Cognitive Development Lab Coordinator Position: Rutgers University, Newark

The Computational Cognitive Development Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Bonawitz is currently recruiting a full-time Lab Manager to coordinate and conduct research on causal learning in infants and children. In particular, research in the lab is informed by computational models and empirical studies exploring how children learn about the world to form intuitive theories.

Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to develop and maintain organizational systems will be required. Taking an active role in all stages of the research is strongly encouraged, including initiating independent projects and participating in reading groups and research seminars. Helps build and maintain collaborations at local daycares and museums; responsible for data collection involving conducting interviews and experiments with children and adults; keeps organized records of participant pool and data; prepares progress reports; directs undergraduate research assistants.

Preferred start date is September/October 2013, with a 2-year desired commitment, further extendable depending on fit.

Requirements Bachelor’s degree in related scientific field or discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience and knowledge of general principles and practices within a discipline and ability to use that knowledge for practical application. Administrative experience and experience working with children is preferred. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, computer literacy, an ability to work independently, and an interest in cognitive development are a must. The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and with parents and community members.  A strong background in mathematical models/computer science/machine learning is not required, but a general interest and working knowledge in these fields is encouraged.

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Rutgers University, Newark is located in the heart of New Jersey’s largest city and is an easy 25-minute train ride from downtown Manhattan.



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