Lab Manager – Development of Social Cognition Lab @ UC Irvine

The Development of Social Cognition Lab (directed under Dr. Nadia Chernyak) at the University of California – Irvine is searching for a lab manager to begin Oct 1, 2018 (with some flexibility).

Interested candidates are encouraged to check out the lab’s research focus here to assess potential fit and contact me (nadia.chernyak@uci.edu) with any questions.
The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills; be enthusiastic about cognitive development research; comfortable with young children and families; and have strong, self-directed initiative and ability to take on challenges (in particular, with setting up a lab in its beginning phases). Programming, data analysis, and/or web design skills are always a plus.
To apply, please see below (with link and further information).
Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews and may be asked to provide names of 2 people that may be contacted for a letter of recommendation.
Position Description:
The lab manager will:
  • assist with research in socio-cognitive development: including data collection, creating/programming stimuli, data coding and analysis (with training), and coordinating recruitment efforts both in-lab and off-site
  • supervise and train research assistants: coordinating off-site and in-lab recruitment efforts, hiring research assistants, assigning daily tasks, writing lab manager handbooks, coordinating fingerprinting/orientation/training
  • manage daily and long-term operations within the lab: handling IRBs and other research documentation, building a database of subject and local child care facilities, coordinating lab meetings, managing lab websites and newsletters, and setting up/maintaining lab equipment

Lab manager may have opportunities to co-author manuscripts, develop own research projects, and attend conferences.

Position is part-time at 80%.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

More information about desired and required qualifications are found at the link provided in the section below:
 
How To Apply:
 
Please follow this link:
 
 
and apply for Job #: 2018-0371 
 
Please attach a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating your research experience, fit, and interests.
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New RA position at Vanderbilt: rhythm and grammar development in children

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab in Nashville, Tennessee has two staff openings, for a Research Analyst-I (new position) and a Research Analyst-II (posted recently).

RESEARCH ANALYST-I: Rhythm & Grammar in Children (new position)

The Research Analyst-I in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab in the Department of Otolaryngology (Vanderbilt University Medical Center) is responsible for implementation and coordination of studies on rhythm and language skills in children using behavioral assessments. The Lab is a fast-paced and exciting environment that engages students from a wide range of Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate programs, and also serves as the hub of the Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt, a campus-wide initiative. The RA-I will work collaboratively with students, staff, and the PI (Reyna Gordon, PhD) to carry out a series of ongoing NIH-funded studies that investigate the biological basis of music and speech.

Prior experience with language development research or music cognition research strongly preferred; prior experience with Genomic and/or EEG research a plus. This position requires high attention to detail, contact with families and recruitment in the community, willingness to learn new methods, and basic data analysis knowledge. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills.

Apply here: https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=1803043 

RESEARCH ANALYST-II: Social Engagement, Language Development, and Music in Infants and Young Children (recruitment is continuing)

Under supervision, the Research Analyst-II will provide support for research in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab with a particular focus on social engagement, language development, and music in infants and children with and without autism. Current studies are focused on infant development and parent-child social musical experiences including a parent-child music class study. Responsibilities include recruitment of participants, assessments and data collection, data coordination and entry (Redcap), video preparation and coding, data analysis, and general study coordination/maintenance. The candidate will work directly with participants and their families to assist with study protocols including administering measures and questionnaires. The candidate will have opportunity to train in assessment, eye-tracking, behavior coding, acoustic coding, and/or signal processing according to experience. According to experience, opportunities to contribute to study design, data interpretation, and analysis.

https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=1802853

Full-time research assistant position

The BabyTalk Project at the Buckeye Center for Hearing and Development in the department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University Medical Center seeks a curious, motivated, and organized individual to serve as a full-time research assistant for an NIH-funded project studying the language development of children with hearing loss. An ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate who majored in Psychology or a related field and is looking for additional research experience before applying to graduate school.

