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Lab Manager/Research Assistant position at NYU, Lab for the Developing Mind

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The Lab for the Developing Mind (PI: Moira Dillon) in the Department of Psychology at NYU is seeking a full-time Lab Manager/Research Assistant to begin in the summer of 2017. Areas of investigation in the lab include mathematical cognition, spatial cognition, symbolic and abstract thought and reasoning, and pictorial and mental imagery.

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. 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) - A flexible schedule (for occasional weekend or evening hours) - Familiarity with IRB protocol submissions

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for two references to mdillon@fas.harvard.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. New York University is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth (or related medical condition), sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, caregiver status, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.      

Lab Manager: Berkeley Early Learning Lab directed by Professor Fei Xu, Psychology, UC Berkeley

No closing date

We have a 1-year position opening for Lab Manager (~30 hours a week) starting in June 2017. The position entails recruiting and scheduling participants for our studies (ages 12 months to 12 years), aiding in the testing of infants, coding data, overseeing undergraduate research assistants, monitoring and ordering lab supplies, working with local schools and children’s museums, and working in a collaborative fashion with Dr. Xu, graduate students and post-docs to maintain the ongoing smooth functioning of the lab's activities. Applicants should be very motivated, highly organized, enjoy interacting with parents and young children, and get along well with graduate students, undergraduates and post-docs in a cooperative group situation. 

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology or a related field 
  • Previous research experience and previous experience working with children 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and organizational skills that are essential for interacting with parents, researchers, and department administrators

Preferred Experiences

  • Managing participant database
  • Preparing IRB and CPHS protocols
  • Experience with data analysis

Please contact Phyllis Lun (babylab@berkeley.edu) and Prof. Fei Xu by email (fei_xu@berkeley.edu) if you are interested in the position. Please include a cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

Lab Manager/ Research Assistant, Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory, Harvard University

No closing date
Please submit your C.V. and statement of purpose here (select the EXTERNAL APPLICANT link, then apply for Requisition #41569BR ).    The Harvard Evolutionary Psychology Lab directed by Professor Max Krasnow is seeking a 28-hour per week research assistant/ lab manager to begin summer 2017. The Lab manager's duties will include supporting the research of graduate students and postdocs (e.g., mentoring research assistants, assisting in data collection and analysis), conducting original research, and handling administrative duties (e.g., obtaining human subjects approval, recruiting and scheduling subjects, and managing lab finances). This position is ideal for individuals interested in developing a strong research background before applying to graduate school. Applicants should have a B.A. or B.S. in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, biology or a related field, by spring 2017. The successful applicant will possess excellent organizational and communication skills, must demonstrate the ability to work independently, will have a strong background in evolutionary and/or cognitive psychology, and previous independent research experience.  Proficiency with Word, Excel, Google docs/calendar, and Qualtrix is necessary for day-to-day functioning of the lab, as is familiarity with programs such as Eprime, SPSS, and/or R. The following experience is highly desired but not required: coursework or practical application of statistics; experience with IRB documentation, accounts management, programming. Start date is negotiable. Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Research Assistant at Tulane University

No closing date

The Child and Family Lab at Tulane University (PI: Dr. Sarah Gray) is seeking to hire a full-time clinical protocol / lab technician starting June 15 2017 through January 15 2019 (http://cfl.tulane.edu/), funded by NARSAD / Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.  Research in the lab focuses on developmental and physiological consequences of exposure to early life stress in young children and related risk and protective factors.  Current lab projects include opportunities for both child and adult assessment, experience with trauma-exposed populations, and psychophysiological data acquisition and analysis (heart rate, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, pre-ejection period and skin conductance collected from mothers and children).  The employee will work closely with the Principal Investigator, graduate students and undergraduates on all aspects of the research project. 

Primary responsibilities will be to help with recruitment of families, scheduling, preparing and running research visits with mothers and young children; analyzing data; operating computer systems, maintaining databases; coordinating undergraduate research assistants; maintaining paperwork; maintaining research visit and IRB protocols; and contributing to research reports, proposals and presentations. The lab coordinator will also be responsible for training all incoming students on data collection, data entry, and various lab tasks. There are also opportunities to facilitate relationships with local community partners for research and support services.

Requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent; experience in lab-based research; exceptional flexibility, organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills; and general computing skills including Microsoft Office. Preferred qualifications include a degree in psychology in a related field, experience working with human participants, statistical software experience (SPSS) as well as intellectual interest in our research focus. Competitive candidates will have prior research experience with both children and adults. Experience with psychophysiological data collection is preferred but training in data acquisition and analysis will be provided. S/He must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks, working as part of a team and seek assistance when appropriate. Ability to provide own transportation to data collection sites in New Orleans is recommended. Typical work week is 37.5 hours but candidate must be willing to have flexible hours outside of 9-5, as many research visits are conducted in the evenings and weekends. This is a full-time position with benefits. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone planning on graduate school in psychology or related fields who wishes to obtain more research experience.

If interested, please send: (1) CV or resume, (2) cover letter detailing interests, relevant experience, and future career goals, and (3) contact information for three references to Dr. Sarah Gray (sgray4@tulane.edu). Applicants may apply online formally at http://www2.tulane.edu/jobs/, Job Posting IRC 11383. 

 

Lab manager position at Notre Dame

No closing date

The Cognition Learning and Development (CLAD) Lab at the University of Notre Dame is seeking a lab manager to begin in summer 2017. Members of the lab study various aspects of children's mathematical thinking, with a primary focus on mathematical concepts children construct in the preschool and elementary school years. You can find out more about the lab by visiting our website: http://www.nd.edu/~nmcneil

The lab manager will help our team with all aspects of our research. Some duties include: interacting with children, families, and schools; helping to mentor and manage undergraduate students; helping to design and administer mathematics lessons and activities for children; entering, coding, and analyzing data; maintaining databases; purchasing and upkeep of equipment; reading relevant literature; writing a lab newsletter for parents and teachers; organizing outreach to the local community; helping with conference presentations and manuscripts.

We are especially interested in someone who is sociable, organized, detail-oriented, and resourceful. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team is a must. Minimum bachelor's degree required. Preferred qualifications include: coursework in psychology, education, and/or mathematics; experience working with children in preschool and/or elementary school; previous research experience; and strong technical and computer skills.

To apply for the position, email (1) a cover letter describing your relevant experience and future goals; (2) your resume; and (3) the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Nicole McNeil <nmcneil@nd.edu>. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. The start date is flexible, but we prefer someone who could start before July 2017.

Research Data Analyst and Project Coordinator

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Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research invites applications for a full-time Research Data Analyst and Project Coordinator starting May/June 2017. The position is offered jointly by the Institute for Policy Research and the School of Education and Social Policy.

The Research Data Analyst and Project Coordinator will work on two interdisciplinary research studies conducted among young children, families, and schools. First, the Research Data Analyst and Project Coordinator will become an active and central member of the Northwestern University Two-Generation Research Initiative (NU2Gen) which examines the implementation and effectiveness of two-generation interventions. Two-generation educational approaches, which represent an innovative anti-poverty strategy, link intensive, high-quality education, job training, and career-building programs for parents with early childhood education services for their young children. The Northwestern Two-Generation Research Initiative is led Dr. Teresa Eckrich Sommer, Research Associate Professor, Institute for Policy Research and by Dr. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Professor of Human Development, School of Education and Social Policy, and Associate Provost for Faculty, Northwestern University. NU2Gen is at the forefront of developing theory, programmatic design and implementation, and effectiveness studies of two-generation interventions.

The Research Data Analyst and Project Coordinator will also contribute to a study funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) led by Dr. Terri Sabol, Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, and is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Dana McCoy (Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education). In this project, we aim to build the early childhood education evidence base by identifying and understanding the conditions under which professional development programs are more versus less effective in improving early childhood classroom quality and child learning outcomes. In particular, the study is developing a new Systematic Social Observation (SSO) tool that allows researchers to take a virtual “walk” down the street using Google Street View which will be used to understand the effect of the intervention on teachers and children.

