Research Opportunities

School Year 2021-2022 Research Assistant Opportunities

The Carey Lab has several open positions for research assistants. The lab seeks to describe the knowledge of the world (e.g., physical, social, etc.) that infants and children are equipped with, the reasoning and skills they can apply to that knowledge, and the course and nature of the change in each domain. All areas of focus look at the interplay between these developments and children’s developing language capacity.

Students will work with a primary researcher recruiting and scheduling child and adult participants, testing participants, conducting data analyses, and designing new studies. Students will be given individual and group training. They will also participate in lab-wide research meetings. The research is currently being conducted online. When conditions permit, we will return to on-campus testing. Twelve hours per week is required. RAs receive course credit or work-study.

Ideal candidates should have an ability to work with infants, young children, and parents. An interest in psychology is a plus. Responsible and professional behavior are essential. We are looking for a students who want to commit to the whole 2021/2022 academic year.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine), to Nancy Soja at nnsoja[at]fas[dot]harvard[dot]edu

Summer 2022 Research Assistant Internship Opportunities

We will update this page with information about our summer 2022 program in late fall. Please check back if you are interested in applying. Please contact us with any questions!

The Laboratory for Developmental Studies at Harvard University hosts an annual summer internship. Interns will assist with developmental psychology research and learn state of the art research methods that provide a window into the minds of infants, toddlers, and children. Under the supervision of Dr. Susan Carey and Dr. Jesse Snedeker, the lab studies such topics as language acquisition, numerical development, representation of objects and people, causality, and symbolic representation. Responsibilities of interns center around working on a project with a primary researcher and include: recruiting and scheduling child participants and their families, testing children in the lab or at daycares, data analysis, and aiding in the design of new studies. An interest in and ability to work with young children is essential. Internships are full time and 10 weeks in duration. Interns are strongly encouraged to apply for grants from their current institutions. However, a $2000 stipend is guaranteed for those who do not receive outside funding.

For more information, please click here.

For additional information, please contact:

Nancy Soja
Carey Lab Manager

Briony Waite
Snedeker Lab Manager