Psychology Department

Jobs & Summer Internships

(Last Updated: 5/4/21)

NOTE: These opportunities are not approved for the internship requirement in the psychology major.  For more information about that requirement, please click here.

DISCLAIMER: Listed here are a variety of unsolicited job and internship position announcements outside Marist College, which have been received by the Psychology Department.  We are providing this information for any student who may be interested in exploring these opportunities.  The Psychology Department neither vets nor endorses these experiences.

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Summer Internships

 

Summer Internship: UC Irvine Social Development Lab 

The Development of Social Cognition Lab at UC Irvine is offering three 10-week summer internships with a stipend of $4,000. Interns will work on NSF-funded projects relating to math cognition and cognitive predictors of inequality. We currently run studies with 3- to 9-year-olds online.

Funding is guaranteed for all accepted students. The internship will include – first and foremost, hands-on experience with cognitive development research; mentorship and guidance, including career planning, programming training, and mentorship on research presentation, research design, and data analysis. We offer two start dates: either June 6th or July 12th, dependent on the intern’s availability and schedule. These positions will be available virtually. There may be an opportunity to work in-person at UC Irvine, contingent upon local restrictions and conditions.

Interns should apply to work on one of two projects (please indicate in the cover letter whether you would like to be considered for Project 1, Project 2, or both).

1. Social influences of math learning (2 interns): These projects investigate how to promote learning of math concepts in young children.

2. Cognitive influences of social inequality (1 intern): These projects investigate the development of young children’s abilities to reason about inequality.

Duties will include recruitment of participants, data collection, working with children, coding and analyzing data, and attending lab meetings. Interns will also engage in community outreach efforts (talk to parents about child development), read extant literature in cognitive development, and work directly with senior lab members and the PI; and present their projects to the lab community at the conclusion of their internship.

Requirements:

  • Ability to make a full-time commitment (40 hours/week) during the internship period
  • Proficiency in writing and communicating in English
  • Comfort interacting with children 3-9 years of age, as well as parents
  • Interest in cognitive development
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills
  • Some background in psychology coursework
  • Interest and passion for cognitive development, as well as for community outreach.

 
Preferred, but not mandatory:

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in Psychology classes
  • Previous experience working with children


Positions are ideal for those interested in gaining research experience and an introduction to developmental cognitive psychology research in particular. We especially encourage people to apply who have not have opportunities to gain extensive research experience through their home institutions. If interested, please send:

a. your resume (including relevant coursework and previous research experience)
b. cover letter (including a brief description of academic and research interests)
c. unofficial transcript, and
d. the name of 1 person (ideally, faculty that may be contacted for a reference.

Please send all materials to dosc.ra.applications@gmail.com with “2021 Summer Internship” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin February 20, 2021 and selections will occur on a rolling basis.

 

Outside Employment Opportunities

 

Project Manager (Lab Associate): Haskins Lab at Yale University

Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a full-time Project Manager (Research Associate [RA]) position at Haskins Laboratories. The successful candidate will join the lab of Professor Nicole Landi, which investigates the cognitive and neurobiological bases of reading development and reading disability using behavioral and neuroimaging (MRI and EEG) techniques.  This RA will facilitate a project that involves longitudinal tracking of children with reading disability and identification of predictors (behavioral and neurobiological) of reading intervention outcomes. This project is a collaboration with Professors Ken Pugh and Fumiko Hoeft

Requirements include:

  • BA or BS in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience or related field

Additional relevant skills include:

  • Experience with human research, particularly with children
  • Experience with behavioral/standardized assessments
  • Experience with data management software (e.g., FileMakerPro, REDCap, Qualtrics)
  • Experience with neuroimaging techniques (EEG, fMRI, or fNIRS)
  • Experience with experimental presentation software packages (e.g., E-PRIME, Presentation, PsychoPy)
  • Experience with statistical analysis (e.g., SPSS, R, Matlab) 

Interested applicants should contact Nicole Landi (Nicole.landi@yale.edu) with a cover letter, resume, copy of (unofficial) transcripts if available, and the names of three potential references.  Please make “Landi Lab RA” the subject line of your email. The position will remain open until filled, with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2021 (May 15th is also possible). 

Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience.

Haskins Laboratories is a private, non-profit research institute with a primary focus on speech, language, reading, and their biological basis.  Haskins has long-standing, formal affiliations with the University of Connecticut and Yale University.  Haskins Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A link to the job ad can be found here.


Junior Specialist (Lab Coordinator): University of California, Santa Barbara

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021 (final date; priority deadline passed)

The Child Studies Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Zoe Liberman, is seeking applications for an open, full-time position for a Junior Specialist with an anticipated start date of June 15, 2021. This will be a will be a one-year position with a comprehensive benefits package with the possibility of renewal. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred

DUTIES

Participate fully in developmental research regarding testing infants, toddlers, and children in behavioral experiments. Responsibilities will include: assisting with recruiting and training undergraduate student RAs, assisting with study design, stimulus construction, audio and video editing, data management, statistical analysis, assisting the PI and research team with presentations at lab meetings and at developmental psychology conferences, and authorship on academic research articles.

Additional duties will include: contributing to administrative tasks of the lab, such as managing IRB protocols and reviews, and ordering, and maintaining lab supplies to assure all research projects are executed properly.
Candidates must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others, have strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor's degree in Psychology or a related field at the time of application.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 6 months of experience working in a research setting
  • At least 6 months of experience working with children

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Previous work with young children, aged 6 months to 5 years old, in a research setting is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable working with MS Office and Google Drive, and should have basic familiarity with statistical software, such as R Studio or SPSS. Strong references and Cover letter.

Applications received by April 19, 2021 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please click here.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter (Describing qualifications, research interests and career goals)
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Names and Contact Information for 2 References

The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Lab Manager (Research Associate): LLAMB Lab at Haskins Lab, Yale University

Qualified individuals are invited to apply for one (or possibly two) full-time Lab Manager (Research Associate) position(s) at Haskins Laboratories.  The successful candidate will join the Language-Learning and Multisensory Brain (LLAMB) lab of Professors Richard Aslin and David Lewkowicz, which investigates the cognitive and neural bases of language learning and development using behavioral (eye-tracking) and neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG and fNIRS) techniques in typically developing infants, children and adults. Professor Aslin conducts research on statistical language learning (supported by NIH grant HD-037082, joint with Professor Elissa Newport at Georgetown), language processing (supported by NIH grant DC-017596, joint with Professor Bob McMurry at Iowa), and neural coding (supported by a Gates Foundation grant, joint with Professor Lauren Emberson at Princeton).  Professor Lewkowicz conducts research on auditory-visual integration in infants and children using eye-tracking measures (supported by NSF grant BCS-1946115) and covert attention using EEG frequency-tagging (supported by NIH grant HD-103931).

