Full Time Junior Specialist (Lab Coordinator/RA) position in Developmental Psychology at UCSB

The Social Cognitive Development Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Dr. Zoe Liberman, has an open position for a Junior Specialist. We seek applicants with strong research experience in infancy and/or early childhood. Minimum requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field, previous work with children (research setting preferred), and excellent communication and computer skills. Candidates must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others, and have strong multi-tasking and organizational skills. Because the lab does research on campus and at local museums, applicants must be comfortable communicating and interacting with a wide variety of audiences including community members at partner institutions, administrators, teachers, parents, and young children.
The successful candidate will engage in specialized research regarding testing infants, toddlers, and children in behavioral experiments. This will include working as part of a team to recruit study participants and working closely with graduate students to further their research projects. The position will also require assisting the PI with recruiting and training undergraduate student RAs by sharing specialized knowledge and expertise in early childhood and infant research. In addition, the Junior Specialist will contribute to administrative tasks of the lab, including managing IRB protocols and reviews, and ordering and maintaining lab supplies to assure all research projects and are executed properly.
This position will allow growth as a researcher, with additional duties including study design, stimulus construction, audio and video editing, data management, statistical analysis, presentations at lab meetings and at developmental psychology conferences, and authorship on academic research articles. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal, depending on performance and availability of funding.
For primary consideration, application materials must be submitted by April 5, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.
Interested applicants must apply online via UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00978
Only candidates who submit the following materials will receive full consideration:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter
3. Contact Information for 2 References
The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Seeking Lab Coordinator for UCSD’s Early Learning & Cognition Lab

The Early Learning & Cognition Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of California San Diego, under the direction of Dr. Caren Walker, is seeking a lab coordinator to begin on or around July 1, 2017, for a two year period.

The lab conducts research on abstract thinking and causal inference in early childhood, investigating how mechanisms like exploration, explanation, and counterfactual reasoning may influence conceptual change. Duties include research and administrative responsibilities, such as recruiting child participants and their families, recruiting local preschools, supervising undergraduate research assistants, and maintaining the lab’s IRB protocol.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related field, as well as experience working with young children. Interested applicants should submit a CV or resume and a cover letter by April 15th to Andie Nishimi at elclab@ucsd.edu (Subject Line: Lab Coordinator Application) to be considered for the position. The position will begin at part time – between 20-30 hours/week (negotiable) with the possibility of moving to full time (40 hours/week) if desired, pending the availability of grant funding. This may therefore be an ideal position for someone interested in obtaining experience in a developmental research setting, while also having the opportunity to work at a second position, part time.

Please feel free to contact the current lab coordinator – Andie Nishimi – at elclab@ucsd.edu with any questions!

Research Coordinator/Lab Manager Position in the Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University

Research Coordinator/Lab Manager Position in the Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University

The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, directed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Lab Manager/Research Coordinator to start on or around July 1, 2017. The Lab Manager will be responsible for closely managing a variety of projects related to an NSF-funded grant on early number acquisition, as well as other projects including preschool mathematics, socio-emotional development, and research-to-practice translation in early childhood settings. The Research Coordinator will work closely with the PI, a post-doc, and undergraduate research assistants to carry out research.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Data collection, subject recruitment, and managing human subjects protocols; Supervising research assistants, analyzing data, assisting with manuscript editing and preparation, and preparing conference presentations;
Assisting with expense and grant management, coordinating with collaborators in the US and abroad, and disseminating findings to non-science audiences.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field.
Minimum one year of research experience (preferably in cognitive or language development).
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with children.
Proficiency with basic computer applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, online research tools, and search databases).
Highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.
Able to take initiative and incorporate feedback.
Exceptional cultural sensitivity.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Able & willing to travel.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications include training in experimental design and statistical analysis, and proficiency with statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, etc.). The ideal candidate will be self-directed and confident working both independently and with others in an active research environment.

This is a one-year grant-funded position. Continuation of this position is dependent upon continued grant funding.
To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references to Maddy Barclay (mbarclay@wesleyan.edu). In addition, please submit your application to https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/5776.

Research Assistant position at University of Maryland

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay (www.dscn.umd.edu) is seeking a full-time Technical Research Assistant (formal title: Faculty Assistant) beginning late Spring or early Summer 2017. The DSCN lab investigates the neural and cognitive bases of typical and atypical development, with a focus on social cognition and social motivation in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our methods include functional and structural MRI as well as behavioral measures with adults and children. This is an excellent position for anyone who would like to pursue graduate work in cognitive, clinical, or developmental neuroscience. We encourage applicants with a background in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or related fields to apply.

The ideal applicant will have extensive experience collecting MRI data and be able to quickly become trained as an operator on our 3T Siemens scanner at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. Additionally, ideal applicants will have experience with neuroimaging data analyses (e.g., AFNI, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer) and/or programming languages (e.g., python, matlab) and linux environments. Experience and interest in working with children and individuals with ASD is a plus.

