Project Director, Income and Development Brain Study: New York City

The Income and Development Brain study is a path breaking random assignment study that will offer monthly unconditional cash supplements to eligible low income mothers of infants for the first three years of their child’s life.  The aim is to understand the causal effects of income on the family and on very early child development, in order to inform policy.  Two hundred fifty mothers will be recruited from hospitals at the time of their child’s birth in each of four sites—New York City, New Orleans, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Omaha, Nebraska.  Half of the mothers in each site will be randomized to receive $333/month in cash and half will receive $20/month in cash.  The NIH-funded study is led by principal investigators Greg Duncan (UC Irvine), Lisa Gennetian (NYU), Katherine Magnuson (UW at Madison), Kimberly Noble (Teachers College, Columbia University), and Hirokazu Yoshikawa (NYU).  PIs are also collaborating with a team of neuroscientists at each site who will lead measurement of children’s brain development at 36 months old.  Recruitment of study participants will begin in Spring 2018 with data collection occurring just after birth, and at child ages 12, 24 and 36 months. More about the study and its motivation can be found here, here and here. We are seeking an experienced researcher and project manager to serve as a project director for this multi-institutional, multi-site, multi-year study. The candidate will supervise multiple technical aspects of the project, serve as the liaison among PIs, the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, neuroscientists and site stakeholders, contribute to methodological and operational decision-making, research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. The candidate should have at least two years of experience coordinating and managing complex, multi-university research projects. Continue reading


Museum researcher position in Providence, RI

The Causality and Mind Lab at Brown University (P.I. David Sobel) and Providence Children’s Museum (PCM) are seeking a Museum Researcher for a National Science Foundation-funded project investigating belief revision in early childhood and children’s learning processes. The Museum Researcher will engage in research related to the project as well as serve as a liaison between the Causality and Mind Lab and PCM. The Researcher will also contribute to other Museum-based research projects at PCM.

This is a full-time position at 37.5 hours/week, split between PCM and Brown University; 10 hours/week for PCM and 27.5 hours/week for Brown University.  Benefits are available through Brown University.

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Summer Internship at Language Learning Lab at Boston College

The Language Learning Lab at Boston College (L3@BC), directed by Dr. Joshua Hartshorne, is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Summer 2018. Students who desire more research experience and seek opportunities to contribute to various stages of the scientific process are encouraged to apply here. Application deadlines is February 1, 2018.

Internship details:

·         The program will last 10 weeks (tentatively June 11 – August 17).

·         The position is full-time (up to a 40 hour work week).

·         The lab is located on the main campus of Boston College, which allows full access to the many opportunities in the city of Boston.

·         This is a paid position. Each intern will receive a stipend for the summer ($11/hour). Continue reading

Paid summer internship at Yale: Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition

The Canine Cognition Center and Social Cognitive Development Lab are seeking applicants for a summer 2018 NSF-REU program. The REU program is supported by an award from the U.S. National Science Foundation (Award #1659085) to Yale University as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.  The broad goal of the Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU Site is to provide students from under-represented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research. Students will gain experience investigating the origins of human social cognition from two different but related perspectives: developmental studies testing human children’s social understanding and comparative studies examining social cognition in domesticated dogs. The REU is coordinated by Psychology professors Dr. Laurie Santos and Dr. Yarrow Dunham. Continue reading

2018 SPSP Summer Program for Undergraduate Research

2018 SPSP Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Please share with any eligible undergraduate who may be interested – the deadline for applications and related materials (including letter of recommendation) is this Friday, November 10, 2017.

SPUR provides an intensive summer internship in the methods of social and personality psychology for undergraduates from under-represented ethnic/racial groups. Participating students conduct hands-on research and research-related activities full-time for eight weeks, working closely with a social-personality psychology faculty mentor at the mentor’s university. The program allows students to participate in an active lab with a research focus that they would not otherwise be able to access. Continue reading

Research assistant position at Boston Children’s Hospital

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital is currently hiring (1) research assistant and (1) student intern to work on a study charting biomarkers of social functioning in children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Please see the attached job postings for more information about these positions and application instructions: LCN RA Posting ABC-CT Fall 2017

Lab Manager, 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 ( 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. Continue reading