The successful candidate will work with Professors Aslin and Lewkowicz, their postdoctoral fellows, and other staff members to plan and execute data collection investigating the following questions:

1) Behavioral testing of attention to auditory-visual stimuli or of grammar learning. These experiments involve eye-tracking and web-based measures of attention to audio-visual speech/face stimuli in infants and children as well as in-person and on-line judgments of grammatical rules embedded in auditory or visual sequences obtained from children and adults. 

2) EEG signals during on-line spoken word recognition and covert attention. These experiments use arrays of 32-128 scalp electrodes to gather signals from adults, children, and infants as they listen to auditory and/or visual stimuli. 

3) fNIRS signals during natural viewing and statistical learning. These experiments use an optical imaging technique that samples a metabolic correlate of neural activity from infants, children, and adults as they listen to language or view natural visual scenes. 

In addition to data collection, the position involves subject recruitment (infants and children) via the Yale Baby School, in collaboration with the Yale Child Study Center (Professor Linda Mayes) and the Yale Psychology Department (Professor Nicholas Turk-Browne).

Requirements include:

  • BA or BS in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience or related field

Additional relevant skills include:

  • Experience with human research, particularly with infants or children
  • Experience with eye-tracking devices (Eye-Link, Tobii)
  • Experience with neuroimaging techniques (EEG, fMRI, or fNIRS)
  • Experience with experimental presentation software packages (e.g., E-Prime, Presentation, PsychoPy)
  • Experience with on-line data collection platforms (MTurk, Prolific, LookIt)
  • Experience with statistical analysis (e.g., SPSS, R, Matlab) 
  • Experience with data management software (e.g., FileMakerPro, REDCap, Qualtrics)

Interested applicants should contact Tammy Ursini, Administrative Coordinator (ursini@haskins.yale.edu) with a cover letter, resume, copy of (unofficial) transcripts, and the names of three potential references.  Please note “LLAMB Lab”, in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin on April 15 and the position will remain open until filled, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021 (a later start date is possible).  Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience.

Haskins Laboratories is a private, non-profit research institute with a primary focus on speech, language, reading, and their biological basis.  Haskins has long-standing, formal affiliations with Yale University and the University of Connecticut.  Haskins Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Research Lab Coordinator: University of Pittsburgh

This position is at the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), a multi-disciplinary center for research to advance the science of learning by bringing together leading researchers in the cognitive, social, and educational sciences. The lab manager will help coordinate the work of a developmental neuroscience lab, studying how life experiences influence reward and emotion brain circuitry. The lab uses behavioral studies and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand (a) how children and adolescents learn about different aspects of their environment, (b) how brain circuits responsible for learning are shaped by exposure to stress, and (c) why neural changes due to stress confer risks for negative outcomes during development. B.A. or B.S. in psychology, social work, cognitive science, neuroscience, biology, computer science or related fields. Experience with research. Familiarity with Microsoft Office. Experience with (and/or a working knowledge of) computer coding (basic Linux knowledge, stimulus presentation in Matlab or Python, and/or data analysis in R statistical software) is required.

Click here for more information and to apply.
 

Research Coordinator: University of Chicago

We are seeking a Research Coordinator to work on a project that aims to create the next iteration of a tool, the Scale of Parent/Provider Expectations And Knowledge (SPEAK), that has been developed and validated at the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health. The SPEAK is a clinical and research tool that fills a critical, previously unmet need in the early childhood field. Given the pivotal role that parents and caregivers play in shaping young children’s cognitive and language development, it is necessary to assess what they know and believe about that process. As part of the TMW Center’s commitment to investing in cutting-edge R&D to develop scalable, evidence-based interventions and tools, the TMW Center is developing a version of the SPEAK that uses computer-adaptive testing, called the SPEAK CAT. This version will streamline assessment by adapting to the individual responding to the questions and issuing new questions based on the level of knowledge they’ve displayed. The results of the SPEAK CAT will provide a more complete and useful picture of respondents’ knowledge and beliefs about child language and cognitive development, which can be used to more precisely target information and interventions for maximal individual and population-level impact.

Responsibilities

Cognitive Interviewing

  • Recruit participants and coordinate schedules for testing survey items.
  • Create and manage REDCap surveys.
  • Perform cognitive testing of survey items.
  • Summarize statements from interviews relevant to item interpretation.
  • Draft revisions of survey items based on cognitive testing.
  • Maintain organization, formatting, and backup of documents including literature reviews and survey item trackers in Google Drive, Zotero, and TMW Server.
  • Prepare monthly progress reports.
  • Manage consultant contracts.
  • Monitor project work plan and schedule.

Other Responsibilities

  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • Analyzes and maintains data.
  • Conducts literature reviews, assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents
  • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
  • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience:

Prior experience in a research lab or setting conducting qualitative interviews

Preferred Competencies

  • Familiarity with survey research methods
  • Has general awareness in research techniques or methods and relevant scientific knowledge
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible availability for data collection

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

Click here to apply.


Lab Manager: Princeton University

Overview

The Department of Psychology is looking for a Research Specialist to manage the laboratories of Professors Tania Lombrozo and Tom Griffiths. The successful applicant will handle lab administration and data management for the labs as well as interact with students (both graduate and undergraduate), postdoctoral fellows and other individuals who are part of the lab. The labs focus on cognitive science research that spans cognitive psychology, cognitive development, computer science, and philosophy, with a focus on topics in high-level cognition, such as learning, reasoning, and decision-making.

Responsibilities

Aspects of lab administration that the individual will be responsible for include but are not limited to organizing/scheduling lab meetings and lab events, overseeing research assistant training, creating and maintaining paper and electronic record-keeping systems, adhering to and monitoring adherence to human subject protocols, ordering and organizing lab supplies, managing reimbursements, managing subject payments, maintaining lab networks and printers, creating and maintaining lab web sites, and updating lab documents and file systems. The Research Specialist will also play a role in ongoing research projects, including helping with literature reviews, data collection and coding, and data analysis. More independent research may be possible as time permits.

Click here for more information and to apply. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15, 2021 until the position is filled.


Lab Manager (Cognitive and Clinical Neruoscience Lab): University of California, Los Angeles

The Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience Lab is directed by Dr. Katherine Karlsgodt and is based at the University of California, Los Angeles. We are hiring a lab manager starting this summer. This position is to serve as a lab manager, providing research and administrative support for neuroimaging and behavioral studies conducted both with individuals with major mental illness and with healthy populations, including adolescents and young adults. This position will be under the direction of Dr. Katherine Karlsgodt (UCLA Department of Psychology). Responsibilities include support in coordinating day to day research activities (e.g., recruitment and scheduling of participants, running research sessions), assistance in administrative activities (e.g., purchasing, IRB protocol management, manuscript preparation), database management (e.g., data entry and organization), basic data processing (e.g., compilation of behavioral data for analysis, quality assurance and preprocessing of neuroimaging data), and assistance in training and supervision of student volunteers.  

Click here to view the details of the job description and here to apply.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


Lab Manager: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Language Acquisition Lab at the Department of Linguistics at MIT is seeking a motivated and intellectually-engaged Research Assistant/Lab Manager for research on language acquisition in typically developing children. The RA/Lab Manager will be responsible for managing and coordinating projects related to a collaborative NSF-funded grant on semantic acquisition, as well as other projects relating to syntactic, semantic and pragmatic development.

