Month: April 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, BU Child Cognition Lab

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Boston University Child Cognition Lab


The Boston University Child Cognition Lab, directed by Deb Kelemen, has an opening for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow funded by the National Science Foundation Award “Evolving Minds: Promoting Causal-Explanatory Teaching and Learning of Biological Evolution in Elementary School.” This inter-disciplinary project explores children’s learning of counterintuitive concepts in context of a novel guided inquiry life science curriculum. Applicants should have particular interest in children’s and adults’ knowledge acquisition (especially biological knowledge), inquiry learning, development of scientific and religious cognition, conceptual change, and the application of basic cognitive developmental research to STEM education.


Postdoctoral fellows participate deeply in the life of Child Cognition Lab, the BU Developmental Science Program ( and the Boston area’s vibrant intellectual atmosphere. The successful candidate will receive substantive career mentoring and opportunities for independent research and professional development.


Responsibilities include: Conducting research and supervising multi-site data collections in elementary school classrooms with teachers and students; conducting lab and online studies with children and adults; engaging with a cross-site multi-disciplinary team of cognitive developmentalists and education researchers; quantitative and qualitative data analyses (experience with Design-Based Research approaches is desirable but not required); supervision of an undergraduate research team; co-writing reports for funding agencies; presentations at conferences and workshops; authorship of publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Job requirements: Graduate training in cognitive and/or developmental psychology, cognitive science or (science) education; background in experimental and intervention research design, quantitative and qualitative data analytic methods; excellent capacity for independent, creative scholarship and strong authorship /writing skills, evidence of productivity in peer-reviewed journals. This postdoc position is for 2 years with possibility of further renewal. BU Postdoctoral Fellows are evaluated each year for renewal.


Applications:  Please email in one PDF document: a cover letter including a 1-2 page statement of research interests and explanation of suitability for the position, a CV, and contact details for 3 referees who will be contacted for short-listed candidates. Include a link to, or attach, up to 3 representative publications or manuscripts. Place CCL Postdoctoral Position 2020 in the subject line of your email application and send to: Deb Kelemen ( Please familiarize yourself with our research before applying by exploring and Review of applications will begin immediately with priority given to applicants who submit by June 30.

Deborah Kelemen, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Boston University
Email: or
Child Cognition Lab Phone: (617) 358-1738
Evolving Minds Project:

Postdoctoral Project Coordinator with Children and Screens


I am writing on behalf of Pam Hurst-Della Pietra and Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development. We would be grateful for your help finding the ideal candidate for a new postdoctoral project coordinator position. Please circulate the information below.
Children and Screens, an international independent research organization to advance and support interdisciplinary scientific research on the cognitive, psychological, and physical impacts of digital media on toddlers, children, and adolescents, is looking for an excellent postdoctoral project coordinator to join our team. We are based on Long Island, New York. 

This position is open to candidates in the fields of cognitive development, psychiatry, pediatrics, neuroscience, psychology, and related fields. Detailed information about the position, requirements, and application process can be found in the attached document. 
As a current Postdoc with Children and Screens, have the opportunity to connect with researchers across disciplines and around the world. In addition, I am working on projects to improve the lives of children and families and to advance research into critical aspects of development. I would be pleased to speak with any interested scholars about the position and my experience, and can be reached at
Thank you for your assistance, and I look forward to our continued partnership.
Best Wishes,
Gabrielle McHarg
Postdoctoral Project Coordinator
Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development
(252) 292-7699

Virtual AI/Computational Modeling Meet & Speak on 5/6

Dear Research Community, 

Leslie Shor (Associate Dean, Engineering) and Gerry Altmann (Director, Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences) have organized aMeet & Speakthat will bring together researchers from CLAS and Engineering with an interest in computational modeling / machine learning / and AI. The aim is for the different communities across the colleges to better understand the research that we are each engaged in. The meeting will offer an opportunity to foster greater cross-college discourse and collaboration, and may serve as a foundation for greater university investment in computational modeling. The Meet & Speak is scheduled for May 6th, 12pm-3pm on Zoom. You will be able to join the meeting by visiting this webpage.

Attendees will be able to submit questions during each talk using the Q&A feature. Our hosts will select questions during/after the talk. If your question is selected, the host will temporarily turn on your microphone and call on you to ask your question directly. 

There will be 12 speakers, each taking up a 12-minute slot including questions (speakers have been asked to limit their talks to 8-9 minutes).
 These speakers are a sample of faculty with interests in computational modeling. We could not include all the faculty with such interests and our apologies if we did not include you – one purpose of this meeting is to use this as a starting point for identifying researchers at UConn who share these computational interests.

