The Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS)

University of Washington job announcement:

The Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning that will enable all children to achieve their full potential. One goal of the Institute is to be a leading research generator on early learning and development; a second goal is to translate and disseminate cutting-edge research discoveries to global constituents in order to help unify the science of learning and the practice of learning.

This is a 50%FTE position with a one-year appointment with the Translation, Outreach, and Education team at I-LABS, dedicated to raising awareness of early learning and brain development in Washington state and beyond.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • 50%: Supporting I-LABS with Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) activities for the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NC ECDTL). The work involves 'translating' the leading-edge science of child development into usable messages that will help childcare providers promote early linguistic, cognitive, social/emotional, and brain development. This will take the form of written messages, delivering webinars, and/or conducting workshops.
  • 30%: Develop materials and tools for the early learning professional development community. These will be integrated into the current professional development landscape through the T/TA activities of the NC ECDTL. This position will also provide feedback and fact check for NC ECDTL partners about the accuracy of material on early learning and the brain. The incumbent will work with partnership groups by assisting with, for example, crafting materials and short articles that cover scientific discoveries.
  • 20%: Assist in the development of print and electronic media to communicate scientific information to a broad audience of childcare providers.

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in developmental and/or neuroscience-related discipline; expertise in language development, developmental neuroscience, or social and emotional development would be a plus. This position requires excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills, as well as the ability to write quickly and synthesize scientific research while maintaining scientific legitimacy.

I-LABS is a fast-paced environment, requiring flexibility in both work scheduling and job content. Night and weekend work will occur, and some travel may be required.

To apply, visit UW Hires and search for requisition number 130107. Please direct inquiries to Sarah Lytle, I-LABS Director of Outreach, at