Get Involved

Thank you for visiting this page! Our work wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of participants in our experimental studies, research scholars, students, and postdocs.

Want to participate in an experimental study? Thank you! Participating in our experimental studies helps with our scientific work, advance knowledge for the ultimate benefit of society. Participants often find our experiments fun and engaging, too. We are the MIT Computational Psycholinguistics Laboratory on Mechanical Turk and CPL MIT on Prolific. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our human subjects data collection is currently taking place only through web-based experiments, but in ordinary times we run in-lab experiments (check this space again for updates).

Are you looking for an undergraduate research assistant position? We post research assistant positions on MIT’s UROP Openings webpage. Typically undergraduate research assistants work in our lab for credit the first semester, with options to continue either for credit or on a paid position after the first semester. Undergraduates working more than one term in our lab often wind up contributing as co-authors to published research papers. If you are not an MIT student or able to cross-register at MIT, we might not be able to offer you a standard for-credit or paid position, but if you are keenly interested in our work please get in touch anyway and we can determine what arrangements may be possible.

Are you interested in working in our lab as a post-baccalaurate research scholar? Please consider applying for the Post-baccalaureate Research Scholars Program in Brain and Cognitive Sciences if you are eligible. The deadline for the 2021–2023 program is March 1, 2021.

Are you a current or prospective master’s student interested in working with us? The Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department does not have a master’s program, but masters students in EECS and Media Arts & Sciences sometimes do research projects with us. If you believe that a research project you would like to do as part of your masters degree would be a good fit for our group, please contact Roger with a description of your background, degree program, proposed research project, and an explanation of why you think it is a good fit. Please note that we do not currently have funding available to support research assistantships for masters students.

Interested in joining our lab as a PhD student? Our lab continues to be open to highly qualified PhD students. In MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences PhD program, first-year students do rotations with several PIs and then officially join a lab at the end of their first year. If you are interested in working with us as a BCS PhD student, please apply to our PhD program in the fall and include an explanation of your interest in our lab (and in MIT’s broader interdisciplinary landscape in language, cognitive science, and computation) as part of your application. If you are already in the MIT BCS or another related PhD program at MIT or another university and would like to work with us, please contact Roger directly to tell us about your background, interests, and goals.

Looking for a postdoctoral position? We are currently (March 2021) searching to fill two separate Postdoctoral Associate positions:

  1. A Mellon-funded Postdoctoral Associate position in Computational Social Science for Scholarly Communications and Open and Equitable Scholarship. The postdoctoral associate will be supervised by Roger Levy in partnership with additional potential faculty mentors and research scientists. This is one of three positions for postdoctoral associates who will be affiliated with MIT’s Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship, and will afford opportunities for both intellectual independence and collaboration ranging over disciplines including natural language processing, digital humanities, sociology, economics, law, computational cognitive science, linguistics, and information science. You can read more about the position and apply here.

  2. An MIT–IBM AI Lab-funded Postdoctoral Associate position in low-resource language learning. The postdoctoral associate will work on methods for learning from typologically diverse languages under data-scarce conditions that address questions of scientific interest in linguistics and cognitive science, and help improve NLP models for the vast majority of the 6,000+ languages of the world for which data are scarce. PhD in computer science, linguistics, cognitive science, or related field by the start date required. Expertise in NLP, deep learning, linguistic theory, Bayesian statistics, understudied languages, linguistic fieldwork, language documentation, and linguistic typology all relevant. You can read more about the position and apply here.

We are also open to hosting extramurally funded postdoctoral fellows whose research interests are a good match for our work. Potential extramural funding sources for postdoctoral fellowships often depend on citizenship/permanent residency status and/or where you finish(ed) your PhD. US government supported sources include NIH’s NRSA Fellowships, NSF’s SBE Postdoctoral Fellowships, and the Computing Innovation Fellows. Please contact Roger if you have identified postdoctoral fellowships you’re eligible for and would like to apply to to work in our lab, including your background, research interests, and which fellowships you envision applying for.