Responsibilities of the RA include: preparing stimuli, being a liaison between the lab and families, preschools and museums, testing participants, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate research assistants, maintaining and coordinating use of equipment and space.

Applicants should provide a letter of interest, a CV, and names and emails of three references via the online application.

Review of applications will begin immediately for a flexible start date between June 15th and July 1st, 2021. Applications received by April 15th will receive best consideration. 

Click here to apply.
 

Research Coordinator: Purdue University

The Purdue Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLAMA) Laboratory is hiring a research project coordinator / technician for a NIH-funded project titled “Lexico-semantic abilities in language growth and delay.”  Start date can range from May to July.  This position could be a great fit either for someone with scientific interests in language development who seeks to enhance their research profile before attending graduate school, *or* for an individual with more research experience who is seeking a longer-term research-oriented post.  Compensation will be scaled to the candidate's skills and experience.  The candidate will contribute to the initial phase of a longitudinal project, therefore, individuals who can make a multiple-year commitment to the position will receive stronger consideration.

Position summary

The successful candidate will provide research coordination, management, and technical support for a NIH-funded longitudinal project on early language development. The position will be based in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. The position involves occasional duties outside of the laboratory (2-4 x per month), which may include travel to our community laboratory in Indianapolis, and participation in community recruitment and outreach activities.

Training potential

Dr. Borovsky is committed to the further development of the candidate’s research skills and potential, and prior laboratory coordinators and students have an excellent track record of gaining entry into graduate programs in a variety of fields. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop their research interests and technical skills. The research assistant will join a collegial community of researchers who study language development and disorders, and will have the opportunity to interact with other faculty, graduate students, research associates, and speech-language pathologists.

Required skills

  • Bachelor's degree in communication disorders, cognitive science, psychology, linguistics or related field
  • Experience in a research setting involving development, language or health.
  • Demonstrated interest in language development research
  • Meticulous attention to detail, well-organized, and ability to work independently and
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to organize priorities among multiple tasks
  • Strong technical troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Comfort in interacting with young children and their caregivers in a research setting

Must have additional experience in at least one of the following:

  • Developing / running studies using eye-tracking and/or ERP methods
  • Scripting / programming experience
  • Ability to create and edit multiple audio, video and image file formats
  • Ability to develop/code psycholinguistics experiments
  • Experience with statistical analysis and data visualization
  • Experience with data management tools 

Click here to apply.
 

Research Analyst: Morality Lab at Boston College

The Morality Lab at Boston College, led by Liane Young, is seeking a full-time Research Analyst, with a two-year commitment. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled, with the position starting as early as May 2021 and no later than July 2021. The Research Analyst will work in tandem with a full-time lab manager, who will hold more administrative duties. We expect that the position will be remote until September 2021, after which the RA will be asked to work in person in Boston.

Graduate students and postdocs in the Morality Lab research diverse topics related to social and moral cognition: for example, the role of reasoning in moral thought and action, the involvement of theory of mind across social and relational contexts (e.g., cooperation vs competition), social learning and prediction error, the tradeoff between principles of moral obligation and impartiality, and the impact of social norms on virtuous behavior. The lab uses behavioral methods (e.g., online data collection), fMRI, TMS, and computational modeling, in both typical and atypical populations, adults and children. Click here to learn more.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting graduate students and postdocs in all lines of research (e.g. recruiting participants, collecting and analyzing behavioral and fMRI data, mentoring and training undergraduate research assistants and senior lab members)
  • Ensuring that the lab is active in supporting the best practices of open and reproducible science (e.g. pre-registering studies, making datasets and analysis scripts publicly available, etc.)
  • Maintaining and updating lab analysis scripts (particularly fMRI scripts) to be in line with current and emerging practices; maintaining detailed and comprehensible documentation of lab scripts/practices

The Research Analyst will also have opportunities to design, conduct, publish and present original research projects. This position is ideal for individuals who are interested in applying to graduate school.

Candidates should have a B.A./B.S. in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or a related field. Candidates should have prior research experience, as well as knowledge of the statistical methods and experimental designs that are commonly used in psychological research. Candidates should also have a strong background in programming (see below). Finally, candidates should have strong organizational abilities, be independent and eager to learn new skills on their own, and be able to work well with others, as effective and patient communicators.

Preferred qualifications include (1) proficiency in Matlab, Python, R, and/or JavaScript; (2) experience analyzing neuroimaging data, (3) a desire to improve upon existing analytical techniques currently used in the lab.

To apply, please email Aditi Kodipady (kodipady@bc.edu), Kevin Jiang (kevin.jiang@bc.edu), and Liane Young (liane.young@bc.edu) with a CV (titled as ‘LastName_CV’) and a statement explaining current and future research interests as well as specific interests in joining the Morality Lab. Please also provide contact information for two references and include “Morality Lab Research Analyst Application” in the subject line of any correspondence.

Review of applications will start immediately and proceed until the position is filled. Women, LGBTQ and under-represented minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Boston College is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. In addition to comprehensive health and dental insurance plans, Boston College offers many other benefits, including various types of insurance coverage, tuition remission opportunities, a 401(k) plan match, and a significant number of paid holidays and vacation days.


Lab Manager/Research Assistant: University of Connecticut

The Communication and Development Laboratory (PI: Dr. Umay Suanda) in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut is seeking a full-time lab manager and research assistant. The successful candidate will play an important role in all facets of the laboratory’s research, including (but not limited to): study design, subject recruitment, data collection and analysis, conference submissions and presentations, manuscript preparation and lab managerial duties (e.g., supervising undergraduate research assistants). Research in the laboratory lies at the intersection of cognitive, socio-cognitive, and language development. The laboratory’s research involves observational, experimental, and eye-tracking studies with infants, young children, and adults.

For complete information on the position, responsibilities, and how to apply, please see the full job posting here.

The position is an excellent opportunity for highly motivated individuals preparing for a graduate career in Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Science or related field.

This position is a full time (40-hour week), 12-month appointment (annually renewable based on performance and funding availability).  A two-year commitment is preferred.  Start Date for the position is July 2021. To receive full consideration, please apply by April 30.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Umay Suanda (s.suanda@uconn.edu).


Research Assistant: University of California, Davis

Dr. Lisa Oakes with the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a research assistant position at the Junior Specialist level starting as soon as June 1, 2021, depending on funding. This is a 100% position and is for one year. There may be a possibility for extension depending on funding. The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of research in cognitive development in infancy and early childhood, from stimulus creation to data analysis to presentation of research findings in seminars, conferences, and manuscripts submitted for publication. The position will involve developing, in collaboration with the PI and grad students, new experimental designs, stimuli, and procedures. The person hired is expected to independently analyze data, create materials for presentation at conferences, and present research at national and international conferences, such as the biennial meeting of the International Congress of Infant Studies in Ottawa in July 2022.

