Lab Manager Position @ University of Vanderbilt, Nashville TN

The Exploration and Learning Lab at Vanderbilt is seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to begin in June of 2024. The lab investigates how infants and young children learn through exploratory behavior. 

Job descriptions

The RA will participate in all aspects of the research process and is responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day functioning of research activities in the lab. This position is ideal for those interested in gaining more research experience before pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, or education. The RA will report directly to Dr. Justine Hoch, the Director of the Exploration and Learning Laband faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Women, LGBTQ, and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The RA will manage ongoing research. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, research participant recruitment and testing, undergraduate research assistant recruitment and training, monitoring issues related to video coding and reliability, data entry, data management, data analysis, and dissemination of findings. Data collection efforts will take place in our research lab on campus, in participants’ homes in the Nashville area, and in children’s museums, daycares, and primary schools.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research studies with parents, infants, and children.
  • Recruit, schedule, and/or call participants for appointments.
  • Train and supervise an undergraduate research team, coordinate with graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other faculty. 
  • Maintain IRB approval and monitor human subjects (CITI training) and Protection of Minors training for undergraduate RAs.
  • Securely maintain and files and documents, including consent forms and video data. 
  • Annotate, edit, and organize data.
  • Verify accuracy of database information and make corrections according to specific guidelines.
  • Maintain lab websites.
  • Process participant compensation and assist with post-study activities as needed.
  • Establish working relationships with hospitals, museums, daycares, and primary schools.
  • Ensure lab is prepared for studies (maintain inventories, maintain sterile conditions as required).

Supervisory Relationships

This position has supervisory responsibilities: the RA will supervise the work of undergraduates and research assistants. This position reports administratively and functionally to Dr. Justine Hoch


  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Education, or a related field is necessary.
  • Interest in developmental science is necessary.
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills are necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, in person, by phone) are necessary.
  • Experience with data entry and data coding is necessary.
  • General computer skills (e.g., Microsoft, Keynote/PowerPoint) and enthusiasm for learning new programs and technologies are necessary. 
  • Experience working with infants and/or children in a research setting is strongly preferred.
  • Experience using video coding software (e.g., Datavyu) is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with SPSS or R is preferred (but not necessary). 
  • Willingness to conduct research studies on some nights and weekends is necessary.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

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