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Post-doctoral Fellowships and Research Positions

We provide a range of clinical and research training opportunities in Psychology, Social Work, and postdoctoral fellowships. We are always looking for motivated and collaborative postdoctoral level practitioners to help achieve our Mission of improving the mental health of children and families. We will share available opportunities on this page. You can learn more about all that we do here.

Post-doctoral Positions

Research Training in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders

T32 MH18268

Our program seeks to support the development of the next generaltion of translational researchers, who are committed to discovering disease-related genes, key environmental factors, biomarkers, and to developing novel treatments and preventive interventions in developmental neuroscience.

We train scientists from both basic and the clinical sciences for independent careers as field leading investigators. A major focus of the training is to promote dialogue across disciplines and emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary teams.

During the fellowship, mentees train under internationally recognized principal investigators. It includes didactic work, participation in ongoing funded projects, and independent research. A central characteristic of the Program is its diversity and openness to all kinds of developmental scientists (we encourage applications from PhD or MD candidates from any area of specialty with relevance to Developmental Science and/or Developmental Psychopathology). Participating faculty are leading experts in typical development, psychopathology, cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, genetics and public health. We draw mentors from multiple departments at Yale including neurobiology, psychology, genetics, pediatrics, neurology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and the uniquely multidisciplinary Child Study Center.

T32 Trainees are typically funded for two years, and are required to commit at least 90% of their time to resarch.

New appointments typically being July 1 of each year. Applicants must be US citizens or hold a permanent U.S. Resident Visa (“Green Card”). Applicants must have their PhD or MD by July 1 for the start year to be considered for this training program.

We welcome applications from PhD and MD level:
  • developmental psychologist
  • geneticist
  • neurobiologist
  • neuroscientist
  • clinical psychologist
  • developmental/behavioral pediatrician
  • child psychiatrist
  • pediatric neurologist
  • neonatologist
  • other developmental scientists

Post-Doctoral Associate


The Hoffman Lab investigates the function of genes involved in autism spectrum disorders at the cellular, molecular, circuit, and behavioral levels using zebrafish as a model system. Our laboratory has generated zebrafish mutants in multiple autism risk genes using CRISPRs, which we study to understand how loss of autism risk genes alters fundamental processes of vertebrate brain development (Hoffman et al. 2016 Neuron).

We are seeking a post-doctoral candidate interested in performing phenotypic analyses of multiple zebrafish mutants of autism risk genes using a combination of molecular, cellular, and imaging approaches.

Job Requirements

  1. Recent PhD or MD/PhD with strong experience in molecular biology and microscopy.
  2. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in genetics and experience working with genetic models of human disease.
  3. We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and creative candidate with excellent interpersonal skills and a strong publication record.
  4. Prior experience with in vivo functional imaging and computational skills are preferred but not required.

To Apply

Send the following to Dr. Ellen Hoffman (

  1. A cover letter stating a description of your accomplishments and interest in the lab’s research projects.
  2. CV.
  3. Contact information for three references.

A Postdoctoral Associate in Clinical Psychology

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate in clinical psychology. Candidates are expected to have completed an APA-accredited program with eligibility to obtain Connecticut psychology licensure. The Associate will join an interdisciplinary research team consisting of clinical and developmental psychologists, experts in neuroimaging, computer science, neurodevelopment, and statistics as part of the Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Program Project Grant activities at the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC).

The Yale ACE Research Program is a five-year study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which aims to pinpoint early indicators of autism spectrum disorder in during prenatal and early post-natal development. The Associate will go through a 2-year clinical training program, working under the supervision of licensed psychologists team including Drs. Powell, Fontenelle, and Chawarska. The Associate will be responsible for administering standardized assessment measures to children and their parents, will gain experience in eye-tracking, fetal and neonatal imaging, as well as in manuscript preparation and grant writing. Additional training opportunities will include participation in a weekly seminar on issues related to diagnosis and treatment of ASD, weekly Departmental Grand Rounds, as well as other extensive didactic experiences available at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Yale School of Medicine, and Yale University.

Candidates with previous experience with young children with autism or other developmental disorders and research track record are strongly encouraged to apply.

Child Study Center & Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration

Human stem cell modeling of developmental disorders

A Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the Vaccarino laboratory at the Child Study Center with the Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration, at the Yale University School of Medicine. The primary aim of the project is to use induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to investigate the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome and related conditions. The lab has generated large numbers of human iPSC lines from over 100 individuals from well-characterized cohorts of patients and their first- degree family members. The research focuses on generating and characterizing neuronal organoid derived from these iPSC lines, and performing multidisciplinary studies of phenotype, transcriptome, epigenome, and synaptic physiology, as well as integrative analyses. The applicant will be supported by the laboratory’s experience in organoid generation and bioinformatic analyses, and the laboratory’s library of viral vectors to perform cell type-specific tracing and analysis of synaptic connections. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with bioinformaticians who are involved in the analysis of DNA structural and sequence variants. The applicant will also have the opportunity to probe the functional relevance of mutations in coding and noncoding regions by manipulating the genomes of induced pluripotent stem cells using CRISPR technologies to activate/repress enhancers and engineer mutations in iPSCs lines. Finally, the candidate will take advantage of the superb imaging core facilities at Yale University and will interact with experts in several other disciplines, including geneticists, physiologists, and system biologists.

The lab is in the Sterling Hall of Medicine, in the main Yale Medical School campus. Qualified candidates should send a CV, a statement of research interests and the names of two references to or The candidate must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D., should be an accomplished biomedical scientist with knowledge in molecular and cellular biology and preferably developmental neuroscience. Excellent command of the English language is required.