Social Cognition Lab Manager Position
University of Miami
The Social Cognition Lab at the University of Miami, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Simpson, is in search of a full-time Lab Manager to begin in the fall of 2017. The Social Cognition Lab studies the development of social behavior in infants, including neonatal imitation and face perception. We use eye tracking to measure infant visual attention and we collect saliva to detect salivary hormones. You can find out more about the lab by reading this project summary: http://www.as.miami.edu/news/news-archive/social-signals-in-infants.html.
General Description: This Research Associate position entails working with families, infants, and toddlers, and a team of researchers including undergraduate and graduate students. This would be an excellent position for someone looking for research experience with infants and families, in social, cognitive, or perceptual development. 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. This position will include opportunities for the lab manager to grow as a developmental scientist, including participation in study design, authorship on posters, conference talks, and papers, and hands-on involvement in the nuts-and-bolts of research in developmental science. Starting salary is $32,900.
Specific Duties: The lab manager’s duties may include any/all of the following, depending on the individual’s strengths and lab needs…
- managing a team of student researchers, including recruiting, training, and monitoring
- planning, developing, and maintaining, internal study procedures, policies, and quality control
- recruiting and scheduling infants and their families
- behavioral testing of infants, including eye-tracking, social, and cognitive assessments
- maintaining databases
- scoring behaviors from videos
- overseeing purchasing and maintenance of equipment and supplies and assisting with monitoring of lab budgets
- organizing and leading research meetings
- processing, analyzing, and interpreting data
- contributing to conference presentations and written publications
- participating in outreach to the local community
- assisting with administrative support and miscellaneous lab upkeep
- BA or BS in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field
- previous research experience in a psychology research lab
- at least two years of experience working with children, preferably in a research setting
- technical and computer skills
- independent work ethic
- ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- leadership skills, including the ability to cultivate a collaborative team orientation
- foster professionalism among lab members
- organized, detail-oriented, and ability to proactively multi-task
- manage deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced working environment
- interpersonal skills, comfort interacting professionally with research partners, including families and collaborators
- resourceful, strong problem-solving/troubleshooting
- flexibility that enables working in early mornings, evenings, and weekends as necessary to accommodate lab activities
- willing to drive self and other lab members to community events (have a car and driver’s license)
Preferences: Desired but not required…
- fluent in Spanish
- coursework in psychology, especially research methods and statistics
- experience with audio, video, and image file manipulation
- basic programming skills (e.g. E-Prime),
- experience interacting with young infants, toddlers, and families
- eye-tracking experience (we have a Tobii TX300)
- proficiency with common software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Redcap, Google applications, Dropbox, SPSS, R)
When: The start date is flexible, but we prefer someone who can start by October 2017. This is a one-year appointment, with the possibility of extension. Upon mutual satisfaction, you would be asked to make a commitment to remain for a two-year term that offers full, excellent benefits and an exciting working environment.
Where: Department of Psychology, University of Miami: 5665 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, Florida. The University of Miami is a research-focused private university located in a culturally diverse and vibrant community. We’re also less than 3 miles from the beach.
How to Apply:
Applicants should attach application materials to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Simpson Lab Manager Position”.
- Cover letter: Please make clear that you are applying to be Dr. Elizabeth Simpson’s Lab manager. Introduce yourself and why you want to work in the Social Cognition Lab, including your interest in the position, previous research experience, and career goals. Describe a research problem you have tackled.
- CV: include GPA, relevant course and research experience, and references (contact information for three professional references)
- Unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript
- References: One letter of reference speaking to your potential for developmental science research.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and have progressive work-life policies. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in applicants from groups historically underrepresented in science, including racial/ethnic minorities, women, and individuals who are the first in their family to attend college. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check and drug test.