New Language Development posts at the MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

The new Language Development department at the MPI for Psycholinguistics has been up and running for 18 months, and we are now in phase *2* of recruitment. We have the following posts available. Please spread the word. You can also find out more about the new department here: http://www.mpi.nl/departments/language-development

Postdoctoral researcher in computational/cognitive modelling, working with me and Evan Kidd: (Deadline Friday 18th May (in 5 days time!))http://www.mpi.nl/people/vacancies/postdoctoral-research-position-in-computational-cognitive-modelling

Postdoctoral researcher in children’s language processing, working with Evan Kidd’s new research group. (Deadline Friday 1st June):http://www.mpi.nl/people/vacancies/postdoctoral-research-position-in-children2019s-language-processing

A PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team (rolling recruitment, no deadline): http://www.mpi.nl/people/translations_vacancies/php-drupal-developer

Two Dutch speaking student assistant posts (deadline Friday 1st June):  http://www.mpi.nl/people/vacancies/twee-vacatures-student-assistenten

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RA position at Georgetown

Research Technician – Lab Manager

Full-time research technician position available starting immediately in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (dcnl.georgetown.edu) directed by Chandan Vaidya.  The successful applicant will be responsible for fMRI data collection, recruitment efforts, administrative duties, and day-to-day operation of the lab.  Ongoing studies involve functional brain imaging in adults and children.  The job requires fMRI data acquisition skills, exceptional organizational and multi-tasking skills, ability to interact with multiple personnel, supervision of undergraduates, high motivation and initiative, and ability to work with children.  Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Neuroscience. Commitment of 2 years is required.

Please email a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 2 references to Chandan Vaidya at vaidyalab@georgetown.edu

Lab Manager/Research Assistant Position at the 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 research assistant (called Faculty Assistant at UMD) starting this summer 2018. The DSCN lab investigates the neural and cognitive bases of social interaction in typical development and children with autism. The methods used 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 developmental, cognitive, and/or clinical neuroscience. We encourage applicants with a background in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or related fields to apply.

The lab manager will train and supervise undergraduate research assistants, manage IRB protocols and data archiving, and be responsible for general lab upkeep.  Responsibilities will additionally include data collection and analyses of MRI and behavioral studies with children and adults and development of stimulus presentation scripts. On the administrative side, the lab manager is responsible for recruitment and communicating with participants, coordinating meeting spaces, organizing lab meeting times, and general communication with lab members.  The position may involve MRI operator training on the 3T Siemens scanner on UMD campus. There may be opportunities for presenting data at conferences and co-authoring publications.

Applicants must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills and must enjoy working with children.

Salary will be competitive commensurate with experience and includes health benefits. Application review will begin immediately.

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.

UMD, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

To View More Details and To Apply, please use this link to the position on Brown’s Career Site:

https://brown.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/staff-careers-brown/job/Metcalf-Research-Lab/Research-Assistant_REQ145185

Applicants are required to use the Brown Career Site to apply for the position and to submit their resume, cover letter and any related documents.  Please check the status of your application through the account you create when you apply.

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.

About Brown  (Please visit our website and get to know us better at:  www.brown.edu)

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.

Brown offers competitive benefits such as a generous retirement plan and education programs; details are available at:  http://www.brown.edu/about/administration/human-resources/

Hiring full-time research assistant and post-doctoral research associate for Developmental Sleep and Cognition studies

Dr. Rebecca Spencer in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is hiring a full-time research assistant and a post-doctoral research associate for NIH-funded research on sleep and memory in early childhood.

Post-doctoral research associate: The candidate must have completed or be in the process of completing a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, or other related discipline.  Training in statistical methods, mastery of English speaking and writing, reliable transportation, and experience working with human subjects are required. Successful candidates must have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with parents, teachers, and children; and strong organization, problem solving, and analytic skills.

We seek a post-doc who is motivated and ambitious, who is prepared for a hands-on research experience including the use of new tasks and techniques, and who is prepared to be an intellectual contributor to the research. Responsibilities will include: (1) conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and physiological data collection); (2) data processing and analysis; (3) training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants; (4) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; (5) assisting with research protocols and compliance; and (6) contributing to data dissemination (poster presentations, manuscript submissions).

Full-time research assistant: A bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field is required. Training in statistical methods, mastery of English speaking and writing, reliable transportation, and experience working with human subjects are required. Successful candidates must have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with parents, teachers, and children; and strong organizational, managerial, and problem solving, and analytic skills.

