Computational Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Toronto

The Computational Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Toronto, directed by Dr. Daphna Buchsbaum, welcomes enthusiastic, motivated individuals to apply for a lab manager position. Research in the lab focuses on experimental and computational approaches to the development and origins of social and causal reasoning abilities in children, as well as in adults and non-human animals. Please see for more information.

As the lab manager of a newly established lab, this person will work closely with other lab members to assist in all aspects of setting up and running the lab and conducting research. This job would be ideal for graduating seniors or recent graduates who are looking for additional research experience before joining a PhD program in Psychology or Cognitive Science.


The role of the successful candidate will be the coordination and facilitation of all aspects of research in the lab. This will involve a mix of research and administrative duties, and day-to-day work will vary. Administrative duties include recruiting, training and coordinating undergraduate research assistants, initiating and maintaining relationships with nurseries, museums and other recruitment sites, and recruiting participants and maintaining participant records.  Research duties will include conducting experiments with children in the lab and at other research sites, as well as assisting with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication. The appointee will coordinate closely with Dr. Buchsbaum on these tasks, but should be able to work independently. Taking an active role in all stages of the research is strongly encouraged, and there will be opportunity to develop independent projects and participate in reading groups and research seminars.


Requirements: Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or work permit. Bachelor's degree in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, or a related scientific field or discipline (by start date).  Administrative experience and experience working with children is preferred. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, and an interest in cognitive development are a must. The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and with parents and community members.  Research experience (particularly in child development, cognitive science or computer science) is essential. A strong statistical background, and computer programming or web development skills would be very useful. 


Preferred start date is ASAP, with a 1 to 2-year desired commitment, further extendable depending on fit. To apply, please send an email with Lab Manager Application in the subject line to, and include your CV/resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the aim of concluding this search as soon as possible.