Research Opportunities & Jobs

See below for current listings of internships, paid jobs, research, and professional development opportunities. The lists below are not exhaustive. Be be sure to make use of other resources like Linkedin®. To learn more about independent study and other research opportunities, click here.

Work study position: Web content writer for P&N website

Closes March 1, 2017

The Department of Psychology & Neuroscience (P&N) seeks a work study student with excellent writing skills to contribute content for the P&N website. The work study student will be writing a weekly feature called "P&Ner of the Week" which profiles a  P&N faculty, staff, student or alum. The student will also have the opportunity to write other original stories related to the website as time allows. Strong writing skills are important for this position;  a basic familiarity with web content management systems and image editing is also a plus, but not necessary.  The position pays $12/hr. for up to 10 hours of work a week. The student will be under the direct supervision of the IT and Communications manager for Psychology & Neuroscience. Interested applicants please send an e-mail to psychneuro@duke.edu with "web content position" in the headline, along with 2 writing samples.

 

Research Assistant

Closes February 25, 2017

Salaried summer internship in language acquisition:

http://l3atbc.org/RA_Announcement.html  

Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

The Language Learning Lab at Boston College (L3@BC), directed by Dr. Joshua Hartshorne, is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Summer 2017. Students who desire more research experience and seek opportunities to contribute to various stages of the scientific process are encouraged to apply here.

About us:

The Language Learning Lab at Boston College (L3@BC) opened in January of 2016. Our research sits at the intersection between linguistics, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and psychology. Our strategy is to leverage new and emerging technologies to address previously unanswerable scientific questions. Methodologically, the lab uses a number of well-established methods, such as judgment studies, eye-tracking, and ERPs. However, we are particularly interested in exploring and exploiting new and emerging methods. One such method is testing tens or even hundreds of thousands of children and adults over the Internet, and in doing so being able to study questions that were previously out of reach.

Internship Highlights

  • Hands-on experience running studies with children of varying ages
  • Running studies in a variety of settings, including the lab, museums and schools
  • Opportunities to directly contribute to ongoing studies through study design and participant recruitment and management
  • Additional responsibilities include scientific outreach, participant recruitment, instrument design, study design and participating in our online experiments.

Internship details

  • The program will last 10 weeks (May 29 - August 11, with a week-long vacation June 26 - June 30).
  • The position is full-time (up to a 40 hour work week).
  • The lab is located on the main campus of Boston College, which allows full access to the many opportunities in the city of Boston.

Eligibility

  • Students should be current undergraduate students with a major in Psychology or a related field.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with previous research experience and experience with children.

Please contact the lab manager with any questions.

Canine Cognition Center at Yale Summer Internship

Closes February 28, 2017

Duration: June 5-July 28, 2017

The Canine Cognition Center at Yale (under the directorship of Dr. Laurie Santos) is seeking curious and motivated college students or recent graduates for our Summer Internship program. Our center studies the cognitive abilities of dogs to better understand the origins of human social cognition.  Interns will aid in planning and carrying out studies with a team of other students while working directly with dogs. They will also work on coding projects and analysis of data, all while having the opportunity to learn new statistical software and video-editing procedures. Interns will also participate in a weekly lab meeting seminar where they can learn more about canine cognition and cognitive development.

Interns will also have several direct opportunities for mentorship and professional development. All interns will collaborate closely with graduate student mentors. Summer interns will also participate in a Professional Development series led by Dr. Santos. These weekly workshops are aimed at helping students prepare for graduate school. Interns will gain practice writing personal statements and learn about graduate applications more broadly.

Requirements:   *   Commitment of up to 40 hours a week for 8 weeks   *   Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Office   *   Comfort and experience with dogs in any setting   *   Previous psychology research experience is strongly preferred

For more information and our application, visit http://doglab.yale.edu/summer-internship. For other questions, please contact canine.cognition@yale.edu.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Closes March 1, 2017

Western Kentucky University is hosting a Summer 2017 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in psychology. The theme of the program is Advancing Psychological Research with Technology. Through this program, 8 undergraduate students will complete a 10-week internship, where they will work closely with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects. Students will also participate in developmental workshops and activities related to topics such as ethics, research methods, statistics, computer software, and presentation skills.

Program participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, free on-campus housing, reimbursement for travel to/from the program, and funds to travel to a national or international conference upon completion of the program. More information about the program can be found on the program website - http://www.wku.edu/psychological-sciences/reu/overview.php.

Please pass this message along to any undergraduate student who has an interest in psychology. Students enrolled at colleges or universities with limited research opportunities, first generation college students, racial minorities, and students with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email me at jenni.redifer@wku.edu.

