University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley Early Learning Lab Summer Internship Program
The Berkeley Early Learning Lab (BELL), under the direction of Dr. Fei Xu, is now accepting applications from highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors for our Summer Internship Program in 2017.
Descriptions of the Program
The goal of this internship is to provide hands on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive and Language Development or a related field. Successful applicants will be paired with a graduate student or postdoc mentor and will have the opportunity to conduct research at local children’s museums and in the lab, and collaborate on a variety of on-going and new projects. Our lab uses looking time, eye tracking, free play, intervention, and other behavioral methods to investigate inductive learning and statistical inference in social cognition, category learning, physical reasoning, causal learning, word learning, and other domains.
In addition to collaboration with individual graduate students and work on specific projects, weekly lab meetings will give interns a chance to present their own work for feedback and provide feedback to others. We will also discuss current papers being published that relate to the lab’s projects.
Berkeley affiliated and Non-Berkeley undergraduates who are interested in developmental psychology and cognitive science are welcome to apply to our summer internship program. Applicants should have some course work in developmental psychology, cognitive science, and programming. Experience working with children is highly desirable.
This is an unpaid internship and requires a commitment of 20-30 hours/week for 8 weeks between June 5 and August 4.
To apply, please see http://babylab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship. The application deadline is March 17, 2017 11:59p.m. PST.
The Family Involvement Laboratory IS LOOKING FOR A BILINGUAL (Spanish/English) RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Dr. Cabrera’s Family Involvement Lab in the department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology is currently conducting a large and exciting intervention study regarding reading in families with very young children (9 to 30 months of age). We will be recruiting families of first-time mothers and fathers who speak English or Spanish. We are interested in learning about how reading in families affects parents as well as children’s growth, health, and development. (See our website at www.babybooks2.com)
We are looking for a bilingual (Spanish/English) research assistant 40 hours/week to assist with the study. The research assistant will recruit parents; schedule visits; participate in data collection; and enter data. Local travel to recruitment sites and data collection will be required. This is an ideal position for someone interested in applying to graduate school or someone who is interested in working with families. DOE, opportunities may be available to collaborate on research publications and presentations.
Fluency in Spanish required
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, child development, public health, education, or related field, preferred but not required if candidate has relevant experience.
Effective communication skills and ability to interact well with study participants
Reliable and punctual
Available to work evenings and weekends
Research experience a plus
Access to a vehicle preferred
If interested, please send a resume and brief cover letter to Catherine Kuhns (firstname.lastname@example.org )
The Language and Development Lab at UCSD (La Jolla, California) is hiring a lab coordinator to start July 1, 2017. The lab conducts research on language and concept acquisition using a variety of methods, including behavioral assessments, cross-linguistic comparisons, and eye-tracking. Duties include research and administrative responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have a background in experimental psychology, linguistics, or cognitive science, plus experience working with young children. Previous lab coordinators have gone on to top PhD programs of their choice.
Please direct inquiries to Junyi Chu at email@example.com
Applications for the Yale Cognition & Development Lab’s 2017 summer research internship program are now available on our website.
The Language Learning Laboratory at Boston College (L3@BC), directed by Dr. Joshua Hartshorne, seeks a full-time lab manager to assist with developing and implementing ambitious, large-scale experiments utilizing cutting-edge technology. Research at L3@BC focuses on inference in language. How do learners infer the grammatical patterns of their language? How do listeners infer, in real time, what the speaker intends to convey? Why is inferring speaker-meaning easy for adults but hard for children, whereas inferring grammatical patterns is easy(er) for children but hard for adults?
Much of our recent effort has been to develop technologies for the application of “big data” techniques to tackle previously-intractable research questions. The lab manager’s primary responsibilities will be in assisting with this work. In particular, responsibilities will include management of and directing improvements to our online laboratory (gameswithwords.org) and assisting with study design and data analysis, as well as some administrative tasks (i.e. management of undergraduate research assistants, scheduling, etc.). The exact distribution of duties may depend on individual interests and skills.
The lab manager will have the opportunity to attend talks at BC and throughout Boston, attend conferences, and sit in on classes. He or she will work directly with the PI and other senior members of the lab, and will also have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate researchers.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in related field or discipline, some programming and/or web development experience, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, research experience, and ability to work independently. Experience with Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon Web Services, jsPsych, or other similar technologies is a plus, but is not required. Individuals with interdisciplinary interests spanning psychology, linguistics, and artificial intelligence may find this position particularly appealing.