 (and relevant research interests):

Gerry Altmann (Director, IBACS; Psychological Sciences): Language and event comprehension in Recurrent Neural Networks.

Jim Magnuson (Psychological Sciences): Bridging the gaps between automatic speech recognition and human speech recognition.

3. Whit Tabor (Psychological Sciences): Language processing within a Dynamical Systems approach to Cognition.

Jay Rueckl (Psychological Sciences): Connectionist modeling of literacy development.

Ed Large (Psychological Sciences): Oscillator models of rhythm and music perception.

Ian Stevenson (Psychology): Modeling neural dynamics and information encoding within the human brain.

Monty Escabi (Biomedical Engineering): Algorithms for modeling how neurons process complex sounds.

Sabato Santaniello (Biomedical Engineering): Biophysically-principled modeling for brain disorders and neuromodulation

9. Derek Aguiar (Computer Science & Engineering): Probabilistic machine learning models to better understand genomics and genetics data applied to complex disease.

Jinbo Bi (Associate Head, Computer Science & Engineering): Machine learning and Data mining for Bioinformatics, Medical informatics, and Drug discovery

Ranjan Srivastava (Head of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering): Mathematical models of biological systems. 

Caiwen Ding (Computer Science & Engineering): Machine Learning & Deep Neural Networks

Further details (including schedule of talks, with titles and abstracts when available) can be found at

Best Wishes,
Crystal Mastrangelo
Institute Coordinator, IBACS

PostDoc position announcement in Berlin and Milan

We invite indications of interest for nine two-year postdoctoral positions with expertise in language acquisition, morpho-syntax and semantics to carry out large-scale, crosslinguistic child language research. The positions are within the “LeibnizDream” ( project, approved by the European Research Council in the Synergy Grant 2019 call. The core research team of LeibnizDream will be based at three host institutions. The openings are distributed over the host institutions, PIs, and research profiles as follows:
at UniMiB (“Acquirer Group”, PI Maria Teresa Guasti):
three post-doctoral positions with main expertise in language acquisition, desired assets: eye tracking, statistics / data science, language-comparative experience, theoretical linguistics
at HU (“Compressor Group”, PI Artemis Alexiadou):
three positions with main expertise in morphology, desired assets: cross-linguistic morphology, morphological acquisition, computational morphology, syntax, semantics, experimental methods
at ZAS (“Generator Group”, PI Uli Sauerland):
three positions with main expertise in semantics, desired assets: cross-linguistic semantics, syntax/semantics interface, semantic acquisition, morpho-semantics, experimental methods
All positions are to start between January 1st, 2021 or soon after. All contracts will be until the end of 2022, but they may be extended for up to four more years in the case of outstanding accomplishments. The salary at HU and ZAS will be according to E13 of the TVL or the TVOeD pay-scale respectively, and also competitive at UniMiB.
The duty of the positions is to carry out research as described by the project application. The plan is to carry out comparative experiments in language acquisition across up to 50 different languages in collaboration with partners across the globe. We target six different areas of morpho-syntax/semantics, 1) the expression of causation and agency, and 2)
of motion events, 3) the binary connectives, 4) negative concepts such as exclusion, antonyms, and negation, 5) quantificational concepts including genericity and distributivity, and 6) dependencies most frequently analyzed as variable binding (wh-questions, relative clauses, degree clauses). The postdocs will work in small teams across these domains to prepare, carry out experiments, oversee the process of data collection, and then analyse and publish acquisition studies in these domains. Intensive interaction with the collaborators from different countries will be part of the research. The project aims for cultural diversity and gender balance of its staff. The project furthermore seeks to implement the principles of open science.
An expression of interest must be submitted via electronic mail (subject should include: “LeibnizDream”) and include the following (1, 2 and 3 in PDF format, ideally in one PDF file): 1) a letter of intent specifying research experience and intended contributions to the project, as well as the starting date; 2) the curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications; 3) electronic copies of up to three representative writings; and 4) the names and email addresses of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation. Interested researchers wishing for secure communication with PGP can contact us for the necessary encryption key. Please note that the positions are still subject to availability of funding and a hiring procedure in compliance with institutional requirements will still be advertised.
Application deadline: May 1st, 2020
Email for applications: Sofia Rustioni <>
Please write: Leibnizdream in the object