Research Intern

Closes March 1, 2017

Columbia Business School (CBS) is seeking outstanding applicants for the 2017 Summer Research Internship program.  The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes the students to the world of business research.  Several of the top interns have gone on to leading MS and PhD programs in Economics, Finance, Computer Science and Data Sciences.  Many have been selected to join CBS afterwards as full-time Research Associates.

Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas: Finance, Economics, Marketing, Management, Decision Sciences, Operations, Accounting, and Data Analytics.

This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all backgrounds, including Business, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, the Physical Sciences, and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, are encouraged to apply. 

Prospective interns must have the following qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and/or econometrics
  • Behavioral projects in Marketing or Management require knowledge of SPSS and prior experience in a psychology laboratory
  • Quantitative projects in Accounting, Decision, Risk, & Operations, Finance and Economics, Management, and Marketing require strong programming skills:
    • STATA required for projects in Finance, Economics, and Management
    • Matlab, R or Python required for projects in Marketing or DRO
    • SAS or STATA required for projects in Accounting
    • Experience in Python or C/C++ is a plus

The internship program is designed for undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior year and first-year Masters students.  Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The program runs from May 30, 2017 – August 4, 2017 (tentative dates).  On-campus housing and a stipend will be provided.

The Application Deadline is 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2017.  Apply early.  Applications will be reviewed beginning mid-January and positions may be filled on a rolling basis.  The application process is highly competitive. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply, please fill out the application form through the following website: http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty-research/research/job-opportunities/summer-research-internship

UC Berkeley Language and Cognitive Development Lab 2017 Summer Internship

Closes March 1, 2017

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan, is now accepting applications for their summer internship. The goal of this program is to provide a comprehensive, hands-on research experience to highly motivated students interested in language and the cognitive sciences.

Our lab explores how linguistic, cognitive, and social development interact in early childhood. Interns will work closely with the professor, lab coordinator, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and each other. Interns will be involved in many facets of the research process, including reading relevant theoretical and empirical papers, designing experiments, creating stimuli, recruiting participants, conducting studies, and synthesizing and analyzing data. Interns will have the opportunity to test participants at preschools and/or children's museums in the Bay Area. Lastly, interns will attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups to discuss the theory behind research studies, and will have the opportunity to present on the projects they are assigned at the beginning and end of the internship. We hope that interns will come away from these activities with an enriched understanding of language and cognitive development.

This internship is unpaid and will run from June 5th – August 4th and requires a minimum of 30 hours of work per week.  Please read more about applying on our website http://lcdlab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship/ and submit all application materials (found on our website) by March 1st at 8:00 AM PST.  

2017 Summer Research Internship with Columbia Business School

Closes March 1, 2017

Columbia Business School (CBS) is seeking outstanding applicants for the 2017 Summer Research Internship program.  The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes the students to the world of business research.  Several of the top interns have gone on to leading MS and PhD programs in Economics, Finance, Computer Science and Data Sciences.  Many have been selected to join CBS afterwards as full-time Research Associates.

Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas: Finance, Economics, Marketing, Management, Decision Sciences, Operations, Accounting, and Data Analytics.

This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all backgrounds, including Business, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, the Physical Sciences, and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, are encouraged to apply. 

Prospective interns must have the following qualifications:

·         Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity 

·         Excellent communication skills

·         Basic knowledge of statistics and/or econometrics

·         Behavioral projects in Marketing or Management require knowledge of SPSS and prior experience in a psychology laboratory

·         Quantitative projects in Accounting, Decision, Risk, & Operations, Finance and Economics, Management, and Marketing require strong programming skills:

o   STATA required for projects in Finance, Economics, and Management

o   Matlab, R or Python required for projects in Marketing or DRO

o   SAS or STATA required for projects in Accounting

o   Experience in Python or C/C++ is a plus

The internship program is designed for undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior year and first-year Masters students.  Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The program runs from May 30, 2017 – August 4, 2017 (tentative dates).  On-campus housing and a stipend will be provided.

The Application Deadline is 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2017.  Apply early.  Applications will be reviewed beginning mid-January and positions may be filled on a rolling basis.  The application process is highly competitive. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply, please fill out the application form through the following website:http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty-research/research/job-opportunities/summer-research-internship

Volunteer Research Assistant

Closes March 1, 2017

Daniel Gilbert's lab at Harvard University is accepting applications for volunteer research assistants for the summer. The ideal candidate is a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate with a keen interest in social psychology. Research experience is an asset but not a necessity. Research relates to topics such as affective forecasting, conversation and social interaction, the role of shared experience, altruism, advice, and judgment and decision-making. Interns work approximately 35 hours a week; this includes study preparation, data collection (in the lab and in the field), statistical analyses, and lab meetings. This opportunity is for summer 2017, early June through mid-August. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application no later than March 1st. To apply: please send a CV, unofficial grade report, a brief cover letter that explains your interest in the program, and your availability between June and August to gilbertlab.summer@gmail.com.

