The newly-founded Perception, Language and Attention in Youth (PLAY) Lab at RIT aims to understand how early sensory experiences shape our visual, cognitive, and language abilities later in life. We study how infants and children learn through sign language, with the goal of understanding human cognition and learning more broadly. 

The PLAY Lab seeks a postdoctoral research fellow with relevant research experience in fields of developmental science, psychology, language, communication and/or cognitive sciences. Start date is Spring/Summer 2022. We are initiating two new studies, funded by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), employing survey research methods. One project examines parent attitudes about Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children’s social and cognitive development. The other project examines how Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing college students exert in cognitive effort when engaged in multimodal learning and listening tasks. The postdoctoral fellow will lead one or both of these research projects, under the general direction of principal investigator Dr. Rain Bosworth. The postdoc fellow has flexibility to independently develops original studies using EEG or eyetracking as well. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated research interests in alignment with the mission and goals of NTID, the SPaCE Center (, and the PLAY Lab ( and to candidates with excellent analytic and communication skills. Salary is commensurate with training and relevant research experience. The position also provides paid health insurance and modest relocation benefits. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. from an accredited university in developmental science, psychology, communication, cognitive sciences or a related social science field, with an emphasis on quantitative and qualitative statistics 
  • Experience working with deaf or hard-of-hearing populations 
  • Expertise planning surveys and conducting quantitative and/or qualitative analyses 
  • Experience with IRB protocol adherence, managing large datasets and protecting confidential data 
  • • Record of successful academic writing and preparing data summaries and graphs 

Expected Competencies: 

  • Willingness to develop signed communication skills and take ASL courses offered by NTID for staff/faculty professional development 
  • • Demonstrates the ability to plan and execute research 
  • • Excellent teamwork and communication skills 
  • • Demonstrates potential for both original and collaborative scholarship 
  • Critical eye towards consistency, reproducibility, and the scientific method in general 
  • • Excellent project and time management skills 
  • • Strong interpersonal and mentoring skills 
  • • Advocate for safety and ethics in the workplace 

How To Apply: Apply Here

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter “play lab”. Please submit your online application and upload cover letter and curriculum vitae. Arrange for one letter of recommendation to be submitted directly from the letter writer to . 

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