Two fully funded PhD Student Positions: Social-Cognitive Development in Infancy

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Application deadline: April 22, 2018

Applications are invited for two 4-year PhD positions at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We are looking for two highly motivated PhD candidates to conduct research on social-cognitive development in infants. The PhD positions are embedded in the MOTION project, a European Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project exploring infants’ and toddlers’ actions, gaze direction, and brain activity as they actively explore the world around them. ITNs are international collaborative research and training networks involving several University and private sector partners. The PhD candidates will conduct a series of studies focusing on (1) social learning and (2) infants’ developing understanding of others’ emotions and intentions.

The PhD students will be supervised by Prof. Sabine Hunnius and will be part of the Baby BRAIN Group (see at the Donders Institute (DI). The research will be conducted in a collaborative network of prominent European experts in the study of infant development. While the successful candidates will be based at Radboud University, as part of their training, candidates will have the opportunity to spend several months at one or two of the other network partners. The PhD students will be enrolled in the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience. Starting date will be no later than September 1, 2018.

The DI is a state-of-the art cognitive neuroscience institute with a multidisciplinary approach. It offers excellent research facilities, including a large infant lab (, as well as outstanding PhD supervision and technical support.

Prospective candidates should hold a degree in Psychology or a related discipline, such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science or Human Movement Sciences. They should have a strong motivation for developmental research. Advanced data analysis and programming skills are a plus. Experience conducting behavioural or neuroscientific experiments with young children or adults will be advantageous. A good command of spoken and written English is essential.

Due to the mobility constraints of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, it is a requirement that the PhD candidates have not resided in the Netherlands for more than 12 months during the last 3 years.

For more information, please visit

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Sabine Hunnius (


Lab manager position at NYU

Description: The Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab ( at New York University, directed by Dr. Marjorie Rhodes, is seeking to hire two full-time Junior Laboratory Associates to coordinate research on cognitive and social development. This position is well suited for someone who aims to develop research skills before applying to doctoral programs in developmental or cognitive psychology.

Job Summary: (1) conducting experiments with children and adults in laboratory, museum-based, and school-based settings; (2) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (3) administrative duties, including data management and maintenance of budgets, lab web pages, and participant recruiting systems; 4) working with local schools and museums to recruit participants and organize data collection, and 5) providing general support to researchers.

Qualifications: (1) a bachelor’s degree in psychology or cognitive science; (2) one or more years of research experience; (3) excellent computer skills; (4) the ability to work independently; (5) keen attention to detail; (6) excellent communication skills. Strong organizational, computational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential.

To apply please visit

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Seeking Lab Manager for Laboratory for Child Development at Johns Hopkins University

This full-time position will involve overseeing all aspects of cognitive development research with infants, children, and adults in the Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Child Development, under the direction of Dr. Lisa Feigenson and Dr. Justin Halberda in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.  Duties will include: recruiting research participants, conducting behavioral experiments, coding infant and child behaviors, hiring, training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, maintaining a participant database, interacting with graduate and post-doctoral students, data entry and assisting with data analysis, equipment and computer purchasing and upkeep, and budgetary organization.

An undergraduate degree in psychology, cognitive science, education, philosophy, or cognitive neuroscience and experience with psychological research is required.  Ability to work well with parents, infants and young children is a must.  Computer skills and supervisory experience are strongly preferred.

The position has a 1-year minimum, with the possibility of extending to 2 or more years.  The position will begin around July 1, 2018, but start-date may be flexible.  Competitive salary and benefits are offered, commensurate with experience.

The JHU Lab for Child Development is located within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

To submit an application, visit the Johns Hopkins University Human Resources website at (job requisition number 9807):

Please note: The JHU Human Resources website will screen out applicants who have not already completed an undergraduate degree.  If you would like to apply and expect to graduate before July 1, 2018, please send application materials directly to, making sure to note that you are applying for this position.  You should also apply via the online portal linked above.

Be sure to include a resume or cv with contacts who will provide you with a letter of reference, as well as a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position.  Review of applications will begin immediately.

Lab Manger Position, UCR Kids Interaction and NeuroDevelopment Lab

The KIND Lab (Kids Interaction and NeuroDevelopment Lab), directed by Dr. Kalina Michalska at the University of California Riverside in the Psychology Department seeks a full-time (with benefits) lab manager/research technician beginning this summer 2018. More information can be found in the attached job posting. 


To apply, please send a resume/CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position to Dr. Kalina Michalska at with the subject line KIND Lab Manager Application. You should also arrange to have two letters of support emailed to Dr. Michalska directly. Review of applications will take place on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. 

The Kids Interaction and Neuro Development (KIND) Lab at the University of California
Riverside is seeking a full-time lab manager to join us in the Summer or Fall 2018.
The lab uses brain imaging, physiological, eye tracking and behavioral methods to examine emotional development and social learning in typically developing children and children with disruptive behavior problems and anxiety. We then link these processes with real world consequences across mental health, well-being, risky behaviors, and clinical outcomes. Applicants can learn more about our work here.