Summer Internship Yale Social Cognitive Development Lab

Closes March 3, 2017

The Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University is now accepting applications for our undergraduate summer internship program. Highly motivated undergraduates can apply to help us uncover how children and adults think and reason about social groups and intergroup experiences. Summer interns will be involved in many aspects of the research process, including participant recruitment and scheduling, study design, experiment facilitation, data entry and more. Interns will also attend and present at weekly lab meetings to discuss relevant research.

The program is 8-weeks from June 5 – July 28, 2017full time (35-40 hours/week), with some weekend hours required. Eligible applicants are currently enrolled undergraduates and recent college graduates from US institutions.

These positions are unpaid; applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions and other external funding sources for summer scholarships and grants.

To apply please send:

  •     A résumé/CV
  •     Completed application form
  •     An unofficial transcript
  •     Two letters of recommendation (sent separately to helena.wippick@yale.edu)
  • Applications are due on March 3, 2017, send all applications to: helena.wippick [at] yale [dot] edu in one email with subject line “[YOUR NAME] 2017 Summer Internship Application.” Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Summer internship opportunity in NYC (BELLE Project)

    Closes March 10, 2017

    The Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy, and Education Success (BELLE Project) in the Department of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine is a team that examines parenting interventions designed to improve child development outcomes in at-risk populations. 

    We currently have openings for summer interns (unpaid) to join our teams at NYC Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue in Manhattan and NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull in Brooklyn.  This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to be involved in research or healthcare.  Openings for undergraduate and graduate students are available.

    At Bellevue: You will be part of Smart Beginnings, a randomized controlled trial of parenting interventions taking place in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt and the University of Pittsburgh.  In particular, you will have the opportunity to participate in assessments with infant / parent dyads that take place in the hospital as well as in participants’ homes.  You must be willing to travel to participants’ homes across NYC. Spanish proficiency is beneficial but not required.

    At Woodhull: You will be part of the Video Interaction Project (VIP) team at Woodhull.  VIP is a parent education program that is offered as part of well-child pediatric care at Woodhull.  You will have the opportunity to help with recruitment into the program; to conduct outreach with hospital staff, patients, and the community about the program; and to learn about the research studies at this site. Spanish proficiency is required in order to be placed at Woodhull.

    At both sites, you will have the opportunity to learn about developmental/pediatric research, to learn about the intervention programs being offered, and to interact with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and clinical staff.  In addition your responsibilities will include: providing childcare during assessments and intervention sessions; preparing materials for assessments and sessions; administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, and videotape copying; scheduling and tracking participants; video coding; transcribing; assistance with other operational aspects of study.

    Candidates must:

    •         Have some background in psychology, child development, education, medicine/pre-medicine, public health, or other related field
    •         Have computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
    •         Be comfortable in a collaborative environment, yet able to work independently
    •         Be extremely detail-oriented and organized
    •         Be able to work responsibly and competently with sensitive patient information
    •         At Bellevue, you must be willing to participate in home visits with participants across NYC; you must be comfortable providing childcare to young children and toddlers
    •         At Woodhull, you must be proficient in Spanish

    Notes about this opportunity:

    •         For summer interns: a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks is required (hours must be on weekdays between 9 and 5).
    •         Preference is given to candidates who wish to continue involvement additional semesters or summers.
    •         Please indicate your location preference in your application, note that we cannot guarantee this site and that you may be expected to occasionally visit the other site.

    If interested, please e-mail your resume or CV to Anne Seery, Ph.D., at belle.jobs@gmail.com.  Please include "BELLE volunteering" in the subject line. 

    Applications for the summer are due by March 10.  Applications received after this date will only be considered on a rolling basis.  For more information about our work: www.belle.med.nyu.edu

    Undergraduate Summer Workshop in the Interdisciplinary Study of Mind and Brain at the University of Pennsylvania

    Closes March 15, 2017

    We are now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Summer Workshop in the Interdisciplinary Study of Mind and Brain Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, scheduled June 4-17, 2017. This year's topics are (1) Social and Decision Sciences and (2) Computational Neuroscience. Participants will attend lectures from distinguished researchers these fields, participate in labs and lab tours involving some of the latest technologies and research methods, and attend panel discussions on the future of interdisciplinary mind and brain studies as well as career and professional development in these fields.