The BabyTalk Project examines the role of input in children’s speech and language outcomes using a variety of methodologies and experimental designs. The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and scheduling our participants, some of whom will participate longitudinally. She or he also will coordinate these families’ visits with other team members, including speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Consequently, the ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Because this individual will assist with data collection using both video studies and behavioral paradigms, she or he should have prior experience working with children and families.

The research assistant will work directly with the project manager to train undergraduate research volunteers and establish and maintain laboratory protocols. Strong time management skills are therefore essential. The ideal candidate will be poised, comfortable balancing various responsibilities at a time. He or she will be patient, eager to learn, and conscientious.

Preferred start date is July 1, 2018 and the position includes benefits.

To apply: please send a CV and cover letter to the project manager, Jessa Reed, Ph.D. at Jessica.Reed2@osumc.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Lab Tech in Bergelson Lab@Duke, summer 2018 start

The Bergelson Lab at Duke, an NIH and NEH funded lab in Duke’s Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking a lab technician with excellent programming skills for a summer start date.

The Bergelson Lab studies language acquisition, with a focus on early word learning. Research projects in the lab investigate both the relation between word learning and other aspects of linguistic representation (phonetics, syntax, prosody) and the interface between word learning and socio-cognitive development writ large.

Research in the lab centers around corpus methods, used to analyze the SEEDLingS Corpus (a rich longitudinal audio/video/comprehension/production corpus), and behavioral methods (e.g. eye-tracking, discrimination, and production studies) to query infant language development.

The lab technician will also have the opportunity to be part of an international collaborative project, ACLEW, involving speech-technology, computational modeling, and naturalistic recordings.

The lab technician will work alongside a full-time lab manager, PhD students, postdocs, undergrads, and the PI to maintain our codebase (Bergelson Lab GitHub repoSEEDLingS GitHub repo), create and document new scripts and workflows (Bergelson Lab OSF WikiSEEDLingS OSF wiki), help manage our website, and provide support for working with experimental and naturalistic data in the lab. There are often 1-2 undergraduate RAs directly supervised by the lab technician in this role.

Our lab staff typically go on to excellent research positions and/or PhDs (n=5) at top institutions and have taken advantage of opportunities to co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of interest and in ongoing projects in the lab.

Desiderata include:

* strong programming background (python along with some combination of matlab, R, ruby, bash, html, Go, C++, java, and latex)

* experience with Python’s scientific libraries (Pandas, NumPy, SciPy, IPython Notebooks)

* experience with R’s tidyverse. experience with RStudio’s Shiny application framework is a plus.

* high skill level and comfort with Github

* experience with Linux is a plus

* experience with backend server development in Go is a plus

* familiarity with relevant software (e.g. Praat, Python, Audacity, Datavyu, R, FFmpeg)

* coursework and research experience in algorithms and data structures, data science, machine learning, human research design and implementation (cognition and/or developmental psych, cogsci, linguistics, and related fields)

Duke Psychology and Neuroscience has a strong community of researchers (see primary faculty here). Colleagues with highly relevant research in the department notably include Drs. Michael Tomasello, Rita Svetlova, and Makeba Wilbourne. We are part of Duke CHILD Studies.

To apply, please send an email to elika.bergelson@gmail.com with the subject line

“Bergelson Lab Technician Position” and the following items:

  1. current CV (including contact details of 3 references)
  2. sample code (and/or its resulting products) that you’ve written from scratch
  3. letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements the labs’ needs and interests.

 Applications will be reviewed beginning April 16th and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected in May.

Start date will be early summer. This is a one year position with possibility of renewal.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.

Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Social Neuroscience at Bangor University, UK

Join the Developmental Social Vision Lab as a PhD Student!

