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Research Assistant Position, Early Math and Numeracy Lab

No closing date

The Early Math and Numeracy Lab at the University of Minnesota is hiring a full time research assistant to be involved in studies of early mathematics experiences and learning in children ages 4 to 8 years. This is a great opportunity for students who desire hands-on experience in early math or early cognitive development research including students who are considering applying to developmental science graduate programs in the future.

We seek a detailed oriented research assistant with a Bachelor's degree in child psychology or related field, someone who has research experience and experience working directly with children. This is a 2 year position.

For more information or to apply, use this link, and enter the job ID "317550" in the keywords box under Basic Search.

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Questions can be directed to:

 

Michèle Mazzocco, Ph.D.

Professor, Institute of Child Development

University of Minnesota

Mazzocco@umn.edu

lab website:   http://www.cehd.umn.edu/icd/research/MNL/default.html

Research Lab Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh

No closing date

The Kids' Thinking Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (Director: Dr. Melissa Libertus) is looking for an energetic full-time research lab coordinator starting June 1st, 2017. Research in the lab focuses on the development of numerical cognition and math abilities using behavioral measures, eye tracking and EEG (http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/kitlab/).

Primary responsibilities of the Research Lab Coordinator will be to help with recruitment of families, scheduling, preparing and running research participants; analyzing data; operating computer systems, maintaining databases; supervising undergraduate research assistants; maintaining paperwork; and contributing to research reports, proposals and presentations.

Qualifications include: B.A./B.S. and course work in psychology or related area; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; substantial research or work experience with young children; experience using software such as Microsoft Excel and Word. Experience or coursework in computer programming (especially for data analysis in Matlab and/or stimulus presentation in Matlab) are desirable, but not required.

This is a full-time position with benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year depending on performance and available funding. This is an excellent opportunity for any college graduate who is planning on going to graduate school and wishes to obtain more research experience. To apply, please visit: 

https://www.pittsource.com/postings/131458

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Please contact Dr. Melissa Libertus (libertus@pitt.edu) with any questions!

Gap Year Fellowship, Project Horseshoe Farm

No closing date

Project Horseshoe Farm offers an intensive 1 year (13 month) community-based gap year service and leadership development Fellowship.  It is geared to top recent college graduates from around the nation interested in community health and education, non-profit and organizational management, social entrepreneurship, and community service leadership.  

The competitive Fellowship is a unique opportunity for high levels of responsibility and mentored hands on learning in a rapidly growing community based non-profit organization.  Its aim is preparing citizen service leaders needed for tomorrow's communities. 

Fellows receive an educational grant of $600/month, free housing, and valuable experience through:

  • Front line service in and leadership of Horseshoe Farm's broad range of innovative community based programs for children and adults.
  • Administrative, management, and operations responsibilities in a grassroots non-profit organization.
  • Close work with a team of other talented Fellows.
  • "Community Engagement" work with other civic, business, non-profit, and governmental organizations throughout our community.
  • Weekly readings and discussions designed to promote contextual understanding and reflection on experiences.

Fellows consistently go on to some of the top medical, nursing, public health, health management, and education programs in the nation and several have received the most prestigious scholarships and awards at their respective institutions.

For more information about a typical week in the Fellowship, specific activities in the Fellowship, the educational grant provided to Fellows, living arrangements for Fellows, and more, please click the "Learn More" button below.

To apply for the fellowship, please press the "Apply Now" button to download a copy of the application. Completed applications can be emailed to fellows@projecthsf.org.   

 

Research Assistant position at University of Maryland

No closing date

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay (www.dscn.umd.edu) is seeking a full-time Technical Research Assistant (formal title: Faculty Assistant) beginning late Spring or early Summer 2017. The DSCN lab investigates the neural and cognitive bases of typical and atypical development, with a focus on social cognition and social motivation in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 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.

The ideal applicant will have extensive experience collecting MRI data and be able to quickly become trained as an operator on our 3T Siemens scanner at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. Additionally, ideal applicants will have experience with neuroimaging data analyses (e.g., AFNI, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer) and/or programming languages (e.g., python, matlab) and linux environments. Experience and interest in working with children and individuals with ASD is a plus.

Responsibilities will include data collection (as MRI operator) and analyses of MRI and behavioral studies with children and adults. Additionally, the technical assistant will be responsible for development and maintenance of lab imaging analysis and stimulus presentation scripts and assist in supervising and training undergraduate research assistants. 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 1-year position with the possibility of renewal. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer with a commitment to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

To apply please email your application to Sydney Maniscalco (sydneym@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.