    Students with a strong interest in social and decision sciences and/or computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply. We also encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Summer Workshop participants will receive free room and board on campus, plus a travel stipend.

    Applications are due March 15th. For more information, please see our

    website: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/cogsci/summer/

    If you have any questions, please contact us at:

    IMBsummerworkshop@sas.upenn.edu

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    Lab Manager, Saxelab at MIT

    Closes February 22, 2017

    The Saxelab, a cognitive neuroscience research lab at MIT is hiring a new lab manager. This position requires strong technical skills and an eagerness and willingness to learn. It is ideally suited for graduating seniors that are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in a related field. Interested applicants read more about the position and apply here:

    https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/jobDetails.do?functionName=getJobDetail&jobPostId=9313&localeCode=en-us

    Job Description

    LAB MANAGER (TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE I), Brain and Cognitive Sciences-Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, to assist with all phases of studies of social cognitive neuroscience research. This includes design and implementation of experiments; participant outreach and recruitment; operation of fMRI scanner; implementation and maintenance of new analysis software; technical support for lab personnel; participation in reading groups and research seminars; and performing basic administrative duties including ordering equipment, tracking supplies, etc.  

    Will also be encouraged to take an active role in scientific research, including independent projects, making the job ideal for individuals considering future graduate study in cognitive science or neuroscience.

    Job Requirements

    REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree in biology, physics, math, computer science, electrical engineering, neuroscience, or psychology; a minimum of two years’ lab experience (which may include experience gained as an undergraduate; a demonstrable interest in cognitive science, social psychology, and/or cognitive development; experience programming and familiarity with MATLAB; initiative; flexibility; and the ability to develop and maintain organizational systems.  The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a Linux environment and have additional experience with one or more of the following: Python, Bash, MySQL, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and implementation of (simple) web sites. Experience performing data analysis and relevant experience in similar research will be considered. fMRI data analysis involves heavy use of statistics so knowledge of statistics or a willingness to learn statistical methods is required.  The work will involve lab-specific training so the most important attributes that the lab is looking for are willingness to and enthusiasm about the prospect of learning new skills, along with the flexibility necessary to work in a dynamic environment.  Job #14402

    Lab coordinator, Language and Development Lab at UCSD (La Jolla, California)

    Closes February 22, 2017

    The Language and Development Lab at UCSD (La Jolla, California) is hiring a lab coordinator to start July 1, 2017. The lab conducts research on language and concept acquisition using a variety of methods, including behavioral assessments, cross-linguistic comparisons, and eye-tracking. Duties include research and administrative responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have a background in experimental psychology, linguistics, or cognitive science, plus experience working with young children. Previous lab coordinators have gone on to top PhD programs of their choice.

    More details to be found here: www.ladlab.com/blog/hiringlabcoordinator2017

    Please direct inquiries to Junyi Chu at ladlab.coord@gmail.com

    Director of STEM Policy, Afterschool Alliance

    Closes March 1, 2017
    Core Functions:  
    • Responsible for advancing federal, state and local policies to expand resources and activities that provide students with access to a rich science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum in their afterschool and summer learning programs.
    • Provide overall thought leadership and work with the STEM Manager in defining and advancing a strategic vision for afterschool STEM
    • Represent the Afterschool Alliance in meetings with allied organizations, congressional offices and national audiences.
    Supervisor: Vice President, Policy   Classification: Exempt, Regular, Full-time Employee   Travel: 8-12 trips per year   Summary: Afterschool STEM programs are increasingly recognized as a crucial support for preparing all young people for their future. This position offers an experienced professional an excellent opportunity to build on the gains made to date in advancing afterschool STEM and cement the role of afterschool programs in national and state STEM education policies and initiatives. Working with the Vice President of Policy, the STEM Policy Director will lead the STEM policy work for the Afterschool Alliance and ensure that it is well supported by research and communications. Join a passionate DC-based staff in a fast-paced well-functioning team environment to expand access to quality STEM afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs for all children.   Responsibilities & Tasks:
    • Assume responsibility for the afterschool STEM policy work of the Afterschool Alliance. This includes developing the strategic priorities for the short-term and long-term efforts to advance policies that support afterschool STEM at both the federal and state levels.
    • Work with the STEM Manager to define an overall vision and strategy for advancing afterschool STEM programming.
    • Lead a project to advance state-level afterschool STEM policy working with the statewide afterschool networks and external STEM allies.
    • Support coordination between statewide afterschool networks and actors and stakeholders at the national, state and local levels, including providing guidance and support to state networks as they advance advocacy and communications goals.
    • Monitor state afterschool-related legislation and support statewide afterschool networks in their efforts to advance state level STEM policy agendas.
    • Coordinate with the rest of the policy team to identify synergies between afterschool STEM policy and other after school policy areas.
    • Work with the STEM Manager to support the Afterschool STEM Hub, a collaboration of afterschool leaders and stakeholders, who partner to produce research-based messaging and advocacy tools for the field.
    • Write blog posts, presentations, alerts or other communications on topics such as connecting policy and research to practice.
    • Represent the Afterschool Alliance with partner organizations and in public settings including Hill visits, coalition meetings, Congressional briefings and hearings and conferences.
    • Build and maintain relationships with state and national organizations with the goal of promoting STEM education after school.
    • Provide consultation and technical assistance to advocates and federal, state and local policymakers.
    • Help with fund-raising and funder relations for the STEM efforts at the Afterschool Alliance.
    • Other duties as assigned.
      Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
    • Deep experience and expertise in STEM education policy
    • Deep experience with informal STEM learning, including afterschool and/or summer learning programs
    • Strong writing, research and analytical skills–including the ability to analyze technical information and data and to convey this information to a variety of audiences, including federal, state and local policymakers, researchers, advocates and the public
    • Technology savviness, fluent using Twitter, blogs, web, database and other information technology systems
    • Highly organized, accurate and responsible
    • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to multitask, identify priorities and meet deadlines
    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in a STEM field, education, policy, or related field
    • 3 years experience with STEM education policy and informal learning environments
    • Strong passion and commitment to the out of school learning space and youth development
    • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