Responsibilities will include data collection (as MRI operator) and analyses of MRI and behavioral studies with children and adults. Additionally, the technical assistant will be responsible for development and maintenance of lab imaging analysis and stimulus presentation scripts and assist in supervising and training undergraduate research assistants. There may be opportunities for presenting data at conferences and co-authoring publications.

Salary will be competitive commensurate with experience and includes health benefits. Application review will begin immediately. This is a 1-year position with the possibility of renewal. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer with a commitment to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

To apply please email your application to Sydney Maniscalco (sydneym@umd.edu). Application materials should include a cover letter detailing qualifications and interest, CV (with GPA), relevant coursework or transcript, and (at least) 2 references who can provide letters upon request.

RA position at UNC in the CIRCLE Lab with Dr. Margaret Sheridan

Full-Time Programming/Data Analysis Position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Margaret Sheridan is seeking a full-time research assistant to join the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill starting immediately (start date is flexible). The research assistant will primarily contribute to ongoing studies in the Child Imaging Research on Cognition and Life Experiences Lab (CIRCLE Lab), with a focus on early childhood brain development and exposure to adversity. The holder of this position will be responsible for overall neuroimaging study coordination (e.g., maintaining study files, training undergraduate research assistants, interfacing with the various personnel involved in the study, writing and submitting IRB modifications and renewals). Additional responsibilities include (1) recruitmentand scheduling of potential research participants, including parents of young children ages 4-7 years and adolescents (ages 9-14 years), (2) administering the study battery to participants at off site locations throughout the Triangle area, including self-report, interview, behavioral measures, as well as conducting fMRI scans at the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC), (3) data management and analysis usingSPSS and neuroimaging analysis software (e.g., FSL, FreeSurfer) that requires programming experience in languages commonly used for neuroimaging analysis (e.g., Linux shell scripting, Python, and/or Matlab). Preference will be given to candidates with experience recruiting and working with families. A detailed description of the CIRCLE lab research studies can be found at http://circlelab.unc.edu/

Please apply here: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/116319

Research Assistant at Tulane University

The Child and Family Lab at Tulane University (PI: Dr. Sarah Gray) is seeking to hire a full-time clinical protocol / lab technician starting June 15 2017 through January 15 2019 (http://cfl.tulane.edu/), funded by NARSAD / Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.  Research in the lab focuses on developmental and physiological consequences of exposure to early life stress in young children and related risk and protective factors.  Current lab projects include opportunities for both child and adult assessment, experience with trauma-exposed populations, and psychophysiological data acquisition and analysis (heart rate, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, pre-ejection period and skin conductance collected from mothers and children).  The employee will work closely with the Principal Investigator, graduate students and undergraduates on all aspects of the research project.
Primary responsibilities will be to help with recruitment of families, scheduling, preparing and running research visits with mothers and young children; analyzing data; operating computer systems, maintaining databases; coordinating undergraduate research assistants; maintaining paperwork; maintaining research visit and IRB protocols; and contributing to research reports, proposals and presentations. The lab coordinator will also be responsible for training all incoming students on data collection, data entry, and various lab tasks. There are also opportunities to facilitate relationships with local community partners for research and support services.

Requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent; experience in lab-based research; exceptional flexibility, organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills; and general computing skills including Microsoft Office. Preferred qualifications include a degree in psychology in a related field, experience working with human participants, statistical software experience (SPSS) as well as intellectual interest in our research focus. Competitive candidates will have prior research experience with both children and adults. Experience with psychophysiological data collection is preferred but training in data acquisition and analysis will be provided. S/He must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks, working as part of a team and seek assistance when appropriate. Ability to provide own transportation to data collection sites in New Orleans is recommended. Typical work week is 37.5 hours but candidate must be willing to have flexible hours outside of 9-5, as many research visits are conducted in the evenings and weekends. This is a full-time position with benefits. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone planning on graduate school in psychology or related fields who wishes to obtain more research experience.

If interested, please send: (1) CV or resume, (2) cover letter detailing interests, relevant experience, and future career goals, and (3) contact information for three references to Dr. Sarah Gray (sgray4@tulane.edu). Applicants may apply online formally at http://www2.tulane.edu/jobs/, Job Posting IRC 11383.

[Extended Deadline] Berkeley Early Learning Lab Summer Internship Program 2017

Berkeley Early Learning Lab Summer Internship Program 2017
The Berkeley Early Learning Lab (BELL), under the direction of Dr. Fei Xu, is now accepting applications from highly motivated undergraduates and graduating seniors for our Summer Internship Program in 2017.
 