Qualifications: A successful candidate must have: (1) a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology, Human Development, Economics, Statistics, Social Policy, or related field; (2) strong analytic, writing, and communication skills; (3) the ability to balance attention to detail with a big-picture understanding of research endeavors; (4) an aptitude for and interest in quantitative data management, measurement, and analysis and conducting applied research related to improving the well-being of children and families. The candidate should be highly organized and able to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Responsibilities: The Research Data Analyst & Project Coordinator will be responsible for:

1. Data Management & Analysis, including: (a) coordinating with partnering programs and research institutions to manage data collection; (b) coding data using Stata statistical software and training Research Assistants to prepare data; (c) creating codebooks and user manuals to support current and future research efforts; (d) overseeing data preparation efforts across multiple sources and studies; and (e) conducting data analysis for formal reports, publications, and presentations.

2. Project Development, including survey development and programming; literature reviews for publications and presentations; measurement development; memoranda to guide study design and for other research-related seminars and events; and lab management, including hiring undergraduate RAs and overseeing their day-to-day activities.

The position allows for significant growth as a scholar and applied researcher, including the exploration of independent research interests and careers, and has led to successful graduate school pursuits and advanced employment opportunities for past coordinators. The Research Data Analyst and Project Coordinator interacts with a wide range of Northwestern students, faculty, and staff, and will report to Dr. Sommer (NU2Gen) and Dr. Sabol (IES grant). The coordinator will also engage with researchers and service providers from across the country who are expert in study design, analysis, and program implementation.

Application: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, writing sample, unofficial transcript, and contact information for three references to Amy Sanchez (amy.sanchez1@northwestern.edu) and Allie Cooperman (allie.cooperman@northwestern.edu).

Clinical Research Specialist (Research Assistant), DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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We are seeking a full-time Clinical Research Specialist (CRS) to work on several NIH-fundedstudies that examine neurobehavioral outcomes in HIV infection and drug use. All studies are in active data collection. The research assistant will conduct activities to support data collection, and will have the opportunity to engage in a wide array of research methods relevant to patient-oriented research. The research assistant will devote a substantial portion of their effort to recruitment, assessment (including facilitation of MRI scans, administration of structured interviews, neuropsychological testing, and urine drug screening), and data processing. This position is ideal for individuals interested in gaining clinical research experience before pursuing graduate training in clinical psychology, public health, or medicine.

Work Performed

Responsibilities include: recruitment, scheduling, and tracking of participants (20%); data collection (60%); data processing (10%); and other relevant administrative tasks (10%). The proposed start date is May 2017. We are looking for a candidate who is able to make a 2-3 year commitment to the position. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with additional funding conditional upon satisfactory performance. The position is located at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s Degree and some previous clinical research experience are required. A background in psychology, neuroscience, and/or biology is preferred.

Key Skills

Successful applicants must be motivated, reliable, and mature, able to multi-task and learn new tasks quickly, and have strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Most importantly, they must be highly respectful of and feel comfortable working with diverse populations, including active drug abusers, gay men and women, ethnic minorities, and individuals with criminal histories. The research assistant will be expected to complete tasks independently and to work closely as part of our research team. Proficiency in Word and Excel is required. Experience with MATLAB is ideal.

To apply, please send a CV, statement of interest, and names of three references to ryan.bell@duke.edu.

For more information about our lab, please see our website: http://sites.duke.edu/harp/.

Research Assistant/Lab Manager Position Davachi Memory Lab at NYU

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The Davachi Memory Lab is seeking applicants for a full-time Research Assistant/Lab Manager position. Located in the Department of Psychology at New York University, the lab specializes in human behavioral and neuroimaging studies of memory and cognition. 

The Research Assistant/Laboratory Manager will be responsible for the maintenance of research activities in the lab, communication with the Institutional Review Board, coordination and scheduling of experimental participants, providing informed consent, and engaging in collection and analysis of neuroimaging data (fMRI and/or MEG). Specific responsibilities include: a) maintaining and updating all IRB applications and consent forms; b) managing petty cash funds; c) conducting literature reviews; d) conducting behavioral experiments, e) statistical analysis; f) assisted as well as independent fMRI data collection, g) fMRI data analysis and secondary statistical analyses of fMRI data; h) recruiting of subjects for behavioral and neuroimaging studies in the lab, i) organization of lab meetings and journal clubs. 

