Lab Manager Position @ University of Chicago

About the Department

This position will be housed in the Early Social Thinkers Lab (the EAST Lab) at the Department of Psychology.

Job Summary

The Early Social Thinkers Laboratory at the University of Chicago, directed by Dr. Lin Bian, is recruiting a lab manager to begin in fall 2022 (with a preferred starting date in August). The lab studies how children reason about the social world, including how children form stereotypes about social categories and how they make sense of intergroup interactions. The lab manager is essential to the smooth and productive functioning of the lab. There may also be opportunities to develop independent projects, attend conferences, and co-author manuscripts, therefore, this position is ideal for highly motivated individuals planning to pursue a PhD in developmental psychology, social psychology or related fields. The position can be renewed to multiple years, depending on the performance and career plan of the individual.


  • Manages daily and long-term operations within the lab.
  • Coordinates off-site, in-lab and online recruitment efforts.
  • Hires and trains research assistants.
  • Handles IRBs and other research documentation.
  • Sets up/maintains lab equipment.
  • Coordinates lab meetings and other lab-related events.
  • Provides general administrative support.
  • Designs and creates study stimuli.
  • Performs data collection.
  • Codes and analyzes data (with training).
  • Prepares research manuscripts and reports (with training).
  • Provides technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • Assists with the installation, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Familiarity with statistical software including R, SPSS, etc. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent management skills and problem-solving skills, comfortable with young children and families, enthusiastic about cognitive development research, and have strong, self-directed initiative.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Two Reference Letters (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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