Multiple Research Associate Positions at Haskins Laboratories

Haskins Laboratories in New Haven CT is seeking qualified individuals to fill full-time and part-time Research Associate positions for Behavioral and Neuroimaging Testing and Analysis.

Position 1: Successful candidates for the behavioral testing positions (reference Job Posting 222003) will join a team of researchers who employ behavioral and neuroimaging methods to investigate language development.  Multi-year National Institutes of Health grants support research on (a) typical and atypical reading development and effects of reading intervention inchildren, and (b) statistical learning in infants, children, and adults. These positions are an excellent opportunity for those looking to gain hands on experience working with clinicalpopulations and cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques. Haskins provides a vibrant research and learning environment, and actively supports skill development for all employees, including attending area scientific talks, meetings, and conferences. This Associate will work with a team of researchers including Dr. Kenneth Pugh, Dr. Nicole Landi, and Dr. Stephen Frost.

The positions will involve a combination of data collection using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), MRI, EEG techniques and behavioral testing and coordination.

Applicants for these positions must have experience working with children and some experience with one or more of the following: administration of standardized assessments, computer-based experiments, touch-screen educational games, neuroimaging methods, or computer programming and data analysis. Applicants must also be able to work legally within the U.S.

Additional relevant skills include:

Strong organizational and data management skills

Experience with database and spreadsheet software (e.g., RedCap, FileMaker, Excel)

Flexible work availability (evenings and weekends).

Interested applicants should contact Tammy Ursini, Administrative Coordinator ( with a cover letter, resume, copy of (unofficial) transcripts, and the names of threepotential references. Please note “Job Posting 222003”, in the subject line of your email. This position will remain open until filled; desired state date is on or before August 1 2018.

Position 2: Successful candidates for the Neuroimaging Analysis position (reference position #214001) will provide hands-on basic and applied research experience in the study of speech and reading. Our projects employ multiple neuroimaging modalities, including MRI, EEG and NIRS, in combination with eye-tracking, computational modeling, and behavioral testing of children. This Associate will work directly with Dr. Einar Mencl, Director of Neuroimaging Research; and Dr. Kenneth Pugh, President and Director of Research at Haskins Laboratories.

Primary responsibilities include:

–                Analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data (MRI, NIRS) using AFNI, FreeSurfer

–                Assist with neuroimaging data acquisition and data management

–                Assist development and application of novel analysis strategies for neuroimaging datasets

Requirements include:

–                B.A. or B.S. in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or related field

–                Strong programming skills (e.g., Python, shell scripting, Matlab, R)

–                Strong organizational and data management skills

–                Experience with standard statistical analysis (ANOVA, regression)

–                Able to work legally within the U.S.

Additional relevant skills include:

–                Experience with multivariate analyses (PCA/ICA SVM, machine learning)

–                Strong computer skills using Mac OS X, and software (e.g., FileMaker, Excel)

–                Experience with neuroimaging techniques and data analysis (MRI, fNIRS)

–                Experience with AFNI, FSL, Freesurfer or SPM

Interested applicants should contact Tammy Ursini ( with cover letter referencing Job Position #214001, resume, unofficial copy of college transcripts, and the names of three potential references. This position will remain open until filled; desired start date is on or before July 1, 2018. Haskins provides a vibrant research and learning environment, and actively supports skill development for all employees.

Haskins Laboratories ( is a private, non-profit research institute with a primary focus on speech, language, reading, and their biological basis. Haskins has long-standing, formal affiliations with the University of Connecticut and Yale University. Haskins Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Two Research Assistant Positions at Vanderbilt, Peabody College

Two research assistant positions are available in the Numerical Brain Lab, directed by Gavin R. Price, at Peabody College Vanderbilt University (

The lab’s research focus is on the neural bases of numerical cognition. The two positions are to work on a 5 year NSF funded project investigating the neural mechanisms underlying developmental dyscalculia. The project investigates longitudinal development from kindergarten to grade 2.

The first position involves assisting with the coordination of the project, and would suit someone with past research experience seeking a longer term position (e.g. recent masters graduate).

The second position is for an initial period of 6 months – 1 year and would suit someone seeking their first research position (e.g. recent undergraduate graduate).

The positions and application instructions are below.

RA I #1800407

RA I Term #1800412

full-time lab coordinator position – Latino family program

Full-time Lab Coordinator – Latino family program



The full-time lab coordinator will participate in all aspects of the project, which aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a family program called Food For Thought. Participants in the program include Latino kindergarten children and their parents. All children are Spanish/English bilingual growing up in low-income households. Opportunities to collaborate in journal publications are available.

The  lab coordinator will work under the supervision of Dr. Diana Leyva at Davidson College, NC. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with school principals, teachers, parents and their children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district (NC), as well as senior thesis students, and research assistants at Davidson College. Targeted start date is July 15, 2018.

For more information about the Food for Thought program see:

75% of work will take place on Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary schools, and 25% of work will take place in the lab at Davidson College. Charlotte does not have a good public transportation system. Therefore, the successful candidate should have a car and a driver’s license (or be willing to get a car). Benefits and compensation for mileage are part of the salary package.

