Interested in joining the team?

The Learning and Brain Development Lab is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone. Our research is a collaborative project that requires people of all backgrounds to meaningfully contribute. Therefore, we want all members to feel that they belong to our team, regardless of their background, race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.

Graduate students

We will be interviewing graduate students for the 2023 application cycle (to start in Fall ’24).

The Learning & Brain Development Lab seeks curious, talented, diverse individuals to pursue doctoral studies on the development of learning and goal-directed behaviors across adolescence. Apply here:

Dr. Davidow will not meet or discuss possible programs of collaboration with candidates before reviewing their submitted applications. Here are resources you might consider as you prepare your application materials.

This article gives a great brief overview of factors to consider when applying:

And even though this series of videos is developed for a different university, the 3rd video in the series has very useful information which absolutely applies to how Dr. Davidow will evaluate applicants:

The PhD program at Northeastern is small and selective, admitting only a handful of students each year. We tend to prioritize candidates who have had full-time post-baccalaureate research experience. While of course there may be exceptions to this, the less-structured and self-directed nature of our PhD program is very different from an undergraduate academic experience, and so Dr. Davidow believes it is beneficial for an individual to gain the complementary skills needed from such full-time research positions.

Please be sure to address how your experience has prepared you for PhD study, what you hope to study during your PhD as specifically as you can, and why the LBD Lab is the right place for you to pursue this training. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Postdoctoral research fellows

We are hiring a postdoc. For more information or to apply, click here or reach out to Dr. Davidow ( to discuss the opportunity.

Research assistants (post-baccs, undergraduates, high school students, etc.)

Please fill out the form here if you are interested in joining the lab as a part-time or summer research assistant. During the academic year, we ask that undergraduate research assistants commit to working in the lab for at least 2 consecutive semesters, and we expect that they maintain a weekly schedule working 8-10 hours per week in person in the lab (this may include evenings/weekends as needed). RA responsibilities include completing trainings, posting flyers around campus, screening potential study participants over the phone, completing literature reviews, attending weekly lab meetings, data cleaning, and running participants through our behavioral and fMRI experiments. RAs who work in the lab for a longer period of time (such as thesis or co-op students) may eventually have the opportunity to delve into the “deeper” aspects of research such as study design, data analysis, and posters/manuscripts.