Joining the Lab

This page has information for joining our lab as a postdoc, a graduate student, a Yale undergrad during the academic year, or an undergrad (Yale or other institution) for our Summer internship program.
1. Open Postdoctoral Position
The lab is accepting applications for a federally funded postdoctoral fellowship, starting in July or August 2018.  The fellowship will be part of a research project concerned with the role of mechanistic explanations in children’s understanding of science and technology. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in every aspect of the research program, working with Drs. Frank Keil and Kristi Lockhart and all other members of the lab group. Candidates should be deeply engaged in questions concerning how children develop causal understandings of the world around them. Preference will be given to applicants with strong graduate backgrounds in cognition and education and strong undergraduate backgrounds in the natural sciences or engineering. Research experience with elementary school age children is also desirable, but not required. Only candidates who have obtained a Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree in cognitive development, science education, adult cognition, or a related field will be considered. Excellent research writing and data analytic skills are expected. We ask for a two-year commitment with possibility of renewal for a third year. 
TO APPLY: Please submit a CV, cover letter with statement of research interests (1-2 pages) describing how those interests fit with the fellowship, email contact information for three references, and up to three publications or in press manuscripts that provide the clearest indications of your research contributions to date. Reference letters will be requested from short-listed applicants. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and full consideration will be given to all applications received by April 1, 2018.  
Please send application materials as a single PDF document to . Other inquiries may be directed to Frank Keil at
2. Prospective Graduate Students
If you are interested in pursuing graduate research with the Cognition & Development Lab, please see the Psychology Department Graduate Program for application information.
3. Undergraduate Research Assistants - Yale Students
The Research Assistantship offers an opportunity for Yale undergraduates to earn course credit during the academic year for participating in the development and execution of research projects related to higher cognition. Please contact the lab manager for information.
4. Undergraduate Research Assistants - Summer Internship
The Summer Internship Program provides the opportunity for a group of highly-motivated undergraduates from institutions other than Yale University to participate in the lab’s research over the summer. This annual internship offers a hands-on, intensive research experience and training in the fields of cognitive and developmental psychology. The internship runs from Wednesday, June 3rd to Tuesday, July 28th, 2020. The application is available here; the deadline to submit an application for the summer internship is 11:59pm Monday, March 23rd, 2020.  The FAQ is available here.