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

Conferences

  • Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World 2021

    Posted: April 14, 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 14 to August 7, 2021, 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, you will have had fun!   

    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: 

    For more general information, visit our website at https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-muslim-world.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at silmw@illinois.edu

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. 

Jobs

  • 3 Post-Bacc Research Positions, UMD

    Posted: April 26, 2021

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    The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 3 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers. All positions are subject to university approval, which may be impacted by the COVID-19 situation.

    Starting date for all positions is Late Summer/Fall 2021. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA or BS 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 three positions.

    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 2021-2022. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Further details for the Baggett Fellowships
    Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski

    Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience
    This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension and production 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

    Application Dates: The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by May 3, 2021. However, review of applications will begin immediately, and candidates are encouraged to inquire as early as possible.

    Application Requirements

    Applicants for a Baggett Fellowship and/or a Baggett Summer Scholarship must submit:

    1. A cover letter. This should outline your background experience and identify faculty mentors of interest. Post-baccalaureate Fellowship applicants should feel free to indicate multiple mentors of interest, as co-mentorship is both possible and fruitful. Cover letters should be in pdf format (please name your file this way: lastname_cover.pdf).
    2. A current curriculum vitae. This should also be in pdf format (please name your file this way: lastname_cv.pdf)
    3. The names and email addresses of three potential referees (letters are not needed as part of the initial application). This information should be provided both on your CV and in the text of the email that contains these file attachments.
    4. A writing sample.
  • 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

  • 3 Post-Bacc Research Positions, UMD

    Posted: April 26, 2021

    (View as individual posting)

    The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 3 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers. All positions are subject to university approval, which may be impacted by the COVID-19 situation.

    Starting date for all positions is Late Summer/Fall 2021. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA or BS 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 three positions.

    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 2021-2022. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Further details for the Baggett Fellowships
    Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski

    Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience
    This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension and production 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

    Application Dates: The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by May 3, 2021. However, review of applications will begin immediately, and candidates are encouraged to inquire as early as possible.

    Application Requirements

    Applicants for a Baggett Fellowship and/or a Baggett Summer Scholarship must submit:

    1. A cover letter. This should outline your background experience and identify faculty mentors of interest. Post-baccalaureate Fellowship applicants should feel free to indicate multiple mentors of interest, as co-mentorship is both possible and fruitful. Cover letters should be in pdf format (please name your file this way: lastname_cover.pdf).
    2. A current curriculum vitae. This should also be in pdf format (please name your file this way: lastname_cv.pdf)
    3. The names and email addresses of three potential referees (letters are not needed as part of the initial application). This information should be provided both on your CV and in the text of the email that contains these file attachments.
    4. A writing sample.
  • 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.