Competitive applicants for this position will be detail-oriented, have good managerial skills and be professional. Experience in some of the following areas: neuroimaging, neuroscience, psychology and/or computer science is recommended but not required. Recent graduates with a strong interest in cognitive neuroscience are preferred. A minimum 2-year commitment is expected. 

If interested, please send a CV to Lila Davachi (lila.davachi@nyu.edu). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Lab Coordinator, Cognitive Development Lab and Reasoning & Decision Making Lab Wesleyan University

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The Cognitive Development Lab, directed by Dr. Hilary Barth, and the Reasoning & Decision Making Lab, directed by Dr. Andrea Patalano, both at Wesleyan University, announce a full-time lab coordinator position starting September 2017. The lab coordinator’s duties will be split 80:20 across the two labs. The lab coordinator will assist with studies on the development of numerical/spatial thinking and decision making in preschool and school-aged children and adults, as well as other general duties in the labs.

Duties include coordinating relationships with local research sites such as schools and children’s museums; hiring and supervision of undergraduate research assistants; recruiting and scheduling participants; maintaining a participant database; data entry and record keeping; running participants through studies; literature searches; and assisting with the preparation of conference abstracts, manuscripts, and grants. The lab coordinator will have the opportunity to be directly involved in research, earn authorship on a paper, and attend research conferences.

Key qualifications include a BA in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related field; prior research experience (experimental child development experience preferred); exceptional flexibility, organizational skills, communication skills, and attention to detail; general computer skills and statistical software experience (Microsoft Office suite; SPSS); and intellectual interest in our research areas. Programming experience preferred but not required. This position is for 1 year, pending funding for a possible second year.

Apply through the Wesleyan Online Career Opportunities site at https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/5738. In addition, please send: (1) CV or resume, (2) cover letter detailing interests, relevant experience, and future career goals, and (3) contact information for three references to Alexandra Zax (azax@wesleyan.edu).

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Officer, 860-685-4771, afarias@wesleyan.edu.

Research Coordinator/Lab Manager Position in the Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University

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The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, directed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Lab Manager/Research Coordinator to start on or around July 1, 2017. The Lab Manager will be responsible for closely managing a variety of projects related to an NSF-funded grant on early number acquisition, as well as other projects including preschool mathematics, socio-emotional development, and research-to-practice translation in early childhood settings. The Research Coordinator will work closely with the PI, a post-doc, and undergraduate research assistants to carry out research. 

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Data collection, subject recruitment, and managing human subjects protocols; Supervising research assistants, analyzing data, assisting with manuscript editing and preparation, and preparing conference presentations; Assisting with expense and grant management, coordinating with collaborators in the US and abroad, and disseminating findings to non-science audiences.

Required Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field. Minimum one year of research experience (preferably in cognitive or language development). Demonstrated ability to work effectively with children. Proficiency with basic computer applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, online research tools, and search databases). Highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented. Able to take initiative and incorporate feedback. Exceptional cultural sensitivity. Excellent writing and communication skills. Able & willing to travel. Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications include training in experimental design and statistical analysis, and proficiency with statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, etc.). The ideal candidate will be self-directed and confident working both independently and with others in an active research environment.

This is a one-year grant-funded position. Continuation of this position is dependent upon continued grant funding. To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references to Maddy Barclay (mbarclay@wesleyan.edu). In addition, please submit your application to https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/5776.

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Summer Research Experience for Underrepresented Minority Students @ CMU

Closes March 20, 2017

Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER) at CMU is pleased to announce its 2017 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

PIER-REU is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in graduate training programs by providing undergraduate students (mainly juniors and seniors) with research experience during summer. This program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at CMU.  Each student will receive a fellowship stipend of $3,000 and apartment-style housing will be provided. Guidance and supervision of the research project will be provided by a faculty member as well as, in some cases, a postdoctoral fellow and/or advanced graduate student.  Admitted students will also participate in the Go Research! Summer Program at CMU. This program brings undergraduate researchers from across departments together in apartment-style dorms with resident assistants to facilitate community building, manage housing, and provide programming.   A Summer Seminar Series is provided for all students to help prepare for graduate education and research careers.

