The Cognition & Development Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, directed by Dr. Deena Weisberg, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher to contribute to research on the psychology of scientific understanding. This appointment is for one year with the potential to renew for a second year, starting on July 1, 2014, and pending final funding approval.

The project aims to explore psychological questions about science, with a focus on what makes explanations satisfying, how explanations lead to a sense of understanding, and how people think science creates new knowledge. While these issues are a central focus of the project, there will also be opportunities for the postdoctoral scholar to pursue related lines of research. 

Responsibilities include creation and design of experiments within this research program, contribution to ongoing experiments in the lab, and supervision of research assistants. The postdoctoral researcher is also expected to contribute to the intellectual life at Penn’s Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, where the Lab is located.

Candidates with backgrounds in cognitive psychology or developmental psychology are invited to apply, as are others who can make the case for the relevance of their interests and expertise. A Ph.D. or equivalent in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive science, or a related field is expected by the start of appointment. 

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit the following materials:

  • a cover letter that describes relevant research experience and interests
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a writing sample
  • three letters of recommendation

Applications should be emailed directly to (preferred), or mailed to 3401 Walnut St., Suite 400A, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.