Research Assistant position: Boston Children’s Hospital/pediatric MRI

The Gaab Lab in collaboration with the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center at Boston Children’s Hospital is looking for a Research Assistant to assist with all study phases of a NICHD funded longitudinal project which assesses functional and structural brain development from infancy to early elementary school age. This includes subject recruitment for pediatric research studies which will include close interaction with nurseries, child care centers and elementary schools in the Boston area, scheduling of pediatric research subjects, database maintenance, implementation and maintenance of analysis software; pediatric testing (including MRI/fMRI scanning of young children and infants) and data analyses (psychometrics, psychophysics and structural/functional magnetic imaging), stimuli design and administrative work (e.g., preparation of internal review board proposals). These positions are ideal for anyone considering future graduate study in cognitive (developmental) neuroscience, developmental psychology, computer science, cognitive science or neuroscience. Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, math, or related field required. Comfort with a heterogeneous computing environment (Linux/Unix, Mac, and Windows) as well as some programming experience preferred; knowledge of psychological experiment software (E Prime, Presentation, etc.) and/or fMRI analyses software helpful. Prior experience with infants and children would be very helpful. Demonstrable pre-existing interest in developmental psychology/ cognitive neuroscience desired; knowledge of neuroanatomy, statistics or machine learning helpful. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and must like working with infants, children and families. Start date ASAP. Please first apply to with a cover letter and CV.


Research Assistant – Developmental Psychology

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on an exciting ESRC funded Developmental Psychology project examining children’s language acquisition in the digital age. This project is a collaboration between the University of Salford and Lancaster University. This is an ideal opportunity for an early career researcher to make a valuable contribution to impactful research, and to develop high-level skills in the area of developmental research. The role will involve managing the day to day running of the project including both research and administrative tasks. The post-holder will be responsible for recruitment and data collection with 2-4 year old children both in the lab and at nurseries/preschools, and will contribute to data analysis and dissemination of the research findings to both academic and public communities.

The applicant must be able to start the post before the 26th May 2018.

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Half-Time Research Coordinator Position in the Georgetown Lab for Relational Cognition

The Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition, directed by Dr. Adam Green, anticipates hiring a half-time research coordinator for an NSF-funded study of concept development and reasoning in real-world high school STEM education. Primary responsibilities will include interfacing with students and families as well as teachers and school administrators. Depending on level of interest, the research coordinator will have substantial opportunity to engage with all aspects of the project, including collection and analysis of behavioral and brain-imaging data. This project seeks to contribute to bridging the gap between the real-world classroom and the cognitive neuroscience laboratory.

The preferred start range is July 2018.


For more information on the lab, see

To apply:


Applicants should send a cover letter describing relevant experiences and career goals, a current resume/CV, a college transcript, and names and contact information of two people who can comment on the applicant’s skills relevant to this position to

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Research Technician Position at Penn State: University Park, PA

The Dynamics of Self-Regulation Project at The Pennsylvania State University, headed by Drs. Pamela Cole and Nilam Ram, has an opening for a full-time research technician to assist in Phase II of a federally funded study of young children.  The position will start immediately.
The skills acquired through this position will be particularly useful for individuals who are interested in attending graduate school in child psychology or human development.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, investigating the development of self-regulation as a dynamic process that changes across the first 5 years of life.  The person filling the position will interact with young children and their parents as part of the data collection.  Data collection includes observational, questionnaire, and autonomic nervous system measurement with children ages 30 through 60 months and their parents.  The position also includes assisting in data reduction (scoring and coding) and preliminary data analysis.  The research technician serves as a member of a collaborative team of faculty members from Psychology (Clinical and Developmental) and Human Development and Family Studies, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students from those programs, and the Project Coordinator who assists in supervising research technicians and undergraduate volunteer research assistants. This project is a collaboration and bridge between the Child Study Center ( and the Quantitative Developmental Systems Methodology group (

Typically requires an Associate’s degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  A bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Human Development or a related field and experience with child development research preferred. The successful candidate will also have skills in relating to very young children and their parents, basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, basic statistical skills, using programs like SPSS and R), and high motivation to learn additional skills related to data collection, processing, and analysis. Please highlight relevant skills in your cover letter.

Interested applicants should upload (1) a letter of recommendation indicating research interests, career goals, and relevant experience, (2) a curriculum vita, and (3) two or more letters of reference.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Fixed term statement
This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

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Lab Manager Position Available at Penn in Trueswell/Gleitman Lab


Language Processing and Language Development Lab

Institute for Research in Cognitive Science

Department of Psychology

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA  USA


The research labs of Dr. John Trueswell and Dr. Lila Gleitman are hiring a full-time research assistant (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) to help conduct language processing studies with children and adults. In many of these studies we will be recording the eye movements of participants as they respond to spoken instructions. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with postdocs, graduate students, research assistants, and will have plenty of opportunities for scientific involvement in all aspects of research projects in the lab including journal articles and conference presentations. Thus, this position is an excellent stepping stone for someone planning to go to graduate school in psycholinguistics — individuals previously employed in this position are now star graduate students, postdocs and even professors within psychology and linguistics.


Primary responsibilities include:

–       Assisting lab members and the PIs in the running of experiments

–       Designing, running and analyzing experiments with infants, children, and adults

–       Developing experimental materials, and data management/analysis.

–       Recruiting participants

–       Coordinating and training undergraduate research assistants

–       Assisting in planning lab events and meetings

–       Additional duties include management of human subject information, assisting in the reporting of information to funding institutions and Penn’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), and lab scheduling.


