Postdoctoral Research Position in the Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Rochester

Postdoctoral Position: Cognitive Development Laboratory at the University of Rochester

The Cognitive Development Lab (PI: Karl S. Rosengren) at the University of Rochester is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF-funded research project investigating the role of visual representations in children’s learning about biological variability. Dr. Rosengren has joint appointments in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science and the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester. This research is in collaboration with Dr. Martha W. Alibali and Dr. Chuck Kalish at the University of Wisconsin and the postdoctoral researcher will be collaborating with all three investigators.

Required/Preferred Experience: A PhD in Science Education, Developmental Psychology or a related field is required. Knowledge of human subjects research and experience conducting research with children is required, with a preference for individuals with experience working with school-aged children. Expertise in biological education is also preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience in using qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis approaches, and experience (or an interest in) in conducting research in schools and/or museum settings.

Job Duties:

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the design and implementation of research studies examining how different types of visual representations influence school-aged children’s learning and generalization about biological variability. The individual will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of aspects of the project and will be involved in training graduate and undergraduate research assistants who will be helping on the project. One of the primary goals of this position is to work closely with a number of local museums to collect data, design displays (in the museums and online) to test the impact of different visual representations, and to help develop workshops related to cognitive development and biological education for teachers and museums.

This postdoc position is available to begin immediately with an initial appointment for 1 year, with possibility of renewal depending on performance.Currently, COVID-19 rates are quite low in Rochester and the surrounding community, so it is expected that the postdoctoral researcher would live in the Rochester area and collect data in person when safe and appropriate.

The University of Rochester is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability and are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Karl S. Rosengren at

If you have any questions regarding this position you may contact Dr. Rosengren directly.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Karl S. Rosengren


Department of Brain & Cognitive Science

Department of Psychology

University of Rochester