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Yale Fellowship in Developmental Neuroscience of Autism

The Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) and Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) will select one or more highly qualified college graduates for research fellowship positions at the Yale Child Study Center (CSC). The Yale CSC is a leading institution for clinical diagnostic services and multidisciplinary research on ASD involving behavioral neuroscience, physiology, neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and early intervention. Through extensive interdepartmental collaborations, the SANA Program brings together experts in developmental psychopathology, experimental psychology, eye-tracking, and psychophysiology as well as statistics, neuroimaging, and computational science. The program is led by Dr. Kasia Chawarska and co-directed by Drs. Suzanne Macari and Kelly Powell. Collaborators include Drs. Joseph Chang (Statistics and Data Science), Todd Constable and Dustin Scheinost (Radiology and Biomedical Imaging), Laura Ment (Pediatrics), as well as Flora Vaccarino, Wendy Silverman, Fred Volkmar and Jamie McPartland (CSC).

The fellow will be directly mentored by Drs. Chawarska and Vernetti and will be involved in a highly active and productive community of clinical research scientists. Applicants with experience in design and implementation of behavioral, eye-tracking, psychophysiological, or neuroimaging studies, as well as a strong background in statistical methods, including linear mixed models and data-driven analytic approaches using packages such as R, SPSS, SAS and/or MATLAB, will be reviewed favorably. With research mentorship, the selected applicant will be expected to guide a research project from data collection through analysis of results. The fellow will also assist in a variety of scientific activities in the lab, including assisting in the preparation of manuscripts and conference presentations, and providing general assistance relevant to the functioning of the lab. The fellowship’s curriculum also includes participation in weekly research meetings, research tutorials and courses, and other didactic experiences at the Yale Child Study Center, School of Medicine and Departments of Psychology and Statistics.

The position is one year in duration with a salary of $36,960.00. Reappointment to a second year may be possible and will be determined 4-6 months prior to the end date.

Anticipated start date is July 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Postgraduate positions are open to those who will have received a bachelor and/or master’s degree before beginning the position, but not doctoral degrees. Please note that this fellowship is not offered concurrently with graduate studies. However, we hope that the fellowship will serve as an important stepping stone towards future graduate studies. For more specific questions, interested applicants should review the information in the FAQ tab below. If you do not see an answer to your question, please contact

In accordance with university requirements all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral and postgraduate trainees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Award Details

Sponsor Institution: Yale Child Study Center, Yale University

Program Director: Katarzyna Chawarska

Additional Faculty: Suzanne Macari, Kelly Powell, Angelina Vernetti

Award Amount: $36,960 in Year 1 (plus full healthcare coverage)

Term of Award: Postgraduate Associate positions at the Child Study Center are for up to two years in duration with the second year being conditional on progress made in the first year and the availability of funding.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST January 18, 2022 at 5:00pm EST

U.S. Citizenship: Not Required