Programmer for Computational Modelling of Reading Study

No closing date

Job offer: Programmer for Computational Modelling of Reading Study

The National Institute of Education (NIE) in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Software Programmer at the Education and Cognitive Development Lab for an 18-month contract, pending funding.

Project Title: Technology-based tools for teaching early literacy skills

Project Introduction:  The overall project objective is to investigate cognitive mechanisms related to learning early literacy skills, and to apply findings expressly to educational interventions for struggling learners. The project includes a multimethod approach through two studies: The first uses a class of machine learning computational methods (neural networks) to examine models of learning sound-symbol correspondence for the deep orthography of English. The second applies findings from study 1 to the teaching of letter-sound correspondences using technology-based tools with primary-1 students in a learning support program (LSP).

Study description:  This position involves programming the computational models for study 1.  The investigation includes running simulations with the models to simulate learning across different conditions, with varying input and model characteristics. Findings will contribute to our understanding of best methods for teaching early literacy skills to diverse learners. The study is headed by Dr. Beth O’Brien (ECD lab, NIE) and Dr. Luca Onnis (LEAP lab, NTU).

Requirements

Essential

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, cognitive science or related discipline
  • Excellent programming skills
  • Experience in modelling and simulation, machine learning
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Excellent organizational skills, task-oriented, attention to details and accuracy
  • Able to work within given deadlines

Preferred

  • Prior experience with neural network modelling
  • Background and/or interest in Cognitive Science

Responsibilities

  •        Setting up, programming and testing computational models under supervision of co-PIs
  •        Managing and maintaining research data
  •        Assisting with preparation of data output from modelling
  •        Assist in central research data backup and archiving operations and procedures
  •        Run tests to ensure programs and computer systems are working properly
  •        Identify faults in programs and find solutions

Application

Applicants should complete and submit the following item/s:

-       Application form for Research Positions (http://www.nie.edu.sg/about-us/careers/#submit-an-application)

-       Cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of this position

-       Supporting documents as stated on the job application form

-       Names of 2 Character Referees

-       Other documents that demonstrate your qualifications

Please send your application to:

B.A. O’Brien, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Education and Cognitive Development Lab

National Institute of Education

1 Nanyang Walk

Singapore 637616

Tel: (65) 6219-6252

Fax: (65) 6316-4787 

Email: beth.obrien@nie.edu.sg

**We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified**

Closing Date

Review of applicants will commence immediately upon receipt of applications.

 

Lab Coordinator Position, the Causality and Mind Lab at Brown University

No closing date

The Causality and Mind Lab at Brown University (https://www.brown.edu/research/labs/causality-and-mind, PI: David Sobel) is seeking a lab coordinator for NSF-funded projects on children's belief revision, social learning, and exploration in both laboratory and informal learning environments. This is a full-time, paid position in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. 

The lab coordinator will be part of several projects in the lab, including laboratory-based measures of children's belief revision, scientific reasoning, and social learning, 3D motion tracking of children’s responses to examine mechanisms of cognitive control and social cognitive development, and onsite investigation of parent-child interaction and exploration at in museum settings. In addition to lab manager duties, opportunities exist for development of independent research and publication. The position is for two years, with a third year possible, contingent on funding.

The lab coordinator will work with the PI, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to engage in data collection, coding, and data analysis. Other responsibilities will include supervising and training undergraduate research assistants, coordinating coding of large-scale data projects, maintaining IRB paperwork for research compliance, coordinating testing schedules and logistics, and maintaining laboratory website.

Required qualifications include

-B.A. or B.S. in Psychology, Cognitive Science or a field related to cognitive development

-Experience working with preschool- or elementary-school aged children in a laboratory setting

-Proficiency in interacting with children, families, and the general public

-Ability to manage time and goals on multiple projects.

-Ability to use or learn essential software for research, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud, SPSS, and Qualtrics

-Experience with Matlab and behavioral video coding is preferred.

If interested, please submit application materials, including CV, a cover letter documenting interest in the position and previous experience, academic transcript (unofficial is fine), and contact information from three professional references to Brown Workday at the URL Below

https://brown.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/staff-careers-brown/job/Metcalf-Research-Lab/Laboratory-Manager_REQ135313

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Lab manager position: Yale Computation and Development Lab

No closing date

The Computation and Development Lab at Yale, directed by Dr. Julian Jara-Ettinger, is seeking a full-time lab manager to begin in Summer 2017. The lab uses developmental, cross-cultural, and computational approaches to study higher-level cognition (additional information: http://www.compdevlab.com).