Applications are due via email by March 20, 2017.

Additional information and a link to the application are available on the program website.

Fellowship Opportunity, Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab

Closes March 17, 2017

Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute/Autism Center is interested in recruiting highly qualified students from Duke University for a 2-year pre-doctoral fellowship for current graduates or graduating seniors. The position will commence the summer of 2017.

Successful applicants will be involved in a training program with opportunities to use eye-tracking and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to examine gaze and brain activity patterns. They will also be involved in developing innovative technologies, such as mobile apps, video games, robots, smart toys and virtual reality. Fellows will be responsible for assisting in a variety of research activities in the lab that include, but not limited to, completing experimental protocols with young children and their families, organizing projects from the point of designing through data analysis and publication of results. More information about our lab can be found on our website: www.seattlechildrens.org/scitl.

Interested students should submit their materials no later than March 17th, 2017 in order to be considered for the position. Additional information and application requirements can be found in our official job posting here: https://www3.apply2jobs.com/seattlechildrens/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=14168&CurrentPage=1#

Questions regarding the Seattle Children’s Autism Research Fellowship may be sent to scitl@seattlechildrens.org.

Research Technician Associate with the The Evolutionary Social Psychology and Psychology of Inequality Labs, University of Michigan

Closes March 17, 2017

Job Summary

The Evolutionary Social Psychology and Psychology of Inequality Labs at the University of Michigan are recruiting a full-time Research Technician Associate (i.e., Lab Manager) to work jointly in both labs. 

The Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab, directed by Professor Joshua Ackerman, investigates a variety of psychological topics by asking not only what people do, but why and how our ancestral histories might have influenced such behaviors. Current work considers the impact of infectious disease and physiological immune system factors on decision-making and interpersonal behavior, as well as the influence of child and adult social settings on social cognition, self-control, risk-taking, and romantic relationships.

The Psychology of Inequality Lab, directed by Professor Arnold Ho, uses survey and experimental methods to examine the psychological underpinnings of social inequality. Current research in the lab examines how individual differences in (anti-)egalitarianism interacts with group membership (in high vs. low status groups) as well as the social environment (e.g., whether the social hierarchy seems unstable) to influence downstream intergroup attitudes and behaviors.

The Research Technician Associate will be responsible for working with Professors Ackerman and Ho, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates in both administrative and research capacities. This opportunity involves more than (but includes) typical Research Assistant capabilities, and thus will be most suited to applicants who have had prior experience conducting social psychological research and who have a strong interest in pursuing graduate school in social psychology, organizational behavior, or a related field.

Responsibilities*

  • Scheduling of study sessions, meetings, etc.
  • General project management
  • Data collection in the lab and elsewhere
  • Programming using research and recruitment software (Medialab, DirectRT, Qualtrics, MTurk)
  • Creating study materials
  • Training and supervising undergraduate research assistants
  • Managing online databases and lab supplies, maintaining experimental records
  • Developing new methods of recruiting research participants and advertising participation opportunities
  • Writing and amending IRB proposals
  • Statistical analysis
  • Assisting with manuscript preparation
  • Maintaining reliable and regular contact with faculty

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or Associate’s degree
  • Experience with experimental human research (at least one-year preferred)
  • Good knowledge of experimental design
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and managerial abilities
  • Experience with both PC and Mac platforms
  • Ability to function effectively in a dynamic workplace (tasks will vary frequently)
  • Ability to work independently

Applicants should be extremely conscientious, have excellent organizational skills and enjoy the challenges of a demanding work load involving simultaneous involvement in multiple research projects with multiple Research Assistants conducted in multiple locations including the laboratory, online, and public areas. 

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in psychology, organizational behavior or related field.