Responsibilities of the research assistant will include: (1) conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and physiological data collection); (2) contributing to data processing and analysis; (3) training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants; (4) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; (5) assisting with research protocols and compliance; and (6) conducting library searches and literature reviews.

This lab is in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and part of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amherst, Massachusetts is in the beautiful western part of Massachusetts with plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities and scenery. Situated close to Boston, Providence, and New York City, the lab offers many opportunities to attend lectures and workshops and visit labs in the New England region.

The positions are set to begin as soon as possible with a start date before August 1, 2018 preferred. If interested, please send CV, letter describing research interests and goals, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Rebecca Spencer at rspencer @ psych.umass.edu.

Lab manager position at MIT for Josh Tenenbaum

The Computational Cognitive Science Lab at MIT, directed by Dr. Joshua Tenenbaum, welcomes enthusiastic, motivated and knowledge-thirsty individuals to apply for a full-time lab manager position.

Current research in the lab explores the computational basis of many aspects of human cognition: learning concepts, judging similarity, inferring causal connections, forming perceptual representations, learning word meanings and syntactic principles in natural language, noticing coincidences and predicting the future, inferring the mental states of other people, and constructing intuitive theories of core domains, such as intuitive physics, psychology, biology, or social structure.

This person will work closely with other lab members to assist in all aspects of running the lab and conducting research. This job would be ideal for graduating or recent graduates who are looking for additional research experience before joining a PhD program in Psychology or Cognitive Science. The role of the successful candidate will be the coordination and facilitation of all aspects of research in the lab. This will involve a mix of research and administrative duties, and day-to-day work will vary. Administrative duties include recruiting, training and coordinating undergraduate research assistants, organizing meetings and schedules amongst all lab members and collaborators, assisting with grant preparation, presentations, and applications, planning social events for the lab and more. Research duties will include conducting experiments with adults in the lab and children at the Boston Children’s museum, assisting with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication. Taking an active role in all stages of the research is strongly encouraged, and there will be opportunity to develop independent projects and participate in reading groups and research seminars. There is also an opportunity to take classes and attend many talks at MIT.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, or a related scientific field or discipline (by start date)
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, keen attention to detail, and an interest in cognitive development are a must
  • Research experience (particularly in cognitive development, cognitive science or computer science)
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends
  • Administrative experience and experience working with children is preferred
  • The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and with parents and community members
  • A strong statistical background, and computer programming or web development skills would be very useful
  • Passion about science and a good sense of humor 🙂

Preferred start date is June/July 2018, with a 1 to 2-year desired commitment. To apply, please send an email with Lab Manager Application in the subject line to eko@mit.edu, and include your CV/resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the aim of concluding this search as soon as possible.

Lab manager position, Computational Cognitive Development lab, U of T

The Computational Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Toronto, directed by Dr. Daphna Buchsbaum, welcomes enthusiastic, motivated individuals to apply for a part-time lab manager position. Research in the lab focuses on experimental and computational approaches to the development and origins of social and causal reasoning abilities in children, as well as in adults and non-human animals. Please see http://cocodev.psych.utoronto.ca/ for more information.
This person will work closely with other lab members to assist in all aspects of setting up and running the lab and conducting research. This job would be ideal for graduating or recent graduates who are looking for additional research experience before joining a PhD program in Psychology or Cognitive Science.
The role of the successful candidate will be the coordination and facilitation of all aspects of research in the lab. This will involve a mix of research and administrative duties, and day-to-day work will vary. Administrative duties include recruiting, training and coordinating undergraduate research assistants, initiating and maintaining relationships with nurseries, museums and other recruitment sites, organizing meetings and schedules amongst all lab members and collaborators, and assisting with grant preparation, presentations, and applications. Research duties will include conducting experiments with children in the lab and at other research sites, as well as assisting with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication. The appointee will coordinate closely with Dr. Buchsbaum on these tasks, but should be able to work independently. Taking an active role in all stages of the research is strongly encouraged, and there will be opportunity to develop independent projects and participate in reading groups and research seminars.
Requirements:
•Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or work permit
•Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, or a related scientific field or discipline (by start date)
•Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, keen attention to detail, and an interest in cognitive development are a must
•Research experience (particularly in cognitive development, cognitive science or computer science) is essential
•Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends
•Administrative experience and experience working with children is preferred
•The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and with parents and community members
•A strong statistical background, and computer programming or web development skills would be very useful
Preferred start date is June 2018, with a 1 to 2-year desired commitment, further extendable depending on fit. To apply, please send an email with Lab Manager Application in the subject line to manager.buchsbaum@gmail.com, and include your CV/resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the aim of concluding this search as soon as possible.