This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology or cognitive science. The lab manager will participate in all aspects of the research process and have opportunities to work on a variety of exciting research projects. The ideal candidate will make intellectual contributions to the lab's research, which may result in opportunities to co-author manuscripts, and will benefit from the vibrant and collaborative scientific community at Yale.

Primary responsibilities include establishing and maintaining partnerships with local schools and museums; recruiting participants; acquiring behavioral data; managing and analyzing data; working with children and their parents in a research setting; assisting in experimental paradigm development; and managing the lab and performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and grants).

Requirements include experience testing human participants, ability to perform data analysis using statistical software (R/MATLAB/Python), and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Competitive candidates will have prior research experience with both children and adults. Ability to provide own transportation to data collection sites near New Haven and a 2-year commitment are preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter (describing research experiences, interests, and long-term goals), CV, and contact information for 2-3 references to Julian Jara-Ettinger at julian.jara-ettinger@yale.edu. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received.

The position will ultimately be filled through Yale University's internal Human Resources process; strong candidates will be encouraged to submit their application to Yale after an initial review. Women, LGBTQ and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged. Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 

Laboratory Coordinator Postition-Charlottesville (Angeline LIllard's laboratory)

No closing date

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 pretend play, and Montessori education. The position entails many aspects of lab management including recruitment, design and running of studies, working with graduate students and post-docs, managing undergraduate research assistants, entering data, overseeing materials and records management, purchasing off grants, interfacing with office personnel, and so on.

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 and detail-oriented are important credentials. Prior child development laboratory experience is expected. To overlap several weeks with the current coordinator, the new hire will begin work in late July.

More information about our laboratory’s research can be found at: http://faculty.virginia.edu/ASLillard/home.html

To apply, please send a cover letter describing the reason for your interest in the position and your main qualifications, a CV, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references to Angeline Lillard at: earlydevlabcoordinator@gmail.com

Please name all files beginning with your last name.your first name.and whether it is the cover letter or CV. Thank you.

Transcriptionist/lab manager at Skidmore College

No closing date

Full-time lab transcriptionist/data entry/lab manager position in Saratoga Springs, NY (at Skidmore College); review of applications begins immediately, and the start date is ASAP. To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter (specifications of the cover letter are in the job posting; please follow them for full consideration), and a list of three references to posting # 0001696 below:

careers.skidmore.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58271  

This position is funded by the NIH (for up to 2 years), and involves coordinating and executing the transcription and coding of a very large audio-visual dataset. The goal is for the audio-visual data, its metadata, and its partial transcription to be made freely available to other researchers via Databrary. My lab focuses on language and social development, and individuals who share these interests are especially encouraged to apply.

About the dataset: over the course of two years, we collected 3 hrs/wk of audio-visual data from head-mounted cameras worn by infants/children in their homes. We began recording at age 6-8 months, and ended recording around age 2.5 y; the dataset is longitudinal. We now have hundreds of hours of naturalistic in-home recordings from the infant's/child's perspective. We also collected cognitive, social, and linguistic data from the children on a monthly basis. This is an exceptionally rich dataset, and we are seeking applicants to help archive these data so that other researchers can access them.

About the position:

The primary responsibilities of this individual include:  - Transcribing large quantities of audio and visual content.  - Entering and organizing numerical, audio, and visual data.  - Light-touch editing of audio and visual data (bleeping, blurring).  - File organization.  - Ensuring compliance of transcriptions and audiovisual data with ethical guidelines.  - Creating and implementing protocols for data entry, transcription, and data storage.  - Management of student workers involved in the project. 

Laboratory Coordinator Position—Mount Holyoke College

No closing date

The Relationships, Attachment, and Development Lab, directed by Dr. KC Haydon at the Mount Holyoke College Department of Psychology and Education, seeks a full-time lab coordinator.

The lab coordinator will assist with an NSF-funded study of links between self-regulation, conflict, and sleep disruption in adult couples. The lab uses behavioral observation, physiological, interview, survey, and experience sampling methods. Duties include assisting with participant recruitment, data collection, coding, and analysis. Administrative responsibilities include managing the data collection calendar, overseeing interview transcription, ordering supplies, assisting with annual reports and documentation, and coordinating undergraduate research assistant schedules. The lab coordinator may also attend conferences and contribute to preparation of scientific publications.

