Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab research staff positions open

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab (https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/music-cognition-lab/) seeks to fulfill two open Research Analyst staff positions.

Our 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 (https://www.vanderbilt.edu/musicmindsociety/), a campus-wide initiative.
RA-II
The Research Analyst-II will work under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Lense, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will provide support for research in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab with a particular focus on music and social engagement in infants and children with and without autism. Responsibilities include recruitment of participants, 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, eye-tracking, and video and acoustic analysis. According to experience, opportunities to contribute to study design, data interpretation, and analysis. Prior experience with child development research and/or working with children with autism is highly preferred. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at: https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=1700570
RA-III
The Research Analyst-III will work under the supervision of Lab Director Reyna Gordon, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will be responsible for implementation, coordinating, troubleshooting, and data analysis of studies on rhythm and language skills in children and adults using behavioral assessments, neuroimaging (EEG), and genomic approaches. The RA-III will work collaboratively with students, staff, and the PI to carry out a series of ongoing studies and plan new studies that investigate the biological basis of music and speech and test the impact of music training on language skills. Prior experience with music cognition or language development research preferred; prior experience with EEG and/or Genomic research a plus. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at: https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=1703649

Job Announcement–Temporary Research Specialist: University of Chicago/Thirty Million Words

The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago seeks a part-time Research Specialist to assist with statistical analyses of TMW studies. At the direction of the Research Director for the lab, the individual will manage and clean data sets, conduct statistical analysis, write up study findings, and perform other data-related tasks as assigned. The candidate must be a team player who is highly organized, analytic, detail-oriented, and possesses a strong ability to problem-solve.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage and maintain organized data sets for active and complete studies
  • Prepare data sets for statistical analysis
  • Conduct statistical analyses on data sets at the direction of the Research Director
  • Clearly communicate analytic findings with Research Director and research team
  • Prepare written reports of statistical analyses and findings in clear, concise, and timely manner
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Requirements and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience with statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, or STATA) required.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct analyses to examine the effectiveness of longitudinal RCT studies, for example but not limited to, multiple regressions (mediations/moderations), linear mixed model, required.
  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines required.
  • Ability to manage data from multiple projects required.
  • High attention to detail required.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative required.
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field required.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods required.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

To apply, please submit your application materials here: jobopportunities.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=234505  

Summer Internship- Center for Educational Improvement

The Center for Educational Improvement is a non-profit organization in VA that conducts research and professional development to improve schools. We are seeking interns for the summer to assist with 6 areas: heart centered learning (mindfulness, compassion and social emotional development), executive functioning, trauma, poverty, reducing text anxiety, and improving school disciplinary policies. We are interested in the relationship between improving children’s executive functions and their well-being and improvement in academic achievement. We also focus on practical application in schools and consider the role of school administrators as well as teachers and ancillary staff.  The internships can be virtual, or if you live in the DC area, we meet weekly. Most interns work 15-20 hours a week for at least 9-12 weeks.  Interns assist with conducting literature reviews, preparing presentations, analyzing data, writing proposals, and writing blog posts and eNewsletter articles. You are given a byline for articles you write, and we post bios on our website. Our monthly eNewsletter is distributed directly to over 6,000 principals and school leaders and through a relationship with the National Association of Elementary School Principals we reach another 22,000 educational leaders. Preferable: Currently enrolled in a graduate program in education or cognitive or developmental psychology.

Please visit our website (www.edimprovement.org) and send your resume, a letter of inquiry, 2-3 references, and a 2-3 page writing sample.

Anticipated start date for summer internship: June 5—however, we are flexible.

