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Lab Manager, Trueswell/Gleitman Lab, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

Posted 03/01/2018


Language Processing and Language Development Lab

Institute for Research in Cognitive Science

Department of Psychology

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA  USA

The research labs of Dr. John Trueswell and Dr. Lila Gleitman are hiring a full-time research assistant (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) to help conduct language processing studies with children and adults. In many of these studies we will be recording the eye movements of participants as they respond to spoken instructions. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with postdocs, graduate students, research assistants, and will have plenty of opportunities for scientific involvement in all aspects of research projects in the lab including journal articles and conference presentations. Thus, this position is an excellent stepping stone for someone planning to go to graduate school in psycholinguistics — individuals previously employed in this position are now star graduate students, postdocs and even professors within psychology and linguistics.

Primary responsibilities include:

  •        Assisting lab members and the PIs in the running of experiments
  •        Designing, running and analyzing experiments with infants, children, and adults
  •        Developing experimental materials, and data management/analysis.
  •        Recruiting participants
  •        Coordinating and training undergraduate research assistants
  •        Assisting in planning lab events and meetings
  •        Additional duties include management of human subject information, assisting in the reporting of information to funding institutions and Penn’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), and lab scheduling.

Essential qualifications:

  •        A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or Cognitive Science
  •        0-1 year of research experience, preferably with children or infants (an equivalent combination of education and experience can be considered).
  •        Excellent organizational and communication skills (especially with young children and families).
  •        Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently
  •        Experience is required in Microsoft Excel and statistical analysis software (preferably R, SPSS and/or MatLab).
  •        Be able to jump from low- to high-level amount of work smoothly and work under pressure when deadlines are approaching

Preferred qualifications:

  •        Prior experience in psychology research and/or computational modeling.
  •        Proficient programming skills, ideally in Python, R and Matlab.
  •        Flexible work availability (including evenings and weekends) is desirable. 

The position can begin as early as March of 2018 -- but we will also consider later start dates, as late as May or June of 2018.

To Apply:

Please visit 

Please include a resume and at least two reference contacts (email and phone) with your application.

Note that although the posting may say that the position end date is one year from hire, this is not correct. The position may last up to two or three years, contingent on funding.

Please apply as soon as possible because we will begin reviewing applications immediately. Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Research Technician, The Dynamics of Self-Regulation Project, Penn State: University Park, PA

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

The Dynamics of Self-Regulation Project at The Pennsylvania State University, headed by Drs. Pamela Cole and Nilam Ram, has an opening for a full-time research technician to assist in Phase II of a federally funded study of young children.  The position will start immediately. 

The skills acquired through this position will be particularly useful for individuals who are interested in attending graduate school in child psychology or human development. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, investigating the development of self-regulation as a dynamic process that changes across the first 5 years of life.  The person filling the position will interact with young children and their parents as part of the data collection.  Data collection includes observational, questionnaire, and autonomic nervous system measurement with children ages 30 through 60 months and their parents.  The position also includes assisting in data reduction (scoring and coding) and preliminary data analysis.  The research technician serves as a member of a collaborative team of faculty members from Psychology (Clinical and Developmental) and Human Development and Family Studies, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students from those programs, and the Project Coordinator who assists in supervising research technicians and undergraduate volunteer research assistants. This project is a collaboration and bridge between the Child Study Center ( and the Quantitative Developmental Systems Methodology group ( 

Skills  Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  A bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Human Development or a related field and experience with child development research preferred. The successful candidate will also have skills in relating to very young children and their parents, basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, basic statistical skills, using programs like SPSS and R), and high motivation to learn additional skills related to data collection, processing, and analysis. Please highlight relevant skills in your cover letter. 

Interested applicants should upload (1) a letter of recommendation indicating research interests, career goals, and relevant experience, (2) a curriculum vita, and (3) two or more letters of reference.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Fixed term statement  This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. 