The position will include the following academic duties:

The junior specialist will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities. Their roles and duties will include (80%):

Designing research and developing research materials

  • Read original literature related on infant cognitive development and participate in weekly discussions of recent and classic findings, as well as methodological and theoretical issues.
  • Participate in meetings and discussions with the PI and graduate students to make decisions about experimental design, stimulus creation, and development of materials and experimental protocols.
  • Prepare stimulus and other experimental materials using Matlab, Python, Photoshop, or other software and programming environments

Conducting research

  • Participate in data collection by interviewing and obtaining consent from parents and by testing infant and child research participants, both observing behavior in the moment and using automatic eye-tracking systems
  • Oversee the day-to-day running of the lab, including prepare and maintaining IRB materials and ensuring compliance with those protocols, ordering supplies, and other miscellaneous tasks

Disseminating the results of research

  • Use R, Matlab, excel, and SPSS to process and analyze data, prepare figures and text for presentation at research conferences and for manuscripts to be submitted for publication
  • Contribute to the writing of manuscripts and preparation of conference presentations

The Junior Specialist will be engaged in presenting the results of work at national and international societies and in preparing manuscripts for publication (5%):

  • The Junior Specialist will attend national and international conferences, held by major professional societies. In April 2022, the Junior Specialist may attend the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society in Madison, WI, and in July 2022 the Junior Specialist may attend the biennial meeting of the International Congress on Infant Studies in Ottawa, Canada. If appropriate, the Junior Specialist will present research at one or both of these conferences.
  • As appropriate, the junior specialist will participate in the preparation of manuscripts for publication. This may involve creation of figures, writing of procedure and methods, reporting of statistics, and contribution to other sections of manuscripts.

The Junior Specialist will be actively involved in service to the university through training and mentoring undergraduate students, and public service through the dissemination of information about infant cognitive development through forums such as Facebook and Twitter (15%):

  • The Junior Specialist will train and mentor undergraduate students in experimental procedures, data collection, and coding of behavior from video.
  • The Junior Specialist will train and mentor undergraduate students in data processing, analysis, and visualization
  • The Junior Specialist will contribute to a Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram account all designed to disseminate information about research findings and to promote scientists in the field to a broad audience. These social media efforts are targeted at providing a resource for parents and for students.

Position qualifications include:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field, experience with human subjects in a laboratory setting, knowledge of excel, experience with programming environments such as matlab, python, or R, strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Preferred: Experience with testing infants or young children in behavioral research, knowledge of experimental methods to study early cognitive development, experience with and knowledge of infrared automatic eye-tracking systems, familiarity with human subjects protocols, experience conducting interview or consenting potential research participants, knowledge of most or all of the following software: R, SPSS, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Director, Filemaker, Matlab and/or Python.

Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest describing relevant skills, a statement of contributions to diversity, a C.V., and provide contact information for 2-3 referees. Submit application materials here.

The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by April 7, 2021. Starting salary is $44,500 annually plus benefits. If hired, a background check is required.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, click here.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available here.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Questions: Please direct any questions to ycpersonnel@ucdavis.edu.


Research Coordinator: Northwestern University

We seek a full-time research study coordinator to manage a very active research program at the Project on Child Development

Our research is designed to examine early language and conceptual development in infants from 3 months to 3 years. Our work includes eyetracking and EEG.  The position involves a healthy mix of research and administrative duties. The coordinator will work in close collaboration with Professor Waxman and her Project Coordinator.

Basic Qualifications: Candidates must have excellent organizational abilities, excellent social skills, experience in research with infants or young children, confidence with office technology, websites and social media platofrms, and a friendly, team-leading personality. Attention to detail and an ability to multi-task are a must.

Additional Qualifications: One year or more of research or administrative work. Expertise with software (e.g., MatLab, Filemaker Pro, R) is a very relevant skill, some of which can be learned on the job. Strong writing skills are essential to communicate with collaborators and with community/national organizations.

Additional Information: This is one-year, grant-funded position, starting June or July 2021, with the possibility of renewal. The university offers excellent benefits and a dynamic working environment. To apply, please submit your cover letter, CV, and a list of 2-3 professional references (with email addresses and phone numbers) to lisa.renaud@northwestern.edu. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Research Assistant and Research Coordinator Positions Available at the University of Maryland

I. Research Assistant Position

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay (www.dscn.umd.edu) is seeking a full-time Research Assistant (formal title: Faculty Specialist) beginning Summer 2021. The DSCN lab investigates the neural and cognitive bases of typical and atypical development, with a focus on social cognition and social motivation. Our methods include functional and structural MRI as well as behavioral measures with adults and children. This is an excellent position for anyone who would like to pursue graduate work in cognitive, clinical, or developmental neuroscience. We encourage applicants with a background in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or related fields to apply.

Responsibilities will include data collection and analyses of MRI and behavioral studies with children and adults. There may be opportunities for presenting data at conferences and co-authoring publications. The ideal applicant will have experience with behavioral and neuroimaging data collection and analyses and/or programming languages (e.g., python, matlab) and linux environments.

Salary will be competitive commensurate with experience and includes health benefits. Application review will begin immediately. This is a 1-year position with the possibility for renewal contingent on performance and funding. To apply please email your application to Deena Shariq (dshariq@umd.edu). Application materials should include a cover letter detailing qualifications and interest, CV (with GPA), relevant coursework or transcript, and (at least) 2 references who can provide letters upon request.


II. Research Coordinator Position

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay (www.dscn.umd.edu) is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator (formal title: Faculty Specialist) beginning Summer 2021. This position is supported by a new grant examining biopsychosocial predictors of loneliness in typically-developing and autistic adolescents. Our methods include functional and structural MRI, behavioral measures, and experience sampling methods. This is an excellent position for anyone who would like to pursue graduate work in psychology or clinical or developmental neuroscience. We encourage applicants with a background in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, human development, communication, or related to apply.

Responsibilities will include management and coordination of aspects of large-scale longitudinal projects including participant recruitment, data collection, and data management. The ideal applicant will have experience with data management tools (e.g., redcap), excellent organizational, interpersonal, and multi-tasking abilities, and experience working with families and children with autism. There may be opportunities for presenting data at conferences and co-authoring publications.

Salary will be competitive commensurate with experience and includes health benefits. Application review will begin immediately. This is a 2-year position. To apply please email your application to Elizabeth Giacobbe (giacobbe@umd.edu). Application materials should include a cover letter detailing qualifications and interest, CV (with GPA), relevant coursework or transcript, and (at least) 2 references who can provide letters upon request.
 

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer with a commitment to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Research Assistant: Johns Hopkins University

The Neuroplasticity & Development Lab in the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences invites applicants for a full-time Research Assistant position.  