Family Recruitment Specialist position at UMD

Recruitment Specialist position
The Infant and Child Studies Consortium at the University of Maryland, College Park is seeking a Recruitment Specialist to enhance recruitment of area families for research participation. This one-year position will begin in May or early June 2017. This is a full-time position with benefits.
The ICS Consortium is a group of labs conducting research in developmental science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Individual labs are housed in the Psychology, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, Linguistics, and Hearing and Speech Sciences departments. For more information, see http://childstudies.umd.edu/
The successful applicant will supervise the ICS Consortium’s ongoing outreach efforts, review our strategy for connecting with area families, and create new programs to further these goals. New programs will increase the range of community events that the Consortium attends, establish educational partnerships with local organizations, and expand our online presence, among other aims.
Top candidates will have training and/or experience in marketing or public relations; most importantly, applicants should be prepared to think creatively about ways to increase family signups for research participation. Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and they must feel equally comfortable interacting with heads of area organizations, parents, and small children. Experience with website design, multimedia development, and database management is a plus. Research experience or studies in developmental science or related fields would be ideal, but these are not required. The minimum educational requirement is a Bachelor’s degree.
The University of Maryland, College Park is part of the greater DC area, with easy access to downtown Washington by subway. We actively support 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.
To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your relevant background and goals, a resume, and an unofficial transcript to Noor Qasmieh, at nqasmieh@umd.edu. Please also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be sent to the same address. Review of applications will begin immediately, with the aim of concluding this search as soon as an exceptional candidate is found.

Lab manager position Georgetown Early Learning Project

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology – Georgetown College

Georgetown’s Department of Psychology  is home to a diverse and collaborative community of scholars who conduct research in psychology, neuroscience, and public policy, and who teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Research by Faculty in the Department of Psychology – from basic science investigations of behavior and brain function to applications for public policy – is directed at Georgetown University’s goal of creating and communicating knowledge in the service of the common good. Our Undergraduate Program offers a Major and a Minor in Psychology and provides a variety of opportunities for scholarship and extracurricular enrichment. Our Graduate Program offers a five-year program of study in developmental science leading to a Ph.D. in Psychology, with concentrations in Human Development and Public Policy and Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as a dual degree combining a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master of Public Policy degree in collaboration with the McCourt School of Public Policy.

The Research Assistant provides administrative and research support to Georgetown’s Early Learning Project.  S/he assists with laboratory as well as with recruiting and testing of study participants. S/he will be trained to run memory flexibility, memory interference and cognitive flexibility studies and collect data in the field and code data in the laboratory. Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) and working with a PhD student, the Research Assistant has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Participates in field visits to the participants’ homes to collect data.
  • Performs coding and collation of data – and trains team members on coding practice
  • Performs administrative duties – for example, preparation of materials for families, and maintenance of records.
  • Participates in team meetings and answers logistical questions.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year  college
  • Preference for Spanish speaking skills
  • Current driver’s license
  • Preference for prior research experience working directly with young children
 
Please apply here

Job Posting for Behavioral Research Associate at Well Living Lab in Rochester MN

About Delos Labs:

Delos Labs is a highly dynamic and interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and health professionals passionate about improving occupant health through improved indoor environmental quality. We work closely with experts in academia and industry to advance our understanding of how buildings and behavior impact human health and well-being.

Delos Labs’ responsibilities are organized into primary and secondary research. We conduct secondary research across a wide array of disciplines analyzing how environmental, behavioral, and metabolic factors impact human health, comfort, and performance. This research drives the discovery and development of new solutions and preserves the organization’s high standards of scientific integrity across all divisions of Delos. 

We conduct primary research through our unique research facility, The Well Living Lab in Rochester, MN, a collaborative enterprise in partnership with Mayo Clinic. The Well Living Lab is the first scientific research center to use exclusively human-centered research to investigate the interaction between health and well-being and indoor environments. We conduct research aimed at fostering the creation of healthier indoor spaces in which we live, work, and play.

Position Summary:

The Behavioral Research Associate position will assist in the Well Living Lab’s primary objective of broadening the scientific and practical understanding of how indoor environments and human behavior interact to impact occupant health and wellness. This position leverages the unique resources of the Well Living Lab – the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Delos Labs in New York, NY. The Behavioral Research Associate will support senior behavioral scientists in designing and conducting research that broadens our understanding of the human experience in built environments. The position offers an opportunity to join a highly interdisciplinary team and collaborate with research and clinical scientists, IT specialists, and business professionals to help develop research programs that further the mission of Delos and the Well Living Lab.  