    Compensation and Terms:

    Commensurate with experience. This position is supported with applicable self-funded employee benefits under 125 Cafeteria Plan provisions, including Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, 403(b) Savings Account, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Aflac plans, and SmarTrip Benefit Program. Organization provides paid leave and health benefit subsidies as listed in the employee handbook.   How to Apply:   To apply, send your cover letter detailing your interest in this position and your experience to assume the role, your resume, salary expectations, policy-related writing sample and three references to HR@AfterschoolAlliance.org by March 1, 2017.

    Research Specialist-Princeton Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

    Closes March 1, 2017

    The Department of Psychology at Princeton University is seeking a full-time research specialist, under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Emberson in the Laboratory for Perception, Learning and Development and the Princeton Baby Lab.    

    The ideal candidate will have a neuroscience/technical background and a demonstrated ability for successful communication and interaction with children and families. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered.  Start date is negotiable but will ideally start June 1, 2017. Please submit a CV, a cover letter describing academic and research goals, as well as technical and research experience.  Please also submit contact information for at least 2 references. Submissions can be made through the Princeton Careers website.  Contact Dr. Lauren Emberson (lauren.emberson@princeton.edu) for additional questions.

    Application will be reviewed starting March 1, 2017. To receive full-consideration, be sure to submit all materials by this date on the Princeton Careers website: https://research-princeton.icims.com/jobs/7159/research-specialist-i/job

    Responsibilities

    The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of neuroimaging studies from programming experiments and data collection to data analysis.  The lab uses multiple imaging modalities (fMRI, fNIRS) with infants, children and adults. This is an exciting position as the successful candidate will be involved in developing new analyses for fNIRS and conduct neuroimaging recordings with infants in a clinical/hospital setting (e.g., NICU, maternity ward).

    Qualifications

    Essential Qualifications:

    - A bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, physics, or math

    - Evidence of serious interest in a career in cognitive neuroscience.

    - Strong computer/math skills (e.g., MATLAB, R)

    - Be able to get tasks done efficiently

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

    - Be able to occasionally work non-standard hours (e.g., evenings, weekends), depending on subject availability

    - Ability to communicate effectively with children and families

    - The final candidate must successfully pass a background check and approval by Princeton Human Resources

    Preferred Qualifications:

    - Experience conducting cognitive neuroscience research

    - Experience with statistical software (e.g., R)

    - Extensive programming experience, ideally with R, MATLAB and0 Psychtoolbox

    - Prior experience working with infants, children or families in a research setting

    The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.

     

     

    Lab Manager Position - NYU Hartley Lab

    Closes March 11, 2017

    The Hartley Lab (PI: Catherine Hartley) in the Department of Psychology at New York University is currently seeking a full-time Lab Manager/Research Assistant to work on studies examining affective learning and decision-making across development. 

