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Lab Manager Position at BU Child Cognition Lab (Deb Kelemen)

The Child Cognition Lab (PI: Deb Kelemen) at Boston University has an opening for a Lab Manager to begin in Fall 2016. The Lab Manager will assist in coordination of a broad range of research activities including NSF-funded school-based intervention projects on elementary school children’s intuitive reasoning, learning of complex scientific concepts, and the development of scientific misconceptions. Further conceptual developmental studies require comfort working with toddlers and preschoolers. This position is ideal for someone interested in cognitive development and science education en route to graduate school. A 2-year commitment is preferred.

Responsibilities include: (i) recruiting and scheduling families for lab-based studies; (ii) coordinating with teachers for school-based education intervention studies; (iii) conducting studies in lab and school settings; (iv) assisting in the design of experimental stimuli, data entry, and data analyses (SPSS preferred); (v) training and supervision of an undergraduate research team, co-ordination with post-docs, graduate students, and research assistants; (vi) assistance with teacher professional development workshops; (vii) preparing reports for funders, preparation of IRB applications and assistance in preparation of peer-reviewed journal articles.

Position requirements: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or a related field and research experience with children. The candidate must be: smart, energetic, upbeat, organized, detail-oriented, collaborative, and conscientious with strong problem-solving and analytic skills, and outstanding written and spoken communication skills. Interested applicants should email one PDF including a cover letter, CV, and details on 3 references to Deb Kelemen (dkelemen@bu.edu). Please place “CCL Lab Manager Position” in the subject line. Information on this position is also posted at: http://www.bu.edu/cdl/ccl/ Review of applications begins now until the right candidate is found.

Project Coordinator Position at the College of the Holy Cross

The Conceptual Development Lab at the College of the Holy Cross, directed by Dr. Florencia Anggoro, is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to work on two IES-funded projects: one on spatial thinking and science learning (with Dr. Benjamin Jee at Worcester State University), the other on early childhood STEM education (with Dr. Martha Cyr at Worcester Polytechnic Institute). This is an exciting opportunity for recent college graduates who are interested in the intersections of cognitive development and education.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: participant recruitment, training RAs and supervising data collection, data entry and coding, interacting with schools and parents, and overall project management (e.g., IRB protocols and equipment maintenance).

Minimum requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or related field with at least one year of research experience, preferably in a developmental research setting. Transportation is required for local travel.

The successful candidate will have outstanding organization and communication skills (both written and spoken), strong problem-solving and analytic skills, and proven reliability and attention to detail. Proficiency with statistical software and video technology is a plus.

The position is a one-year, full-time (35 hrs/week) appointment with benefits. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2016. Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter (which includes a list of 2 references) to Dr. Florencia Anggoro (fanggoro@holycross.edu). Review of applicants will begin on June 6, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Lab Manager/Research Assistant Position at The University of Maryland DSCN Lab

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay (www.dscn.umd.edu) is seeking a full-time lab manager starting this summer 2016. The DSCN lab investigates the neural and cognitive bases of social communication (e.g., joint attention, theory of mind) in typical individuals and individuals 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.

Responsibilities will include data collection and analyses of MRI and behavioral studies with children and adults and development and maintenance of lab imaging analysis and stimulus presentation scripts. Additionally, the lab manager will supervise undergraduate research assistants, manage IRB protocols, and be responsible for general lab upkeep. The position may involve MRI operator training. There may be opportunities for presenting data at conferences and
co-authoring publications.

Experience with python or matlab, neuroimaging analysis software (e.g., AFNI, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), and linux is preferred. 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. This is a 1-year position with the possibility of renewal.

To apply please email your application to Ruth Ludlum (dscn.umd@gmail.com). 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.

Jr. Specialist or Assistant Specialist – Institute for Cognitive Studies – UC Berkeley

Jr. Specialist or Assistant Specialist – Institute for Cognitive Studies


Open date: May 6th, 2016
Next review date: May 23rd, 2016
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: May 23rd, 2016
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Institute of Cognitive Studies is recruiting a Jr. Specialist or Assistant Specialist. This position assists with subject recruitment, testing and data management, and human subjects protocol amendments, along with computer skills involved in administering the PI’s research grant. The essential responsibilities include designing experiments with young children as well as recruiting and testing children. The incumbent will also be responsible for maintaining relationships with a variety of research sites, as well as forming new ones. Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for identifying and completing amendments to the lab’s human subjects protocols.