Primary responsibilities include:

– Assessing children’s math and literacy skills

– Coordinating participant recruitment in schools

– Communicating with school principals, teachers and parents

– Implementing the family program in schools

– Mentoring undergraduate research assistants

– Setting up and maintaining operations of the project through general administrative duties

– Data entry and analysis

Essential qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree

– Fluent in Spanish (speak, read and write)

– Demonstrated interest in working with the community (school principals, teachers, children and/or parents)

– Strong organization skills

– Excellent communication skills with children and families, as well as school principals and teachers

– Be able to get tasks done efficiently
– Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently

– Experience with R, stata or spss (desired, but not required)

This is a three-year full-time appointment but commitment for only 1 or 2 years is also possible. Please apply by emailing Dr. Leyva ( Include a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals (max 2 pages), resume, and contact information for three references. For more information, please email Dr. Diana Leyva ( Applications will be reviewed beginning on May 10, 2018.

Davidson College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Lab Coordinator: Temple University Infant & Child Lab

Lab Coordinator: Temple University Infant & Child Lab

The Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory (TICL) at Ambler is seeking a lab coordinator, a position presenting rich and varied opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in cognition and development. This lab coordinator would work with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek on projects involving spatial learning, language acquisition, play, and the arts. The position is grant-funded for one year, starting in August 2018.

Lab Coordinator duties may include:

  • Management of day-to-day lab operations
  • Contacting preschools to coordinate research
  • Recruitment and scheduling of children aged 2 months to 16 years
  • Stimuli design and creation
  • Data collection, entry, coding, and analysis
  • Presentation of findings at collaborative lab meetings and in federal grant reports
  • Management of IRB protocols
  • Research grants administration and accounting
  • Training and supervising of research assistants

The lab coordinator will also have the opportunity to collaborate in research that will be presented at conferences and published in journals.

Required qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field
  • At least 6 months experience working in a research setting, preferably with infants and/or children

Preferred qualifications:

  • Computer skills and proficiency with MS Office
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, writing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population of participants
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation
  • Proficiency with SPSS, SAS, and/or R

If interested, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to Jelani Medford, Lab Coordinator, at Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please visit our website ( for more information about the lab. Please visit our website at, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Careers @ Temple. Create or update your online profile. You must apply online in order to be considered for this position.

Fully funded PhD Student Position: A Model-Based Approach to Infant Cognition

Fully funded PhD Student Position: A Model-Based Approach to Infant Cognition

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Application deadline: May 16, 2018


Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD position at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to examine early developing differences in learning and cognition using a combined behavioural and modelling approach. By combining developmental psychology experiments with a computational modelling approach, we aim to gain new insights into the abilities of the developing brain and how these are predictive for future development. We aim to explain what lies at the core of stable inter-individual differences in how young children seek out and process information about the world. The PhD candidate will formulate a formal computational model that explains the emergence of these differences, which will then be tested in a series of behavioural and neurocognitive experiments with infants. The experimental work will be conducted at the Baby and Child Research Center ( of Radboud University.


The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Sabine Hunnius and Dr Rogier Mars. This research is a collaborative project of the BabyBRAIN Group and the Cognitive Neuroecology Lab of the Donders Institute. The BabyBRAIN Group examines the developmental mechanisms and neurocognitive changes underlying early social-cognitive development. The aim of the Cognitive Neuroecology Lab is to understand how brains differ and are adapted to their environment, no matter whether it concerns the brains of different species, different individuals, or at different stages of development. The Donders Institute 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.


Preference will be given to candidates with an MSc in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science, engineering science, or a related field who are highly motivated to conduct challenging interdisciplinary empirical and model-driven research at the intersection of developmental psychology and cognitive science. The successful candidate will have a proven affinity with experimental psychology and/or mathematical modelling of behaviour. Demonstrable experience with techniques for quantitative data analysis (e.g. Matlab) is highly desirable. Due to the international and interdisciplinary nature of the research group, good collaborative and communication skills are essential.


The PhD student will be enrolled in the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience. Anticipated starting date is September 1, 2018.


For more information, please visit

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Sabine Hunnius ( or Dr. Rogier Mars (


Research Assistant Job Opportunity

The Language Creation Lab at the University of Connecticut led by Dr. Marie Coppola is searching for a Research Assistant. This research assistant will be helping our with our Study of Language and Math (SLaM) project. See attached for further information, any questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Marie Coppola via email or by videophone 860-494-2661.
Please share this job description widely! All are welcome to apply. 

Opening for Psychoeducational Evaluator at MIT

The Gabrieli lab at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT has an opening for a Psychoeducational Evaluator. The Gabrieli lab aims to understand the neural basis of human thought, language, learning and education, emotion, and motivation. We investigate how brains develop and adapt across the lifespan and differ from individual to individual. We do so in order to help people with neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, or environmental challenges to lead happy and productive lives.

