Postdoc at the intersection of cognitive development and computational cognitive science

Marjorie Rhodes and I are happy to announce that we’ve been awarded a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (the Varieties of Understanding project). As part of this project we will be able to hire a post-doctoral researcher who will work with us to conduct the proposed studies. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in the intersection of computational cognitive science (Me) and developmental approaches (Marjorie).

The project involves experimental studies on “active sensemaking” behavior and will be conducted on children and adults. The children will be primarily recruited from local science museums including the American Museum of Natural History. The goal of the project is to get a better handle on how children gather information to inform their understanding of the world. A unique feature of the position is that you’ll get to go between Marjorie and myself and so it might be a great opportunity for someone looking to get training and experience in these different areas.

In addition to the regular chops in developmental methods, computational modeling, and/or experimental psychology, for this position we are looking for someone with experience or aptitude in iPad (or Android tablet) programming (or is seriously interested in learning). Obviously developing skills in this technology is a quite marketable skill in and of itself. Some experience with developmental methods and overseeing large projects (e.g., managing student researchers, coordinating with data collections sites) are also desirable. You will get to live in NYC, work at NYU and AMNH, and interact with the otherwise amazingly awesome NYU Cognition and Perception program.

The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable for another year. We are hoping to fill the position starting in Fall 2014 (around September). If you or someone you know is interested please get in touch. The deadline to apply for this position is June 15 2014. Applications should be sent to and should include a brief cover letter, a current CV, and copy of your two or three best papers (published or otherwise). In addition, we ask that applicants arrange to have at least 2 recommendation letters sent to the same address. If you are interested in learning more about the position please feel free to email the above address as well.

The position is conditional on the availability of funds from this project, which should be worked out over the next few months. Oh, and New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.