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Research Analyst-III, Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab

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RA-III

The Research Analyst-III will work under the supervision of Lab Director Reyna Gordon, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will be responsible for implementation, coordinating, troubleshooting, and data analysis of studies on rhythm and language skills in children and adults using behavioral assessments, neuroimaging (EEG), and genomic approaches. The RA-III will work collaboratively with students, staff, and the PI to carry out a series of ongoing studies and plan new studies that investigate the biological basis of music and speech and test the impact of music training on language skills. Prior experience with music cognition or language development research preferred; prior experience with EEG and/or Genomic research a plus. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at: https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=1703649

Special Projects Manager position with Thirty Million Words (University of Chicago)

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Thirty Million Words seeks a new Special Projects Manager.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of exceptional organizational skills, strong project management acumen, and the ability to engage with varying and diverse partners.  This critical and high-impact role works directly with Dr. Dana Suskind, TMW’s Principal Investigator, and TMW’s COO.  The Special Projects Manager will oversee the research and development of documents and reports for the PI, facilitate the creation of presentations and speeches by the PI, support the PI and other senior staff in meeting preparation and execution, and serve as an important ambassador for the PI, senior staff, and TMW generally.  The Special Projects Manager will also provide significant scheduling, logistical, and administrative support to the PI to ensure the ongoing functioning of the Thirty Million Words research lab.  Organized, hard-working, kind, and fun applicants who are passionate about educational and health equity and the role parents and caregivers play in young children’s development are encouraged to find out more!  If interested, please review the attached job description and contact Kristin Leffel at kleffel@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu

Title: Research Specialist 2, Thirty Million Words Initiative

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer, PI, TMW Initiative

Background: The Thirty Million Words® (TMW) team at the University of Chicago conceptualizes, translates, builds, and delivers research-based programs that support parents, teachers, and other caregivers to effectively use Thirty Million Words curricula to enrich children’s early language environments. TMW implements its programs across health, early learning, and social service sectors in a public health approach to impacting early learning at a population level.

Summary: The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago is looking for a Research Specialist 2 to closely support the daily work of the Principal Investigator of the TMW research lab in the role of Special Projects Manager. This individual will work closely with the PI to provide logistical and administrative support for the PI’s research work, as well as work with the PI to develop content and conduct research for new and emerging lines of inquiry.

Responsibilities include:Presentation, Research, and Special Project Support o Conduct background research for emerging lines of inquiry, at the direction of the PI; produce draft documents, briefing papers, and reports o Facilitate creation of speeches and presentations for PI: track PI’s public speaking schedule, coordinate development of presentation materials with Communications team, facilitate strategy and content development sessions, and enforce internal deadlinesLogistical Support of PI and Research Lab o Schedule, organize, and facilitate logistics for internal and external meetings that PI and other senior leaders participate in or lead, as directed o Take notes to capture and disseminate action items from lab meetings and other meetings PI leads o Help prepare PI for meetings, including but not limited to gathering relevant notes and research, background information, previous meeting minutes, or other meeting materials o Meet and greet visitors, correspond and communicate with funders and partners as directed o Facilitate onboarding and off-boarding of new and departing staff members, in coordination with Manager of Lab and Research Operations and university administrative departments o Ensure maintenance of labScheduling Support o Manage PI’s calendar, including but not limited to scheduling diverse and complex appointments, meetings, and travel arrangements o Provide close, regular support to PI on email communications; field TMW-wide email inquiries o Coordinate logistics for public events and speaking engagements for PI o Track and submit travel expense reimbursements on behalf of PI

Requirements: • Bachelor’s degree required • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required • Superior organizational skills required including strong attention to detail required • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously required • Proven ability to establish and stick to timelines required • Problem-solving skills required, including a strong ability to prioritize required • Discretion with sensitive matters required • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required • Experience with Microsoft Office required

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 Coordinator, Project on Child Development (Waxman Lab), Northwestern University

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We seek a full-time research study coordinator to manage a very active research program at the Project on Child Development (http://www.childdevelopment.northwestern.edu/). Our research examines early language and conceptual development in infants from 3 months to 3 years, and this position involves a healthy mix of research and administrative duties. The coordinator will work in close collaboration with a dynamic, interactive lab team that includes Professor Waxman, students (both undergraduate and PhD level), and postdocs in the lab.

