The Yale Cognition and Development Lab

The Yale Cognition and Development Lab ( anticipates the start of a federally funded postdoctoral fellowship in late August, 2016 (The fellowship has been recommended for funding, final approval
pending). 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 education and cognition 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 science education, cognitive development, 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, with the aim of concluding this search as soon as an exceptional candidate has been found.

Please send application materials as a single PDF document to . Other inquiries may be directed to Frank Keil at