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews on new findings, methodologies, and technologies related to human behavior, productivity, satisfaction, comfort, emotions, well-being, and sleep
  • Assist in the design and execution of research protocols
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of behavioral data 
  • Assist in the design and implementation of tools, surveys, and materials to help capture participants’ data
  • Assist with preparation of IRB documents 
  • Coordinate and assist with any activities required to run an active research laboratory

Prerequisite Qualifications:

  • Bachelors, or Masters degree and at least 2 years of work experience (including research towards an honors thesis or independent research project) in the psychological or behavioral sciences, including: Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Applied Experimental Psychology, Health Psychology,  Developmental Psychology, Personality Psychology, Neuroscience, Anthropology, or Behavioral Economics
  • Knowledge of experimental design for behavioral research
  • Data entry and basic data analysis knowledge and experience, including experience with statistics packages such as R, SPSS, and SAS, and experience with analyses including ANOVA, regression, correlation
  • Experience working with human participants in IRB-approved protocols
  • Experience working in a research setting
  • Ability to thrive in self-managed and team-based work
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a collaborative, constructive outlook
  • Ardent detail-orientation, organizational skills, and commitment to delivering high quality work

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Genuine interest in understanding how to improve health and well-being in the built environment
  • Interest in understanding how design and the environment can impact human behavior and performance
  • Experience conducting research both in the laboratory and in the field
  • Experience with survey creation or validation
  • Experience testing participants using online platforms such as Qualtrics, Amazon Mechanical Turk

To Apply:  Please submit your resume and cover letter through the following link: https://delos.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=86

Please note: applications must include a cover letter for consideration.

Applicants are selected based upon their qualifications for this position and without regard to the applicant’s race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital or partnership status, citizenship or alienage status, veteran status, whether children are, may be or would be residing with a person, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Lab Manager Position at the University of Delaware

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff

POSITION AVAILABLE FOR START DATE AROUND JUNE 1, 2017

FULL-TIME LABORATORY MANAGER

The Child’s Play, Learning and Development Lab at the University of Delaware needs a highly capable, eager, and well-spoken individual to serve as a full-time laboratory manager and project coordinator for an IES-funded project to develop a language assessment for toddlers. A recent college graduate having majored in psychology or a related field and looking for additional research experience before going on to graduate school would be ideal. Former laboratory coordinators have accumulated paper presentations and publications and then gone on to the graduate schools of their choice.

The laboratory is extremely active and highly collaborative with a focus on language acquisition, spatial skills, and learning through play. Strong writing skills are essential as the lab manager collaborates on publications, writes grant reports, and presents at conferences. Attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and organizational skills are a must as the lab manager connects the lab to the University IRB office, manages participant recruitment, and oversees purchasing equipment and supplies. As the project coordinator for the IES language grant, the lab manager organizes meetings between the different sites, collects data at local preschools and daycares, and plays a strong role in the development of the assessment.

The lab manager must also have excellent social skills. In addition to training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, the lab manager cultivates a team orientation and fosters a high degree of professionalism among laboratory members. The applicant must be excellent with young children and their parents as well as with the staff they interface with at the University and in the field. Previous research experience in a psychology or related laboratory is required and an interest and background in how young children learn is desirable.

Upon mutual satisfaction, you would be asked to make a commitment to remain for a two-year term that offers full, excellent benefits (including dental and vision) and an exciting working environment. Preferred start date is June 1, 2017.

Materials: please send a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information for your three recommenders to the current Laboratory Manager, Tara Saunders, at tsaund@udel.edu.  Please also have your three recommenders send their letters there as well. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/home/legal-notices. Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Lab Coordinator at the University of Maryland, College Park

The Lab for Early Social Cognition at the University of Maryland, College Park, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Beier, is seeking a new lab coordinator. The position will begin in May or early June 2016.

The successful applicant will coordinate the lab’s research investigating social cognitive development in infancy through early childhood. Our research focuses on children’s prosocial development and their understanding of social interactions and social relationships. We use a variety of research techniques, including both eye-tracking and more active measures of children’s social evaluations and behaviors.