Please apply at Penn State Jobs:

Project Manager, UCLA Developmental Neuroscience

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

Posted 03/01/2018

Research Associate II-Nonexempt

Summary InformationPosting Category: ResearchWork Location: US – Los Angeles, CAUCLA Title: Staff Res Assoc II-NonexemptJob #: H94936Work Hours: Job Type: CareerDuration: Indef.Salary Range: $22.57 / $3927 – $36.32 / $6320Layoff Referral Deadline: 3/1/2018Bargaining Unit: RXPosted Date: February 22, 2018

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The Adolescent Development Laboratory in the Semel Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles is seeking a full-time lab manager and project coordinator. We investigate brain changes across the transition from childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI), and clinical approaches to address our research questions. The position will involve coordinating ongoing projects in healthy adolescents and in youth. Specific responsibilities will include recruiting and scheduling participants for research studies (e.g., healthy adults, typically developing children, children with anxiety), data collection (MRI and behavioral), data processing (using neuroimaging software such as FSL, SPM, AFNI), IRB correspondence, and general management of lab operations. In addition to these activities, there are several existing cross sectional and longitudinal data sets that provide opportunities for independent research, including poster presentations and/or authorship on a manuscript.

Qualifications Successful candidates will have strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and enjoy working in a collaborative team atmosphere. In addition, they will have demonstrated ability to multi-task efficiently and to coordinate activities across different research labs and investigators. Necessary qualifications include: 1) a BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or related field preferred 2) research experience collecting, processing or analyzing fMRI data; 3) at least some experience with unix, python, matlab or another programming language; and 4) excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

Two Research Assistant Positions –– Mormino and Wagner Labs, Stanford University

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

Posted 03/01/2018

The Mormino and Wagner labs are seeking applicants for two full-time Research Assistant openings for a collaborative multimodal study examining age-related memory decline.  The Research Assistants will be responsible for the recruitment of healthy older adult participants from the community, the coordination and scheduling of participant visits, providing informed consent, conducting visits in the clinical environment with healthy volunteers, administering and scoring neuropsychological testing for those volunteers, and engaging in collection and analysis of structural MRI (at 7T), functional MRI (at 3T), and tau PET imaging data.

Graduates (BA, BS, MA) with a strong interest in cognitive/clinical neuroscience and aging research are preferred. Competitive applicants will have experience in three or more of the following areas: Neuroimaging, geriatric care, database management, telephone correspondence, neuroscience or psychology research, clinical research, or office administration. Experience with Matlab, Python, and/or R is a plus. Due to requirements for neuropsychological test administration, applicants must speak English natively.  A minimum 2-year commitment is expected.

If interested, please send a CV to Anthony Wagner ( and Elizabeth Mormino (


Research Assistant in Neuropsychology, Framingham Heart Study, Anatomy & Neurobiology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

Posted 03/01/2018

Job Title: Research Assistant

Location: Framingham, MA

Job Summary:

Research assistant in neuropsychology with the renowned Framingham Heart Study. Our offices are located in Framingham, MA but we are part of the departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. This multi-faceted position requires someone who is mature, independent, self-initiating, and comfortable working in an unstructured, dynamic environment with little supervision. The primary responsibility will be testing subjects with ages ranging from 25-100+. Testing will take place primarily in clinic, however, research assistants are expected to make home visits as well. Applicants will assist with a new project that requires repeated testing of assigned participants over the course of a year. The research assistant will be responsible for the well-being of their participants during the one year they are enrolled in this study. This includes, but is not limited to, going to the person’s home to conduct neuropsychological testing, accompanying the participant to and from MRI/PET imaging appointments, and spending quality time with the participant to ensure they are comfortable throughout the testing period. Research assistants will additionally score neuropsychological test responses, enter and clean data, prepare case reports for diagnostic meetings and conduct literature searches. Additionally, applicants are expected to assist with a wide range of research projects. These include studies about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and neuropathology, among others. Travel throughout New England and other states is required. Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field, some experience in research, a willingness to work non-traditional hours and a car. This position is ideal for those who plan to apply to graduate or medical school. Only those available for on-site interviews will be considered. Benefits include those offered to all full-time Boston University employees (see for details).