Our research: The Neuroplasticity & Development Lab investigates the contributions of nature and nurture to human cognition. Areas of interest include the origins of conceptual representations, the contribution of linguistic and sensory experience to knowledge and the neurocognitive basis of cultural skills (e.g., reading, programming). We use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and behavioral measures to investigate these questions. One line of research in the lab compares the minds and brains of populations with different visual experiences e.g., congenitally blind, late blind and sighted individuals. Working with people who are blind enables disentangling the contributions of sensory and linguistic experience to conceptual representations. We investigate visual cortex plasticity in blindness as a window into the mechanisms and timing of neural specialization in humans. 

For more information about the Neuroplasticity & Development Lab please click here

Job Responsibilities: Assist in experimental design and implementation, data collection, neuroimaging data analysis and maintenance of fMRI analysis infrastructure. Administrative duties include: recruitment and scheduling of participants, preparation of IRB protocols and general lab management. 

Job Requirements: An interest in cognitive neuroscience and/or cognitive psychology. Strong technical skills are preferred e.g., knowledge of Python, shell scripting, Matlab and/or Java, C++. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, organized and able to work independently. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are important. 

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email the lab director marina.bedny@jhu.edu. The email should include a letter of interest describing academic interests and career goals, and how working in the Neuroplasticity and Development Lab would facilitate these goals. Please include a CV, unofficial transcript and contact information for three references. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. The starting date is flexible however, we prefer no later than July 1st, 2021. 


Full-Time Research Assistant: Temple Cognition & Learning Lab

The Temple Cognition & Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Gunderson, is hiring one full-time Research Assistant with a preferred start date of July 1, 2021. This position presents diverse opportunities to participate in cutting-edge developmental psychology research, and is funded by the National Science Foundation “Developing STEM Achievement and Motivation: The Role of Spatial Skills and Parent-Child Interactions” and by the James S McDonnell Foundation, “Developing Mathematical Skills and Motivation.” These projects will investigate the inter-relations between spatial and numerical thinking in childhood, how parent interactions influence the development of these cognitive skills, and how cognitive and motivational factors work together to influence children’s trajectories in STEM.

The Research Assistant will assist with multiple aspects of the research process, including stimulus design and creation, recruiting, scheduling, data collection, coding, analysis, grant administration, and training and supervising undergraduate researchers. The Research Assistant will present findings at collaborative lab meetings. In addition, the Research Assistant will organize and participate in outreach activities. Performs other duties as assigned.

This is a grant-funded position with a minimum expected commitment of two years, with the possibility of extension.

How to Apply

To apply, visit our website and and search for job number 21000550. Please also send your CV via email to tucl@temple.edu with the email subject line "Full-time RA application". AA, EOE, m/f/d/v.

Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Human Development, Neuroscience, Education or a related field.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Prior research experience in Psychology, Human Development, Neuroscience, Education or a related field.
  • Experience working with preschool or elementary-school-age children as a researcher or teacher.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency with MS Office suite or similar spreadsheet, database, word processing, and presentation software.
  • Experience with computer programming is preferred (e.g., JavaScript, Python, C++, Ruby, R).
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical software, such as SPSS, to complete quantitative and qualitative data analyses.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication and collaborative skills.
  • Strong project management, organizational, and planning skills.
  • Some experience managing or monitoring the work of others.
  • Comfortable giving presentations to small groups.
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation.
  • Ability to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends to administer study protocols as necessary.


This is a grant funded position.
This position requires Child Abuse Certifications prior to the commencement of service.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

To obtain additional information about Temple University please visit our website.


Junior Laboratory Associate: New York University

The Lab for the Developing Mind (PI: Moira Dillon) in the Department of Psychology at New York University is seeking a full-time Junior Laboratory Associate to begin around June 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 30.

Areas of investigation in the lab include early emerging knowledge domains, symbolic and abstract thought and reasoning, pictorial and mental imagery, mathematical cognition, and spatial cognition. The lab uses behavioral and computational approaches and tests participants ranging in age from infants through adults. The Department of Psychology at New York University offers a rich intellectual community in the developmental and cognitive sciences.

Responsibilities for the position include experimental design and stimuli development, running behavioral experiments with infants, children, and adults (in the lab, in museums, and/or online), participant recruitment, management and analysis of data, and lab administration (e.g., managing IRB protocols and training other lab members).

A Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field as well as excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are required. Flexible working hours are also required. Previous research experience, especially with infants or children, is strongly preferred.

Additional highly desired qualifications include:

  • Strong computational, statistical, and technical skills (e.g., in Matlab, R, Python)
  • Strong artistic skills, including university-level coursework in the fine arts or facility with design software (e.g., Blender, the Adobe Suite)
  • Experience with scientific outreach
  • Familiarity with IRB protocol submissions

Interested candidates should include a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. The application is available here.


Two Positions Available: GARD Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Arianna Gard and the GARD Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park is hiring two full-time post-baccalaureate research assistants (title Faculty Specialist or Faculty Assistant). The GARD Lab investigates how environmental risk and protective factors shape brain and behavioral development in children and adolescents. The lab employs a variety of biosocial approaches – survey data, observations of the neighborhood context and parent-child interactions, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), genetics and epigenetics, and physiological function. The primary focus of these positions is to coordinate a new large-scale study investigating neighborhood effects on health and wellbeing in the DC Metro area. 

Both positions will start summer 2021; flexible start date. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Interested individuals should email a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Arianna Gard at arigard@umd.edu. Please include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name and the position to which you are applying in the filename (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”).

Data Manager: The data manager position will coordinate data management on multiple projects in the lab. Duties for this position include organizing, processing and analyzing data across multiple modalities including survey/questionnaire, MRI, biospecimens (e.g., DNA/RNA, cortisol, markers of physical health), and observational data. Specific responsibilities will include:

(1) Designing a web-based survey for a large population-based study of families in the DC region
(2) Developing data cleaning & analytic pipelines for incoming data
(3) Harmonizing administrative contextual data (e.g., area-level crime statistics, air pollution estimates of fine-
       particulate matter) with participant-level data from multiple studies
(4) Constructing spatial maps of neighborhood characteristics using ArcGIS
(5) Generating and testing statistical replication packages for empirical papers pre-publication
(6) Programming behavioral tasks in Matlab and PsychoPy
(7) Preprocessing and analysis of publicly-available fMRI data
(8) General administrative duties - maintenance of the lab website, Github account, and linux server
(9) Training and supervising undergraduate research assistants

The data manager position could fit multiple different types of applicants. Ideal applicants will have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field related to neuroscience, computer science, biostatistics, mathematics, or psychology and have previous experiences with these types of data modalities. Required experience and/or training in one or more programming languages: R, linux bash, Matlab, Python. Applicants with more advanced degrees (e.g., M.S., PhD) will be considered and would have additional opportunities (e.g., publishing, grant-writing); pay will be commensurate with experience. 

