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)

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)

  • 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.

Research

  • 4 Post-Bacc Researchers, University of Maryland

    Posted: June 3, 2020

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    The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 4 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers. All positions are subject to university approval, which depends on the rapidly evolving financial consequences of COVID-19.

    Starting date for all positions is Late Summer/Fall 2020. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active research group as preparation for a research career. Applicants must already have permission to work in the US, or be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions.

    The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by June 8, 2020. However, review of applications will begin immediately.

    Positions #1–#2: Baggett Research Fellowships

    Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro-)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. Up to 2 positions are available for 2020-2021. Positions are for one year and are not renewable.
    Further details for the Baggett Fellowships
    Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski (zukowsk@umd.edu)

    Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience

    This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program. Previous experience in (psycho)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension.
    Contact: Dr. Colin Phillips (colin@umd.edu)

    Position #4: Research Assistant in Syntax and Morphology

    This person will be involved in all aspects of syntactic analysis of several languages, some of which are new to the study of linguistics, using methods of morpho-syntactic analysis and corpus construction (training provided). The person will also assist in bibliographical research and website construction. The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program. Previous experience in linguistics preferred, and basic knowledge of R and IBEX would be very helpful. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension..
    Contact: Dr. Maria Polinsky (polinsky@umd.edu)

    Application Requirements

    Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of the positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors (having multiple mentors are both possible and fruitful for the Baggett Fellowships), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:

    • Positions #1–#2 – Andrea Zukowski (zukowski@umd.edu). Put ‘Baggett Fellowship’ in the subject line.
    • Position #3 – Colin Phillips (colin@umd.edu). Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.
    • Position #4 – Dr. Maria Polinsky (polinsky@umd.edu) Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.

    The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility, as part of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. The department is part of a vibrant language science community under the umbrella of the Maryland Language Science Center that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 academic units. The Language Science Center coordinates many interdisciplinary projects, including a research field station in Guatemala, and partnerships with school districts and various (inter)national organizations.

    The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by June 8, 2020. However, review of applications will begin immediately.

  • 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.