdocs – maintaining and developing lab software/analysis scripts (e.g., in Matlab, R, Javascript, Python), assisting in data collection and analysis (e.g., fMRI, TMS, online experiments), and assisting with manuscript editing and grant writing
    • Managing undergraduate research assistants – recruiting, training, mentoring, and managing undergraduate students, during the academic year and summer
    • Handling administrative duties for the lab – managing finances, purchasing equipment, obtaining human subjects approval, recruiting and scheduling subjects, planning lab meetings and larger multi-lab grant-based events, maintaining documentation of lab practices, and updating lab and grant websites.
    • Conducting original research – the lab coordinator will have the opportunity to design, conduct, publish, and present original research projects.

    This position is ideal for individuals interested in applying to graduate school in psychology, neuroscience, or an adjacent field. The lab coordinator will obtain valuable research experience, as a core member of a collaborative research group. All previous lab coordinators have published their work from the lab.

    Candidates should have a B.A./B.S. in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or a related field. Candidates should also have prior research experience, strong quantitative skills, and knowledge of the statistical methods and experimental designs that are commonly used in behavioral and/or neuroimaging research. Candidates should be highly organized, independent and eager to learn new skills on their own, and able to work well with others, as effective and patient communicators. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with computer programming (e.g., in Matlab, R, Javascript, Python), though we will also consider applicants who can demonstrate a strong commitment to learning how to code.

    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 Coordinator 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 especially encouraged to apply. Boston College is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.