Hours: Full Time

To be considered, please send resumes and cover letters to Spencer Hardy at

Research Coordinator in Neuropsychology, Framingham Heart Study, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

Job Title: Research Coordinator

Location: Framingham, MA

Job Summary:

Research coordinator in neuropsychology with the renowned Framingham Heart Study. Our offices are located in Framingham, MA but we are part of the departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. This multi-faceted position requires someone who is mature, independent, self-initiating, and comfortable working in an unstructured, non-traditional, dynamically evolving research environment with little supervision. In order to be considered, applicants must have clinical research experience with direct patient/participant interaction and some evidence of management capabilities. Familiarity with neuropsychology and interest in cognitive aging, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and brain imaging is also required. The applicant should be comfortable managing teams, have strong written/verbal communication skills and a willingness to work non- traditional hours.

Research responsibilities will include administering neuropsychology tests to participants age 25-100+, preparing case reports for dementia diagnostic meetings and conducting literature searches, data entry and cleaning, and managing numerous project details with a focus on ensuring data integrity and accuracy. Example of some project topics are Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Natural Language Processing (NLP), technology integration into research methods, and neuropathology, with more underway and in the pipeline. Management responsibilities include helping to supervise a team of ~10 research assistants, delegating work appropriately, communicating research goals, evaluating performance, and running the summer internship program.

Only those available for on-site interviews will be considered. Benefits include those offered to full-time Boston University employees (see for details).

If interested, please send resumes and cover letters to Spencer Hardy (

Minimum Qualifications: - 2 years clinical research experience - Interest in the field of brain aging/dementia - Strong written and verbal communication skills - Strong attention to detail - Ability to meet tight deadlines - Direct patient/participant interaction - Project management skills - Experience as a direct supervisor - Must have a car

Research Assistant Position: TReAD Lab, Emory University

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

Position Description:  A Research Assistant/Interviewer position will be available starting May/June of 2018 in the Translational Research in Affective Disorders Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Emory University (PI, Dr. Michael Treadway). The Research Interviewer will assist with all aspects of the research process (designing/programming experiments, recruiting/running participants, analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data). This is an excellent position for anyone seeking research experience and training in clinical and cognitive neuroscience before applying to graduate programs.

Preferred Qualifications: A bachelor's degree or higher in cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, psychology, math, biology, or other related field. Strong computer programming skills (especially MATLAB and/or Python) are required. Candidate should be self-motivated, independent, and reliable. Strong organizational and communication skills are also essential. Prior experience in human affective, clinical or cognitive neuroscience (e.g., conducting and analyzing fMRI or MRI studies), behavioral experiment administration, IRB management, or clinical interviewing experience will all be viewed positively, but are not required. A two-year commitment is required.

More information about current studies can be found at To apply, please send letter of interest, CV/resume, and contact information of three references to


Research Assistant, University of Oregon, Kuhl Lab

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

Posted 03/01/2018

Lab Manager / RA PositionKuhl Lab, University of Oregon   A full-time research position is available starting summer/fall 2018 (start date flexible). The lab uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study memory, cognitive control, and attention. These topics are addressed using cutting-edge methodological approaches. Responsibilities will include behavioral, fMRI, and EEG data collection, assisting with experimental design and preparation, performing data analyses, and overseeing subject recruitment and IRB protocols. The Kuhl Lab is located in a state of the art integrative science building with very convenient access to fMRI + EEG facilities and close proximity to multiple cognitive and systems neuroscience labs. College degree and strong interpersonal/organization skills required. Prior research experience and/or computer skills (Matlab/Python) are strongly preferred. A 2 year commitment is expected.  If interested, please contact Brice Kuhl ( for more information and application instructions.  


Full-time Clinical Research Assistant, Behavioral Medicine Program at Duke University Medical Center

Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

The Behavioral Medicine Program at Duke University Medical Center is seeking a full-time clinical research assistant beginning on or around June 1, 2017 to assist with an NIH-funded clinical trial examining the effect of aerobic exercise on anxiety symptoms among adults with heart disease.

Responsibilities include patient recruitment, assisting with study assessments, data entry and management, and general administrative support.  Applicants must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and have excellent phone and in-person communication skills.  He/she will work closely with the study coordinator to ensure that study aims are met, and will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the study. 