The position is ideal for motivated individuals looking to develop as researchers before applying to graduate programs in developmental psychology, neuroscience or related fields. The lab manager will coordinate multiple aspects of intensive research projects, including participant recruitment, data collection, stimulus development, programming of behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, maintenance and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data. The lab manager will also provide general research support, such as coordinate lab meetings, manage teams of research assistants, assist with IRB and grant proposal preparation, maintain study databases and lab documentation, and author manuscripts for publication.

Essential qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Computer Science,
    Statistics, Engineering, Math, or related fields
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated background and passion for research experience in psychology or
  • Undergraduate level statistics course and experience with statistical analysis packages
    (e.g. Matlab, SPSS, R, Excel, etc.)
  • Some exposure to one or more programming language (e.g. Matlab, Python, Javascript,
    shell scripting, etc.)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience conducting independent research in psychology or neuroscience
  • Experience analyzing neuroimaging data (e.g. SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms)
  • Strong computer programming skills

Potential applicants should email Dr. Kalina Michalska at a letter of interest, a CV, and two letters of support. Review of applications will take place on a rolling basis.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Lab Manager​, Yale Social Cognitive Development lab

The Social Cognitive Development lab at Yale University, headed by Dr. Yarrow Dunham, is now accepting applications for a full-time lab manager​ beginning Summer 2018.

More information can be found in the attached ad.

To apply, please send a résumé/CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position to the current lab manager, Helena Wippick, with the subject line “SCD Lab Manager Application.” The letter should briefly describe your research experience and experience working with children and should include the name and contact information of at least two academic references.

Review of applications will begin​ ​on ​April 1 ​​and will continue until the position is filled.


Our lab is hiring a research coordinator / lab manager to begin mid-summer (on or around July 1) 2018. The position is full-time with benefits. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred (and is extendable beyond two years contingent on funding and mutual interest). The successful candidate will help to coordinate multiple research programs, including two NSF-funded projects.

Our lab focuses on intergroup social cognition; major research areas include the origins of intergroup bias, the principles underlying social categorization and ideas about fairness and inequality, the perceptual components of intergroup categorization, and the most effective strategies for reducing intergroup bias in children. More information about the lab can be found at:

Responsibilities for this position include recruiting, scheduling, and testing child and adult research participants; coordinating a large team of graduate and post-doctoral researchers; building partnerships with and conducting research at local schools and museums; managing a participant database; training and coordinating undergraduate research assistants; purchasing and setting up lab equipment; and additional research and administrative duties as they arise.

The position offers the possibility for substantial research experience and the potential for co-authorship on posters and manuscripts as well as the possibility of international research travel. The job would be ideal for someone highly motivated to undertake graduate study in psychology or the cognitive sciences. The successful candidate will be a core member of a vibrant and collaborative research environment and will also benefit from the broader intellectual community at Yale. For more information about Yale’s psychology department, visit

Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in psychology or a closely related field, experience with children, research experience in an experimental psychology lab, and experience managing others. Strong organizational and communication skills and attention to detail are of the utmost importance. The candidate should be self-motivated and able to solve problems independently while also being comfortable managing and working with others. Strong technical skills are a must; lab duties will require making regular use of Microsoft Office, Photoshop, experimental software such as Inquisit, and statistical software such as R. Computer programming aptitude (e.g. Python, Matlab, JavaScript, Flash) and experience with Amazon Mechanical Turk would be a plus but are not required.

To apply, please send a résumé/CV and a cover letter (as a single PDF document) describing your interest in the position to the current lab manager, Helena Wippick,, with the subject line “SCD Lab Manager Application.” The letter should briefly describe your research experience and experience working with children and should include the name and contact information of at least two academic references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received but full consideration will be given to all applications received by April 1, 2018. The position will ultimately be filled through Yale University’s internal Human Resources process; strong candidates will be encouraged to submit their application to Yale after an initial review. Women, LGBTQ, and underrepresented minority applicants are encouraged. Yale University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Lab manager, Communication and Learning Lab at U Chicago

The Communication and Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Daniel Yurovsky at the University of Chicago, seeks a full-time lab manager beginning July 2018. The lab manager will work closely with the PI and other researchers in the lab on empirical and computational analyses investigating how children and their parents co-construct early language learning. The lab manager will have opportunities for scientific involvement in conference presentations and journal articles.
Required qualifications:
– a bachelor’s degree (psychology, cognitive science, or a related discipline preferred)
– one or more years of research experience (experience with children or infants preferred)
Preferred qualifications:
– excellent organizational and communication skills
– proficient programming skills, ideally in R, Python, or MATLAB
– experience with web design in JavaScript/HTML/CSS
– working knowledge of image and/or video design and editing (e.g. in Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut)

Paid summer internship at the University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience (SUPRE) Program, supported by a grant from the American Psychological Association.  Interested undergraduate students can spend 8 weeks working with a faculty mentor in their laboratory to gain valuable research experience.

