LandiLab @Yale Child Study Center postbac RA position

Postgraduate Associate ­– LandiLab

Project Directors: Drs. Nicole Landi and Dan Kleinman


Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a full-time Postgraduate Associate (PGA) position in the Child Study Center of the Yale School of Medicine. The successful candidatewill join a team of researchers who employ behavioral and neuroimaging methods to investigate reading development in children (grades 2-6). This position is an excellent opportunity for recent college graduates who are looking to gain hands-on experience with project coordination, working with children, and behavioral assessments.


Dr. Landi is the director of the LandiLab (, of which Dr. Kleinman is a member. The LandiLab investigates typical and atypical reading and language development through the use of cognitive neuroscience methodologies (MRI, EEG/ERP) and genetic analyses.


Job responsibilities will include twice-yearly data collection from children using behavioral testing. Data collection takes place at partner schools close to Philadelphia and New York City, and lasts for approximately 3 weeks each in October and April (6 weeks/year total; all travel costs paid). Responsibilities during the rest of the year will be based in New Haven, and will include scoring standardized behavioral assessments, entering scores and other information into databases, attending lab meetings, and coordinating regular (Zoom) meetings between schools and researchers.




Under the primary mentorship of Dr. Kleinman, and with assistance from Dr. Landi and other LandiLab members, the PGA will be guided through project tasks which include: (1) aspects of research such as administration and scoring of behavioral assessments, analyses, writing, and academic presentations; (2) devising creative strategies for participant recruitment; (3) gaining knowledge about selected topics related to neuroimaging, reading disability, and/or statistics; and (4) attending meetings with collaborators who assist the research team in carrying out their grant-supported research.




The LandiLab has semiweekly lab meetings where lab members discuss current journal articles or their research projects. Separately, the lab has semiweekly workshops organized (depending on interest level) on topics such as statistics and coding. The PGA will attend these meetings, and will have the opportunity to present on aspects of projects that they oversee. Individuals in similar roles have been co-authors on joint publications and have presented their work as posters at scientific conferences.


Eligibility Requirements


Requirements for this position include:

  • BA or BS in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or related fields
  • Experience working in a research lab and/or experience working with children
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail


Additional relevant skills include:

  • Strong communication skills/ability to work in a team
  • Experience with administering or scoring behavioral assessments
  • Experience with a database program (such as REDCap or Microsoft Excel)


The anticipated start date is no later than September 1, 2023.


Application Process


Interested applicants should contact Dr. Nicole Landi ( with a cover letter, resume, copy of (unofficial) transcripts, and the names of three potential references.Please note “PGA position” in the subject line of your email. This position will remain open until filled, with a start date as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Compensation will be $39,480 for the first year, plus benefits. Yale University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


This is a 1-year position, but we expect funding to continue for at least 2 years and encourage applicants to commit to a 2-year appointment, which is advantageous for creating a strong resume for admission to PhD programs and further career development. Salary and benefits would increase at the start of the second year.




Nicole Landi

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Associate Professor | UConn Psychological Sciences 

Adjunct Associate Professor | Yale Child Study Center