Job and internship opportunities at the Child Mind Institute in NYC

One of our recent alumni, Jai Ghuman, now works at the Child Mind Institute’s Healthy Brain Network in NYC. The goal of the initiative is to provide the scientific community with an online database of health information from 10,000 participants in the New York City area, with the hope of improving diagnosis of psychiatric disorders from an objective biological perspective.

They are actively searching for full-time paid research assistants.

Here is the link to some of the positions that are currently open:  Continue reading


VIPitt prospective grad student program

From a dear mentor and friend of Dr. Ploran, Dr. Natasha Tokowicz in the Cognitive Psychology program at University of Pittsburgh:

The Pitt Psychology Department is excited to announce the second year of our VIPitt program which is a two-day program for prospective graduate students who from racially and/or ethnically underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in graduate study and research in Psychology at Pitt. The program will be in October 2018, and the deadline for applications is July 1st, 2018. I’m wondering if you know any eligible students who are either graduating seniors or a few years post-bac who you could forward this link to?

Here’s the link with additional information:

The application is brief. The program has dual goals of helping students improve applications and interview skills, as well as giving them more information about Pitt in the hopes that they’ll consider applying to work with faculty here for their graduate work. We cover basically everything: travel to Pittsburgh, housing, meals, and transportation to and from the airport both in Pittsburgh and home towns.

Please let me know if you have questions, and if you would, please forward the link to your colleagues, and your Psychology advising office, so that other eligible students can learn about the program.



If you have questions about Pitt as a place to go to grad school, please reach out to Dr. Ploran. If you are curious about Pittsburgh in general, Drs. Novak and Masnick also stopped over in the city (for grad school and a postdoc, respectively). We all highly recommend it!

Full-time Lab Manager / Research Coordinator position at NYU

The new lab for Language Experience and Acquisition Research at NYU (LEARN Lab), directed by Dr. Sudha Arunachalam, is seeking a full-time research coordinator to begin in September 2018. Our research examines early language development in children ages 6 and under, including typically-developing children as well as children with language delay and developmental disorders (e.g, autism spectrum disorder). We use varied behavioral methods including eye-tracking as well as corpus and survey methods to understand early learning and how it is shaped by children’s language environments. The research coordinator will help to oversee a diverse research program in a dynamic, collaborative lab environment. Responsibilities include: training and managing a team of undergraduate research assistants, building a recruitment database via parent outreach, conducting experimental procedures, managing data, and assisting with human subjects protocols and compliance.


A bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, or a related field. Experience working with young children. Excellent social skills, excellent organizational and time management skills, and a problem-solving mindset. Computer-savvy and interested in learning new skills. Experience working with children with developmental disorders is a plus.

Application Instructions

Apply here:

Please include a cover letter, résumé or CV, an unofficial transcript, and a list of 2-3 references.

Questions? Email Sudha at


Jul 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Recruitment Coordinator for the Yale Infant and Child Development Group

Recruitment Coordinator for the Yale Infant and Child Development Group

Department of Psychology, Yale University


The Yale Infant and Child Development Group in the Department of Psychology at Yale University is seeking candidates for a recruitment coordinator position to begin August 1st, 2018 until August 1st, 2019, with possible renewal.


This group is comprised of 5 developmental laboratories led by Drs. Paul Bloom, Yarrow Dunham, Julian Jara-Ettinger, Frank Keil, & Karen Wynn. The recruitment coordinator will be responsible for boosting the recruitment of infants, children, and families to participate in our developmental research studies. Responsibilities will include finding and forming relationships with recruitment sources, recruiting individual families, and planning recruitment events. Please note, this is not a research position. 


We’re looking for someone who is sociable, charismatic, and comfortable interacting with parents and children. They must also be able to convey developmental psychology concepts and studies in a way that is accessible to parents and community members. We are also looking for someone who is independent, self-motivated, and organized.


The job is part-time (19 hours a week). Candidates must be available to work weekends and able to provide their own transportation to and from events (transportation costs will be reimbursed). 

Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV and a brief statement of interest to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by June 15th, 2018.


Women, LGBTQ and under-represented minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Yale University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

RA position at University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Jana Iverson at the University of Pittsburgh is hiring a full-time research assistant for NIH-funded research on the development of walking and language in infants with vs. without a family history of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The position involves participation in data collection at home visits, coding of infant behavior from video, and data entry. Additional responsibilities include assistance with recruitment, data processing/entry/ management/analysis, and supervision of undergraduate research assistants. Opportunities to conduct independent research, submit presentations to conferences, and prepare papers for publication are available. Start date June-July, 2018.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related fields by June 2018 is required. Facility with Excel and Word and strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills are required. Experience with infants and toddlers and with children with ASD or other special needs is required.

Prior research experience and experience with data management and with video coding is preferred.

For additional information please see the attached PDF.

RA position announcement

Open Research Assistant position for infant/pediatric neuroimaging at Boston Children’s Hospital

The Gaab Lab is looking for a Research Assistant to assist with all study phases of functional and structural MRI for several projects. This includes subject recruitment for pediatric research studies which will include close interaction with 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 functional magnetic imaging), stimuli design and administrative work (e.g., preparation of internal review board proposals). This position is ideal for anyone considering future graduate study in cognitive (developmental) neuroscience, 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. Demonstrable pre-existing interest in cognitive neuroscience desired; knowledge of neuroanatomy or statistics helpful. Prior experience working with infants and small children (e.g. in a preschool or day care setting or within a research project) will be a plus. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and must like working with children. Start will be ASAP. Please apply here with the REQ ID 47545BR AND send an additional application package to Dr. Nadine Gaab ( 

Full-Time Research Technician Posting at the University of Michigan Ross Behavioral Lab

The Michigan Ross Behavioral Lab at the University of Michigan is seeking a full-time research technician to start in August 2018. The deadline to apply is June 4. The Michigan Ross Behavioral Lab accommodates a variety of innovative human behavior experiments in areas such as marketing and decision science, strategy, teamwork, and leadership.

This position is ideal for a recent college graduate in psychology, business, information, or other related disciplines. Applicants should have at least 1 year of experience running studies with human subjects. We desire experience with eye-tracking, survey design, coding experience with python/HTML/CSS/JavaScript, etc. Applicants must be self-motivated, have internal initiative, and have a positive learning orientation. Continue reading