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If you have questions about any of these job postings, contact Dr. Suzy Scherf.

Potential Graduate Students

Dr. Scherf will be accepting graduate students in both the cognitive and developmental psychology programs at Penn State as well as the neuroscience graduate training program.

For information on Graduate programs, visit the following:

Psychology Program –
Cognitive Psychology Deadline – December 1st for admission the following Fall
Developmental Psychology deadline – December 1st for admission the following Fall

Neuroscience Program –
Deadline – February 1st for admission the following fall

Post-doctoral Fellow Position

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Department of Psychology at Penn State University in the lab of Dr. Suzy Scherf ( This position is supported by an NIMH-funded grant investigating the influence of pubertal development on social information processing and functional brain development. We employ functional (fMRI) and structural (sMRI) magnetic resonance, together with detailed behavioral paradigms in typically developing children, adolescents, and emerging adults. We use univariate, pattern analytic, and effective connectivity strategies in addressing questions about functional changes in the organization of neural network organization.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in developmental or cognitive neuroscience, or related field, previous experience with fMRI research, strong programming (e.g., Matlab) and quantitative skills, and a promising publication record. Experience with child and adolescent participants is a plus, but not required.

This is an excellent position for qualified candidates to gain expertise in developmental neuroscience and work in a supportive lab environment that prioritizes professional development, including publications and grant-writing experience (see

The position is open immediately but start dates as late as Fall 2017 will also be considered. This is a one-year position renewable up to 5 years, contingent on performance and funding. A minimum two-year commitment is preferred.

Interested applicants should send a CV, statement of research experiences and goals, and contact details for three references to Suzy Scherf at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

We are always interested in having students who want to learn more about research. Joining in research studies can be an excellent way to broaden skills and add substance to resumes. In addition, course credit can be earned for participation. Please submit a copy of your resume to:

Undergraduate Game Developers, Programmers, and Visual Artists

We are always interested in hiring students who want to be involved in developing educational game design and programming! We are especially interested in candidates with experience using Unity3D to work on our first-person simulation autism game. Preference is given to candidates with experience in 3D graphics, art, game design, multimedia design, digital media, and related areas.

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Contact Dr. Suzy Scherf for information on applying.

Information on resumes and other documents can be found at Career Services