Do you believe that an emotionally intelligent, empathic, and socially skilled society is a better educated, more peaceful, healthy and successful society?

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, part of the Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence. Our work focuses on: (1) the development and impact of social and emotional skills among diverse populations, including education settings and organizations, and (2) the mechanisms by which social and emotional skills and training impact significant life outcomes.

We are looking for a Postgraduate Associate (PGA) to start immediately to join our Emotion Understanding and Psychological Well-Being research team. This team is working on an innovative, multi-year initiative funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Wend Ventures. The goal of the Emoton Understanding project is to create a performance-based measure of people’s ability to discern the causes and consequences of 25 emotions, and their ability to dynamically process emotional experience in a granular way via language. The purpose of the Psychological Well-Being project is threefold: 1) to develop a suite of psychological measures that tap the causes of educator, professional, and college student well-being and that index the multi-dimensional nature of well-being (i.e., social, emotional, occupational, eudaimonic, and physical); 2) to validate our battery of well-being measures in a diverse body of US educators, professionals, and college students at multiple time points to confirm assessment psychometrics; and 3) to examine the predictive validity of our well-being measures, and their effectiveness in supporting intiatives and interventions to improve educator, professional, and college student well-being.

The PGA will be responsible for contributing to: study design, planning, and implementation; academic conference proposals; data collection, cleaning, analyses (both quantitative and qualitative in nature; as well as potentially text-based analysis using machine learning and AI techniques), and data reporting; programing and troubleshooting online study projects on Qualtrics; liaising with schools and teachers and with organizations within and outside of Yale via telephone, web-based, and in person communications; and attending meetings at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence with Yale staff and our collaborators, keeping meeting minutes, and overseeing related tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate will be driven and have excellent time management skills, high attention to detail, superior written and oral communication skills, the ability to give and receive feedback as well as to work independently and in teams. They will have at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology or education; proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint), social media, data analysis software (SPSS). Preferred qualifications include: research experience in psychological or cognitive science; content knowledge of affective science, mindfulness, and happiness and well-being research; machine learning approaches to analyzing open-ended text responses to psychological experiments; and an interest in applying for an advanced degree in the future.

The Postgraduate Associate position is a one year duration with a salary of $35,700.00. Postgraduate positions are open to those who have recently received a bachelor and/or masters degree, but not doctoral degrees.

The position would start remotely in accordance with Yale University guidance around COVID-19.

Please send a cover letter and resume or CV to Dr. James Floman at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until July 15th 2020. Please have three letters of reference available upon request.


Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. Helping children and adults develop emotional intelligence is central to the mission of the Center. To date, schools have been at the center of these efforts. RULER, the Center’s signature program, draws on leading pedagogical practices as well as advances in psychology and neuroscience, and it has been honed through years of classroom observation, interviews, and the most demanding evaluations. Creating awareness—both of self and others—about emotions and developing the skills of emotional intelligence can improve children’s prospects in life and contribute, in turn, to healthier, more compassionate families, workplaces, and communities. RULER does this by teaching adults and children the skills of emotional intelligence.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.