Research assistant – Cambridge, UK

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Salary: £25,298-£29,301

We seek to appoint a Research Assistant (full-time) to work within the
Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning
(PEDaL) in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.  The
position is funded by the LEGO Foundation to provide research support
for a project to develop and empirically evaluate play-based approaches
to teaching science in early childhood classrooms.  Primary activities
include assistance in: recruiting teachers and children to participate
in the project; assessing classroom practice in Reception and Year 1 in
a variety of schools; developing and administering tests of children’s
problem-solving, help-seeking, executive function, and scientific reasoning.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team of researchers led
by Dr Sara Baker and Dr Audrey Kittredge, and so will receive support
and training. The applicant will, however, be expected to work
independently in liaising with schools and teachers and carrying out
office-based duties (e.g., collecting child and teacher data within a
school context, and supporting the entry, coding and analysis of data).
As the work entails multiple visits to schools, applicants must be
willing to travel.  Some overnight stays may be required.

For full details of the post and the person specification, please see
the Further Particulars.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 22 June 2018 in
the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate
will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about
the role, please visit: This will
take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There
you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an
account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not
already) and log in before completing the online application form.

We hope to hold interviews in the week commencing 28 August 2017.

For informal enquiries about the post, please contact Dr Sara Baker

Closing date: 19 August 2017


Job Announcement: Special Projects Manager position with Thirty Million Words (University of Chicago)

Thirty Million Words seeks a new Special Projects Manager.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of exceptional organizational skills, strong project management acumen, and the ability to engage with varying and diverse partners.  This critical and high-impact role works directly with Dr. Dana Suskind, TMW’s Principal Investigator, and TMW’s COO.  The Special Projects Manager will oversee the research and development of documents and reports for the PI, facilitate the creation of presentations and speeches by the PI, support the PI and other senior staff in meeting preparation and execution, and serve as an important ambassador for the PI, senior staff, and TMW generally.  The Special Projects Manager will also provide significant scheduling, logistical, and administrative support to the PI to ensure the ongoing functioning of the Thirty Million Words research lab.  Organized, hard-working, kind, and fun applicants who are passionate about educational and health equity and the role parents and caregivers play in young children’s development are encouraged to find out more!  If interested, please review the attached job description and contact Kristin Leffel at

Job Announcement – Manager of Lab and Research Operations position with Thirty Million Words (University of Chicago)

Thirty Million Words seeks a new Manager of Lab and Research Operations.  The ideal candidate is motivated, highly organized, and has experience prioritizing work across multiple research protocols. This dynamic role will provide critical staffing, organizational, and administrative support to three active randomized controlled trials that are at the heart of the Thirty Million Words Initiative.  The Manager of Lab and Research Operations will manage IRB protocols and clinical trials registries for all active studies; recruit, hire, and manage Student Research Assistants; develop and support trainings; and provide other essential resource and administrative support to the director.  Experienced, ambitious applicants with a passion for the role of science in driving health and educational equity are encouraged to find out more!  If interested, follow this linkto read the full job description and apply on UCJobs.

Research staff position at the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab (https://medschool.vanderbilt. edu/music-cognition-lab/)  seeks to fulfill an open Research Analyst staff position. This Lab is a fast-paced and exciting environment that engages students from a wide range of Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate programs, and also plays a key role Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt ( musicmindsociety/), a campus-wide initiative.

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, language development research, and experience with young children in a research setting preferred; prior experience with EEG and/or Genomic research a plus. This is an ideal position for an individual with a long-term interest in music cognition and language development research to get experience with a wide variety of methodologies. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at: careersection/.vu_cs/ jobdetail.ftl?job=1707320

Special Internship Possibility August 1- October 15

he Center for Educational Improvement is seeking an intern with a background in cognitive psychology. The internship is for  the period of August 1- October 15, for 10-20 hours a week. There is some flexibility with dates.

