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

  • Masters Cognitive Science, Ecole Normale Supérieure

    Posted: March 4, 2021

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    The masters in Cognitive Science hosted by the Ecole Normale Supérieure – PSL, Université de Paris and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales is intended for highly motivated students, from very diverse backgrounds but with a solid training in one of the fundamental disciplines of cognitive science: psychology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, social science, mathematics, computer science. It is also open to medical and engineering students. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

    The Département d’Etudes Cognitives of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and Ecole Normale Supérieure (www.ens.fr) offers several international fellowships, for a duration of three years. These fellowships are intended for advanced undergraduate students, who will enroll in the master of cognitive science. ENS offers about 20 fellowships in all academic disciplines (including cognitive science and linguistics). DEC students selected through the Selection internationale  have the opportunity to apply to ENS PhD fellowships at the end of their master’s fellowship, if they want to continue their training with a 3-year PhD.

    For more information, visit the website: https://cognition.ens.fr/fr/admissions-bourses/etudiants-etrangers-646

  • PhD Genetically Evolving Models in Science, London School of Economics & Political Science

    Posted: March 4, 2021

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    LSE Philosophy seeks to recruit two research students for a fully funded 4-year PhD degree, contributing to our exciting ERC project on Genetically Evolving Models in Science (GEMS),awarded to Professor Fernand Gobet. Applications close Thursday 29 April 2021

    Applicants should have an excellent undergraduate degree and a completed master’s degree in philosophy, experimental psychology and cognitive modelling, or another relevant subject, such as comparative psychology and cognitive science.

    The GEMS project 

    The development of scientific models suffers from two related problems: ever-growing number of experimental results and scientists’ cognitive limitations (including cognitive biases). This multidisciplinary project (philosophy, psychology, computer science and cognitive neuroscience) addresses these problems by developing a novel methodology for generating scientific models automatically. The methodology is general and can be applied to any science where experimental data are available. 

    The method treats models as computer programs and evolves a population of models using genetic programming. The extent to which the models fit the empirical data is used as a fitness function. The best models – potentially modified by crossover and mutation – are selected for the next generation.  

    In this project, the GEMS methodology is used both with simple and complex datasets, and both with psychology and neuroscience data. In addition to extending the methodology and creating techniques to understand and compare the evolved models, it applies it to explain a wide range of data on human cognition (e.g. attention, memory and learning) and animal behaviour. 

    The GEMS PhD scholarship 

    The GEMS project seeks to recruit two PhD students. The students will contribute to the project by using the GEMS methodology to generate models of animal behaviour in the fields of classicalconditioning and categorisation; they will thus develop new successful models in animal behaviour and a better theoretical understanding of the cognitive mechanisms used in this domain. The students will also address a philosophical question of their choice raised by the GEMS methodology. The students should have an excellent undergraduate degree and a completed Master’s degree in philosophy, experimental psychology and cognitive modelling or another relevant subject, such as comparative psychology and cognitive science. 

    The primary supervisor of the PhD project will be Professor Fernand Gobet, with co-supervision from another member of the LSE Philosophy Department. If you have any questions, please write to f.gobet@lse.ac.uk. Fernand will share the project description with potential applicants to help you develop appropriate research proposals. 

    The successful applicant will receive full funding for a 4-year PhD at LSE, including full payment of tuition fees AND a maintenance stipend of £18,000 per annum. This is an exceptionally generous PhD scholarship. 

    How to apply

    To apply, please apply to the MPhil/PhD in Philosophyat LSE (http://lse.ac.uk/graduateapplyonline), carefully following all the requirements described on the LSE website. When you apply, please indicate clearly in your application (in both your Statement of Academic Purpose AND your Research Proposal) that you wish to be considered for the GEMS scholarship. You should include, in your research proposal, a substantial description (of at least 1,500 words) of a research project addressing a philosophical question relevant to GEMS. 

Internships

  • Summer Intern Infancy Research, ICIS

    Posted: March 2, 2021

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    The International Congress of Infant Studies is rooted in the rich history of founding scholars who implemented the vision to advance science and support colleagueship in the interdisciplinary field of infant development. From its start, the congress encouraged student participation and fostered student engagement through various initiatives aimed at mentoring the next generation of scholars.

    To continue the legacy of student advocacy, ICIS is proud to offer the Founding Generation Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates, including current graduating seniors, an initiative that both builds on prior ICIS programs and recognizes the leadership of ICIS’ founders and the torchbearers of the past decades.

    Over 30 international faculty have registered their interest in participating in this exciting and diverse program. The list of faculty, and their associated projects, can be found on the ICIS website.

    ICIS is offering a limited number of grants of up to $4,000 to support undergraduate student research in infancy science during the summer of 2021.

    Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021

    Interested Faculty

    Program Information

  • 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.

Jobs

  • Remote Summer Reading Teacher, Institute of Reading Development

    Posted: March 2, 2021

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    Teach Reading Classes to Students of All Ages. Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021.

    The Institute of Reading Development is now hiring summer teachers for our live online reading skills programs for students of all ages. Our programs provide students with the skills, books, and experiences they need to achieve greater success in school and beyond.

    As an Institute teacher you will:

    • Earn between $600-$700 per week.
    • Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program.
    • Gain valuable teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to high school students.
    • Help your students become successful readers with a love of great books.

    We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support for our teachers, so we do not require teaching certification or experience to apply. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and must be available to teach classes five days a week, including both weekend days. We are looking for full-time teachers with availability to work 37-40 hours per week during the summer. There will be some opportunities for continued employment with the Institute after the summer. 

    Successful Institute teachers:

    • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure.
    • Are responsible and hard-working, with strong communication and organizational skills.
    • Are comfortable and confident with technology.
    • Are patient and supportive with students and parents.

    Apply Now

    Learn more about us and our reading programs at https://readingprograms.org/about-us/.

  • 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 Intern Infancy Research, ICIS

    Posted: March 2, 2021

    (View as individual posting)

    The International Congress of Infant Studies is rooted in the rich history of founding scholars who implemented the vision to advance science and support colleagueship in the interdisciplinary field of infant development. From its start, the congress encouraged student participation and fostered student engagement through various initiatives aimed at mentoring the next generation of scholars.

    To continue the legacy of student advocacy, ICIS is proud to offer the Founding Generation Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates, including current graduating seniors, an initiative that both builds on prior ICIS programs and recognizes the leadership of ICIS’ founders and the torchbearers of the past decades.

    Over 30 international faculty have registered their interest in participating in this exciting and diverse program. The list of faculty, and their associated projects, can be found on the ICIS website.

    ICIS is offering a limited number of grants of up to $4,000 to support undergraduate student research in infancy science during the summer of 2021.

    Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021

    Interested Faculty

    Program Information

  • 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.