Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
Oct 14, 2020
End of advertisement period
Dec 14, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology
School    Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area    Psychology

Position Description    
A Post-doctoral position is available for a collaborative ongoing project on Machine Commonsense Reasoning, focusing on the origins of human common sense and core knowledge in early development. We are looking to fill the position in the early Fall. The project involves a collaboration between Harvard, MIT, IBM, and Stanford. The position will primarily be supervised by Drs. Tomer Ullman and Elizabeth Spelke at Harvard, as well as Josh Tenenbaum at MIT. 

This grant funded position will include building models of cognitive development related to intuitive physics, intuitive psychology, and theory acquisition. We are particularly interested in candidates with an expertise in computational cognitive modeling, or research cognitive development, with an interest in strengthening both.

Post-docs will have an opportunity to lead projects as well as to interact with a diverse group of experts, as well as access to computational resources, online testing, and administrative support.

The Department of Psychology sits within the Division of Social Science, which is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. Respect and fairness, kindness and collegiality, and trust and transparency are among the values we espouse and promote in our workplace culture. We work hard to ensure a healthy, inclusive and positive environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission.

Basic Qualifications    

  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Computer Science, or a related field

Additional Qualifications    

  • Experience with computational modeling / cognitive models, preferably in areas related to common sense reasoning
  • Experience gathering and analyzing data
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

Special Instructions    

Contact Information    
John Muchovej
Lab Manager
Northwest Labs
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email    jmuchovej@g.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer    
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required    0
Maximum Number of References Allowed    3