Yale Infant Cognition Center Summer 2018 Internship

Yale Infant Cognition Center Summer 2018 Internship

Research: Our research broadly focuses on social cognition in infancy. We are running a number of studies with infants & toddlers ranging from birth to 5 years old. These studies are largely focused on discovering what infants think about various aspects of the social world.  Some of the topics we look at include examining infants’ preferences for characters based on their social behavior or group membership and infants’ reasoning about the natural world. More information about our research can be found at http://campuspress.yale.edu/infantlab/.  Internship Opportunity: Interns will work closely with lab researchers on new and ongoing studies, participating fully in all aspects of the research process. Interns will become familiar with experimental methods used in infant studies, and will immediately become involved in recruiting and testing participants, designing and setting up studies, and coding and analyzing results. They will also attend a weekly lab meeting where we discuss the theoretical motivation for our studies, experimental data, and relevant research findings from other labs.

In addition, interns will have the chance to learn about and interact with other developmental psychology labs at Yale and attend sessions organized by professors and graduate students on topics such as applying to graduate school. Interns are encouraged to join graduate students and other researchers from across the department in fun activities such as barbecues, bowling, trivia karaoke nights, etc.

Internship Requirements: The internship will involve a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week. Undergraduate students at all stages are welcome to apply. The internship is best suited to students interested in pursuing graduate studies in developmental, social, or cognitive psychology. This is a volunteer position, but it is encouraged to apply for outside funding from one’s own university, and we are happy to support these applications.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the attached application form, submit a CV/resumé, and have 1 letter of recommendation sent directly to Clarise Ballesteros at yalebaby.manager@yale.edu


Harvard Summer Internship

Summer Internship 2018

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 program December 1st, 2017.

Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies hosts an annual summer internship, supervised by Dr. Susan Carey and Dr. Jesse Snedeker. Interns gain in-depth research experience. You can learn about Dr. Carey and Dr. Snedeker’s current research by reading our website; focusing on publications from our lab members.

What do interns do?
Interns are paired with a graduate-level researcher, based on the intern’s interests, and work on the mentor’s research project(s).Interns gain an in-depth experience in designing, conducting, and/or analyzing a study. Interns: schedule participants, collect data from children and/or adults, transcribe/code data, conduct literature searches, prepare study stimuli, etc. Interns also participate in: Reading Group – Interns discuss 1-2 journal articles, while 1-2 mentors moderate, Lab Meetings – Interns see presentations and participate in discussions, and Presentations – Interns give a “show-and-tell” talk at week 2, and a poster at week 10.

Should I apply?
Undergraduates, or students within 1 year of their graduation, who have: interest in research of language and/or cognitive development, basic computer skills, experience with research methods (especially in psychology or linguistics), confidence in interacting with families (especially in a professional setting), and excellent problem-solving and teamwork skills.

When is it?
The internship is 6/11/2018 to 8/17/2018. We can not accept interns who would start late or leave early. Interns are at lab 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Is this a paid internship?
$1500 funding is available for all interns, but interns pay for their own housing. We recommend subletting, staying in a co-op, or staying with a relative. First, look for funding from your home university. If you are accepted to our program, we will write a letter of support for outside funding. If you do not find funding, we still provide $1500 (paid $150/week). If you find funding less than $1500, we will provide a stipend so you reach $1500 (e.g., if your home University gives you $500, we provide $1000).

Where do I find funding besides the $1500 stipend?
Talk to your: academic advisor(s), student employment office, financial aid office, and/or your other student organizations (e.g. Psi Chi, sorority/fraternity, etc). Harvard Students should apply via the Harvard College Research Program. Read the information here and submit your research proposal to Dr. Carey or Dr. Snedeker by 2/1 to ask for a recommendation.

When do I apply?
The deadline is 12:00 Noon, Eastern Standard Time, March 1st, 2018. For international students, the deadline is January 1, 2018. Please note that the international deadline is ONLY for those who will need a visa sponsored by Harvard. International students attending US universities should apply by the March 1st deadline. We do not read incomplete applications. We will not, under any circumstances, accept late applications. After the applicable deadline, we will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

How do I apply?
Complete the application here. (If you have trouble loading, please refresh the page and/or try copying and pasting the URL http://form.jotform.com/form/13241716183 to a different browser.)

We need the following in .PDF format:

A cover letter
A resume/CV
Transcripts (We do not need official/sealed transcripts!)
2 letters of recommendation, sent directly from your references to our internship email account: HarvardLDSinternship@gmail.com.

Please direct any questions about the internship to:

Liz Chalmers
Snedeker Lab Manager
1080 William James Hall 33 Kirkland St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Nancy Soja
Carey Lab Manager
1154 William James Hall 33 Kirkland St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Diversifying Psychology Visit Day at University of Virginia on April 20

Are you thinking about a doctoral degree in psychology?

Do you want to learn more?

Diversifying Psychology Visit Day

Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

This event is for research-oriented, junior and senior undergraduate students and recent graduates from underrepresented groups (e.g., students who identify as a historically underrepresented ethnic/racial minority or who are the first in their family to attend college) who want to learn more about getting a doctoral degree in psychology and the Psychology Department at UVA (http://psychology.as.virginia.edu/).