    The expected start date for the position is Summer 2017 (ideally May or June).  This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual who would like to gain research experience in preparation for a graduate career.  Application review will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

    The Lab Manager/RA's primary responsibilities include: (1) Participant recruitment and testing (behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging studies). Because we do developmental work, this will involve interfacing with parents and children and require occasional flexibility in schedule (working evenings/weekends)(2) Management and analysis of datasets(3) Experimental paradigm development(4) Lab administration including managing IRB protocols and training other lab members

    Previous research experience, a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or other related fields, and excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills are required.

    Additional highly desired qualifications include: - Familiarity with IRB protocol submissions- Strong computational, statistical, and technical skills (e.g. Matlab, Python, R)- Experience analyzing neuroimaging data (SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms)- Interest and/or experience in cognitive neuroscience research, particularly in developmental populations (children, adolescents)

    Interested applicants should send a CV, undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine), contact information for two references, and a brief description of your interests and relevant experience to Catherine Hartley at cah369@nyu.edu.

    Full-time Research Assistant Position at the University of Maryland, Neurocognitive Development Lab

    Closes March 15, 2017

    Dr. Tracy Riggins and the Neurocognitive Development Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Research Assistant beginning approximately May 15, 2017.  The focus of the research project is the development of memory in early childhood using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cognitive electrophysiology (EEG/ERPs). See www.ncdl.umd.edu for more details about the lab.

    Responsibilities include: (1) conducting experiments with young children and adults (including: recruiting, scheduling, and data collection); (2) preprocessing and analyzing data; (3) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (4) performing general administrative duties, including data management, lab web pages and participant recruiting systems; (5) programming scientific experiments and developing experimental stimuli, (6) assisting with IRB protocol creation and compliance, (7) conducting library searches and literature reviews to assist in manuscript preparation; and (8) providing general support for the PI and other researchers in the laboratory including, but not limited to, purchasing and maintaining lab equipment.

    Qualifications: Recommended background and skills include: a bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field (e.g., psychology or neuroscience); previous research experience with human participants (preferably with children and/or using fMRI or EEG); the ability to work independently; keen attention to detail; and the ability to interact warmly and professionally with parents and children. Strong computational, organizational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential.

    A 2-year commitment is preferred. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their background and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Lisa Cox at lmcox@umd.edu.  Please include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”).

    The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

     

    Lab Manager Position at Columbia University

    Closes March 15, 2017

    Under the supervision of Larisa Heiphetz, the lab manager will provide assistance with research in Columbia’s Social and Moral Cognition Lab. Studies in our lab focus on children’s and adults’ religious and moral cognition, the development of intergroup attitudes, and perceptions of the criminal justice system. The lab manager will assist with research and perform administrative duties. Typical research responsibilities include creating stimuli, recruiting participants, collecting data, and entering/coding results. Typical administrative responsibilities include organizing and maintaining a participant database, ordering supplies, and facilitating the preparation of forms and reports (e.g., IRB documentation). In addition to assisting with on-going projects, the lab manager will have an opportunity to develop his or her own studies. This is a one-year position with the strong expectation of renewal for a second year and possibility of further renewals for additional years. Start date can be arranged with the PI and is expected to be sometime between May 1st, 2017, and September 1st, 2017. Review of applications will begin March 15th, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  

    Minimum qualifications (applicant MUST meet these minimum qualification to be considered an applicant): Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or related discipline (degree must be received by the start date) Eligibility to work in the United States  

    Preferred qualifications: Research interests in social cognitive development, religious cognition, moral cognition, intergroup attitudes, and/or the criminal justice system Prior research experience   Compensation/benefits: Salary will be based on Columbia University’s guidelines. The lab manager will also be eligible for benefits; see http://hr.columbia.edu/benefits.    To apply, please e-mail the following items in one PDF to lah2201@columbia.edu: A cover letter (1-2 pages) describing research interests and past research experience CV Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for 3 professional references Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)    

    Project Manager at Rutgers University—Newark

    Closes March 15, 2017

    The Child Study Center at Rutgers University-Newark, (http://www.childstudycenter-rutgers.com/) directed by Dr. Vanessa LoBue seeks a full time project manager for a federally funded NIH grant. Start date on or before July 1, 2017 is highly desirable.  

    The project manager will have the opportunity to work on a 5-year NIMH-funded study investigating the developmental trajectories of early temperament and attention in infancy, with a focus on risk for anxiety. The study will have three data collection sites—Penn State, University Park (PI Koraly Perez-Edgar); Penn State-PACT in Harrisburg, PA (PI Kristin Buss); and the Child Study Center at Rutgers University, Newark led by PI Vanessa LoBue. The project manager will be responsible for recruitment and data collection at Rutgers-Newark, but will interact extensively with personnel at all three sites. The study will incorporate a number of techniques, including electrophysiology (EEG & ERP), psychophysiology (RSA), eye-tracking, direct behavioral observation, and questionnaires.