Additional Information

This 1-year position will begin in late summer (exact start date negotiable). Continuation for a second year is a possibility pending availability of funding and successful review at the end of the first year.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

All applications for this position must be received by Friday, March 17.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Research Assistant

Closes March 17, 2017

The Center for Social and Cultural Psychology (CSCP) at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium is accepting applications from undergraduates interested in social psychological research for our summer internship program. We have two sessions available. The first session starts May 29th 2017 and ends on July 7th 2017; the second session starts July 31st 2017 and ends on September 8th 2017. A selection process will select the most promising candidates from the applicants for the sessions.

The University of Leuven is a strong research university in the heart of Europe, two hours from Paris, four hours from London. It is located in the center of the historic town of Leuven, home to the university since 1425. The center includes approx. 17 post docs and Ph.D. students. Full professors in the center are Vera Hoorens, Colette van Laar, Batja Mesquita, Agnes Moors, and Karen Phalet. The research themes in the center include socio-cultural processes of social identity, social inequality and intergroup relations, emotion, motivation and regulatory processes, ethnicity and gender, and diversity in school and work organizations. The Center has an excellent international reputation and extensive international research collaborations with social and cultural psychology groups. The center provides excellent research facilities, including a state-of-the-art psycho-physiological lab. Center website: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/home/english/research/cscp.

The CSCP summer internship is open to students who are interested in gaining familiarity with and executing social psychological research. Interns will spend approximately 30 hours per week working in close contact with CSCP researchers. Work includes conducting studies with CSCP researchers in the lab and field, literature review, and (basic) data analysis.

Interns will be provided with access to university facilities, but will be responsible for all other costs (e.g., transportation, travel, and meals). Note that for students from Europe there are also opportunities to come as part of Erasmus+ Traineeships (for internship of minimally 2 months (see http://ec.europa.eu/education/opportunities/higher-education/traineeships_en.htm). Students can also come via any other existing exchange program from their home university (please check with coordinator at your home university).

Applicants can send in materials any time before Friday March 17th, 2017.  For Erasmus students we can make a decision before Monday March 6th if needed. All applicants must commit to attending an entire session of the program (starting May 29th 2017 and departing on July 7th 2017; or starting July 31st 2017 and departing on September 8th 2017). Applicants who cannot attend an entire session of the program will automatically be removed from consideration (please check your calendar and final exam schedule in advance before submitting an application).

Applications should include:

1. A one-page cover letter describing your research experience and interests. Please explain why you would like to attend the program, as well as whether you intend to pursue a PhD in a related field. This letter should also describe all previous research experience (including work in a lab or field, using existing data, and any work for your thesis). This letter should end with a declaration that you can attend at least one of the sessions of the program in its entirety, and for which session you are available (you can indicate both if available for both, and can indicate a preference if you like).

2. A resume or curriculum vitae. Please include your university, major field of study, relevant courses in social psychology, intergroup relations, research methods and statistics (and grades if completed), relevant research experience, experience with data analysis, literature review, research programs (e.g. inquisit, medialab, authorware, limesurvey, qualtrics), statistical software (SPSS, EQS, Mplus, R etc), your average grade (GPA), expected graduation date, email address, languages you speak (of special interest are English, Dutch, Turkish, Japanese, French) and a working telephone number.

3. A reference letter from an academic colleague. Please provide ONE reference letter from your academic community (ex. a graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, or professor) who can describe your academic works and/or your personal qualities. Please send the reference letter directly to Karine Dens by email (karine.dens@kuleuven.be).

Applications should be submitted by March 17th  to the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology research coordinator, Karine Dens, by email (karine.dens@kuleuven.be). Applicants will be notified in April. Candidates who need confirmation before this or by a certain date because of fellowships: please indicate this clearly in your application materials and in the email to Karine Dens so that a decision can be made earlier.

Contact Name: Karine Dens

Berkeley Early Learning Lab Summer Internship Program

Closes March 17, 2017

The Berkeley Early Learning Lab (BELL), under the direction of Dr. Fei Xu, is now accepting applications from highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors for our Summer Internship Program in 2017. 

Descriptions of the Program  The goal of this internship is to provide hands on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive and Language Development or a related field. Successful applicants will be paired with a graduate student or postdoc mentor and will have the opportunity to conduct research at local children’s museums and in the lab, and collaborate on a variety of on-going and new projects. Our lab uses looking time, eye tracking, free play, intervention, and other behavioral methods to investigate inductive learning and statistical inference in social cognition, category learning, physical reasoning, causal learning, word learning, and other domains.

