Lab Work

So you’re interested in working with me? Great! Please see below for the types of positions my lab typically does (and doesn’t) have:

  • Yale College student research positions. I hire Yale students for research jobs most years. Please contact me in May or August, and include what classes you’ve taken and why you’d like to work in the lab. Typically these are year-long positions and need some linguistics (but not always). Note that I can’t hire non-Yale students for these positions.
  • Postbaccalaureate researcher. Each year I hire a lab manager/researcher; this is a fulltime position for someone who has graduated with a BA or equivalent (by the time the job starts, not by time of application). The advertisement usually goes out in November or early December, with a deadline of the first or second week in January. The position details will be linked here when it’s open.
  • Summer research positions. I am happy to host students as part of Yale’s SURF (Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship) program. This link has the application details. I also run bootcamps for grammar writing and other summer opportunities from time to time. They will be advertised (and linked to here) when available. I do not currently have summer, 2021 hosting plans, due to continued uncertainties surrounding the pandemic. I don’t usually take “cold call” applications unless the research fit is very close.
  • Postdoc positions. I may have a postdoc position for 2021-2022. It depends on the outcome of a funding application. Stay tuned. However, I can’t usually host postdocs (even if you have your own funding) unless the research fit is very close. If you’re interested in working on phylogenetics of language, language documentation (in an area I have expertise in) or Australian languages, the fit would be close enough.
  • Visiting students/fellows. I can’t usually host visitors unless the research fit is very close, and it’s subject to department space constraints.
  • High school mentoring/projects. I get a lot of very generic requests to help out high schoolers to learn more about linguistics. It’s great that you’re interested in linguistics! I strongly recommend that you check out the existing general resources on linguistics on the internet first: the crash course; lingthusiam‘s podcast; vocal fries, for example. If you aren’t sure where to start, try my Language is Everywhere exhibit. I cannot accept requests for personal mentoring or supervision of capstone projects, and my college research positions require experience with college-level linguistics. If you’re interested in learning more about linguistics over the summer, check out the Linguistic Society of America‘s Summer Institutes, CoLang, or linguistics summer school credit classes offered by your local university. (The LSA and CoLang have fellowships which cover tuition and other costs.)


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