Full-time Lab Supervisor Position @ Grand Valley State University

The Psychology Department seeks a full-time Lab Supervisor to manage technical aspects of our psychology department laboratory and to assist with creation and delivery of courses, seminars, activities, trainings, etc. for students in the areas of introductory psychology and research methods. More than one thousand Introductory Psychology students participate in research studies in the laboratory each year, and the labs also provide upper-level psychology students with experience with research methods via work on faculty laboratory teams. The Lab Supervisor provides both technical and teaching-related assistance to undergraduate student research participants, undergraduate students and research assistants, and faculty laboratory teams in lab settings in both Allendale and on the Grand Rapids campus.     


  1. Daily management and operation of the Psychology Department labs. This includes purchasing, installation and management of day-to-day functioning, and updates for lab related equipment and software, as well as handling equipment, hardware, and software challenges or malfunctions with triage to address problems as needed.   
  2. Management and troubleshooting relative to data storage, including the use of databases, content servers, etc. when protection of confidential data is a concern.  
  3. Management of room scheduling, equipment check-out, work requests.   
  4. Management of the SONA system to track student research participation and assess participation patterns to drive informed policy changes.   
  5. Website maintenance and creation of Qualtrics surveys, as well as analytics to drive decision making related to administrative and pedagogical practices.   
  6. Support faculty lab teams by proactively identifying technical equipment, software, etc. to meet research needs.  
  7. Administration of training for student lab assistants, including training in requirements and procedures for human-subjects research. Facilitation and supervision of credentialing for lab assistants related to their research Training of students in software applications.  
  8. Creation and delivery of instructional seminars, enrichment activities, demonstrations, or lectures for undergraduate students, including for Introductory Psychology or Research methods courses.  
  9. Teaching of Introductory Psychology courses, Research Methods courses, or small seminar courses in related areas as needed.   
  10. Other duties as assigned.  


Required Qualifications and Education: 

  • A master’s degree in psychology, with a strong background in statistics, biostatistics, IT or a related field, 
  • Demonstrated expertise in data management and research design.   
  • Knowledge of SPSS and willingness to learn new software packages  
  • Teaching and/or instructional design experience 
  • Ability to do basic coding as needed for various programs and applications.  
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills 
  • A strong sense of personal initiative, and the ability to work independently and as a member of a team.   
  • The ability to problem-solve and multi-task in a multifaceted teaching and learning environment.  
  • Experience working with students in supervisory and teaching roles.  
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access. This could include experience working directly with marginalized populations, engagement with community-based social justice work, or other evidence of commitment to DEI.  
  • Does not require driving a company/university vehicle 

Preferred Qualifications and Education include: 

  • Educational training or past work experience in settings that rely heavily upon technology and software 
  • Demonstration of strong skills in supervisory roles, particularly working with students 
  • Experience with various web technologies such as media streaming, wikis, blogs, online databases, and course management software. 
  • Prior experience with SAS, R, SONA, Qualtrics, Prolific, E-Prime, and similar systems 
  • Experience quoting, purchasing and maintaining equipment.   

 WORKING CONDITIONS: Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

 SALARY: $56,542 - $67,850 


Department: The Psychology Department at Grand Valley State University is the home to a major (BA/BS) in psychology, a major in behavioral neuroscience (BNS), a minor in psychology, a master’s degree program in school psychology, and a certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis.  The department has 40 full-time faculty members, and nearly 2000 majors and minors.  We have psychology department laboratories on the Allendale campus, and in downtown Grand Rapids.  To learn more about the department, please visit https://www.gvsu.edu/psychology/ 

 Division: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor’s degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring process. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new individuals committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together. 

 CAMPUS: Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu). Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. More information can be found at Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu)

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. 

 HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. Evidence of teaching success is requested if available.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews may be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Contact Department of Psychology Unit Head, Mary Bower Russa (bowerm@gvsu.edu) with any questions.   

 APPLICATION DEADLINE:  The review process will begin on September 30 and continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. 


  • Paid job
  • Professional development
  • Research
  • Post-graduation