Developmental Lab Coordinator / Research Assistant Position; Rutgers University, Newark

The Developmental Psychology Laboratories at Rutgers University, Newark Campus, directed by Drs. Elizabeth Bonawitz and Vanessa LoBue are currently recruiting a full-time Lab Manager to coordinate and conduct developmental research with infants and children. The lab manager will be responsible for recruiting and overseeing studies in both Dr. Bonawitz’s Computational Cognitive Development Lab and Dr. LoBue’s Child Study Center.

The primary role of the lab coordinator will be to work with local schools and community organizations to recruit participants and organize data collections. The lab coordinator will also be expected to play an active role in all stages of the research in both labs, including 1) conducting experiments with infants, children, and adults in laboratory and school settings; (2) training and supervising undergraduate and graduate researchers; (3) administrative duties, such as daily record keeping, data management, equipment purchase, and maintenance of lab participant database; (4) coordinating between two independent research labs, and (5) providing general support to researchers.

Preferred start date is August/September 2016, 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 development are a must. The applicant should be comfortable interacting with children of all ages, with undergraduate students, and especially with parents and community members. Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is not required, but preferred.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Dr.s LoBue and Bonawitz (; The cover letter should describe your relevant experience, and should in particular address your experience engaging with local community groups or schools.

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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