Applications are invited for a 3-year, fully funded  PhD position in the lab under the supervision of Dr. Kami Koldewyn. The post is part of a European Research Council funded Starting Grant focused on Developmental Social Neuroscience. The project, ‘Becoming Social’, investigates developmental change in social perception, social learning and the social brain in late-childhood/early adolescence. The successful applicant will work with the Becoming Social team to design and carry-out research that  focuses on understanding how we perceive, process and understand the social interactions we observe. Methods used may include behavioural, eye-tracking and neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI, DWI) measures and the PhD student will be very involved, both conceptually and technically, in the design and construction of research questions and the tasks to address them. This studentship will likely involve investigating developmental questions in late-childhood and early adolescence.

Closing date for applications:  16th  April , 2018.

Start date: ~25th  September, 2018.

For full details see this document: PDF of advertisement  or this link on the Bangor Web-page: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychology/social-learning.php.en

To apply, visit: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/applicant/

 

For more information or discuss eligibility please contact: Kami Koldewyn at k.koldewyn@bangor.ac.uk

Lab Manager Position: Northeastern University Communication Development Lab

The Communication Development Lab (https://www.northeastern.edu/cdl/), directed by Dr. David J. Lewkowicz at Northeastern University in Boston is seeking a full-time lab manager. This is a benefits-earning position that requires a minimum 1-year commitment although a 2-year commitment is preferred. The lab manager’s duties include recruitment and scheduling of infants and young children, testing of infants and children in the lab as well as at off-campus sites (daycare centers, museums), data management and database maintenance, supervision of student research assistants, and administrative responsibilities.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or related field, and at least 1-year experience working in a research lab with infants and young children. Strong computer, statistical, and managerial skills are essential. In addition, the successful candidate must be highly attentive to details, have excellent interpersonal skills, be capable of working independently as well as with others in a complex, demanding, and exciting research environment, and must enjoy interacting with children and their parents.

Interested applicants may apply for this position at https://neu.peopleadmin.com/postings/54101. Please include a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, CV, and 2-3 references with contact information (phone number and email address) for each of the referees. Review of applications will begin immediately with the goal of filling the position sometime between June and July, 2018.

Lab manager position at the University of Notre Dame

The Infant Studies Lab at the University of Notre Dame seeks a full-time Project Coordinator. The start date of this position is as early as possible, but ideally no later than June 1, 2018. Note that the appointment is relatively short-term – through December 2018.

The lab is directed by Dr. Jill Lany, and its members consist of a hardworking team of graduate and undergraduate students. More about the lab can be found at ndinfantstudieslab.com

The Project Coordinator will aid in carrying out NSF funded research projects on the development of early language skills. Managing the project includes diverse responsibilities, including scheduling and supervising other researchers and research assistants; recruiting participants; data collection, coding, and preparation for analyses; maintaining computers and data collection equipment. We are seeking applicants with the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field
  • One or more years of significant experience working in a research laboratory
  • Good computer skills (e.g., proficiency with Word and Excel are essential; proficiency with one or more other packages (e.g., SPSS, R, Matlab, etc.) is desirable)
  • Experience and comfort with working with digital audio files, pictures and movies, as well as interfaces between software and hardware for creating and displaying such stimuli
  • Experience working with infants and/or children and their parents

 The following qualities are also essential to the position:

  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and balance multiple tasks and projects
  • Willingness to learn new skills and acquire new responsibilities
  • Self-motivation
  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Compensation is based on Notre Dame pay scales, and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The compensation package includes benefits.

Please send: (1) CV or resume, (2) cover letter detailing interests, relevant experience, and future educational or career goals, and (3) contact information for three references to: Jayde Homer jhomer1@nd.edu.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Lab Manager Position, Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab, University of Tennessee – Knoxville

The Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab at the University of Tennessee directed by Dr. Jessica Hay is looking for highly organized and energetic person to serve as a full-time lab manager. The lab conducts research on language acquisition, including speech segmentation and word learning, as well as speech perception in infants, young children, and adults. Research duties will focus primarily on an ongoing 5-year NIH-funded project on early language acquisition. The Lab Manager will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of the research process, from design to dissemination. Research duties include, but are not limited to: managing research projects in the lab; creating stimuli; programming experiments; recruiting participants; testing infant, child, and adult participants, using behavioral and eye tracking methodologies; conducting literature searches; coding and analyzing data; assisting with manuscript editing and preparation; and preparing conference presentations. There is the possibility of becoming a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication. Administrative duties include, but are not limited to: recruiting, hiring, and training undergraduate volunteers; coordinating with graduate students on lab projects; managing participant scheduling; community outreach; recruitment and database management in coordination with the other developmental labs in the department; purchasing equipment; hardware/software maintenance; managing human subject protocols; assisting with expense and grant management; maintaining lab website; coordinating lab events and meetings; and general faculty support. Preferred start date of June 4th, 2018 to allow for overlap with current lab manager.

Qualifications

 Required Experience:
– Bachelors degree or equivalent in psychology, audiology and speech pathology, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field
– Minimum 1-2 years of research experience (preferably in cognitive or language development)
– Excellent skills interacting with infants and children as well as teachers and parents, and must be able to supervise undergraduate research assistants
– Experience working with infants or young children and strong interest in cognitive, perceptual, and language development
– Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and SPSS or equivalent statistical package and willing to learn R, E-Prime, Matlab, Praat, Tobi Studio, Adobe Director, and File Maker Pro
– Excellent verbal communication skills are essential as duties involve interacting with parents, teachers, and department administrators
– Strong organization and writing skills

Preferred Qualifications:
– Previous experience working in and/or managing a developmental lab
– Training in experimental design and statistical analysis
– Experience with eye tracking methodologies, including experimental programming and analysis
– Proficiency with statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, etc.)

For more information about the lab, or to request details about the
job, visit http://infantlanguagelab.utk.edu/ or email the lab at infantlanguagelab@utk.edu

To apply please follow this link:

 
Applicants should include a cover letter and CV:
Please also be prepared to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed upon request.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the goal of hiring the best candidate by the beginning of June, if not sooner. Minimum 1-2 year commitment. This job will offer competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. The University of Tennessee is a vibrant, research-centered public university, located in Knoxville, TN.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. 

Lab Manager Child Development Lab University of Maryland

The Child Development Lab (CDL) at the University of Maryland under the direction of Nathan Fox is searching for an individual to assume the position of Laboratory Coordinator to be available by June 1. The Laboratory Coordinator responsibilities include management of a multi-site Program Project Grant funded by NICHD as well as management of other NIH funded longitudinal studies. It involves working with both US and foreign institutions on grant and budget preparation/management, submission of progress reports, management of Institutional Review Board submissions, and general study logistics (coordinating travel, scheduling meetings). The Lab Coordinator also manages the day-to-day activities of the CDL including, monitoring and ordering supplies, assisting in the staff hiring process, creating agendas, running lab and study-related meetings, preparing grant budgets and training lab staff on University and lab policies. Information regarding current ongoing studies at the CDL can be found at cdl.umd.edu/current-studies/.

Minimum Qualifications: BA or BS in psychology or related field and a minimum of 2 year post-bac research experience in the social sciences. Skills should include familiarity with budgets, Excel and understanding of IRB study protocol submissions. The position requires keen attention to detail, organizational and planning abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills. The individual in this position will be working on multiple, large-scale projects simultaneously.

Preferences: BA or BS with Two years of research experience is preferred.

There are no physical demands.

Additional Information:  TO apply, please provide cover letter describing research and lab experience, names and contact info of at least three references, and a CV or Resume to Julie Staples-Watson (staples3@umd.edu) and Nathan Fox (fox@umd.edu).

Fully funded PhD – University of Dundee

Please circulate to interested parties the following PhD opportunity at the University of Dundee: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/social-sciences/news/2018/article/scottish-graduate-school-of-social-science-collaborative-studentship-313-studentship-available–university-of-dundee.php.  Funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (1+3, or +3), this project embeds the PhD student within a local arts centre to explore the social importance of involving children in early years art.

Deadline 7th May, any questions can be directed to me. Apologies for any cross-posting.