Qualifications include B.A. or B.S. in Psychology, Biology, Pre-Med, or related field; previous research experience and knowledge of Access and Excel preferred.  These positions offer a great opportunity to gain work experience before medical school or graduate training.  To apply, please e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to Bryan Feger, PhD at


Posted on March 1, 2018
No closing date

Posted 03/01/2018

LABORATORY MANAGER, Brain and Cognitive Sciences-Social Cognition Neuroscience Lab,  to be responsible for administrative tasks including maintaining the lab’s website, review board protocols, financial records, and participant database; recruitment and outreach; and assisting with data collection.  The position involves interacting with parents, children, and the broader community. Administrative responsibilities include communicating with MIT Institutional Review Board about research protocols; maintaining and updating protocols; maintaining financial records; communication with PI and fiscal officer(s) about finances; expense reporting (local and travel); database management; organizing lab meetings and trips, including planning and expenses.  Recruitment and outreach includes recruiting prospective participants via posters, social media and in-person events; corresponding with parents/caregivers; relationship building through newsletters and social media; maintaining databases; and website management.  Coordinating and assisting fMRI and fNIRs studies of infants, children, and adults includes reserving testing space, equipment, and parking; scheduling research personnel; assisting with data collection; meeting participants on arrival, communicating about the study, and collecting informed consent/assent; assisting participants with fMRI or fNIRS equipment; running the study protocol; and debriefing.  

Taking an active role in all stages of the research will be encouraged, including initiating independent research projects; participating in lab activities, reading groups, and research seminars; and taking relevant courses at MIT.  It is typically held for two years as a transition to graduate study.

Job Requirements REQUIRED:  bachelor's degree; interest in cognitive science, neuroscience, and/or cognitive development; initiative; flexibility; ability to develop and maintain complex organizational systems and work in a fast-paced and changing environment; comfort interacting with children, parents, undergraduate students, and community members; and self-motivation.  Experience with programming, social media/website development, or cognitive neuroscience research a plus.  Job #15758

Must be flexible enough to change hours, including evenings and weekends.  


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.


2018 Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Child Development Summer Internship

Posted on February 8, 2018
Closes February 23, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Child Development’s annual Summer Internship Program.  Summer interns will receive close mentorship by faculty, post docs, and graduate students, and will learn all aspects of cognitive development research.  Under the direction of Drs. Lisa Feigenson and Justin Halberda, the Lab is currently investigating a range of issues including memory development, numerical abilities, logical reasoning, and language acquisition, in populations including young infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and adults.

Summer interns participate fully in all aspects of research, including recruiting participants, testing infants and children in behavioral tasks, coding children’s testing sessions, analyzing data, and interpreting results.  Interns also participate in guided readings of developmental literature, and attend laboratory meetings in which we discuss ongoing projects or current issues in the field of cognitive development.  Students will work primarily in the Psychological & Brain Sciences building of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland, and may also work at our testing site at the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 

2018 will be the 13th year of our annual summer program, which has been enormously successful in instilling students with a love of basic research, preparing them for graduate study, and forming friendships that last well beyond the duration of the program.

Summer interns have daily contact with children and their parents, and as such must be mature, articulate, and comfortable communicating with others.  Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the research being conducted, a strong work ethic, and an excellent academic record.  Desirable background experience includes coursework in developmental and/or experimental psychology, computer skills, an ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment, and previous research experience.

The 2018 Program will begin on Monday, June 4 and will end on Friday, July 27 and will be full-time (roughly 9AM to 5PM, with some flexibility).  Interns will receive either course credit or a stipend.

To apply, please email a completed application (available on the lab website), cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, unofficial academic transcript, and two letters of recommendation to: <>

The deadline for applications is Friday February 23, 2018.  Candidates will be notified of decisions at the end of March.

Inquiries can be directed to Alex Silver, Lab Manager: <> .

Information can also be found on the lab website: <>


NC Early Childhood Collaborative Part-time Project Manager Position

Posted on February 8, 2018
Closes February 23, 2018

North Carolina Early Childhood Funders Collaborative Project Manager

Title: Project Manager Reports To: N.C. Early Childhood Funders Collaborative Schedule/Location: Flexible Status: -Independent Contractor, Approx. 20 hours/week, One year grant funded Rate: Approximately $45+ per hour; negotiable based on experience Anticipated Start Date: March 2018

About the N.C. Early Childhood Funders Collaborative The Collaborative is a group of N.C.-based funders who bring the collective voice and resources of philanthropy together to promote the development and sustainability of a comprehensive early childhood system that benefits all children, families, the workforce and communities in North Carolina. The Collaborative envisions a future where North Carolina’s children arrive to kindergarten healthy and ready for school and succeeding by the end of third grade.

