Research Assistant Position Available: Cognitive Development Laboratory, The Ohio State University
The Cognitive Development Laboratory at Ohio State University directed by Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky is seeking a full-time research assistant to start in Summer 2016. This person will work closely with other lab members to assist in all aspects of conducting research.
The lab conducts research on cognitive development, with a particular focus on conceptual development and category learning. We are particularly interested in how people learn categories, retain them over time, and generalize learning to new situations, how they allocate attention during category learning, how language affects these processes, how these processes and effects change in the course of development, and how the brain systems sub-serving categorization come online. We employ looking-time, eye-tracking, behavioral, and electrophysiological methods with infants, young children and adults. For more information about the lab see: http://cogdev.osu.edu
We seek a recent college graduate who has majored in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field and who is (1) looking for additional research experience before going on to graduate school or (2) seeking a more permanent employment opportunity.
Duties include creating stimuli, programming experiments, recruiting and scheduling participants, and testing infant, child, and adult subjects, using behavioral, eye tracking, ERP, and heart rate methodologies. There is the possibility of becoming a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication. There are also administrative duties that include recruiting and training undergraduate volunteers research assistants and maintaining IRB protocols. This job offers competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. The review of applications will start immediately and the successful candidate may start as early as in May 2016, with flexibility to begin up to a month earlier or later. A 1-2-year commitment is required. The Ohio State University is a vibrant, research-centered public university, located in Columbus, Ohio. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, resume, and contact information for three references electronically to Alicia Scimeca (email@example.com). Please also be prepared to arrange three letters of recommendation. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Vladimir Sloutsky (Sloutsky.firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Maintaining participant database.
- Maintaining and managing IRB protocols.
- Managing participant scheduling.
- Supervising and training undergraduate students.
- Conducting research activities, and data collection with infants, children, and adults, data management and analysis.
- Additional administrative duties include requisition of new equipment and materials, and hardware/software maintenance.
- Bachelors degree or equivalent in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, natural science, or a technical field.
- Experience working with infants, children, and parents, preferably in a research setting or a minimum of one year of experience working in a lab, and demonstrated interest in behavioral or developmental research.
- Strong organizational, time management and communication skills (including writing skills).
- Self-motivated and able to troubleshoot problems independently
- Excellent skills interacting with infants and children as well as teachers and parents, and must be able to supervise undergraduate research assistants.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), some knowledge of SPSS, R, or equivalent statistical package and willingness to learn E-Prime, Experiment Builder, Matlab, Adobe Director, and File Maker Pro.
- Excellent verbal communication skills are essential as duties involve interacting with parents.
- Experience with eye-tracking and/or ERP data acquisition and data analysis is a plus but not required.
- Experience with database management (such as FileMaker software) is preferred but not required.