The position is ideally suited to a recent college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, family social science, or a related field who is seeking additional research experience before going on to graduate school. The position requires strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills; ability to work independently; emotional maturity and sound judgment; cultural competency; and interest in social contexts of stress and relationship science. Data collection will often occur on evenings and weekends; scheduling flexibility is a must. The lab coordinator should be comfortable facilitating conflict discussions with diverse adult community members, as well as working closely with undergraduate student research assistants. The position requires use of SPSS, R, and MPlus; expertise in at least one of these statistical packages and a willingness to learn others is a must.

Mount Holyoke is a private gender-inclusive women’s liberal arts college located in western Massachusetts. The College is about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is part of the Five College Consortium, along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mount Holyoke is committed to recruiting and supporting a broadly diverse faculty and staff who will contribute to the college's academic excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society.

The Psychology and Education department offers a vibrant, collaborative, and intellectually stimulating community of students, staff, and faculty. The position offers competitive salary and benefits. The successful candidate must start in June 2017; a 2-year commitment is required.

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit via https://jobs.mtholyoke.edu a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, resume, an undergraduate transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and contact information for three references. Please also be prepared to arrange three letters of recommendation. Contact KC Haydon (kchaydon@mtholyoke.edu) with any questions.

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2017 University of Washington Early Childhood Cognition Lab Summer Internship

Closes March 31, 2017

The Early Childhood Cognition Lab at the University of Washington is offering summer internships to bright, energetic students who are eager to learn more about development psychology. Directed by Professor Jessica Sommerville, the lab conducts research on the development of children's sociomoral concerns (e.g., when and how do infants and children understand distributive fairness?), and their sociomoral behavior (e.g., what motivates infants' and children's prosocial behavior?). To investigate these topics, we use a combination of techniques that include behavioral approaches (e.g., infants' attention to social events, infants' active choices of social partners, infants' use of touch screens to evaluate events, etc.), and psychophysical approaches (e.g., EEG, ERP, pupil dilation, etc.).

Summer interns will receive hands-on experience in every step of the research process. Each intern will also be paired with a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow and will work together on a project. Interns will participate in professional development seminars throughout the summer. At the end of the internship, each intern will create and present a poster at a research symposium. The internship is unpaid; applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions or other external sources. The program will take place over 10 weeks during the summer of 2017 (early June - mid August). Interns will work 35-40 hours per week.  Duties may include: - Recruiting and scheduling lab participants - Assisting with stimuli design and creation - Conducting studies with infants and children in the lab - Coding and analyzing data - Discussing relevant journal articles in lab meetings

Required qualifications: - Major in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Anthropology, or related field - Commitment to at least 35 hours per week for 10 weeks - Basic computer skills and proficiency with MS Office - Experience working with children

If interested, please send a resume/CV, an unofficial transcript, and completed application form to Rachel Horton, Lab Manager, at eccl@uw.edu. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 31st, 2017. Please visit our website (http://depts.washington.edu/eccl/) for more information about the lab.

Lab Research Analyst II

Closes March 31, 2017

Intranet

Company Name: Duke University Position Title: Lab Research Analyst II Salary: $62,950.00 per year   Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Job Location: 2020 West Main Street, Suite 201, Durham, NC 27708                                                

Job Duties: Support the management of all aspects of a molecular genomic laboratory, including coordinating research projects. Develop and execute protocols for the analysis of genetic variation, gene expression, telomere erosion, and inflammatory cytokines within the Dunedin and E-Risk studies, and be responsible for coordinating harmonization of protocols and data delivery between the home site and collaborating sites at Duke University, United States of America and University of Otago, New Zealand. Maintain and safeguard the integrity of the Dunedin and E-Risk biobank, comply with current Human Tissue Authority and college legislation, and uphold high data quality. Meet with individual team members to develop research ideas, discuss results from laboratory investigations, and coordinate integration of different types of data. Respond to queries from collaborators and other interested researchers about study design and methodology. Liaise and consult with other researchers both in the UK and abroad. Participate in identifying appropriate methodologies and novel genomic techniques to facilitate research goals. Decide upon methods and processes for data collection, coordinating appropriate methodologies, and analysis of resultant data. Devise budgets and costings for research projects and equipment requirements. Develop teaching and training portfolios in theoretical and practical molecular biology for team members, colleagues, and cross-institutional scientists. Formulate policies for data production that fulfill the team's research strategy. Write scientific papers for publication.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related field and five (5) years of experience as a Research Assistant, Research Scientist, or related role. Demonstrated experience in quantitative telomere measurement, and gene expression; cell culture and treatment; DNA sequencing and genotyping; electrophoresis fragment analysis; quadratic tests for assortative mating and allelic detection; testing for statistically significant differences between groups; and model fitting and calculation of samples values from absorbance units.   