The Center has been developing a research-based approach to visioning for schools that builds off of our work with mindfulness- heart centered learning and uses Core Learning Teams as developed by Peter Senge. We are preparing a book on our process and the importance of visioning, particularly in reference to mindfulness, school improvement, and 21stCentury Learning. The intern will assist with background research, preparing chapters, and interviewing principals or teachers at 7-8 sites and would be acknowledged according to degree of support and effort. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, have research experience, and have a background in mindfulness, neuroscience, and/or social emotional learning and collaborating with or working in prek-12 schools. The intern will receive mentoring and have an opportunity to develop related blog posts or newsletter articles. The position is non-paid; however, we work with college and universities to support arrangements for internship credit.  The Center for Educational Improvement is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, focused on uplifting schools and creating school climates where children and staff thrive. We disseminate a monthly eNewsletter to a database of over 6,000 subscribers. Check out our website at


Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample of 3-5 pages to

Lab manager position – UT Austin Psychology

The Daily Activity Lab is hiring a spry and well-organized lab manager.
The lab will be pursuing exciting research to capture day-to-day activities and interactions between mothers and their infants in extended naturalistic home sessions (72 hours+) using a mobile sensor suite. The goal of the project is to develop a paradigm to characterize objective markers of mother and infant daily activity. The ultimate goals are to access the basic mechanisms of early social-emotional development and to develop mobile interventions for cases of high risk, such as the transmission of risks for depression from mothers to infants.
We are housed in the Institute for Mental Health Research in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. We will work in an interdisciplinary team bridging developmental science, clinical psychology, computer science, and electrical engineering.
The position is available for three years with potential to pursue additional funding.
The lab manager will be expected to coordinate the day-to-day operation and management of the research projects occurring in the Daily Activity Lab, including:
·         Recruit, conduct phone screens, and schedule research study participants.
·         Coordinate testing logistics and run sessions at participants’ homes.
·         Supervise and train research assistants to assist with study data collection including running home sessions as well as offline video and audio annotation.
·         Manage study files, lab expenses, and departmental paperwork including IRB compliance documents.
·         Attend weekly scientific meetings.
The project will involve collection of synchronized data from multiple sensors including video cameras, mobile phones, and motion sensors (similar to a Fitbit). The lab manager will assist in developing and implementing protocols for maintaining data quality, including synchronization across sensors, merging diverse data formats, and visualization of raw data using Matlab or Python.
Required qualifications. Master’s degree in Psychology or related field or Bachelor’s degree with two years of relevant research experience. Ability to use effective time management to ensure the tasks and goals for multiple projects are completed in order of priority. Demonstrated attention to detail. Outstanding interpersonal communication. Current work eligibility in the United States.

Preferred qualifications. Experience with quantitative research methods. Experience with behavioral video coding. Familiarity with statistics software (R, SPSS), Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Basic programming experience or willingness to learn (Python, Matlab). Experience working with parents and infants.  Ability to drive to sessions at participants’ homes (reimbursed).
Review of applications will begin Monday July 31 and continue until a position is filled. First set of interviews will be scheduled for August 3 and 4. For additional information and to apply, please visit:

RA Position in the Dutch Research Consortium ‘Language in Interaction’

Research Assistant Position – BQ4-2

Content Description
You will support the postdoc and other staff with the research of Strand B of Big Question 4. Tasks will include (a) the preparation of materials for experiments, (b) the recruitment of a large sample of child, adolescent and adult participants, (c) the collection of behavioral and MRI data from those participants, (c) the archiving of those data, and, possibly, (d) some aspects of data analysis. You will work in the team of researchers engaged in Strand B and, more broadly, coordinate with those working on Strand A. You will work not only on the grammar-learning sub-project (see advertised postdoc position BQ4-1) but also on the other sub-project of Strand B, which is on word learning. You will take part in a novel and exciting project designed to address why there are individual differences in language learning ability. This position will enable you to advance your career in science (e.g. it will be excellent preparation for a PhD).


You should

  • have completed, with good grades, a Bachelor’s or (Research) Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, or a closely-related field of study.
  • be familiar, ideally, with running experiments with human subjects (MRI experiments and/or behavioural experiments in psycholinguistics and/or human memory and/or individual differences).
  • have experience with testing large numbers of participants. Experience with testing children would be especially welcome.
  • have excellent organizational and communicative skills and programming abilities.
  • have demonstrable interest in language acquisition and the cognitive neuroscience of language.
  • be a proficient speaker of Dutch.
    It would be preferred if you had experience with analysis of large datasets on behavioral and/or neuroimaging measures.