Role of the Project Manager and Key Responsibilities The Collaborative is seeking a part-time contractor to serve as Project Manager. The Project Manager will act as staff to the group and will be guided by a steering committee. Following are initial responsibilities of the Project Manager: • Collect and share the following with the Collaborative: Literature, research, state and federal legislative or policy actions, and other events of interest to the early childhood grantmaking field. • Facilitate goal-setting for the Collaborative and report progress toward those goals. • Design and facilitate meetings of the Collaborative and the Steering Committee. This includes logistics, such as meeting scheduling, invitations, securing venues, organizing catering, compiling and circulating minutes/notes. • Plan programs for the Collaborative, including meeting design, facilitation, securing guest speakers, etc. Membership meetings should include an educational component based on member feedback. • Manage administrative functions, including record keeping and expense tracking. • Facilitate the connection of collaborative members to one another, and to relevant individuals and entities with common policy, research, funding and advocacy priorities.

Key Skills The Collaborative is seeking an individual with the experience and professionalism required to coordinate and manage a diverse group of foundation executives, while also managing the logistical and administrative details associated with meeting and program planning. These skills include: • Proven project management expertise, including management of administrative/logistical details. • Convening and group/meeting-facilitation skills. • Strong communication skills: Written/oral/presentation, as well as data collection/dissemination/storage. • MS Office proficiency; Website management skills preferred. • Understanding of the early childhood landscape (key systems and players) is preferred.

Initial Activities and Work Products The Project Manager will work with the Steering Committee to produce the following initial deliverables: • Governance and membership structure for the Collaborative. • Develop an inventory of early childhood practitioners and funders in North Carolina. • Develop goals for the Collaborative based on funding and advocacy interests, as well as needs in the field. • Plan/implement/facilitate quarterly knowledge-sharing and networking meetings of the Collaborative’s members. • Create communication processes and channels for Collaborative members. • Create a catalog of relevant research and resources.

To Apply Submit a cover letter and resume to by Feb. 23, 2018. No calls please.

Research Specialist (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) Princeton Baby Lab

Posted on February 8, 2018
Closes February 20, 2018

The Department of Psychology at Princeton University is seeking a full-time research specialist (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) to work in the Princeton Baby Lab under the supervision of Dr. Casey Lew-Williams. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with postdocs, graduate students, senior thesis students, and research assistants, as well as Dr. Lauren Emberson, Dr. Adele Goldberg, and Dr. Uri Hasson. Targeted start date is June 1, 2018 (but mid/late June is possible).


The research specialist will participate in all aspects of projects on early learning in infants and toddlers, with a particular focus on language. Participants in our studies include typically developing children, Spanish/English bilingual children, and children growing up in low-income households. 90% of work will take place on Princeton’s campus, and 10% of work will take place in our community lab in nearby Trenton, NJ. Primary responsibilities will include:

- Testing young children using various research methods, such as eye tracking and fNIRS

- Coordinating participant recruitment in Princeton and Trenton

- Developing stimuli for experiments

- Mentoring undergraduates

- Setting up and maintaining operations of the lab through general administrative duties

- Conducting a study of your own (or two!)

Essential qualifications: - Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, communication sciences and disorders, or related cognitive science fields

- Have a demonstrated interest in cognitive science

- Be able to write very clearly for any audience

- Be able to jump from low- to high-level work, and back again

- Get along well with other people

- Have excellent communication skills with young children and families

- Be able to get tasks done efficiently

- Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently

Preferred qualifications: - Experience with research methods in developmental science - Experience with R, Matlab, Excel, or other software - Experience with audio/video editing programs - Spanish speaker (desired, but not at all required)

Note that Dr. Lauren Emberson is also seeking a Research Specialist / Lab Coordinator right now, but this is a separate position. Candidates are welcome to apply for both should their interests afford.

This is a one-year appointment with a high likelihood of renewal, pending satisfactory performance. Please apply to requisition #2018-8437 at Include a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, CV, and contact information for two references. For more information, please email Casey Lew-Williams ( Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 20, 2018.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow, Kellogg Research Support, Evanston, Illinois

Posted on June 16, 2017
Closes February 19, 2018

The Research Assistant will work on experimental behavioral research projects for faculty and PhD students at the Kellogg School of Management. The position’s responsibilities will include recruiting subjects and running experiments for a number of new and ongoing projects, and experiments might take place in either a laboratory or an online setting. 

Candidates should have an interest in applying for a Ph.D. program in one of the social sciences and pursuing an academic research career. The ideal candidate will have: (i) a strong interest in social psychology or a similar discipline; (ii) experience working with the software tools commonly used in psychology experiments; (iii) past experience with research, including independent work (such as an undergrad thesis) or work as a research assistant.

Potential research duties vary, but may include assisting in experimental design, programming surveys, testing experiments prior to deployment, scheduling and running studies, analyzing experimental results, creating/modifying IRB proposals, and/or editing manuscripts.

Candidates should have completed at least bachelor’s degree by the employment start date. The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, with the ability to renew for one year based on performance. 

Interested candidates should include a cover letter briefly describing your career or academic goals, your experience as research assistant or other experience with economic research (e.g., senior thesis), a resume, and your most recent official or unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts in single document as part of your uploaded resume

Specific Responsibilities:

Research Project Management

  • Creates or modifies IRB proposals.
  • Schedules studies and recruits subjects for studies.
  • Set up the laboratory environment for experimental session, monitor session progress, and debrief participants as needed.
  • Manage consent and compensation documentation for participants.

Experimental Design and Analysis

  • Collaborate with faculty, PhD students, and Research Support staff to understand the experimental conditions, sampling, and measurements necessary for each research project.
  • As necessary, assist researchers with experimental design and pre-testing.
  • Program computer-based experiments using tools such as DirectRT, Qualtrics, etc.
  • Perform statistical analyses on the experimental data, and produce tables, figures, or other similar research outputs.
  • Might assist in drafting or revising sections of manuscripts.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree.

Minimum Competencies:

  • Knowledge of human subjects research methods.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Experience using software packages for behavioral experiments – such as Qualtrics, DirectRT, Inquisit, and/or z-Tree.
  • The ability to work independently to solve problems.
  • A long-term interest in pursuing research in social psychology, marketing, behavioral economics, sociology, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working as a research assistant or conducting one’s own original research.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Experience recruiting subjects for online studies using a platform such as Mechanical Turk.
  • Experience using statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata, etc.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University 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 upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Full-time Lab Manager/Research Technician, Northwestern University

Posted on June 16, 2017
Closes February 19, 2018  

The SCIP (social cognition & intergroup processes) Lab, directed by Dr. Sylvia Perry at Northwestern University in the Department of Psychology seeks a full-time (with benefits) lab manager/research technician beginning August or September 2017.

The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility to extend for additional years based on performance and continued funding. The lab manager/research technician will work closely with the PI and lab group to set up the new lab, and to kick-start a research program investigating how social contexts and attitudes affect behavioral and physiological outcomes within intergroup interactions in both adult and child populations.  

Responsibilities include:

  • overseeing day-to-day lab operations
  • designing, running, and analyzing experiments with children and adults
  • coordinating, training, and proactively working with undergraduate research assistants 
  • participant recruitment and scheduling, and the development of a participant database
  • coordinating school visits
  • maintaining IRB protocols, budgeting, website, etc.
  • assisting in planning lab events and meetings


Preferred qualifications:

  • a Bachelor's degree in psychology or a related discipline
  • research experience in a social and/or developmental psychology lab
  • ·one or more years of research experience with children and/or racially diverse populations
  • experience in a psychophysiological or dyadic interactions lab (e.g., experience working with autonomic nervous system data and/or coding verbal and non-verbal data)
  • excellent organizational and multitasking skills and the ability to work independently
  • strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
  • extremely efficient in email correspondence
  • programming skills in Qualtrics, Inquisit, and Mechanical Turk, and knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • strong analytical skills (e.g., experience with SPSS, R, etc.)
  • working knowledge of image and/or video design and editing (e.g., Photoshop, Final Cut)


This position is ideal for individuals who wish to pursue research in the future. The lab manager/research technician will be involved with scientific presentations at conferences, the writing of journal manuscripts, and the ability to start their own projects in collaboration with Dr. Perry and her research lab.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV/resume, and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Perry at Please use the subject line “lab manager position” in your email.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Sylvia Perry.