To Apply: Send resume to: sharward@duke.edu, reference Lab Research Analyst II

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Atlanta, GA  30303

Summer Research Assistant Opportunity, Infant Studies Lab at the University of Notre Dame

Closes March 26, 2017

The Infant Studies Lab at the University of Notre Dame, under the direction of Dr. Jill Lany, is accepting applications from highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors for our Summer Intern Program. The goal of this unpaid internship is to provide hands on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive and Language Development or a related field. Our lab employs behavioral methods such as Looking-While-Listening and the Head-Turn Preference procedure to investigate how infants learn languages and how they pick up patterns from the environment. We are also collecting measures of speech to infants using the LENA system. To learn more about our lab, please visit: ndinfantstudieslab.com

Applicants should have a background in psychology or related fields. Past research experience and basic computer skills are preferred but not required. Daily tasks might include recruiting participants over the phone, coding recorded videos and audio, and aiding in collecting and processing data. Successful applicants will be mentored by a graduate student and will play an integral role in our ongoing projects.

Past interns have gone on to graduate school in cognitive development, neuroscience, clinical psychology, and speech language pathology as well as medical school.

All internships begin on June 1st and are for a minimum of 20 hours/week for 9 - 10 weeks. To apply please send a resume, the contact information of two references, and a cover letter detailing relevant coursework and experience to our lab manager, Jayde Homer, at jhomer1@nd.edu by March 26th, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

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.

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.

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

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.

Project Manager at Rutgers University—Newark

Closes March 15, 2017

The Child Study Center at Rutgers University-Newark, (http://www.childstudycenter-rutgers.com/) directed by Dr. Vanessa LoBue seeks a full time project manager for a federally funded NIH grant. Start date on or before July 1, 2017 is highly desirable.  

The project manager will have the opportunity to work on a 5-year NIMH-funded study investigating the developmental trajectories of early temperament and attention in infancy, with a focus on risk for anxiety. The study will have three data collection sites—Penn State, University Park (PI Koraly Perez-Edgar); Penn State-PACT in Harrisburg, PA (PI Kristin Buss); and the Child Study Center at Rutgers University, Newark led by PI Vanessa LoBue. The project manager will be responsible for recruitment and data collection at Rutgers-Newark, but will interact extensively with personnel at all three sites. The study will incorporate a number of techniques, including electrophysiology (EEG & ERP), psychophysiology (RSA), eye-tracking, direct behavioral observation, and questionnaires.

The project manager will primarily be responsible for recruiting and scheduling infant participants, participating in data collections, coding behavioral data, and for data management. Other duties will include working with research assistants, graduate students, and undergraduates associated with the project.

Requirements are a bachelor's degree in related scientific field or discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience and knowledge of general principles and practices within a discipline and ability to use that knowledge for practical application. Administrative experience and experience working with children is preferred. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, and an interest in development are a must. The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and especially with parents and community members. Fluency in Spanish is not required, but a plus.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to vlobue@psychology.rutgers.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2017. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

Lab Manager Position at Columbia University

Closes March 15, 2017

Under the supervision of Larisa Heiphetz, the lab manager will provide assistance with research in Columbia’s Social and Moral Cognition Lab. Studies in our lab focus on children’s and adults’ religious and moral cognition, the development of intergroup attitudes, and perceptions of the criminal justice system. The lab manager will assist with research and perform administrative duties. Typical research responsibilities include creating stimuli, recruiting participants, collecting data, and entering/coding results. Typical administrative responsibilities include organizing and maintaining a participant database, ordering supplies, and facilitating the preparation of forms and reports (e.g., IRB documentation). In addition to assisting with on-going projects, the lab manager will have an opportunity to develop his or her own studies. This is a one-year position with the strong expectation of renewal for a second year and possibility of further renewals for additional years. Start date can be arranged with the PI and is expected to be sometime between May 1st, 2017, and September 1st, 2017. Review of applications will begin March 15th, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  

Minimum qualifications (applicant MUST meet these minimum qualification to be considered an applicant): Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or related discipline (degree must be received by the start date) Eligibility to work in the United States  

Preferred qualifications: Research interests in social cognitive development, religious cognition, moral cognition, intergroup attitudes, and/or the criminal justice system Prior research experience   Compensation/benefits: Salary will be based on Columbia University’s guidelines. The lab manager will also be eligible for benefits; see http://hr.columbia.edu/benefits.    To apply, please e-mail the following items in one PDF to lah2201@columbia.edu: A cover letter (1-2 pages) describing research interests and past research experience CV Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for 3 professional references Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)    

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