In addition to collaboration with individual graduate students and work on specific projects, weekly lab meetings will give interns a chance to present their own work for feedback and provide feedback to others. We will also discuss current papers being published that relate to the lab's projects.

Eligibilities Berkeley affiliated and Non-Berkeley undergraduates who are interested in developmental psychology and cognitive science are welcome to apply to our summer internship program. Applicants should have some course work in developmental psychology, cognitive science, and programming. Experience working with children is highly desirable. 

Commitments This is an unpaid internship and requires a commitment of 20-30 hours/week for 8 weeks between June 5 and August 4.

To apply, please see http://babylab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship. The application deadline is March 17, 2017 11:59p.m. PST.

If you have further questions about the program, please refer to our website (http://babylab.berkeley.edu) or contact us at babylab@berkeley.edu.

Undergraduate Summer Workshop in the Interdisciplinary Study of Mind and Brain at the University of Pennsylvania

Closes March 15, 2017

We are now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Summer Workshop in the Interdisciplinary Study of Mind and Brain Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, scheduled June 4-17, 2017. This year's topics are (1) Social and Decision Sciences and (2) Computational Neuroscience. Participants will attend lectures from distinguished researchers these fields, participate in labs and lab tours involving some of the latest technologies and research methods, and attend panel discussions on the future of interdisciplinary mind and brain studies as well as career and professional development in these fields.

Students with a strong interest in social and decision sciences and/or computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply. We also encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Summer Workshop participants will receive free room and board on campus, plus a travel stipend.

Applications are due March 15th. For more information, please see our

website: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/cogsci/summer/

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

IMBsummerworkshop@sas.upenn.edu

Full-time Research Assistant Position at the University of Maryland, Neurocognitive Development Lab

Closes March 15, 2017

Dr. Tracy Riggins and the Neurocognitive Development Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Research Assistant beginning approximately May 15, 2017.  The focus of the research project is the development of memory in early childhood using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cognitive electrophysiology (EEG/ERPs). See www.ncdl.umd.edu for more details about the lab.

Responsibilities include: (1) conducting experiments with young children and adults (including: recruiting, scheduling, and data collection); (2) preprocessing and analyzing data; (3) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (4) performing general administrative duties, including data management, lab web pages and participant recruiting systems; (5) programming scientific experiments and developing experimental stimuli, (6) assisting with IRB protocol creation and compliance, (7) conducting library searches and literature reviews to assist in manuscript preparation; and (8) providing general support for the PI and other researchers in the laboratory including, but not limited to, purchasing and maintaining lab equipment.

Qualifications: Recommended background and skills include: a bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field (e.g., psychology or neuroscience); previous research experience with human participants (preferably with children and/or using fMRI or EEG); the ability to work independently; keen attention to detail; and the ability to interact warmly and professionally with parents and children. Strong computational, organizational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential.

A 2-year commitment is preferred. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their background and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Lisa Cox at lmcox@umd.edu.  Please include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”).

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

 

Summer Research Internship for Underrepresented Students in Psychology at Duke University

Closes March 15, 2017

The Wilbourn Infant Lab at Duke University is excited to announce the third year of our summer research program for underrepresented students in Psychology. 

We are offering three paid summer internships for undergraduates interested in research in Developmental Psychology. Interns will gain hands-on experience conducting research with infants, children, and adults. We are seeking highly motivated undergraduates who are interested in attending graduate school in Psychology. Interns will receive a $1,500 stipend, free on-campus housing, travel reimbursement to/from the program, and funds to travel to a conference to present research completed during the program. 

Applicants must be US citizens and from one of these underrepresented or minority groups: First generation college student, Black/African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, Asian/Asian American, current/eligible recipient of need-based financial aid, or from colleges/universities with limited research opportunities. 

This internship is ideal for rising juniors (rising sophomores, seniors, terminal Master’s students will be considered) who are highly organized, reliable, and driven. Please forward the attached flyer to interested students fitting these qualifications. 