Accepted students will have their travel, meal, and hotel costs covered to spend the day visiting the department on April 20th, 2018.

The visit will include:

  • individual and small group meetings with professors to discuss students’ intellectual interests
  • attending research presentations and lab meetings
  • information on applying to graduate school, funding opportunities, mentoring, and student life
  • information session with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and the Director of Clinical Training
  • networking with current graduate students
  • a tour of campus

To apply: students should send:

  1. 1-2 paragraphs describing their research experience and interests, as well as how their research interests align with 1-2 faculty members in the UVA Psychology Department (http://psychology.as.virginia.edu/people), and why they want to attend the Visit Day
  2. an unofficial copy of their transcript
  3. their CV or resume
  4. 1 letter of recommendation that speaks to their capacity for graduate study in psychology (letter writers can submit their letter directly to psychology@virginia.edu)

Please submit all materials by email to psychology@virginia.edu  

Note, students who applied last year but were not invited to the visit day are encouraged to apply again.

Deadline: Applications are due by February 1st, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Questions? Email Dr. Bethany Teachman, Professor and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, at bat5x@virginia.edu, or Jason Sumontha, Graduate Student and Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Fellow, at js4qp@virginia.edu.

Research Coordinator in WAXMAN Lab (language and cognition in infants)

Research Coordinator, Project on Child Development (Waxman Lab), Northwestern University

We seek a full-time research study coordinator to manage a very active research program at the Project on Child Development (http://www.childdevelopment.northwestern.edu/). Our research examines early language and conceptual development in infants from 3 months to 3 years, and this position involves a healthy mix of research and administrative duties. The coordinator will work in close collaboration with a dynamic, interactive lab team that includes Professor Waxman, students (both undergraduate and PhD level), and postdocs in the lab.

The research coordinator will be responsible for conducting and helping to oversee experimental procedures, coding behavioral data, managing data files, and conducting analyses. The coordinator will be responsible for interacting with families and infants who visit the lab, conducting informed consent and debriefing procedures, and maintaining the laboratory’s established human subject procedures.

Basic Qualifications: Candidates must have a background in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and/or linguistics (with a specific interest in development), confidence with technology, confidence with writing, and experience with infants or toddlers. Also required are excellent organizational abilities, excellent social skills, and a friendly, team-leading personality.

Additional Qualifications: At least one year of experience (beyond the undergraduate years) in a research setting. In addition, an ability to interact with infants and their parents, and familiarity with programming software (e.g., MATLAB, R) and experience with eye tracking and/or EEG are all very relevant skills, but most can be learned on the job. Strong writing skills are important, as the coordinator collaborates on publications and grant reports. Attention to detail and an ability to multi-task are also essential.

Additional Information: This is a one-year, grant-funded position with the possibility of renewal. The university offers excellent benefits and a dynamic working environment. To apply, please submit your cover letter, CV, and a list of 2-3 professional references (with email addresses and phone numbers) to j-woodring@northwestern.eduWe will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.

Stanford CSLI Summer Program 2018

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, 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. Accepted students will receive on-campus room and board, and a stipend to cover travel, and other expenses.
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 6/25/18 – 8/17/18, and is primarily intended for rising college Juniors and Seniors, though we will consider other applicants as well. Applications are due by midnight on February 16, 2018. One goal of the internship is to increase the diversity of the graduate school pipeline, and we therefore especially encourage applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in research careers, such as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, and first-generation college students. We also welcome applications from students without prior research experience and from non-research institutions. For more information and an application form, please see https://www-csli.stanford.edu/csli-summer-internship-program-2018.  The CSLI Internship Program is supported in part by the NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program (award #1659585).

PhD program in Developmental and Brain Sciences at UMass Boston

The PhD program in Developmental and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston is focused on understanding cognition, perception, and behavior when underlying neural and hormonal mechanisms are developing. It is an intensive, developmentally-focused, research-based program using both human and animal models. Core faculty engage in research ranging from cognitive development and psychophysics to neuroendocrinology and behavioral genetics. Students may follow a Cognitive Neuroscience specialization investigating functional changes in perceptual and cognitive abilities or a Behavioral Neuroscience specialization investigating neural and hormonal correlates of behavior. All DBS students receive rigorous core training in methods (dry and wet lab skills, advanced statistical methods, computational tools like MATLAB) and work in labs using multiple levels of investigation including psychophysical and neuropsychological evaluation, functional brain imaging (NIRS, ERP), and neuropharmacological, molecular/cellular, and genetic/epigenetic methods. New lab spaces for the program are now housed in the Integrated Sciences Building, part of our campus on the Columbia Point peninsula. This location is just a few miles south of downtown, neighbors metro Boston’s other world-class research universities, and offers wonderful views of the city and Boston Harbor. Applicants will likely have a BS and significant research experience. We especially encourage members of underrepresented populations in neuroscience to apply.

For more information or to apply, please visit dbs.psych.umb.edu.