Descriptions of the Program 
The goal of this internship is to provide hands on research experience to students interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive and Language Development or a related field. Successful applicants will be paired with a graduate student or postdoc mentor and will have the opportunity to conduct research at local children’s museums and in the lab, and collaborate on a variety of on-going and new projects. Our lab uses looking time, eye tracking, free play, intervention, and other behavioral methods to investigate inductive learning and statistical inference in social cognition, category learning, physical reasoning, causal learning, word learning, and other domains.
In addition to collaboration with individual graduate students and work on specific projects, weekly lab meetings will give interns a chance to present their own work for feedback and provide feedback to others. We will also discuss current papers being published that relate to the lab’s projects.
Eligibilities
Berkeley affiliated and Non-Berkeley undergraduates who are interested in developmental psychology and cognitive science are welcome to apply to our summer internship program. Applicants should have some course work in developmental psychology and cognitive science. Programming skills and experiences working with children are highly desirable.
Commitments
This is an unpaid internship and requires a commitment of 20-30 hours/week for 8 weeks between June 5 and August 4.
To apply 
Please refer to http://www.babylab.berkeley.edu/summer-internship for more information.
The application deadline is March 31, 2017 11:59p.m. PST.
If you have further questions about the program, please contact us at babylab@berkeley.edu.

Research Assistant Position at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB; Weill Cornell Medicine)

The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB; Director: Catherine Lord, Ph.D.) is currently seeking full-time research assistants to work on a research study on children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (PI; Dr. So Hyun “Sophy” Kim).  The RA’s primary responsibilities include subject recruitment, testing participants with standardized assessments as well as play based assessments, managing and analyzing datasets, preparing and maintaining IRB protocols, and running ERP/EEG tasks. The RA will be working with individuals with autism with varying levels of language and cognitive abilities. The expected start date for the position is Summer 2017. See below for more details. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who would like to gain research experience prior to attending graduate school.

Application review will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a CV, names and contact information for 2 references, and a cover letter describing relevant experience, interests, and long-term goals to Sophy Kim (sok2015@med.cornell.edu).

Position Activities

  • Recruits subjects for research studies based on study recruitment criteria.
  •  Maintains paper and electronic research and clinical records in accordance with Medical College policies and procedures.
  • Organizes, schedules, and conducts clinical research assessments using specialized interviews and psychological assessment measures.
  • Conducts literature searches and provides manuscript preparation support.
  •  Assists with preparation of grant proposals and IRB applications and amendments.
  •  Collects and updates data sets including test scores, demographics, and training records. Enters data into databases. Carries out and prepares written reports of simple statistical analyses.
  •  Prepares PowerPoint presentations.
  • Run ERP/EEG sessions with young children.
  •  Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field and related experience.
  • Transportation required for local travel.

Highly Desired Requirements

  •  Experience with autism or with children and families with developmental disabilities or mental health issues preferred.
  •  Previous research experience and experience with ERP/EEG experiments.
  • Ability to speak Spanish.

Skills and Abilities

  • Superior interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with software including EPrime, R, SPSS, MS Word, Access, and PowerPoint. SAS, Stat, Medline, PsychInfo, and other library resources a plus.
  • Must be able to coordinate a large data set with accuracy and provide timely dissemination of information arising from it.

Note: No relocation assistance is provided for this position.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Weill Cornell Medical College is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EOE/M/F/Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Contact: Please send cover letters and resumes to Sophy Kim sok2015@med.cornell.edu.

Research Assistant at Northeastern University

The Communication Development Lab (https://www.northeastern.edu/cdl/), directed by Dr. David J. Lewkowicz, in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northeastern University in Boston, is seeking a full-time research assistant to start as soon as possible. This is a benefits-earning position that requires a minimum 1-year commitment. The research assistant’s duties include recruitment and scheduling of infants and young children, testing, coding, database maintenance, supervision of student research assistants, and some administrative responsibilities.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or related field, experience working in a research lab (preferably with infants and/or young children), and computer, statistical, and strong managerial skills. In addition, the successful candidate will 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 enjoy interacting with children and their parents.

You may apply for this position at https://neu.peopleadmin.com/postings/46871. Please include a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, CV, and contact information for two references. Also, please contact the lab director at d.lewkowicz@northeastern.edu to express an interest in the position. Applications will be reviewed immediately and review will continue until a successful candidate is identified.

Full-Time Lab Manager Position in the Developmental Investigations of Behavior and Strategy Lab at the University of Chicago

The Developmental Investigations of Behavior and Strategy (DIBS) Lab, directed by Dr. Alex Shaw at the University of Chicago is seeking a full-time research assistant to begin July 1st, 2017.

The job will include working on research related to the development of social cognition, being involved in all aspects of the research. The particular focus of this position will entail coordinating projects investigating social influences on children’s allocation decisions and their moral judgments about others.  Responsibilities include overseeing research activities, including but not limited to: participant recruitment both in the lab, at schools, and at museums, undergraduate research assistant supervision, stimuli creation, helping design studies, testing child participants, as well as coding and analyzing data.

The ideal candidate should be detail-oriented, have excellent communication skills, be able to work independently, and be motivated, creative, and organized. The candidate must be willing to commit two years to the position. This position is particularly appropriate for individuals who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology.

A Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field, as well as previous research experience in a developmental psychology laboratory, is highly preferred.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and names of two references on this webpage by April 15 (requisition number 102261) to be considered for the position. Please email (dibs.lab.manager@gmail.com) if you have any questions about this posting.