Project Coordinator: The project coordinator position will primarily be responsible for launching the DC Area Neighborhood Study. This study adopts a community-based participatory research framework to engage community organizations and members in understanding neighborhood effects on children’s health and wellbeing. Specific responsibilities include:

(1) Coordinate outreach activities – designing and publicizing events, interfacing with local non-profits, and managing undergraduate RAs
(2) Designing accessible recruitment materials
(3) Managing participant recruitment
(4) Working with the data manager to design the online survey platform
(5) Coordinating teams of undergraduate and graduate students to execute neighborhood observation protocols
(6) Developing in-house training protocols on topics such as: cultural humility training, history of DC neighborhoods, interacting with families, etc. 

The recruitment coordinator position is designed for individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or higher in sociology, social work, public health, psychology, or a related field. Applicants with extensive community organizing experience with an Associates degree will also be considered under the title Faculty Assistant Required experience in community organizing and working with human subjects. Desire qualifications: familiarity with the DC Metro region and local nonprofits, phlebotomy certified or willingness to become certified. Applicants with an MSW will also be considered and would have additional opportunities (e.g., publishing, clinical interviews); pay will be commensurate with experience. 

The University of Maryland is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. The GARD Lab at UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting individuals underrepresented in higher education and STEM fields; racial-ethnic minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Please direct all questions to Dr. Arianna Gard at arigard@umd.edu.


Research Assisant: Carnegie Mellon University

The Cognitive Development Lab at Carnegie Mellon University at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) under the direction of Dr. Anna Fisher is seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to facilitate research on semantic development, attention, and learning in formal & informal settings. Responsibilities include recruitment of families and children for studies in the lab, maintaining existing community partnerships, collecting behavioral and eye tracking data, maintaining the lab’s IRB protocols, helping design new studies, coding data, and assisting in data analysis. The selected candidate will work in a vibrant and collaborative environment with many opportunities for growth and learning, and will have access to excellent resources at CMU.

Required Qualifications

  • BA, BS, MA or MS in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field.
  • Evidence of interest in cognitive and/or developmental research (e.g., coursework in these fields).
  • At least one semester of research experience in a lab that conducts cognitive or developmental research with human participants.
  • Skills in collecting and working with research data.
  • Programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, Python, or R).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some background in working with children younger than age 7 is highly desirable. Both teaching and research activities with children count as qualifications.
  • Experience with designing experiments in professional software (e.g., Eprime, Psych Toolbox) and remote data collection platforms (e.g., Qualtrics, lab.js, jsPsych, MTurk, Prolific) is a plus.
  • Some knowledge of statistical analysis is preferred but not required.
  • Experience with collection and analysis of eye tracking data is desirable.

Duration of the position: Guaranteed funding is available for one year, with possibility of continuing the position pending satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Starting date: Summer 2021

Application materials

  • CV must include information about the candidate’s field of study, graduation date, college GPA, relevant coursework (e.g., courses on cognition, neuroscience, statistical analysis, etc.), a brief summary of research activities (e.g., PI’s name, nature and duration of responsibilities in a lab), publications (if any), scientific presentations (include local presentations, e.g., Honors seminars), and additional qualifications in bullet points (e.g., knowledge of statistical analysis in R, etc.)
  • CV should include names of two individuals willing to provide a reference about the applicant’s academic and/or research performance.
  • Candidates can optionally include a statement of purpose. A statement of purpose (if included) should be a 1-page document stating (1) why this position is of interest to the candidate, and (2) what qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position.
  • Candidates can optionally include a diversity statement. A diversity statement (if included) should be a 1-page document describing the candidate’s activities and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in academia.

How to Apply: Interested individuals should apply online to position #2016133.

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Lab Coordinator: University of Virginia

(NOTE: This listing has been updated 4/23/21 since it was intially posted to this page to include updated description and updated application instructions.)

The University of Virginia’s Early Development Laboratory, directed by Angeline Lillard, anticipates hiring a full-time laboratory coordinator (with a preference to applicants who are interested in staying for at least 2 years) to help with studies of children’s social and cognitive development, particularly focusing on Montessori education and play. The position entails many aspects of lab management including recruitment, design and running of studies, working with graduate students, managing undergraduate research assistants, entering data, overseeing materials and records management, interfacing with administrative personnel. Ability to work well with people of a range of ages and backgrounds, creative problem-solving skills, high energy, and a strong work ethic, and being extremely well-organized are important credentials. Prior child development laboratory experience is expected.

Responsibilities include:

  • Help formulate research methods, suggest options for improving quality, identify potential problems, recommend solutions, and collaborate in the development of new techniques.
  • Help develop protocol and criteria, determine interview procedures, and approve protocols.
  • Independently operate equipment and perform laboratory techniques. May explain and demonstrate technology and equipment capabilities, operations, limitations, and outcomes.
  • Collect, screen, and verify data. Conduct data analyses and interpret and implement research methodology based on outcomes of analyses.
  • May help author material for publications. May participate in presentations with Principal Investigators (PIs) at meetings or conferences.
  • May supervise non-exempt research or support staff and/or student workers.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

This full-time position will remain open until filled.
This is a restricted position contingent on continued funding.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday and search for “PSYC – Early Development Lab Project Coordinator”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “PSYC – Early Development Lab Project Coordinator”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education: Associate's degree in related field.  Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred.
Experience: Equivalent experience/course work will be considered in lieu of degree.
Licensure: None

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Full-Time Research Assistant Opportunities: Michigan State University

The MSU Autism Research Lab, directed by Brooke Ingersoll, PhD, is seeking one to two full-time research assistants to begin around June, 2021 for a recently funded multi-site NIMH Collaborative R01 study, under the direction of Dr. Brooke Ingersoll (Michigan State University), Dr. Alice Carter (University of Massachusetts Boston), Dr. Wendy Stone (University of Washington), Dr. Allie Wainer (Rush University Medical Center), and Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert (Boston University School of Medicine).

This community-based randomized controlled trial will examine the effectiveness of training EI providers to deliver Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT) within the Part C Early Intervention (EI) system across four states (Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington and Illinois).

The research assistant(s) will be responsible for data collection and coordinating and assisting in assessment and training efforts. The MSU Autism Lab is a supportive and collaborative environment.  Research assistants will also benefit from broader training opportunities across sites.

This position is ideal for a candidate looking to gain additional research experience in clinical psychology before applying to graduate school. 

The ideal candidate would have –

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 1 year of research experience working in a research laboratory.
  • Demonstrated interest in intervention research and experience working with children, especially children with autism.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including the ability to manage undergraduate research assistants and coordinate with off-site collaborators.
  • Strong computer skills, including word processing; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel and SPSS software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week. Hours are typically scheduled between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday but may be required to work outside these hours (evenings/weekends).
  • Experience with web design, database management, and video editing are preferred. 

Applications are being accepted immediately.  We require a one-year commitment, but we will prioritize applicants who are interested in a two-year commitment. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume here.

Click here to learn more about the MSU Autism Research Lab.

Click here to learn more about the RISE Study.


Multiple Positions Available at The Gaab Lab, Harvard University

The Gaab Lab at Harvard works at the intersection of neuroscience, education, EdTech, and policy. We focus on typical/atypical learning trajectories with a special focus on language and reading development and the role of the environment in shaping these trajectories. We are seeking a full-time Lab Coordinator to oversee the daily operations of the lab AND 2-3 research assistants.

