Lab Coordinator Opening- Barnard Cognitive Development Center

The Barnard Cognitive Development Center at Barnard College, Columbia University is seeking a confident, motivated, and creative individual to work as a full-time lab coordinator. This position is ideal for a recent college graduate hoping to go on to graduate work in psychology.

The lab coordinator will work in a highly collaborative environment alongside Dr. Koleen McCrink.  BCDC is a busy, active environment, with many research projects running concurrently in the lab, as well as throughout NYC at elementary schools, day cares, and children’s museums. Our research focuses on the development of mathematical and spatial knowledge from infancy (5 months) to adulthood.

The position begins in September of 2014, and continues for one year.  There is the possibility of an additional year contingent on performance and fit.


As the public face of the lab, the lab coordinator must be at ease recruiting participants in and around the Morningside Heights neighborhood and interfacing with the parents and families who participate in our studies. The coordinator must also be comfortable interacting with babies and young children. Additionally, the coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the undergraduate staff, requiring a balance of strong managerial capability alongside the ability to foster a productive, fun environment.

The lab coordinator must be highly organized and attentive to detail, as s/he will be responsible for the management of all laboratory finances, participant recruitment and community outreach, IRB management, and general laboratory upkeep, including purchasing of supplies, technological maintenance, etc. Additionally, the lab coordinator should be computer-proficient, particularly on Macs, and should also be comfortable with SPSS and experiment-running software such as SuperLab.

The ideal applicant possesses all of the above qualities, will have graduated with a degree in psychology or cognitive science, has experience working with children in a research environment, plans on continuing to graduate school in the field, and is looking for an exciting, challenging work environment.

For more information on the laboratory, visit

This is a salaried position with full benefits.  Candidates interested in this position should contact Koleen McCrink ( with their resume, cover letter including research experience and interests, and contact information for 2 references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until July 21st.


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