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Prospective graduate students

If you're interested in joining the lab, please get in touch (julian.jara-ettinger[at] Prospective graduate students can join the lab through Yale's Psychology or Computer Science graduate programs. Students with a background in computer science and/or math are especially encouraged to apply.

Lab manager

The Computation and Development Lab at Yale is seeking a full-time lab manager to begin in June 2019. The lab uses developmental, cross-cultural, and computational approaches to study higher-level cognition. This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology or computational cognitive science. The lab manager will participate in all aspects of the research process and have opportunities to work on a variety of research projects.

Primary responsibilities include establishing and maintaining partnerships with local schools and museums; recruiting participants; working with children in research settings or developing computational models; assisting in experimental design; and managing the lab and performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and grants).

Requirements include ability to perform data analysis using statistical software (e.g., R or Python), and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Applicants interested in developmental psychology should also have experience working with children. Candidates interseted in computational modeling should have extensive programming experience. A 2-year commitment is preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter (describing research experiences, interests, and long-term goals), CV, and contact information for 2-3 references to the lab manager, Madison Flowers at Applicants will be reviewed as they are received. Women, LGBTQ and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged. Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

2019 Summer Internship

The Computation and Cognitive Development Lab (CCDL), run by Dr. Julian Jara-Ettinger, studies the cognitive building blocks of our ability to make sense of and navigate the social and physical world. Previous and current research in the lab has examined topics such as children’s understanding of fairness, luck, and knowledge.

We are seeking undergraduate interns to participate first hand in our research studies. Summer interns will have the chance to take part in all aspects of the research process, and will help recruit and test participants ages three to eight, learn to design and run studies, and code and analyze results. In addition, interns will have the chance to attend lab meetings, participate in reading groups, and join graduate students, interns, and other researchers in the Yale psychology department for social activities including bowling, trivia nights, and dinners.

Interns will work 30 hours per week. This internship is best suited for students interested in or studying developmental or cognitive psychology, or cognitive sciences. Funding is available for this internship.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application found here, and attach your resume and an unofficial transcript at the end of the application form. Additionally, please have one letter of recommendation sent directly from the recommender to the lab manager at Applications are due by 11:59pm on March 3, 2019. Please contact with any questions.

The application can be found here.

Undergraduate students

Yale undergraduates Yale undergraduates can join the lab doing research for credit or work study. Please contact Madison Flowers ( if you are interested or if you want to learn more.

Undergraduates at other institutions Undergraduate students who are not at Yale can join the lab through Yale's SURF program, CBMM's summer program, or Yale's ESI-PREP postbac program. All of these programs include funding during your stay. Please contact Madison Flowers first if you are interested in these opportunities.