A.) The Lab Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Organization and implementation of administrative systems and procedures
  • Coordinating the day-to-day running of the lab: developing and overseeing project timelines, coordinating in-person and virtual meeting logistics, preparing agendas, assembling meeting materials, documenting meetings, acting as the administrative contact to all stakeholders, managing correspondence, managing contact information, developing and maintaining methods for organizing information including files, databases, and other systems
  • Preparation of IRB documentation and submissions in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team
  • Serving as a member of the Leadership Team: coordinating the activities of the various national and international project work streams, supporting and managing logistics of professional development learning opportunities
  • Supporting researchers with implementing research activities
  • Management of the lab budget and other financial administrative tasks
  • Coordination of hiring and temporary payroll of graduate students, staff, or temps
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of support staff, students, interns, and temps
  • Will have an opportunity to contribute to stimuli design, data analyses and/or publications

To qualify, you must have: A Bachelor's or Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, education, or a related field and three years of relevant work experience. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, office organization, attention to detail and use of current technologies is a must. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate with faculty, students, and administrators at all levels is required. Demonstrable pre-existing interest in cognitive neuroscience and/or education research desired. This position demands initiative and the ability to work flexibly on multiple tasks simultaneously under minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment. Start will be ASAP. We will prioritize applicants who are interested in a two-year commitment. All interested applicants should email a resume/CV and cover letter to gaablab@gse.harvard.edu with the subject line “Lab Coordinator Position.”

B.) The Research Assistants will be responsible for:

  • MRI/fMRI scanning and behavioral testing of young children, infants, and their parents in-person and in virtual settings
  • Subject recruitment, scheduling and assessments for various research studies, which may include close interaction with or conducted in schools and daycare centers in the Boston area and in national/international settings
  • Implementation and maintenance of analysis software
  • Preparation of IRB documentation and submissions in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team
  • Conducting data collection activities and preparing analytical reports regarding results of studies
  • Will have an opportunity to contribute to stimuli design, data analyses and/or publications

To qualify, you must have: A Bachelor's degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, education, or a related field and two years of relevant work experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience). Comfort with a heterogeneous computing environment (Linux/Unix, Mac, and Windows) as well as some programming experience preferred; knowledge of psychological experiment software (E Prime, Presentation, etc.) and/or fMRI analyses software very helpful. Demonstrable pre-existing interest in cognitive neuroscience desired; knowledge of neuroanatomy or statistics extremely helpful. Prior experience working with infants and small children (e.g., in a preschool or daycare setting or within a research project) will be a plus. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and must like working with children. Start will be ASAP. All interested applicants should email a resume/CV and cover letter to gaablab@gse.harvard.edu with the subject line “Research Assistant Position.”
 

Junior Specialist I: Center for Mind and Brain (Rivera Lab ACE 2021): University of California, Davis

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Description

Dr. Susan Rivera at the Center for Mind and Brain seeks to hire a full-time research assistant at the Junior Specialist level starting August 1, 2021. This position is for up to one year with the possibility of extension to two years. The successful candidate will work on studies examining cognitive and sensory processing in typical development and in autism spectrum development. The candidate will be involved in research activities, including collection of EEG/ERP and infrared eye tracking data. Data collection will take place both at the Center for Mind and Brain in Davis and on the UCD Health Campus in Sacramento (MIND Institute.) Data analysis and other lab work will take place at the Center for Mind and Brain in Davis.

The successful candidate will have completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or a related field, and will have some laboratory research experience. Responsibilities will include EEG and eye tracking data collection and analysis, some supervision of undergraduate research assistants, reviewing journal articles, engaging in discussions on the interpretation of research results, and contributing to the writing up of results for publication in scholarly journals. Where appropriate, the individual would be first author of these publications. The person hired is also expected to create materials for and present research (where appropriate, as first author) at national and international conferences.

Responsibilities will include:

I. Research (80%)

  • Conducting research (50%)
  • Conducting EEG/ERP and eye tracking participant sessions.
  • Analysis of EEG and eyetracking data.
  • Developing experimental stimuli and other research materials using Presentation, Matlab, and other software and programming environments. These duties involve creative and scholarly input which will have a direct impact on the experimental design.

Dissemination of Research (15%)

  • Participate in weekly discussions of relevant literature, and conduct literature reviews relevant to the work being conducted
  • Attend conferences to present the results of the research.
  • Conduct independent data analysis.
  • Contribute to the writing and preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Administrative (15%)

  • Maintenance of budgets, ordering supplies, and overseeing day-to-day running of the lab.
  • Preparing and maintaining IRB materials and ensuring compliance with those protocols.
  • Preparing figures and text for presentation at research conferences and for manuscripts to be submitted for publication.

II. University and Public Service (20%)
     Undergraduate research assistant training and mentoring (20%)

  • Train and mentor undergraduate students on data collection, coding and analyses protocols. This will provide a university service in that they will be actively facilitating the participation of undergraduate students in research activities.

Position qualifications include:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior or Neuroscience. A driver's license in Good standing. Availability to work flexible job hours.

Preferred: Previous research experience in EEG, infrared eyetracking and neuroscience techniques.

Salary: Step I - $44,500 annual, plus benefits

This posting will remain open until June 30, 2021. To apply, please click here.

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter describing relevant skills and interest in the position
  • Recently updated CV or resume
  • A statement of contributions to diversity, which will be part of the evaluation of candidates. Visit this website for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Contact information for 2-3 references.

Questions: Please direct questions to srivera@ucdavis.edu.
 

Junior Specialist I: Center for Mind and Brain (Rivera Lab TRAX 2021): University of California, Davis

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Description

Dr. Susan Rivera at the Center for Mind and Brain seeks to hire a full-time research assistant at the Junior Specialist level starting as soon as June 1, 2021. This position is for up to one year with the possibility of extension to two years. The successful candidate will work on a study examining longitudinal neuroimaging, neuropsychological and molecular data from a cohort of men who carry fragile X premutation alleles with an overarching goal to define the prodrome of the neurodegenerative disease known as fragile X Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS). The candidate will be involved in research activities including MRI scanning, behavioral testing, and the analysis of neuroimaging and behavioral data. MRI and behavioral testing will take place on the UCD Health Campus in Sacramento (MIND Institute and Imaging Research Center) and data analysis and other lab work will take place at the Center for Mind and Brain in Davis.

The successful candidate will have completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or a related field, and will have some laboratory research experience. Responsibilities will include MRI and behavioral data collection and analysis, some supervision of undergraduate research assistants, reviewing journal articles, engaging in discussions on the interpretation of research results, and contributing to the writing up of results for publication in scholarly journals. Where appropriate, the individual would be first author of these publications. The person hired is also expected to create materials for and present research (where appropriate, as first author) at national and international conferences.