This position offers a balance of organizational and research duties, including data collection and analysis, stimulus construction and research design, supervision of undergraduates, interacting with children and parents, lab and office management (e.g., budget, IRB, equipment purchases and maintenance, lab website, protocol updates, and more), and community engagement. This position is ideal for an individual seeking further research experience before applying to graduate school, and it includes opportunities for co-authorship on conference presentations and publications.

Minimum requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field within cognitive science, at least one year of relevant research experience, and excellent communication and computer skills. Candidates must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others, have strong multi-tasking and organizational skills, and be comfortable being silly with young children. Top candidates will have considerable research experience with children under 6 years, excellent writing ability, and proficiency with programming, data processing, statistics, and web and multimedia development. This is a one-year position, with a possibility of renewal depending on performance and the availability of funding.

The lab is part of a strong community of developmental scientists, both within the Department of Psychology and across many other departments on campus. The University of Maryland, College Park is part of the greater DC area, with easy access to downtown Washington by subway. We actively support 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.

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your relevant background and goals, a resume, and an unofficial transcript to the current lab coordinator, Noor Qasmieh, at nqasmieh@umd.edu. Please also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be sent to the same address. Review of applications will begin immediately, with the aim of concluding this search as soon as an exceptional candidate is found.

Lab manager position, University of Oregon Learning Lab

The University of Oregon Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Caitlin Fausey, is looking to hire a lab manager. Many kinds of junior scientists would be an excellent fit for this opportunity.

Who: Highly organized, curious go-getter with a BA/BS in Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, Neuroscience, or related discipline. Experience working with infants and/or big data is essential preparation.

What: The full-time UO Learning Lab manager will be responsible for any/all of the following, depending on their strengths and lab needs: developing and maintaining lab documentation including human subjects protocols; recruiting infants and families to participate in studies; collecting data from infants during behavioral tasks in the lab; collecting data from infants during everyday experiences at home; coding audiovisual data captured from infants’ first-person perspective; programming data pre-processing scripts; analyzing data and contributing to written publications.

When: 12-month appointment, starting June 1 2017 (start date flexible)

Whereuolearninglab.com; Eugene OR

Why: Because you want to contribute to cutting-edge developmental science discoveries.

The University of Oregon Psychology Department uses one general application pool for candidates to apply for lab managers, research assistants/associates, and post-doctoral scholars. Please note that the materials listed on the general website may differ from what is requested for this position. Please submit the following materials to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7706

-Cover letter: Introduce yourself and why you want to work in the UO Learning Lab. Please make clear that you are applying to be Dr. Caitlin Fausey’s UO Learning Lab manager.
-Statement: One-page statement describing a research problem you have tackled.
-CV: Unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript (Note that website says CV; please submit your transcript)
-References: One letter of reference speaking to your potential for developmental science research.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We look forward to meeting you!

University of Pittsburgh: Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience

The Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience (SUPRE) Program, supported by a grant from the American Psychological Association. Interested undergraduate students can spend 8 weeks working with a faculty mentor in their laboratory to gain valuable research experience.

Students may choose to work with one of the following faculty mentors:

Julie Fiez (fiezlab.us)

Jana Iverson (http://www.psychology.pitt.edu/person/jana-iverson-phd)

Melissa Libertus (http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/people/researcher-detail.cshtml?id=530)

Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal (http://www.psychology.pitt.edu/person/elizabeth-votruba-drzal- phd)

Aidan Wright (www.personalityprocesses.com)

The program will run from May 21-July 21, 2017 (though some flexibility in starting and ending dates may be possible). Students will be hired as full-time, paid research assistants in their mentor’s lab during the 8 weeks of the program.

To be eligible for the SUPRE program, students must:

  • be enrolled at a U.S. institution (though they need not be student at the University of

    Pittsburgh or U.S. citizens)

  • have had little to no prior experience working in a psychology research lab
  • have completed at least their freshman year
  • have not yet have obtained a bachelor’s degree

    Students from underrepresented minority groups and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact the faculty coordinator, Jana Iverson (jiverson@pitt.edu).

    Applications are due no later than April 21, 2017 and should be completed at the following website:https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9S2b8B0EIVkLjaB

    Applicants will be informed of the decision by May 1, 2017.