These tasks require a specialized background and experience in Developmental Psychology, since often, new research ideas will emerge from testing and training. The incumbent must be able to identify and avoid or rectify a broad range of problems with the design and implementation of studies, and must also be able to identify data patterns that may be interesting to further explore. The incumbent will also need to fully understand the specialized research being conducted in the lab, and must be able to present and explain this research to parents and partners at the lab’s various research sites.

Aspects of lab administration that the individual will be responsible for include but are not limited to: organizing/scheduling lab activities and events, adhering to and monitoring adherence to human subjects protocols, amending the lab’s human subjects protocols when needed, managing subject payments, maintaining lab networks and website, updating lab documents. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to contribute to, help develop, and run others’ research projects as well as his/her own. These projects may span from visual perceptual studies, to cross-cultural work, to classic causal learning blicket-detector tasks.

The individual will report to the lab Principal Investigator (Dr. Alison Gopnik), and will interact with students (both graduate and undergraduate), postdoctoral scholars and other individuals who are part of the lab. A major part of the position also involves coordinating undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs), which requires the incumbent to help provide them with academic background and training in their own testing and design of experiments.

Basic/Minimum Qualifications Required at time of application:
• Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related field.

Additional Required Qualifications:
• Basic knowledge of cognitive psychology and cognitive science.
• Experience with and knowledge of experimental design for experiments with both children and adults.
• Experience with literature reviews.
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to conduct research in conjunction with both academic researchers and students.
• Ability to interact and communicate effectively with members of the laboratory, parents, preschool administrators and teachers, and museum administrators.
• Excellent attention to detail as well as strong organizational and time management skills.
• Must be an independent, highly motivated, and resourceful worker.
• Successful background check required for employment. Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with developmental testing with 1.5 to 8-year-olds.
• Experience with humans subjects protocol amendments.
• Experience running studies on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

The annual full-time salary range is $36,984 to $48,768, and salary will be commensurate with experience. The anticipated start date of this position is June 1st, 2016. The position will start at 50% time for the month of June, and will go up to 75% time for the following 11 months, with a possibility for renewal after this first year.

The position is open until filled. To apply, please submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references through the online application system at the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01050. Please direct questions to Francesco Brofferio atcesco@berkeley.edu.

Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality:http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


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Full-time RA position at University of Connecticut Storrs

Dr. Marie Coppola at the University of Connecticut is hiring a Full-Time Research Assistant.

ASL FLUENCY IS A MUST.  Deaf and Hard of Hearing applicants are especially encouraged to apply.




This position is part of a grant project investigating the relationship of language experience to number cognition in deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children. SEE JOB INFORMATION BELOW for more details.

1) Go to http://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/ and click on Staff Positions
2) On the popup window click on Search for Staff Positions
3) Search for job # 2016528 to see the qualifications. To apply online, please submit a letter of application, resume and a list of three names of professional references with contact information.
4) Email marie.coppola@uconn.edu oremily.carrigan@uconn.edu with questions


Job Information:

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Data collection with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children and adults, which may occur during nights and weekends on occasion
  2. Experimental design and development of stimuli
  3. Developing and applying coding schemes to the data
  4. Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  5. Digitizing video data and maintaining the database
  6. Training and assisting undergraduate students working in the lab
  7. Literature searches and reviews on related topics
  8. Assisting with IRB protocols
  9. Website maintenance
  10. Other related research duties as requested

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related major (e.g., cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, or human development) with two to three years of post-degree experience or an M.A. or M.S. with zero to one year of post-degree experience; equivalent specialized training and experience may be considered for those without the typical degree/experience combination; excellent production and comprehension of American Sign Language; experience collecting data from Deaf children and/or adults; experience coding behavioral data; ability to work at other locations within the U.S. for 1-2 week periods; the ability to work occasional nights and weekends; and familiarity with Macintosh OS

Preferred Qualifications

Excellent organizational and communication skills; ability to work independently; experience working with gesture and/or sign language data; experience with Microsoft Office and FileMaker Pro; familiarity with capturing, digitizing and editing video materials; quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills; background in cognitive development, language acquisition, sign language structure; familiarity searching online databases of psychological and linguistic literature; Spanish language skills.

Appointment Terms

This is a grant-funded, annually renewable position. Salary will be commensurate with training and experience. The anticipated start date is summer 2016.

To Apply

Please submit a letter of application, resume and a list of three names and contact information for professional references. Screening of applications will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2016528)