The research coordinator will be responsible for conducting and helping to oversee experimental procedures, coding behavioral data, managing data files, and conducting analyses. The coordinator will be responsible for interacting with families and infants who visit the lab, conducting informed consent and debriefing procedures, and maintaining the laboratory’s established human subject procedures.

Basic Qualifications: Candidates must have a background in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and/or linguistics (with a specific interest in development), confidence with technology, confidence with writing, and experience with infants or toddlers. Also required are excellent organizational abilities, excellent social skills, and a friendly, team-leading personality.

Additional Qualifications: At least one year of experience (beyond the undergraduate years) in a research setting. In addition, an ability to interact with infants and their parents, and familiarity with programming software (e.g., MATLAB, R) and experience with eye tracking and/or EEG are all very relevant skills, but most can be learned on the job. Strong writing skills are important, as the coordinator collaborates on publications and grant reports. Attention to detail and an ability to multi-task are also essential.

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

Northwestern is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.

 

 

Part-Time RA position with the Thirty Million Words Initiative at The University of Chicago

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Application link: https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External/job/Hyde-Park-Campus/Research-Support-Assistant-1_JR00150

The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago is looking for a part-time Research Support Assistant to support the implementation of a randomized controlled trial in partnering health clinics across Chicago.  The individual selected for this position will work as part of a team of Research Support Assistants, each of whom will recruit, manage, and follow up with their own patient caseloads. The position involves preparation, implementation, and follow-up related to regular study appointments conducted in the Chicagoland area.  The successful candidate must have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as experience working with underserved populations and young children and a desire to work in a healthcare setting.  Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, is required.

 

Clinical Research Assistant Position at The Ohio State University Medical Center

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The BabyTalk Project (PI: Derek Houston, PhD) at the Buckeye Center for Hearing and Development in the department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University Medical Center seeks a curious, motivated, and organized individual to serve as a full-time research assistant for an NIH-funded project studying the language development of children with hearing loss. An ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate who majored in Psychology or a related field and is looking for additional research experience before applying to graduate school.

The BabyTalk Project examines the role of input in children’s speech and language outcomes using a variety of methodologies and experimental designs. The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and scheduling our normal-hearing participants, some of whom will participate longitudinally. She or he also will coordinate these families’ visits with other team members, including speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Consequently, the ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Because this individual will assist with data collection using both video studies and behavioral paradigms, she or he should have prior experience working with children and families. To learn more, please visit our lab's website: go.osu.edu/babytalk 

The research assistant will work directly with the project manager to train undergraduate research volunteers and establish and maintain laboratory protocols. Strong time management skills are therefore essential. The ideal candidate will be poised and comfortable balancing various responsibilities at a time. He or she will be patient, eager to learn, and resourceful.

The start day is flexible, although we prefer someone who could start this summer (July, 2017).

To apply: please send a CV and cover letter to the project manager, Jessa Reed, Ph.D. at Jessica.Reed2@osumc.edu. Please also have three letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommender to Jessa as well. 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 Assistant Position at BU Child Cognition Lab (Deb Kelemen)

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The Child Cognition Lab (PI: Deb Kelemen) currently has an opening for a Research Assistant to begin Fall 2017.

The Child Cognition Lab conducts research projects with children and adults. We are currently engaged in a large-scale, federally funded research project examining young children’s understanding and learning of complex biological concepts. We are seeking a highly motivated and research oriented Research Assistant to work on this project. The ideal candidate would be interested in how children learn, science education, and applied psychological research. The roles of the position include recruiting participants, processing data, and helping run participants both in lab and outside of lab settings. This paid position is for 20-30 hours a week from September to August, with the possibility of increased hours.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Positive, outgoing, and friendly demeanor
  • Intellectual curiosity and ability to learn quickly
  • Interest in developmental psychology research
  • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, intellectual environment
  • Strong organizational skills, detail-orientation and conscientiousness
  • Knowledge of experimental design
  • Experience working with children in some capacity
  • Afternoon hours available 3 or more days a week
  • Able to attend lab meetings: Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
  • Not currently receiving BU funding

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a research lab
  • Interest in biological education
  • Familiarity with SPSS

We are looking for the ideal candidate to begin immediately. Send your resume and cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements for this post to Erin Doncaster, Lab Manager, at childlab@bu.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.

