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Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

In the Cohen Lab, we strive to create an inclusive and equitable environment for every one of our members (undergraduate research assistants, research staff, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and collaborators). Further, we recognize the unique position we serve as ambassadors for the scientific community in our interactions with the participants and families who generously give their time and effort for our research. We acknowledge and respect the originality and contributions that a diverse research team is uniquely poised to offer. To this end, we are committed to increasing the representation of diverse backgrounds in our team and in the broader cognitive and developmental neuroscience communities.

As such, we welcome applications from individuals interested in joining the lab regardless of their background (including but not limited to age, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, disability, socioeconomic status). We strongly encourage applications particularly from members of these and other underrepresented and historically disadvantaged groups. We firmly believe that supporting the academic and non-academic journey of all trainees regardless of their background will benefit the growth of the individual, as well as advance the broader scientific community.


Postdoctoral Fellows:

We are currently hiring a postdoctoral fellow to work on a collaborative project with Drs. Ayse Belger and Denni Fishbein. This position is to work on a NIDA-funded project following youth with and without anxiety longitudinally across the transition from childhood into adolescence to identify trajectories of functional network development that may serve as biomarkers indicating increased risk (or, conversely, decreased risk) for the emergence of adverse patterns of substance use in adolescence. For the full job add, see here. If you’re interested, apply here:


Graduate Students:

We are are currently accepting graduate students for fall 2024. Graduate students should apply directly through the Graduate School. See here for more information.


Undergraduate Research Assistants:

We are not currently accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants.

Our volunteer undergraduate research assistant application summer can be found here. The application is currently closed. Please note, you must be logged into Office 365 with your UNC account to complete the form.


If you are interested in working in the lab and have work-study funding, please apply through JobX (the work-study portal). Work-study and volunteer applications will be given the same consideration. We do not currently have an open work-study position.


If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact Ellie Birdsong at


We held info sessions for interested students on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 12:30 and 4 pm. You can watch the recording of our 12:30 session below!