Applications from excellent candidates with a less than ideal profile will also be considered. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Embedding and Terms of employment
You will be based at the Donders Institute, RadboudUMC, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

  • Employment: 0.8-1.0 FTE;
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a maximum gross monthly salary of €2,980 based on a 36-hour working week (salary scale 7);
  • you will be appointed for a period of 24 months with possibilities for extension;
  • the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch University Medical Centres is applicable to this position;
  • the institute involved has regulations in place that enable its staff to create a good work-life balance.

Further information about position BQ4-2
Please contact: Prof. James McQueen, Dr. Kristin Lemhöfer or Dr. Gabriele Janzen.

To apply:

PT Research Support Assistant – Thirty Million Words (University of Chicago)

The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago is looking for a Research Support Assistant to transcribe videotaped parent-child play sessions recorded in our longitudinal randomized controlled trial (RCT).  The transcripts prepared from these sessions serve as the basis for multiple analyses through which we will evaluate the effectiveness of our Thirty Million Words-Home Visiting curriculum.  The position involves meticulous attention to detail, fluid use of multiple computer programs, and ability to maintain high accuracy of transcription of aural files over extended periods of time.

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepare saved video files for transcription using Datavyu software for CLAN software analysis.
  • Prepare verbatim transcriptions of conversations between parents and young children using CHAT procedure.
  • Maintain high reliability with transcription team.
  • Save videos and transcripts according to TMW lab data organization methods.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience with transcription and/or coding preferred.
  • Background in Linguistics preferred.
  • Proficiency with computer programs required.
  • Ability to understand and process aural information with high accuracy required.

To apply, please submit an application at

Research and Advisory Associate at the Center for Childhood Creativity

Research and Advisory Associate at the Center for Childhood Creativity (Sausalito, CA)

The Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC)—the research and advisory division of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM)—seeks a bright, energetic, and driven Associate to support its research-backed consulting practice and contribute to new research-based assets. CCC’s clients include both for- and non-profit organizations, including toy and media companies, education non-profits, libraries, and museums. The ideal candidate is intellectually engaged and would relish the opportunity to become versed in cutting-edge research related to children’s creativity development, early childhood STEM, and early learning experiences that prepare children for success in an evolving world. He/she is skilled with communication, both verbal and written, and would enjoy supporting strategic communications efforts. He/she is professional, detail-oriented, and skilled with time management and could use these skills to maintain exemplary relationships with clients. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Deputy Director of the CCC.

Please visit the link below for the full job posting:

PT Temporary Research Support Assistant Position at Thirty Million Words

The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago is looking for a part-time Research Support Assistant to support the implementation of a randomized controlled trial in partnering health clinics across Chicago.  The individual selected for this position will work as part of a team of Research Support Assistants, each of whom will recruit, manage, and follow up with their own patient caseloads.  The position involves preparation, implementation, and follow-up related to regular study appointments conducted in the Chicagoland area.  The successful candidate must have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as experience working with underserved populations and young children and a desire to work in a healthcare setting.  Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, is required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Recruit and gain informed consent from patients in partnering health clinic sites in coordination with other team members.
  • Monitor scheduled appointments of enrolled study participants and support timely study protocol delivery and follow up.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with program participants.
  • Maintain participant recruitment targets to ensure study completion.
  • Enter and organize participant data.
  • Remain in steady contact with Project Manager; prepare and submit regular, organized reports detailing recruitment, scheduling, data collection, protocol deviations.
  • Maintain clear and constant communication with PI, Project Manager, and Data Coordinator regarding all matters related to families and program.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, required
  • Flexible schedule required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required
  • Must have a flexible schedule, able to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Valid Driver’s License required
  • Strong ability to relate to people from diverse gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds required
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability and willingness to work in clinics located in low-income communities required
  • Ability to function as a cooperative and supportive team member required
  • Ability to work within prescribed timelines required
  • Ability to learn and master technology and software programs required
  • Ability to process, protect, and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with families, infants, toddlers, and young children preferred
  • Experience working with underserved populations preferred


To apply, please visit: