Lab Manager @ U Delaware


Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff



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  Please also have your three recommenders send their letters there as well. Please submit all materials by April 15, 2017.

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 Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. 


Dr. Roberta Golinkoff is looking for a dynamic post-doctoral researcher to join her team for an NSF-funded project on guided learning through playful experiences. 

The post-doctoral researcher will coordinate closely with Dr. Golinkoff in developing new projects that seek to understand how playful guidance can best be integrated with exploration to facilitate young children’s learning across formal and informal settings. There are many opportunities for publications on this and related projects in this very active lab. The researcher will participate in, and sometimes lead, reading groups and research meetings to address issues as they arise in the lab. 

The responsibilities of the project include:

· Developing research protocols 

· Assisting with grant applications

· Data collection at the lab as well as in the field

· Training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate RAs and other project staff

· Data coding and analysis

· Writing and dissemination of results for internal reports and peer-reviewed publications

· Presentation of findings at conferences

Required qualifications:

· Ph.D. in Psychology, Education, or a related field

· Experience working with children/families in research settings

· Ability to travel to off-site locations 

· Broad training including, cognitive development, science of learning, and/or early childhood education   

· Excellent interpersonal, leadership, writing, and organizational skills

· Experience analyzing and publishing data

· Proficiency with SPSS, SAS, and/or R 

The appointment is for one year with renewal possible, contingent on performance.  The position offers full, excellent benefits (including dental, medical, and vision).  Preferred start date is negotiable but no later than August 1, 2017.

Materials: please send a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information for your three recommenders to Laura Zimmermann at  Please also have your three recommenders send their letters there as well.