Summer research opportunity in science and biotechnology

The Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research at ten renowned U.S. host institutions.

Applications for the 2017 U.S. Amgen Scholars Program are now online.  Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 700 colleges and universities to date.

We hope you will pass this information on to your undergraduates before the application close date of February 1, 2017 (February 15 for the California Institute of Technology). Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via  Additionally, see the U.S. Program flyer.

Laboratory & Program Project Coordinator, Child Development Lab, University of Maryland

The Child Development Lab (CDL) at the University of Maryland under the direction of Nathan Fox is searching for an individual to assume the position of Laboratory and Program Project Coordinator. The Lab Coordinator manages the day-to-day activities of the CDL including, monitoring and ordering supplies, assisting in the staff hiring process, creating agendas, running lab and study-related meetings, preparing grant budgets and training lab staff on University and lab policies. The Program Project Coordinator is the main point of contact for organization of a multi-site study of the Functions and Development of the Mirror System funded by NICHD. Responsibilities include working with both US and foreign institutions on grant and budget preparation/management, submission of progress reports, and general study logistics (coordinating travel, scheduling meetings). Information regarding current ongoing studies at the CDL can be found at Information regarding the Program Project can be found at

A Bachelor’s degree with some additional relevant experience is required. The position requires keen attention to detail, organizational and planning abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills. The individual in this position will be working on multiple, large-scale projects simultaneously. Interested individuals should apply by sending a cover letter, CV, and the names and email addresses of two references to Dr. Nathan Fox at and Brittany DeVries at

Lab manager position Early Childhood Interaction Lab – University of Maryland

Lab Manager Position 

Early Childhood Interaction Lab (

Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology 

Director: Dr. Geetha Ramani

The University of Maryland, College Park Early Childhood Interaction Lab directed by Dr. Geetha Ramani is seeking a bright and energetic full-time lab manager.  Research conducted in the ECI lab focuses on understanding how young children’s social interactions with adults and peers influence their cognitive development.  We are also interested in how play and informal learning activities can promote children’s thinking in the areas of mathematics and problem solving.

Responsibilities will include data collection in local schools and in the lab, participant and school recruitment, preparation and management of IRB protocols, data entry, database management, transcription of interactions, and data storage and backup.  Additionally, the lab manager will supervise undergraduate research assistants and be responsible for general lab upkeep.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, human development, public health, education, or related field.  Preference will be given to applicants with previous research experience or prior experience working with children.  The position requires access to a car for travelling to schools for data collection.

Salary will be competitive and includes health benefits. Application review will begin immediately. This is a 1-year position with the likelihood of renewal for an additional year.

To apply please email your application to Dr. Geetha Ramani ( Application materials should include a cover letter detailing qualifications and interest, resume (with GPA), relevant coursework or transcript, and at least 2 references.


Immediate RA positions with Dr. Ploran

Dr. Ploran is looking for 2-3 research assistants to run data collection from 11/28-12/13 on a virtual reality/pain perception study. RAs will need to have experience taking blood pressure readings (e.g., EMT-certified) and have preferably completed Research Methods. Please email Dr. Ploran ( immediately with the RA Application Form. These positions are eligible to continue in the spring semester, potentially for PSY 095 credit with permission.

Local position in Plainview, help in a mental health practice

A professional practice in Plainview that serves youth with mental health and special education issues is seeking someone to help with filing and scanning, preferably on weekends.  This is an opportunity to earn some extra money and learn first-hand about a mental health related practice.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Steve Migden at

Full-time Research Assistant position UC Davis

Dr. Johnna Swartz at the Brain Development, Psychopathology, and Mental Health Lab, Department of Human Ecology, the University of California, Davis ( seeks to fill a full-time research assistant position at the Junior Specialist level starting in spring/summer 2017. Preferred start date is April 2017 but start date is flexible. This is a 1-year position with the possibility of renewal depending on grant funding. Continue reading

Research assistant position, Brandeis University

The Cognition Psychopathology Environment (CoPE) Lab, directed by Dr. Hannah Snyder in the Department of Psychology at Brandeis University seeks to hire a Research Assistant to assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in research projects involving cognition and mental health in adolescents and adults. The Research Assistant will be responsible for the day to day running of the lab, including training and supervising student researchers, and will run participants through study protocols, including being training to administer cognitive assessments and conduct clinical diagnostic interviews. The Research Assistant will also assist the PI with preparing IRB protocols, grants and publications, and will have opportunities for co-authorship. Continue reading