Research Assistant position at Brown University

Research Assistant                                         

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

The brand-new Brown Language and Thought Lab, directed by Dr. Roman Feiman, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to start in August, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately.

The lab will conduct research with adults, children, and infants, investigating language comprehension, language acquisition, and conceptual development. Because this is the inaugural year of the lab, the position offers an opportunity to take an instrumental role in shaping a new intellectual community, working closely with Dr. Feiman. The lab will be embedded in a thriving broader research environment: the department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, which is a multidisciplinary community that takes complimentary approaches to the study of mind, brain, behavior, and language. The ideal candidate would be on the path to graduate study in these fields, be intellectually engaged, highly organized, and eager to take on both the academic and administrative challenges of getting a new lab started.

The Research Assistant’s primary responsibilities will include managing and leading research projects in the lab: designing studies, preparing stimuli, recruiting and testing infants, children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, and participating in the preparation of research for publication. On the administrative side, responsibilities will include setting up and maintaining systems for data and resource management and communication within the lab, training and overseeing undergraduate assistants, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, and assisting with grant management and IRB documentation.


  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, or related fields
  • Prior experience working in a lab, working with children, and managing others
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Experience conducting independent research (e.g. an honors thesis project, an independent study) is strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Experience with eyetracking, and knowledge of R, Python, Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), CHILDES and CLAN, E-Prime, Matlab, Filemaker, OSF, and Slack, are all preferred but not required.

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All offers of employment are contingent upon consent to criminal background screening check and education verification with results satisfactory to Brown.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Brown is an Ivy League University located in Providence, Rhode Island, comprised of undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.  With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional graduate and undergraduate instruction.  Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.

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