Lab Manager Position at Northwestern University

The Cognition and Language Lab/Project on Children’s Thinking at Northwestern University, directed by Dr. Dedre Gentner, is seeking a full-time lab manager to begin in the Summer of 2018. The lab manager will coordinate research activities on learning and reasoning in adults and children.

Candidates should have a strong interest in language and cognitive development and in learning and reasoning, as well as a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants must have at least two years of experience in experimental psychology, cognitive science, education, or a related field, as well as experience working with human subjects, especially children, in an academic research environment. 

Responsibilities include recruiting, training, and managing a team of undergraduate assistants; performing and overseeing research-related activities such as recruiting and scheduling participants, designing and creating experimental stimuli, testing children and adults, and assisting with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication; and administrative duties, such as coordinating with local preschools and other external organizations, cultivating a public lab presence (e.g., via website, social media, newsletter, etc.), maintaining participant records, purchasing equipment, and preparing applications for human subjects approval.

The minimum commitment for this position is two years. The position is ideal for a recent college graduate who would like to gain additional research experience before applying to graduate school, but we also welcome candidates who are interested in research and have other career aspirations, and/or who wish to commit for longer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a CV/resume and cover letter to Amalia Ionescu (amaliaionescu@northwestern.edu).

Lab manager position for a lifespan developmental lab

I’m looking for a lab manager to start this spring/summer.

Link to the job post: https://irecruitportal.ucr.edu/irecruit/!Controller?action=jobs_webui.show_page&page=jobs_detail&requisition_id=201804098864&profile_id=&module=jobs <https://irecruitportal.ucr.edu/irecruit/%21Controller?action=jobs_webui.show_page&page=jobs_detail&requisition_id=201804098864&profile_id=&module=jobs>

Lab description: The Cognitive Agility across the Lifespan via Learning and Attention (CALLA) Lab at the University of California, Riverside is seeking a full-time Laboratory Assistant to begin in Spring/Summer 2018. The lab uses EEG, MRI, eye-tracking, and behavioral techniques to study learning and visual attention in infants, children, young adults, and older adults. Because this Laboratory Assistant will help conduct, analyze, and write up research, this position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a PhD in developmental cognitive neuroscience or related fields.

One particularly time intensive (but rewarding!) project that this person would help with is a learning intervention with older adults.

Salary: $32,656 – $37,835

Please forward to any potential candidates and have them apply through the link. They could also send me an email after submitting to double check that their application went through.

Lab Manager position in Developmental Psych, University of Toronto

The StarLab for Mind and Development (directed by Dr. Christina Starmans) in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto has an opening for a full-time Lab Manager to begin August 1, 2018.
 
Our research explores how infants, children, and adults reason about the social and moral world, and draws on ideas at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. Some of our main interests include: moral reasoning and moral action; the perception and attribution of other minds; ownership reasoning; fairness and equality; and knowledge and belief.
 
The position entails recruiting and scheduling participants, aiding in the testing of subjects in-lab and offsite, monitoring and ordering lab supplies, and working in a collaborative fashion with the PI, undergraduates, and graduate students to maintain the ongoing smooth functioning of the research activities. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The lab manager may also have opportunities to co-author manuscripts, develop their own research projects, and attend conferences.
 
Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Psychology or a closely related field, experience with children, research experience in an experimental psychology lab, and experience managing others. Highly desired qualities include: Strong organizational skills; enthusiasm about research in social cognitive development; comfort with young children and families; and strong, self-directed initiative and ability to take on challenges (in particular, with setting up a lab in its beginning phases). Programming, data analysis, and/or web design skills are always a plus.
 
To apply, please send (as a single PDF document) a cover letter, CV, and unofficial transcript to christina.starmans@utoronto.ca. The letter should briefly describe your research experience and should include the name and contact information of at least two academic references.
 
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but full consideration will be given to applications received by May 31, 2018. The position will ultimately be filled through the University of Toronto’s internal Human Resources process; strong candidates will be encouraged to submit their application to the University after an initial review.