The main responsibilities of the Psychoeducational Evaluator are to administer and score standardized cognitive and language assessments in children, adolescents, and adults; collaborate with clinical and basic science investigators to organize and implement human subjects research protocols; and assist with efforts to identify and recruit participants with language- and reading-based learning impairments. This position additionally offers an opportunity to assist with the collection of clinical and basic science data, including human neuroimaging (MRI, EEG, MEG) and behavior.
Applicants should have experience working with children, although it may be in a variety of contexts (research, clinical, education, etc). This position is ideal for individuals interested in pursuing graduate work in a variety of clinical or research fields, and/or those interested in the intersection of research and education.
To apply, please visit forward questions to Dr. Joanna Christodoulou at

Lab Manager position at Yale, for social and moral development labs

The Mind & Development and Infant Cognition Labs at Yale University, directed by Drs. Paul Bloom and Karen Wynn, are seeking a joint Lab Manager with a start date in July or August 2018. The position is full-time with benefits. A two-year commitment is preferred (and is extendable beyond two years contingent on funding and mutual interest).

The position entails recruiting and scheduling participants, aiding in the testing of subjects, monitoring and ordering lab supplies, overseeing undergraduate research assistants, and working in a collaborative fashion with the Directors, graduate students and post-doctoral students to maintain the ongoing smooth functioning of the research activities. Some evening and weekend work will be required.

Drs. Bloom and Wynn are investigating a broad array of issues in early moral and social-cognitive development. For more information about our ongoing research projects, see and

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.

To apply, please send (as a single PDF document) a CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position to The letter should briefly describe your research experience 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 May 25, 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 – Development of Social Cognition Lab @ UC Irvine

The Development of Social Cognition Lab (directed under Dr. Nadia Chernyak) at the University of California – Irvine is searching for a lab manager to begin Oct 1, 2018 (with some flexibility).

Interested candidates are encouraged to check out the lab’s research focus here to assess potential fit and contact me ( with any questions.
The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills; be enthusiastic about cognitive development research; comfortable with young children and families; and have strong, self-directed initiative and ability to take on challenges (in particular, with setting up a lab in its beginning phases). Programming, data analysis, and/or web design skills are always a plus.
To apply, please see below (with link and further information).
Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews and may be asked to provide names of 2 people that may be contacted for a letter of recommendation.
Position Description:
The lab manager will:
  • assist with research in socio-cognitive development: including data collection, creating/programming stimuli, data coding and analysis (with training), and coordinating recruitment efforts both in-lab and off-site
  • supervise and train research assistants: coordinating off-site and in-lab recruitment efforts, hiring research assistants, assigning daily tasks, writing lab manager handbooks, coordinating fingerprinting/orientation/training
  • manage daily and long-term operations within the lab: handling IRBs and other research documentation, building a database of subject and local child care facilities, coordinating lab meetings, managing lab websites and newsletters, and setting up/maintaining lab equipment

Lab manager may have opportunities to co-author manuscripts, develop own research projects, and attend conferences.

Position is part-time at 80%.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

More information about desired and required qualifications are found at the link provided in the section below:
How To Apply:
Please follow this link:
and apply for Job #: 2018-0371 
Please attach a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating your research experience, fit, and interests.

New RA position at Vanderbilt: rhythm and grammar development in children

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab in Nashville, Tennessee has two staff openings, for a Research Analyst-I (new position) and a Research Analyst-II (posted recently).

RESEARCH ANALYST-I: Rhythm & Grammar in Children (new position)

The Research Analyst-I in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab in the Department of Otolaryngology (Vanderbilt University Medical Center) is responsible for implementation and coordination of studies on rhythm and language skills in children using behavioral assessments. The Lab is a fast-paced and exciting environment that engages students from a wide range of Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate programs, and also serves as the hub of the Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt, a campus-wide initiative. The RA-I will work collaboratively with students, staff, and the PI (Reyna Gordon, PhD) to carry out a series of ongoing NIH-funded studies that investigate the biological basis of music and speech.

Prior experience with language development research or music cognition research strongly preferred; prior experience with Genomic and/or EEG research a plus. This position requires high attention to detail, contact with families and recruitment in the community, willingness to learn new methods, and basic data analysis knowledge. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills.

Apply here: 

RESEARCH ANALYST-II: Social Engagement, Language Development, and Music in Infants and Young Children (recruitment is continuing)

Under supervision, the Research Analyst-II will provide support for research in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab with a particular focus on social engagement, language development, and music in infants and children with and without autism. Current studies are focused on infant development and parent-child social musical experiences including a parent-child music class study. Responsibilities include recruitment of participants, assessments and data collection, data coordination and entry (Redcap), video preparation and coding, data analysis, and general study coordination/maintenance. The candidate will work directly with participants and their families to assist with study protocols including administering measures and questionnaires. The candidate will have opportunity to train in assessment, eye-tracking, behavior coding, acoustic coding, and/or signal processing according to experience. According to experience, opportunities to contribute to study design, data interpretation, and analysis.