DBS Core Faculty:

Jane AdamsNeurobehavioral teratology

Erik BlaserVisual psychophysics

Vivian CiaramitaroSensory development and attention

Tiffany DonaldsonBehavioral psychopharmacology

Richard HunterNeuroendocrinology and epigenetics

Zsuzsa KaldyCognitive development

Jin Ho ParkBehavioral neuroendocrinology

Mohinish ShuklaLanguage and cognition

Ed TronickNeurobehavioral and social-emotional development

Susan ZupBehavioral neuroendocrinology

Research Assistant positions at University of Cambridge (Jan/Feb 2018 start)

Research Assistant x 2 (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Salary: £25,728-£29,799 pro rata

We seek to appoint two part-time Research Assistants (0.54 fte and 0.8
fte) to work within the Centre for Research on Play in Education,
Development and Learning (PEDaL) in the Faculty of Education at the
University of Cambridge.  The positions are funded by the LEGO
Foundation to provide research support for a project to develop and
empirically evaluate play-based approaches to teaching science in early
childhood classrooms.  Primary activities include assistance in:
recruiting teachers and children to participate in the project;
assessing classroom practice in Reception; administering tests of
children’s problem-solving, executive function, and scientific
reasoning; supporting the entry, coding and analysis of data.  A degree
in psychology (or experience in psychology research) is preferred.

The successful applicants will work as part of a team of researchers led
by Dr Sara Baker and Dr Audrey Kittredge, and so will receive support
and training. The applicants will also be expected to work independently
in liaising with schools and teachers and carrying out office-based
duties.  As the work entails multiple visits to schools in
Cambridgeshire and London, applicants must be willing to travel. Some
overnight stays may be required.

For full details of the post and the person specification, please see
the Further Particulars.

Fixed-term: The 0.8 fte post is to start no later than 12 February 2018
and will end on 13 July 2018.  The 0.54 fte post is to start immediately
and will end on 30 March 2018.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate
will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about
the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16157. This will
take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There
you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an
account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not
already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For informal enquiries about the post, please contact Dr Sara Baker

We will hold interviews in early January 2018 via Skype.

Please quote reference JR14363 on your application and in any
correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 08 January 2018

Fully funded PhD at the University of Portsmouth, UK

We currently have an opening for a fully funded PhD project on prosociality in prescholers and young schoolchildren at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Full information can be found here: ESRC_SouthCoastDTP_PhD

Please share this announcement with your talented undergraduate students and do not hesitate to contact me for further information: eszter.somogyi@port.ac.uk
The application deadline is January 22nd, 2018.

PhD positions in infancy research at Lancaster University, UK

3 PhD studentships in interdisciplinary infancy research for entry in October 2018

See www.lancaster.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp .

Deadline for applications: 5 February, 2018

Lancaster University, one of the top 10 universities in the United Kingdom, has one of the largest infancy research groups in Europe. Here, we study cognitive, language, social and emotional development in populations ranging from foetuses to pre-school children and beyond with a large range of methods (e.g., remote and head-mounted eye tracking, EEG, computational modelling, NIRS, 4D ultrasound, EMG).

We are now inviting applications for three fully funded PhD scholarships in infancy research for entry in October 2018. All scholarships will cover UK/EU fees (or a portion of overseas fees) and provide a living stipend (approximately £14,500 per year) and access to a grant for research training support. The studentships are part of the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development (http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp/) which, together with match funding from the University, provides a total of 22 studentships. Applicants should have an excellent undergraduate and Masters degree in Psychology or a related discipline.

The Programme is based in the Psychology Department of Lancaster University (UK; see http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/ ). These studentships will have a strong interdisciplinary focus with the expectation to employ multiple methodologies. Applications that bring important and innovative ideas to match and complement the research interest of current staff are more likely to be successful. Informal enquiries should be directed to members of staff prior to application. For potential supervisors in this Programme see http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp/academic-staff/ .


For information on how to apply see http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp/apply/ .

For further information concerning the studentships, please contact Prof. Gert Westermann (g.westermann@lancaster.ac.uk), and about postgraduate study more generally, please contact the Department of Psychology postgraduate office (postgraduate.psychology@lancaster.ac.uk). See the Lancaster Leverhulme Scholarship Programme website http://www.lancs.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp/ for more information. Further information about PhD study at Lancaster can be found here: www.psych.lancs.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/.

Research Fellow on Reading and Vocabulary project: Aston University and Royal Holloway University of London

We’re recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow to work with Dr. Laura Shapiro (Aston University), Dr. Jessie Ricketts (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Professor Adrian Burgess (Aston University) on a Nuffield Foundation funded project to examine how reading ability and reading practice influence vocabulary growth. They will be based at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) and would need to be willing to travel to Royal Holloway, University of London, for team meetings.

 The successful applicant will help to train and supervise a team of Research Assistants in collecting data from children participating in the Aston Literacy Project (a large longitudinal study of reading from school-entry) during the transition to secondary school. They will also help to train and supervise Research Assistants in conducting an intervention study to test ways to increase the amount of reading children do.

Deadline: Friday 5th January

Details here: https://jobs.aston.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=R170572

Please contact us informally if you’re interested/ have questions: L.R.Shapiro@aston.ac.uk , Jessie.Ricketts@rhul.ac.uk