Research Assistant Position at Ohio State

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Research Assistant Position Available Cognitive Development Laboratory Ohio State University. The Cognitive Development Laboratory at Ohio State University directed by Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky is seeking a full-time research assistant to start in Summer 2017. This person will work closely with other lab members to assist in all aspects of conducting research.  The lab conducts research on cognitive development, with specific focus on conceptual development and category learning. We are particularly interested in how people learn categories, retain them over time, and generalize learning to new situations, how they allocate attention during category learning, how language affects these processes, how these processes and effects change in the course of development, and how the brain systems sub-serving categorization come online. We employ looking-time, eye-tracking, behavioral, and electrophysiological methods with infants, young children and adults. For more information about the lab see: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__cogdev.osu.edu&d=DwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=Onb-8PlInKfNHQqh6SPRFg&m=r_OxzQUSB1RN1odbjrkNC_qgyL2VV5AX1bG8N_y8WvI&s=qbFjAORVcbJ7XN8k2Wt55O6UWx8brBVf0rTGpYxX9MI&e

We seek a recent college graduate who has majored in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field and who is (1) looking for additional research experience before going on to graduate school or (2) seeking a more permanent employment opportunity.Duties include creating stimuli, programming experiments, recruiting and scheduling participants, and testing infant, child, and adult subjects, using behavioral, eye tracking, ERP, and heart rate methodologies. There is the possibility of becoming a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication. There are also administrative duties that include recruiting and training undergraduate volunteers research assistants and maintaining IRB protocols. This job offers competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. The review of applications will start immediately and the successful candidate may start as early as in May 2017, with flexibility to begin up to a month earlier or later. A 1-2-year commitment is required. The Ohio State University is a vibrant, research-centered public university, located in Columbus, Ohio.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, resume, and contact information for three references electronically to Alicia Scimeca (alicia.scimeca@gmail.com). Please also be prepared to arrange three letters of recommendation. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Vladimir Sloutsky (Sloutsky.1@osu.edu).Specific

Responsibilities:·     

  • Recruiting study participants.    
  • Maintaining participant database.
  • Maintaining IRB protocols.     
  • Managing participant scheduling.    
  • Supervising and training undergraduate students.     
  • Administering experiments to infants, children, and adults, data management and analysis.     
  • Additional administrative duties may include requisition of new equipment and materials, and hardware/software maintenance.

Required Experience/Qualifications:     

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, natural science, or a technical field.     
  • Experience working with infants, children, and parents, preferably in a research setting or a minimum of one year of experience working in a lab, and demonstrated interest in behavioral or developmental research.     
  • Strong organizational, time management and communication skills (including writing skills).     
  • Self-motivated and able to troubleshoot problems independently     
  • Excellent skills interacting with infants and children as well as teachers and parents, and must be able to supervise undergraduate research assistants.   
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and some familiarity with SPSS, R, or equivalent statistical package and willingness to learn E-Prime, Experiment Builder, Matlab, Adobe Director, and File Maker Pro.     
  • Excellent verbal communication skills are essential as duties involve interacting with parents and teachers.    
  • Experience with eye-tracking and/or ERP data acquisition and data analysis is a plus but not required.     
  • Experience with database management (such as FileMaker software) is preferred but not required.

Vladimir Sloutsky--Vladimir M. Sloutsky, Professor Department of Psychology, 247 Psychology Building 1835 Neil Ave., The Ohio State University Columbus, OH 43210, Office: (614)-247-4449, Lab: (614)-688-1235

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