Review of applications begins immediately. Preferred start date is May/June 2017, with a 2-year desired commitment. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
2017 Yale University
Mind and Development Lab Summer Internship Program
The Yale Mind and Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Paul Bloom, is accepting applications for our annual Summer Internship Program. Our research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, including topics such as morality, religion, free will, and the nature of the self. For more information, please see http://minddevlab.yale.edu/.
This internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with graduate students and postdocs on both ongoing and new studies. Because projects are at various stages of completion (from pre-design to post-data collection), interns will be able to be involved with a wide range of activities over the course of the internship. Activities may include developing new project ideas, designing new experiments, recruiting participants, running experiments, analyzing data, and presenting results.
The internship runs full-time from June 1 to August 15, 2017, and application materials are due March 1, 2017.
Who can apply? The internship is open to all undergraduate students, including those graduating in 2017. It is particularly suited for students considering graduate school in experimental psychology or cognitive science.
How can I apply? For more information and to apply, see http://minddevlab.yale.edu/join-us.
Dr. Sarah Keim, Principal Investigator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has several new research positions opening in her lab between now and mid-summer. If you know bright, motivated individuals at your institution (recent undergrad degree through recent PhD) looking for a great next opportunity in research, could you please forward these opportunities? Interested candidates can email Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org directly, sending a CV and cover letter indicating which position(s) is of interest, and we will follow-up with more details.
-Staff Scientist or Senior Research Associate – Biostatistics or Epidemiology (Master’s or PhD)
Design and conduct statistical analyses and report findings in the form of manuscripts and abstracts in support of a pediatric clinical trial and an NIH-funded study involving complex modeling of the physical growth of children. Experience with statistical models appropriate for evaluating treatment effects in RCTs required, experience with growth curve analysis a plus. This position is particularly well-suited to someone who wants to get some more analysis and publication experience for a year or so before going back to school or on the way to seeking a permanent academic position.
Coordinator for a 5-year NIH-funded, longitudinal study of mealtimes, parent-child interaction, growth and development across the toddler to preschool period. An earned Master’s degree in a field related to child health and development and/or equivalent combination of experience and education is required plus experience with complex observational research procedures and comfort working with young children and diverse families. Position to be filled ASAP.
-Research Associate or Assistant – full or part-time potential
Full and part time Research Associates and Assistants needed for a 5-year NIH-funded, longitudinal study of mealtimes, parent-child interaction, growth and development across the toddler to preschool period. Positions involve conducting research visits in homes and in hospital setting, often in evenings and weekends. Must have experience and comfort working with young children and diverse families, experience with child developmental and behavioral testing/observation a plus.
–Research Associate or Assistant
Research Associate or Assistant for a March of Dimes-funded study of maternal substance use during pregnancy and preschool developmental and behavioral outcomes. Must have experience and comfort working with young children and diverse families, experience with child developmental and behavioral testing/observation a plus. Position to be filled ASAP.
Why come to Nationwide Children’s Hospital? Why move to Columbus OH, of all places?
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the fastest growing children’s hospitals in the U.S. and the largest based on patient volume. We have 12 multi-disciplinary Research Centers and rank in the top 10 for NIH funding among our peers. Our research is built on strong collaborative ties with The Ohio State University. Columbus is now one of the hot cities for young professionals looking for great career growth and excellent quality of life with a low cost of living. Learn more about Columbus, OH from Why All the Cool Kids Love Columbus, Ohio, Best Cities for Millennials, and BuzzFeed! The most recent hires in my lab have been from New York, North Carolina, Colorado, and DC.
Join us at Stanford for an interdisciplinary summer research experience program in the cognitive sciences!
At the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), interns will work closely with a faculty, postdoc, or grad student mentor on an original cognitive science research project. They will gain experience developing the project, collecting data, and analyzing the results. In addition to their individual projects, interns will attend weekly mentorship meetings and seminars with such topics as reading a scientific paper, introduction to data analysis, statistics and visualization, and presentation skills. The program will culminate with each intern presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience.
The topical focus of the program will be on language, learning, computation, and cognition, with an emphasis on giving students the skills they need to complete an independent project. Mentors will be from cognitive science departments across Stanford, including Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, and Philosophy.
The program is 8 weeks, from 6/19/17 – 8/11/17, and is primarily intended for rising college juniors and seniors, though we will consider other applicants as well. Applications are due by midnight on March 1st, 2017. We encourage applications from students without prior research experience and from non-research institutions; our best applicants take full advantage of the resources available in their current context. Accepted students will receive a stipend sufficient to cover travel, room, and board. For more information and an application form, see https://www-csli.stanford.edu/csli-summer-internship-program-2017