Students may choose to work with one of the following faculty mentors:

Julie Fiez

Lauren Hallion

Tristen Inagaki

Jana Iverson

Melissa Libertus

Anna Marsland

Edward Orehek

Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal

Aidan Wright

The program will run from June 4 – July 27, 2018 (though some flexibility in starting and ending dates may be possible).  Students will be hired as full-time, paid research assistants ($12/hour, minus taxes) in their mentor’s lab during the 8 weeks of the program.

To be eligible for the SUPRE program, students must:

  • be enrolled at a U.S. institution (though they need not be students at the University of Pittsburgh or U.S. citizens)
  • have had little to no prior experience working in a psychology research lab
  • have completed at least their freshman year
  • have not yet have obtained a bachelor’s degree

Students from underrepresented minority groups and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.  For more information, please contact the faculty coordinator, Dr. Jana Iverson (

Applications are due by April 13, 2018 and should be completed at the following website:

Lab Manager, Duke Identity & Diversity Lab

The ID Lab (Identity and Diversity Lab), directed by Dr. Sarah Gaither at Duke University in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department seeks a full-time (with benefits) lab manager/research technician beginning July 2018 (preferred but flexible). More information can be found in the attached job posting.


To apply, please send a resume/CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position to Dr. Sarah Gaither at with the subject line ID Lab Manager Application. You should also arrange to have at least one (preferably two) letters of support emailed to Dr. Gaither as well. Review of applications will begin on April 2nd and will continue until the position is filled.

Lab manager position in the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies

Job Description:

Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies.

This is a two-year, full-time, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately for a flexible start date between June 20th and July 6th 2018.

Responsibilities include:  preparing stimuli, contacting families, testing children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate assistants, managing a summer internship program, maintaining equipment, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, and assisting with grant management.

 Necessary qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
  • Availability for flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to facilitate data collection
  • A strong interest in the psychology of language, language acquisition, and conceptual development
  • Prior experience working with young children
  • Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
  • Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:

  • Experience with eye tracking
  • Experience with EEG
  • Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
  • Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
  • Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • A sense of humor

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics.  Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics.

Potential applicants should email a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best).  Please feel free to write with questions as well.

Laboratory Coordinator in Purdue Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition Lab

The Purdue University Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLAMA) lab is hiring a full-time lab manager to start in Summer 2018.  The lab manager will work closely with Dr. Borovsky on a number of projects that explore how young children learn words and process language.


Position summary:

This successful candidate will have an opportunity to make scientific and technical contributions at the ground level of several projects in a recently built language development laboratory, and will participate in all aspects of the research process.  The position will be based in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Department at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. The position involves occasional duties outside of the laboratory (approx. once per month), which may include travel to our recently-opened community laboratory in Indianapolis, and participation in community recruitment and outreach activities.


Training potential:

Dr. Borovsky is deeply committed to the further development of the candidate’s research skills and potential, and prior laboratory managers and students in her lab have an excellent track record of gaining entry into graduate programs. The successful candidate will meet regularly with Dr. Borovsky to discuss career objectives, and will be encouraged to enhance their training by participating in the broader scholarly community and other professional development activities.  The research assistant will join a collegial community of researchers who study language development and disorders, and will have the opportunity to interact with other graduate students, research associates, speech-language pathologists, as well as Dr. Laurence Leonard, Dr. Amanda Seidl, and Dr. Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, among others.

Essential requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in communication disorders, cognitive science, psychology, linguistics or affiliated field
  • A demonstrated interest in language development research
  • Prior experience working with families and children
  • Meticulous attention to detail, well-organized, and ability to work independently and in a team
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to organize priorities among multiple tasks
  • Strong technical trouble-shooting skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly

Other desired skills:

  • Experience with eye-tracking and/or ERP methods
  • Scripting / programming experience (ideally in R / Matlab / Python or similar)
  • Ability to create and edit multiple audio, video and image file formats
  • Experience with statistical analysis

Duties include:

  • Testing young children in multiple experimental methods, including eye tracking and ERP
  • Training and managing a team of undergraduate research assistants
  • Managing participant recruitment, engagement and retention for families at Purdue and Indianapolis
  • Coordination of laboratory testing sessions and resources
  • Maintaining equipment, lab space, databases, and participant records
  • Data management and analysis
  • Preparing audio and visual stimuli for experiments
  • Assisting in dissemination of research findings to scientific and lay audiences
  • Assistance in IRB management

Address specific inquires to Dr. Arielle Borovsky directly:

and applications should be submitted online at: