Research Opportunities at the Spelke Lab

Interested in graduate school?

Dr. Elizabeth Spelke is seeking graduate students to start in Fall 2021, with interest in any of her areas of behavioral research.  Students with interests in computational cognitive modeling or in field research testing causal hypotheses in developmental cognitive science are especially welcome. Please contact Dr. Spelke at for more information.

Interested in becoming a research assistant?

Seeking motivated students to assist with research in a developmental psychology laboratory! Employment opportunities are available for course credit, work-study, and volunteering. Learn state of the art research methods that provide a window into the minds of infants, toddlers, and children. Duties 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, and previous experience is a plus. Students must have a minimum of 8-10 hours a week to commit to the lab, and a two semester commitment is preferred. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested specifically in the field of developmental psychology, but also in psychological research more generally.

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2022 positions! We will review applications on a rolling basis. 

To apply, fill out the application form (download here) and email it to Cristina Sarmiento ( along with an updated resume/CV!