Research Assistant (mindfulness education), IRT, Durham, NC

Posted on June 19, 2017
Closes February 19, 2018

POSITION TITLE: Research Assistant EMPLOYER: Innovation Research & Training LOCATION (City, State): Durham, NC WEBSITES: START DATE: Available immediately

JOB DESCRIPTION Innovation Research & Training (IRT) seeks a part- or full-time Research Assistant to work on qualitative and quantitative research, training and intervention development, and technical assistance projects in a variety of fields including mindfulness education, substance use, and stress prevention. Job Description: Participate as a team member on research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance projects. Responsibilities include conducting scientific literature reviews; assisting with writing presentations, manuscripts, and grant proposals; recruiting study participants; collecting, transcribing, coding, and entering data; maintaining meeting minutes; helping with developing and writing in-person and online training and intervention programs; and assisting with customer support and administrative work. Experience conducting research in schools is a plus.

Requirements: 2 or more years of research experience in psychology or related field as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate. Must be able to work as a team member as well as independently; take initiative; be extremely attentive to detail; and have excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will need to be familiar with all Microsoft Office programs as well as have strong writing and verbal communication skills. Compensation: Salary is based upon education and previous work experience. We offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes BCBS health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, PTO, an employer-matched SIMPLE IRA, and more. Drug-free, smoke-free work environment. No relocation assistance available. Company: iRT is a small behavioral science research and development firm located in Durham, North Carolina. IRT specializes in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and services to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and families.

If interested, please submit a cover letter including your available start date, CV or resume, at least one scientific writing sample, and three references to Dr. Janis Kupersmidt at

Stanford CSLI Summer Program 2018

Posted on January 3, 2018
Closes February 16, 2018


Join us at Stanford for an interdisciplinary summer research experience program in the cognitive sciences!

At the Center for the Study of Language and Information, interns will work closely with a faculty, postdoc, or grad student mentor on an original cognitive science research project. They will gain experience developing the project, collecting data, and analyzing the results. In addition to their individual projects, interns will attend weekly mentorship meetings and seminars with such topics as reading a scientific paper, introduction to data analysis, statistics and visualization, and presentation skills. The program will culminate with each intern presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience. Accepted students will receive on-campus room and board, and a stipend to cover travel, and other expenses.

The topical focus of the program will be on language, learning, computation, and cognition, with an emphasis on giving students the skills they need to complete an independent project. Mentors will be from cognitive science departments across Stanford, including psychology, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy.

The program is 8 weeks, from 6/25/18 - 8/17/18, and is primarily intended for rising college Juniors and Seniors, though we will consider other applicants as well. Applications are due by midnight on February 16, 2018. One goal of the internship is to increase the diversity of the graduate school pipeline, and we therefore especially encourage applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in research careers, such as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, and first-generation college students. We also welcome applications from students without prior research experience and from non-research institutions. For more information and an application form, please see  The CSLI Internship Program is supported in part by the NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program (award #1659585).

Lab Manager Position at Boston University, Social Learning Lab

Posted on June 12, 2017
Closes February 12, 2018

The Social Learning Lab at Boston University ( is hiring a resourceful and enthusiastic Lab Coordinator. This will be a full-time paid position. The Lab Coordinator will be responsible for managing the administration of a number of studies including but not limited to:

-Collaborations with local educators and the Museum of Science to examine the effectiveness of scientific inquiry to improve children’s understanding and acquisition of scientific concepts, funded by the National Science Foundation.

-Examinations of guided learning as a model for adult-child learning interactions, funded by the National Science Foundation.

-Explorations of parents’ and children’s conceptions of religious and scientific entities and events, funded by the Templeton Foundation.