Applications submitted before March 15th will be given priority. We will continue accepting applications until the positions are filled.

More information can be found on our website: wild.psych.duke.edu/summerinternship.html

For questions not addressed on the website, contact: DukeWilbournLab@gmail.com

Davidson-Broughton Summer Study Program

Closes March 15, 2017

We are currently accepting applications for the summer 2017 Davidson-Broughton Summer Study Program, and encourage applications from non-Davidson students.

The Davidson-Broughton Summer Study Program is a collaboration between Davidson College and Broughton Hospital, a state psychiatric facility serving western North Carolina. The program combines advanced coursework in abnormal psychology with opportunities to observe inpatient treatment programs in a range of settings (e.g., adult admissions, adult extended treatment services, and specialty services including adolescent, geropsychiatry and medical units). The program is open to current undergraduate students who have completed introductory and abnormal psychology.

Information for Prospective Students:

The Davidson-Broughton Summer Study Program is now accepting applications for the summer 2017 program. This 8-week program is a collaboration between Davidson College and Broughton Hospital, a state psychiatric facility serving western North Carolina. Participants work with hospital professionals as observers and assistants in patient treatment programs. Participants also receive course credit and academic instruction. This year’s program will be held from June 5 through July 28.

The program is open to students enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university. High school students, rising college freshmen, graduating college seniors and graduate students are not eligible. Applicants are required to have completed introductory psychology and abnormal psychology (or a similar course) by the program start date. 

Further information about the program is available online at http://www.davidson.edu/academics/psychology/davidson-broughton

Applications are accepted online through March 15, 2017. Applicants should ensure that all materials are ready to submit before beginning their application, including:

  • A copy of the applicant’s resume/CV
  • A personal statement (2-3 pages) describing the applicant’s interest in the program, academic and other experiences that have prepared them for the program, and relevance of the program to their future career plans.
  • An unofficial copy of the applicant’s undergraduate transcript.
  • A copy of the syllabus from the applicant’s abnormal psychology course (required only for non-Davidson students).
  • Contact information for an individual who will submit a recommendation and letter of recommendation on the applicant’s behalf. The individual the applicant selects should be able to speak to the applicant’s academic  preparation for advanced coursework in abnormal psychology and capacity for ethical and professional conduct in the context of a mental health treatment facility. References will be contacted directly after the applicant submits the application.

The application can be accessed online at http://webapps.davidson.edu/academics/psychology/broughton/

If you have questions about the Davidson-Broughton Summer Study Program, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Laura Sockol, at lasockol@davidson.edu

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the program assistant, Ms. Rachael Murdock, at ramurdock@davidson.edu

 

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computational Neuroscience

Closes March 15, 2017

University of Missouri, 9-week NSF REU program for undergraduates in the area of computational neuroscience. We will enroll students from Biological Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Physics and Mathematics. Details about the program can be found at the site -  http://engineering.missouri.edu/neuroreu/

Currently seeking applications for a Summer 2017

§  Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. §  A 9 week research experience from Wed, May 31 to Friday, July 28, 2017 (travel days of Tue, May 30 and Saturday, July 29) §  A stipend of $4,500 in addition to travel, tuition, air-conditioned campus dorm housing and full meal plan §  An opportunity to assist graduate students with important research led by leading faculty with a wide range of expertise spanning 4 different colleges. This REU will have a computational component, and two undergraduates could       be assigned to a research team. §  1 hr credit for a course in “Computational Neuroscience” (meets 1 hour a week). §  Opportunity to join approximately 50+ other undergrad research students in a Research Symposium wherein each student prepares a poster presentation and writes a 1 page abstract for publication in a symposium handbook. §  A full series of evening workshops and brown bag lunches with 50+ other undergraduate researchers will give students information about research, career preparation and options, in addition to scientific ethics. §  Nationally acclaimed speakers will discuss specialty areas relevant to the summer research program. §  Social activities will be planned with input from participants guiding the agenda. §  Opportunity to enhance resumes and prepare for graduate school.

§  Students from underrepresented groups and from non-PhD granting institutions are encouraged to apply.

 

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