    The project manager will primarily be responsible for recruiting and scheduling infant participants, participating in data collections, coding behavioral data, and for data management. Other duties will include working with research assistants, graduate students, and undergraduates associated with the project.

    Requirements are a bachelor's degree in related scientific field or discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience and knowledge of general principles and practices within a discipline and ability to use that knowledge for practical application. Administrative experience and experience working with children is preferred. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, and an interest in development are a must. The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and especially with parents and community members. Fluency in Spanish is not required, but a plus.

    To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to vlobue@psychology.rutgers.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2017. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

    Lab Manager / Research Assistant at University of Delaware

    Closes March 15, 2017

    The Language Acquisition & Brain Lab at the University of Delaware (QLAB), directed by Dr. Zhenghan Qi, seeks a highly capable and motivated individual to serve as a full time Limited Term Researcher (LTR).  LTR’s are appointed for a one-year term, with reappointment possible based on performance and funding for two additional years. The QLAB utilizes cutting-edge technology (eye-tracking, EEG, and fMRI) to probe the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language development in both the healthy population and children with developmental disorders (e.g. autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, and language impairment). This candidate will serve as a research assistant and laboratory manager.

    Job Description:

    The candidate will be responsible for design and implementation of experiments; conducting behavioral and neuroimaging experiments; data analysis; and performing basic administrative duties, including maintaining compliance with the University IRB, purchasing materials, and managing participant outreach and recruitment.

    The candidate will work directly with the PI and will have opportunities to participate in reading groups and research seminars; attend conferences; collaborate on publications; and supervise undergraduate researchers. The candidate may also participate in a number of ongoing collaborative projects with faculty at other universities including MIT, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and the University of Sydney.

    This position is ideally suited for individuals who are interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in the fields of medicine, communication sciences and disorders, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and education.

    Job Requirements:

    Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, physics, math, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field is required. Prior research experience in developmental psychology or neuroimaging labs is desired. Proficiency in programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, Python, or BASH) is strongly preferred. The candidate must be self-motivated, mature, and able to interact with children and families.

    The position offers excellent benefits (including dental and vision) and a dynamic and exciting working environment. A review of applications will begin on 15 March 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. The expected start date for the position is Fall 2017 (August or September).

    Materials: Please submit a CV, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and contact information of three references sent to Dr. Zhenghan Qi, at zqi@udel.edu.

    Computational Neuroscience Research Assistant

    No closing date

    Stanford University has an opening for talented and enthusiastic candidates with strong computational and programming skills in the Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (http://scsnl.stanford.edu). This is an exciting opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary research team on a wide range of studies of human brain function and dysfunction. The successful candidate will assist lab members with neuroimaging data analysis and data organization and management. Successful candidates will have opportunities to develop and apply novel multimodal data analysis techniques and to co-author research publications. Stanford offers a highly competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits. A minimum committment of two-years is required. Please email a CV, a statement of research interests and career goals, and contact information for three references to scsnl.stanford+quantitative@gmail.com 

    Qualifications:

    Bachelors or Masters in Science degree required. Strong background in biomedical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, statistics, computational neuroscience, quantitative psychology, or related subjects is required. Experience with Matlab, Python, R, signal and image processing, machine learning, statistics, databases, Linux, and shell scripting is required. Experience in neuroimaging/neural data analysis is desired. Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills are required.  

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    Project Assistant

    Closes December 30, 2016

    The Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking to hire a project assistant to work on an NIH funded study examining social contexts and adolescents’ neurodevelopment.

    Our lab examines how social contexts, such as the family and peers, influence adolescent decision making. We use diverse methodological tools, including daily experience sampling, diurnal cortisol, and fMRI. Responsibilities will include overseeing participant recruitment and participant follow-ups, as well as assisting in data collection and data management. Participant recruitment will be in both English and Spanish speaking populations. The project assistant will also be responsible for training and overseeing undergraduate research assistants. This position is ideal for a recent college graduate interested in pursuing a PhD in a related field as well as professionals looking to work on cutting edge research with interesting populations. For information about the exceptional resources at UNC, see the BRIC (http://www.med.unc.edu/bric), human neuroimaging group (http://hngpsych.web.unc.edu/people/), and Center for Developmental Science (http://cds.web.unc.edu/).