Responsibilities will include:

I. Research (80%)
Conducting research (50%)

  • Consenting participants.
  • Conducting MRI scanning and behavioral testing.
  • Analysis of MRI and behavioral data.
  • Developing experimental stimuli and other research materials using Presentation, Matlab, and other software and programming environments. These duties involve creative and scholarly input which will have a direct impact on the experimental design.

Dissemination of Research (15%)

  • Participate in weekly discussions of relevant literature, and conduct literature reviews relevant to the work being conducted
  • Attend conferences to present the results of the research.
  • Conduct independent data analysis.
  • Contribute to the writing and preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Administrative (15%)

  • Maintenance of budgets, ordering supplies, and overseeing day-to-day running of the lab.
  • Preparing and maintaining IRB materials and ensuring compliance with those protocols.
  • Preparing figures and text for presentation at research conferences and for manuscripts to be submitted for publication.

II. University and Public Service (20%)
     Undergraduate research assistant training and mentoring (20%)

  • Train and mentor undergraduate students on data collection, coding and analyses protocols. This will provide a university service in that they will be actively facilitating the participation of undergraduate students in research activities.

Position qualifications include:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior or Neuroscience. A driver's license in Good standing. Availability to work flexible hours.

Preferred: Previous research experience in MRI and other neuroscience techniques.

Salary: Step I - $44,500 annual plus benefits 

This posting will remain open until June 30, 2021. To apply, please click here.

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter describing relevant skills and interest in the position
  • Recently updated CV or resume
  • A statement of contributions to diversity, which will be part of the evaluation of candidates.  Visit this website for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • Contact information for 2-3 references.

Questions: Please direct questions to srivera@ucdavis.edu.
 

Research Assistant: Saxelab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

The Saxelab at MIT is seeking a full-time research assistant to begin in Summer 2021. For full consideration, please apply by May 15, 2021.

To view the full job posting and to apply, click here. In your application, please include a cover letter explaining your interest and fit for this position, contact information for 2-3 references, and a resume/CV.

If you have any questions, please email shariliu@mit.edu


Lab Manager: Conceptual Development Lab at the University of Michigan

The Conceptual Development Lab (CDL) at the University of Michigan is seeking a full-time Lab Manager, to start July or August, 2021.

Job Summary

The position is Lab Manager of the Conceptual Development Lab, directed by Dr. Susan Gelman. The lab examines the development of language and thought in young children. Click here for more information.

The Lab Manager will help to coordinate, design, and collect data on multiple projects in this laboratory. Duties will include training and supervising undergraduate students on their projects and tasks; scheduling and recruiting participants for participation in research; organizing, cleaning, and coding natural language and behavioral data; testing participants (children ages 2-17, parent-child dyads, and adults). The position includes the opportunity to co-author empirical papers.

The Conceptual Development Lab is currently conducting research remotely, with the possibility of moving to in-person research.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum one year’s experience in a research laboratory in psychology
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Desired

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or related field
  • Experience working in a developmental research laboratory
  • Computer skills, specifically SPSS, R, and Excel Macros
  • Experience with data management software (e.g., FileMakerPro)


How to Apply

Interested applicants should apply here. A cover letter, resume, copy of unofficial transcript, and the contact information of three potential references is required to submit through the applicant portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a final candidate has been selected. The anticipated start date is no later than Monday, August 2nd, 2021. This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal.

Please contact Hannah Meloche (hannie@umich.edu) if you have any problems submitting your application.


English/Spanish Bilingual Project Assistant Position (BELLE Project): NYU Grossman School of Medicine

We are seeking a bilingual project assistant (VIP Coach) to work on behavioral and research projects in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine (PI: Alan Mendelsohn, MD). We are examining and delivering parenting interventions to improve child development outcomes in at-risk populations at pediatric clinics across in New York City (e.g., the Video Interaction Project). 

The candidate will be responsible for multiple project tasks, and will work with a multidisciplinary team of pediatricians, psychologists, and other child development professionals.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Administer standardized program to parents of infants and young children, which involves tips about reading, playing, and interacting with children, videotaping parents and children playing together, providing general positive reinforcement about the video (Video Interaction Project)
  • Maintain records of family participation in the program, maintain databases
  • Develop rapport with parents and children who are in the program
  • Coordinate with parents and track/schedule upcoming program visits
  • Conduct interviews with parents about a range of topics, including screens for depression and questions about their child’s development and behaviors
  • Prepare, update, and translate project-related documents
  • Maintain and organize project materials
  • Assist with coordination and training of volunteers
  • Collaborate and meet with multidisciplinary team of research and clinical staff

Additional Responsibilities May Include:

  • Administer standardized, pre-existing developmental assessments of toddler and preschool children’s cognitive and language development, as well as self-regulation
  • Recruit research participants and obtain informed consent
  • Transcribe and/or code videotapes (using micro-analytic coding techniques)
  • Provide general support if needed related to project or research tasks such as grant preparation, Institutional Review Board, literature reviews, and documentation

Requirements

  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish
  • Bachelor’s Degree in child development, child life, infancy, special education, family processes, maternal and child health, or related field
  • Previous experience working with infants, toddlers, children and parents in educational, hospital or mental health settings; previous research experience is preferred but not required
  • Previous experience w/ databases, e.g., Epic, Excel, REDCap, or other similar programs preferred

Location

This position is anticipated to be based at NYC H+H/Bellevue in Manhattan, although positions at other locations in NYC may also be available.  For a full list of locations, please click here.

All candidates may be required to spend time at other local sites in NYC or training and/or program delivery, and there may be opportunities for involvement in other ongoing programmatic and/or research projects.

To apply:  If interested, please fill out an online Interest Form.

If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please reach out to Yuliya Gurevich via email: yuliya.gurevich@nyulangone.org.  Please include "VIP Coach Job Application" in the subject line. 

A verbal 1- to 2-year commitment is required. Full time positions come with comprehensive benefits packages.

NYU Grossman School of Medicine is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender dysphoria, national origin, age, religion, disability, military and veteran status, marital or parental status, citizenship status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.


Research Assistant: Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

The Boston Children's Hospital Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (PIs: Dr. Charles Nelson and Dr. Susan Faja) are dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in typically developing infants and children, as well as children diagnosed with or at risk for various developmental disorders. In gaining a better understanding of these processes, our goal is to contribute to the healthy growth and development of children.

The Emotion Project is a large-scale longitudinal study in the Nelson Lab investigating the neural bases of emotion processing and early neural and behavioral markers of childhood anxiety in typically developing children. Participants were recruited at infancy and have been followed at multiple time points throughout early childhood to collect EEG and fNIRS, physiology (heart rate, respiration), eyetracking, survey, and behavioral data. Currently, participants are being seen for the 5- and 7-year follow-up studies.

Research Assistant Job Summary

Responsibilities for the Research Assistant on the Emotion Project would include: 

  • scheduling and conducting in-lab and virtual visits for 5- and 7-year-old children
  • maintenance and processing of large datasets. The RA  would work closely with the project coordinators in addition to postdoctoral fellows and other research staff

Please click here to apply.