The NYU Department of Psychology (PI: Marjorie Rhodes) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher to begin Summer or Fall 2020. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to collaborate on lab projects and develop new lines of research related to conceptual development or the development of social cognition. Current projects in the lab examine how subtle features of language shape children’s representations of social categories, how children develop representations of biological and social kinds, the mechanisms underlying the development of social biases, and the implications of children’s representations of the social world for their own behavior. The lab employs a range of methods including online research with children, analyses of natural language, field experiments, longitudinal studies, cross-cultural comparisons, and laboratory-based studies. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to develop an independent line of research and to collaborate on large team projects. More information about the lab is available at and The initial appointment will be for one year, with reappointment contingent on funding, progress, and mutual agreement. Review of applications will begin on January 2nd, 2020.



·       Ph.D. in Developmental or Cognitive Psychology or a related discipline by the intended start date

·       Experience conducting research with young children and families

·       Experience working with community organizations (e.g., museums and schools) to facilitate developmental research

·       Expertise in advanced statistical modeling and proficiency with R (expertise in managing large data sets and longitudinal analyses highly desirable)

·       A commitment to open science (for more on the lab’s policies, see:

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills

·       Interest in contributing to collaborative research, working with a team, and developing mentorship skills

·       Interest and willingness to develop skills in grant-writing

·       Expertise with cross-cultural research, longitudinal research, behavioral coding (e.g., using Datavyu), analyses of natural language data, or field experiments is highly desirable


Application Instructions

Applications should consist of a CV, a 2-3 page statement of research experience, interests, and goals, at least two examples of published or submitted research, and contact information for 3 people who will be able to readily submit letters of recommendation upon request. Please submit applications via the following link:, and direct any questions about the position to .

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