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Yale Fellowship in Translational Technologies in Development

Award Description

The Yale Fellowship in Translational Technologies in Development is selecting highly qualified college graduates to participate in the software and hardware engineering of cutting-edge technologies that advance the science of human social-cognitive development and support the detection, evaluation, and treatment of autism and other developmental disorders. Our fellows will receive training in rapid prototyping and robust development of translational technologies, which may include eye-tracking technologies, mobile apps, video games, experimental paradigms, social robots, machine learning projects, and physiological sensing technologies. Fellows will receive training that will prepare them for the pursuit of graduate school in computer science, cognitive or developmental science, human-computer interaction, or human-robot interaction, as well as for diverse careers in software engineering.

Our research group, the Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL), operates at the pivotal intersection of software/technology development and the transformative developmental, clinical, and medical science of the Yale Child Study Center. Work at the Yale Child Study Center involves a multidisciplinary approach to autism and developmental disabilities research that spans projects in behavioral neuroscience, neuroimaging, molecular and population genetics, and treatment. TIL works closely with the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory (YESCog).

The director of TIL, Frederick Shic, is a developmental scientist with a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a background in robotics, medical imaging, and commercial video game development. TIL’s interdisciplinary team includes computer scientists, clinical psychologists, developmental cognitive scientists, social workers, and speech-language pathologists. We work closely with industry developers of games, apps, and sensors, as well as with neuroscientists, healthcare providers, and educators.

This two-year fellowship will provide software engineering training for developing scientific and user-focused technologies, commencing on or before July 1, 2015. The primary training experience will be in multiple software development applications to behavioral, technology-interaction and eye-tracking studies of infants and toddlers with and without autism. Our work often involves novel devices, and the fellow may have opportunities to develop mechanical and engineering experience. 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. With research mentorship, the selected applicant will be expected to guide a research project from the point of data collection through analysis and publication of results. The fellow will be directly mentored by the program director, and involved in a highly active and productive community of clinical research scientists. The fellowship’s curriculum also includes participation in weekly research meetings, research tutorials and courses, and other didactic experiences at the Yale Department of Computer Science, Child Study Center, and School of Medicine. 

Sponsor Institution : Yale Child Study Center, Yale University
Program Directors : Frederick Shic
Additional Faculty :  Katarzyna Chawarska, Suzanne Macari, Kevin Pelphrey, Brian Scassellati, Pamela Ventola, James McPartland, Kathleen Koenig, Fred Volkmar

Award Amount: $30,000 the 1st year, and $32,000 the 2nd year (plus full healthcare coverage)
Term of Award: 2 years
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible are college graduates who will have received a degree by June of 2015. Candidates are expected to demonstrate confidence and independence in computer programming, outstanding analytic skills, and ease working with others with varied backgrounds (e.g. other computer scientists, clinical researchers, and participants for studies). Experience with user interface design and network interface implementations will strengthen an application. Candidates with interest or experience in clinical research are encouraged to apply. 

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, or a future engineering career.

Application Information


Additional information about the Technology and Innovation Laboratory can be found here. For more specific questions, interested applicants should contact


A complete application includes 1 copy of each of the following items: 

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A curriculum vitae or resume.
  3. Transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (if applicable). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the initial application phase but official transcripts will be required before final hiring.
  4. A 500-1000 word personal statement describing relevant experience; a brief description of completed projects that the candidate has initiated, developed, and completed; career goals and why this position is relevant to those goals. 
  5. A brief code sample demonstrating organized thinking.
  6. The contact information (including title/position) of two references willing to speak to our team about your qualifications. Please note your relationship with the reference. Alternatively, provide a recommendation letter from the reference. 
Applications are due by 11:59PM EST, March 31, 2015

Electronic applications (with scanned documents and separate letters of recommendation emailed directly from referees) are preferred and can be sent directly to

Mailed applications/materials may be submitted to: 

Technology and Innovation Lab
40 Temple Street, Suite 7D 
New Haven, CT 06510