Responsibilities will include: supervising and training research assistants, facilitating partnerships with schools and other local institutions, recruiting participants, coordinating testing logistics and scheduling, assisting with paperwork for IRB compliance, and managing lab expenses.

Required Qualifications -B.A or B.S. in Psychology, Child Development, or a related field.

-Minimum of one year of research experience in related fields, preferably with children.

- Proficiency in interacting with children, families, educators, and school/museum administrators.

-Ability to use effective time management to ensure the tasks and goals for multiple projects are completed in order of priority.

-Excellent cultural and emotional sensitivity.

-Ability to use, learn, and/or troubleshoot essential software such as the Microsoft Office suite, SPSS, Qualtrics, etc.

-Current work eligibility in the United States

Preferred Qualifications

-Understanding of data entry procedures and statistical methods

-Experience with verbal and behavioral video coding

-Prior experience managing personnel in research or other contexts

Please submit the following materials to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

  • CV
  • Cover letter detailing interest in the position, previous research experience, and career goals
  • Unofficial academic transcripts
  • Contact information for three professional references

    Research Assistant at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Posted on February 8, 2018
    Closes February 12, 2018

    Research Assistant (Lab Manager) position available Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Roanoke, Virginia

    A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute ( Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, personality, or substance-use disorders, and at-risk youth). The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and assessing research participants, implementing all aspects of study protocols, and maintaining positive communication with research participants and collaborators. Data collection involves various modalities including: behavior, fMRI, clinical interviews, genetic samples. Additional duties include managing participant databases, organizing project funds, and preparing and tracking IRB protocols. The research assistant is an essential member of the group and will be generally responsible for having overall knowledge of all lab projects and managing day-to-day logistics of ongoing lab projects. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. For motivated individuals, there are many opportunities to be involved with data analysis. This is an excellent position for candidates interested in graduate school in cognitive or clinical psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment.

    Minimum requirements include:

    1) BA/BS in psychology, biology, engineering, or related field;

    2) two years of research experience;

    3) ability to work both independently and as part of a team;

    4) demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail;

    5) demonstrated ability and desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple concurrent duties;

    6) excellent written and oral communication skills;

    7) proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent.

    Other information:

    MA/MS candidates with clinical (clinical psychology, psychiatry) training will be considered; salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates with data analysis and/or computer programming experience will be considered favorably.

    Required application materials:

    Cover letter including statement of interest, CV/Resume, list ofreferences. Two letters of recommendation will be required prior to final consideration.

    Consideration of applications will begin February 12, 2018, and will end when the position is filled.

    Expected start date is late Spring/early Summer 2018.

    Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please apply at:, posting # SW0180031

    Pre-submission inquiries with CV may be emailed to:

    Brennan Delattre, Lab Manager for Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte Virginia Tech Carilion

    Yale Computation and Cognitive Development Lab Summer Internship 2018

    Posted on January 18, 2018
    Closes February 12, 2018
    The Computation and Cognitive Development Lab (CCDL), run by Dr. Julian Jara-Ettinger, studies the cognitive building blocks of our ability to make sense of and navigate the social and physical world. Previous and current research in the lab has examined topics such as children’s understanding of fairness, luck, and knowledge. More information about our research can be found at   We are seeking undergraduate interns to participate first hand in our research studies. Summer interns will have the chance to take part in all aspects of the research process, and will help recruit and test participants ages three to eight, learn to design and run studies, and code and analyze results. In addition, interns will have the chance to attend lab meetings, participate in reading groups, and join graduate students, interns, and other researchers in the Yale psychology department for social activities including bowling, trivia nights, and dinners.    Interns will work 30-40 hours per week. This internship is best suited for students interested in or studying developmental or cognitive psychology, or cognitive sciences. Students are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institution, but internal funding is available on a need basis. The internship will run from early June through the end of July.   If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application form found here, and submit the application, a CV/Resumé, and a copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine) as a PDF with subject line “[YOUR LAST NAME] CCDL Internship 2018" to Additionally, please have one letter of recommendation sent directly from the recommender to the lab manager at We will begin reviewing applications in mid-February.