Three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto 

This full-time position is for three years with an initial appointment of one year.  

The stipend is $45,000 per year (Canadian dollars). 



postdoctoral position is available in the Language and Learning Lab ( at the University of Toronto. We are seeking a colleague who is interested in the emergence of counterfactual reasoning and its role in human learning. The focus of the projects will be on studying the role of language in the development of counterfactual reasoning and the relation between counterfactual reasoning and scientific reasoning in young children. Other lines of research could also be developed in collaboration with the postdoctoral fellow.  


The Language and Learning Lab is actively involved with the Cognitive Science community at the University of Toronto and the postdoctoral fellow will be encouraged to become involved with this community. Previous postdoctoral fellows from our lab have secured tenure track positions in the fields of cognitive development, linguistics, and education.   


The University of Toronto, typically ranked as one of the world’s top 20 research universities, is located in downtown Toronto. The city is one of the most livable and cosmopolitan cities in the world, and has a vibrant academic community. Our labs are located in downtown Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and at the Jackman Institute for Child Study (JICS). 



The successful candidate will be expected to produce publications, contribute to all phases of the research process, present at conferences, be actively involved in the lab activities and mentor junior lab members. Postdoctoral fellows in our lab have the opportunity to develop new projects and are supported by dedicated research space, lab manager and undergraduate Research Assistants.  



Applicants should have a PhD in psychology or related field. The ideal candidate will have research experience and interests in cognitive and language development, strong quantitative skills and experience working with young children.  Familiarity with diverse research methodologies will be valued. 


How to apply 

Applicants should submit the following as a single PDF file to  

  • Cover letter (max 750 words) stating research goals and background preparation 
  • CV 
  • Relevant publications (max 2)  
  • Contact details for 2-3 academic references. Reference letters will be requested from short-listed applicants.  


The position is open immediately and will remain open until the position is filled.