    To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your interests, your CV, and the contact information of 3 individuals who could be asked for a recommendation to Dr. Eva Telzer, email address: ehtelzer@unc.edu.

    http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/111372

    Bergelson Lab seeking undergraduate research assistants

    Closes December 19, 2016

    General RA

    The Bergelson Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants. The lab (PI Elika Bergelson) studies infant word learning in the context of other aspects of language and cognitive development. RAs will help annotate video and audio recordings of infants in their homes (from the SEEDLingS project), and help schedule and run in-lab visits with families.

    Ideal RAs would be good students who are detail oriented, responsible, have taken relevant coursework, and have an interest in cognitive development. Experience with computer programming and statistical analysis is a plus! (R, python, etc). Sophomores and juniors preferred. Yearlong commitment preferred.

    Students will be considered for practica and work-study positions. Time commitment is 10 hours a week between 9-5 M-F. Possibilities for independent study and grad with distinctions in future semesters available.

    Programming RA

    In addition to undergraduate research assistants (see other ad), the Bergelson Lab is also looking to hire several RAs with programming background to get involved with our server-based apps, data analysis and coordination, audio/video processing algorithms, machine learning, and ASR. The lab (PI Elika Bergelson) studies infant word learning in the context of other aspects of language and cognitive development.

    Ideal RAs for this position would be well-versed in a subset of the following: python, R, C++, ruby, github, command line tools, and interested in research experience working with audio, video, and eyetracking data.

    Students will be considered for practica and work-study positions. Time commitment is 10 hours a week between 9-5 M-F. Possibilities for independent study and grad with distinctions in future semesters available.

    Website: https://sites.google.com/site/bergelsonlabduke/

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    The Bergelson Lab is a research lab at Duke University. Our research examines word learning in infants using eye-tracking and corpus analysis.

    Post-bac research assistants / project coordinator jobs

    Closes December 3, 2016
    The Motivated Cognition and Aging Brain Lab (PI: Samanez-Larkin) is moving from Yale to Duke University in summer 2017 and is seeking 1-2 post-bacc research assistants / project coordinators to begin around August 2017.

    Research in the lab is focused on characterizing individual differences across adulthood in the motivational and cognitive processes that support decision making (mcablab.org). Our work combines several disciplines including psychology, behavioral economics/finance, neuroscience, and public health. We use a wide variety of methods including behavioral studies, experience sampling in everyday life, structural and functional MRI, and dopamine PET imaging. We will arrive at Duke with several multimodal imaging data sets that include fMRI and PET so there will be opportunities to get started on data analysis and manuscript preparation right away. 

    Responsibilities include subject recruitment, data collection (including behavioral and neuroimaging sessions), data management and analysis, and coordinating lab activities (e.g., schedule lab meetings and social activities, update website). One of these positions may also allocate a small percentage of their time to the coordination of events for three new NIA-funded initiatives: (1) an annual Summer School in Neuroeconomics and Social Neuroscience, (2) the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging (srndna.org), and (3) a joint project between the Duke Institute for Brain Science and the Stanford Center on Longevity to connect traditional laboratory research with private sector partners in financial services and health care.

    Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic about a science or medical career, self-motivated, independent, creative, and have interests in decision neuroscience and/or life-span development and aging. Individuals with programming (Python preferred) and computational modeling experience will be given high priority but these skills are not required.

    Feel free to send questions about the positions directly to Dr. Samanez-Larkin: g.samanezlarkin@yale.edu   

      Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance (2016/2017) University of Miami School of Business Assistant Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science Yale University (on sabbatical 2016) Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience Duke University (starting 2017) http://www.mcablab.org/gregoryrsl

    Administrative Work-Study in the Psychology Department

    Closes September 25, 2016

    The Office of Undergraduate Study in Psychology seeks applications for students interested in hourly administrative positions. Students will work with the program assistant in several projects related to the psychology major. We are also interested in learning about students interested in doing administrative work for various faculty members. We are looking for students with great communication and organization skills. If you are interested, please send us your resume and letter of interest at ns134@duke.edu.

    The New Identity and Diversity Lab Led by Dr. Sarah Gaither is Looking for Undergraduate Research Assistants

    Closes September 25, 2016

    We're looking for diverse undergrads to work 6-10 hours a week during the fall semester with a preference for undergrads who can make a two-semester commitment. Ideal applicants should be detail-oriented, responsible, reliable, and have an interest in studying diversity issues, cross-race and cross-group interactions and perceptions, and some of our research will also involve young children. Experience with psychology research methods and programming and statistical analysis (SPSS, Qualtrics, Excel, etc.) is a plus! Possibilities for independent study and grad with distinction in future semesters available; sophomores and juniors preferred. Interested students should email Lab Manager Terri Frasca (teresa.frasca@duke.edu) with their CV and a few sentences describing their interest in the lab.