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 www.edimprovement.org


Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample of 3-5 pages to cmason@edimprovement.org

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: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/170628014008

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: https://www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/BQsthirdpositions.html

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 jobopportunities.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=235487

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: jobopportunities.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=235392

Post-doc and Project Coordinator positions – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Sleep Lab @ Umass (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is looking for a post-doc and project coordinator for an NIH-funded project examining the function of naps on learning and cognitive functions in preschool children. Please share this with your trainees and colleagues who may be or may know someone interested.
For both positions, we seek candidates with experience working with developmental populations. Experience working in a preschool classroom is preferred but not required. As both involve testing at various locations, access to transportation is essential (standard gas mileage is reimbursed).
Project Coordinator:  This person will manage recruiting and scheduling for the project.  This involves educating preschool directors, teachers, and parents as to the objectives of the project, scheduling and conducting testing sessions in the preschools, and helping manage data.  We will provide career development for this person according to their career goals, but this may include training in research methods and statistics and the opportunity to present and publish on the projects.
Post-doc: This person will take the lead on the scientific aspects of the project – developing and preparing tasks, completing or assisting with analyses, training and mentoring grad students on the project, and contributing to the dissemination (posters, articles) of the work.  This position provides excellent opportunity for career development through the opportunity to publish, present at conferences, and through trainee opportunities at UMass Amherst and the New England region. A PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Education, or related discipline is required.
The Sleep Lab @ UMass has a new 3-bedroom sleep lab in the Institute of Applied Life Sciences for in-lab studies. We combine techniques including polysomnography (EEG, EOG, and EMG) and actigraphy to measure sleep and use an array of behavioral probes in populations from children to older adults.  UMass is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts.
If interested, please send a CV with cover letter to Rebecca Spencer (rspencer@umass.edu).

Lab Coordinator Position @ Brown

The Causality and Mind Lab at Brown University (https://www.brown.edu/research/labs/causality-and-mind, PI: David Sobel) is seeking a lab coordinator for NSF-funded projects on children’s belief revision, social learning, and exploration in both laboratory and informal learning environments. This is a full-time, paid position in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University.

The lab coordinator will be part of several projects in the lab, including laboratory-based measures of children’s belief revision, scientific reasoning, and social learning, 3D motion tracking of children’s responses to examine mechanisms of cognitive control and social cognitive development, and onsite investigation of parent-child interaction and exploration at in museum settings. In addition to lab manager duties, opportunities exist for development of independent research and publication. The position is for two years, with a third year possible, contingent on funding.

The lab coordinator will work with the PI, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to engage in data collection, coding, and data analysis. Other responsibilities will include supervising and training undergraduate research assistants, coordinating coding of large-scale data projects, maintaining IRB paperwork for research compliance, coordinating testing schedules and logistics, and maintaining laboratory website.

Required qualifications include

  • B.A. or B.S. in Psychology, Cognitive Science or a field related to cognitive development
  • Experience working with preschool- or elementary-school aged children in a laboratory setting
  • Proficiency in interacting with children, families, and the general public
  • Ability to manage time and goals on multiple projects.
  • Ability to use or learn essential software for research, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud, SPSS, and Qualtrics
  • Experience with Matlab and behavioral video coding is preferred.

If interested, please submit application materials, including CV, a cover letter documenting interest in the position and previous experience, academic transcript (unofficial is fine), and contact information from three professional references to Brown Workday at the URL Below


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Research Manager and Academic Assistant Position at Swarthmore College

Research Manager and Academic Assistant
Department of Psychology, Swarthmore College

The Psychology Department at Swarthmore College seeks an administrator to begin in mid-July 2017. The responsibilities of this person will fall into two major categories: (1) Act as a Research Manager in matters concerning the oversight and facilitation of student and faculty research throughout the year with emphasis on off-campus populations. (2) Assist the Department Chair primarily in matters concerning facilitating and monitoring student progress in the department including students in special majors such as neuroscience and psychology and education.

For more information about this position, including application instructions, see:http://careers.swarthmore.edu/cw/en-us/job/493390/research-manager-academic-asst

For more information about the Psychology Department’s research labs, see: http://www.swarthmore.edu/psychology/labs

This position starts in mid-July 2017.  The term of the position will be three years. During the first month (mid-July through mid-August 2017), the position will be full time to allow for training and overlap with the incumbent. After that, during each year, the position will be full-time from mid-August through mid-June and half-time from mid-June until mid-August. The successful candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree. Experience conducting and managing research is highly desirable, as is experience with database management and web-based programming. Experience working in research, clinical, or educational settings with children, parents, and other community members is highly desirable.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Lab Manager Position @ Northwestern

Position Available—Full-time Lab Manager/Research Technician, Northwestern University
The SCIP (social cognition & intergroup processes) Lab, directed by Dr. Sylvia Perry at Northwestern University in the Department of Psychology seeks a full-time (with benefits) lab manager/research technician beginning August or September 2017.
The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility to extend for additional years based on performance and continued funding. The lab manager/research technician will work closely with the PI and lab group to set up the new lab, and to kick-start a research program investigating how social contexts and attitudes affect behavioral and physiological outcomes within intergroup interactions in both adult and child populations.
Responsibilities include:
• overseeing day-to-day lab operations
• designing, running, and analyzing experiments with children and adults
• coordinating, training, and proactively working with undergraduate research assistants
• participant recruitment and scheduling, and the development of a participant database
• coordinating school visits
• maintaining IRB protocols, budgeting, website, etc.
• assisting in planning lab events and meetings
Preferred qualifications:
• a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related discipline
• research experience in a social and/or developmental psychology lab
• one or more years of research experience with children and/or racially diverse populations
• experience in a psychophysiological or dyadic interactions lab (e.g., experience working with autonomic nervous system data and/or coding verbal and non-verbal data)
• excellent organizational and multitasking skills and the ability to work independently
• strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
• extremely efficient in email correspondence
• programming skills in Qualtrics, Inquisit, and Mechanical Turk, and knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
• strong analytical skills (e.g., experience with SPSS, R, etc.)
• working knowledge of image and/or video design and editing (e.g., Photoshop, Final Cut)
This position is ideal for individuals who wish to pursue research in the future. The lab manager/research technician will be involved with scientific presentations at conferences, the writing of journal manuscripts, and the ability to start their own projects in collaboration with Dr. Perry and her research lab.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV/resume, and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Perry at nusciplab@gmail.com. Please use the subject line “lab manager position” in your email.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Sylvia Perry.