Essential qualifications:

–       A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or Cognitive Science

–       0-1 year of research experience, preferably with children or infants (an equivalent combination of education and experience can be considered).

–       Excellent organizational and communication skills (especially with young children and families).

–       Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently

–       Experience is required in Microsoft Excel and statistical analysis software (preferably R, SPSS and/or MatLab).

–       Be able to jump from low- to high-level amount of work smoothly and work under pressure when deadlines are approaching


Preferred qualifications:

–       Prior experience in psychology research and/or computational modeling.

–       Proficient programming skills, ideally in Python, R and Matlab.

–       Flexible work availability (including evenings and weekends) is desirable.


The position can begin as early as March of 2018 — but we will also consider later start dates, as late as May or June of 2018.


To Apply:


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Please include a resume and at least two reference contacts (email and phone) with your application.


Note that although the posting may say that the position end date is one year from hire, this is not correct. The position may last up to two or three years, contingent on funding.


Please apply as soon as possible because we will begin reviewing applications immediately. Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.


Research Assistant Position: TReAD Lab, Emory University

Position Description:  A Research Assistant/Interviewer position will be available starting May/June of 2018 in the Translational Research in Affective Disorders Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Emory University (PI, Dr. Michael Treadway). The Research Interviewer will assist with all aspects of the research process (designing/programming experiments, recruiting/running participants, analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data). This is an excellent position for anyone seeking research experience and training in clinical and cognitive neuroscience before applying to graduate programs.
Preferred QualificationsA bachelor’s degree or higher in cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, psychology, math, biology, or other related field. Strong computer programming skills (especially MATLAB and/or Python) are required. Candidate should be self-motivated, independent, and reliable. Strong organizational and communication skills are also essential. Prior experience in human affective, clinical or cognitive neuroscience (e.g., conducting and analyzing fMRI or MRI studies), behavioral experiment administration, IRB management, or clinical interviewing experience will all be viewed positively, but are not required. A two-year commitment is required.
More information about current studies can be found at To apply, please send letter of interest, CV/resume, and contact information of three references to

Lab Manager Position: Learning & Brain Development Lab, Tulane University

The Learning and Brain Development Lab at Tulane University (, directed by Dr. Julie Markant, is seeking a full-time research assistant/lab manager to coordinate and conduct research with infants, young children, and adults. The lab manager will be responsible for daily operations of the lab and will work closely with Dr. Markant and graduate and undergraduate students in the lab.

The lab manager will contribute to all aspects of multiple research projects examining the development of attention and memory. Primary responsibilities will include coordinating participant recruitment, supervising undergraduate research assistants, and collecting and analyzing data using a variety of techniques (e.g., eye tracking, genetics). The lab manager will also assist with administrative duties and have the opportunity to contribute to study design and manuscript preparation.

Necessary qualifications:

– Demonstrated interest in developmental and/or cognitive neuroscience research

– Bachelor’s degree in psychology, child development, neuroscience, cognitive science, or a related field

– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially with families

– Ability to work independently

– Organized and detail-oriented

– Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office) and willingness to learn additional computer skills

Preferred qualifications:

– Previous experience in a developmental or cognitive neuroscience research lab

– Advanced computer skills (e.g., knowledge of SPSS, Filemaker Pro, Matlab)

Ph.D. Opportunity in Bilingual Language and Literacy Research

Dr. Marc Goodrich is seeking highly-qualified doctoral students interested in studying how children who are learning more than one language acquire language and literacy skills in their first and second languages.

Dr. Goodrich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His specific research interests focus on how children utilize knowledge and skills from their first language while learning a second language. Additionally, Dr. Goodrich’s research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of instructional strategies designed to improve language and literacy outcomes for children who are acquiring more than one language.
The doctoral program in special education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a unique program that trains students to design instruction to support children with learning difficulties. Students receive extensive training in high-quality research design, methodology, and statistics.
Admission is currently being granted on a rolling basis. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the doctoral program at UNL. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Goodrich ( for more information.

Research Assistant, Child Development Laboratory, University of Maryland (Dr. Nathan Fox, Director)

The Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland is searching for a person to fill the position of Research Assistant. The successful applicant will work on a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, called the Temperament Over Time Study. This large, longitudinal study examines the effects of infant temperament on later social and cognitive development and examines trajectories of development that may result in the emergence of psychopathology in adolescence. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Section on Developmental Affective Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health. RAs work with clinical psychologists, developmental and cognitive neuroscientists, and brain imagers involved in the project. The position involves recruiting, scheduling, and assessing adolescents and their families and will involve seeing subjects on week-ends.

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience, or a social science related field is required. The position requires attention to detail, organizational and planning abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills. Experience working or completing research with children, families or adolescents is preferred. The position can begin as early as June 1, 2018 and requires a two-year commitment. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and the names and email addresses of two references to Dr. Nathan A. Fox at and Dr. Kaylee Seddio at

Summer internship in Learning Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

The Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh invites undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in learning sciences to participate in their summer internship program. A large number of potential faculty mentors offer a variety of research experiences (see in a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of learning scientists.
Important information:
– Dates: May 20-June 30, 2018
– Housing and stipend will be provided; some travel supplements are available
– Eligibility: major in an area relevant to learning sciences; GPA > 3.0; women and members of under-represented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply; internships are most appropriate for rising seniors
– Applications are due April 1st and can be submitted here:
For more information, please visit and see the attached flyer!