Lab manager position – UT Austin Psychology

The Daily Activity Lab is hiring a spry and well-organized lab manager.

The lab will be pursuing exciting research to capture day-to-day activities and interactions between mothers and their infants in extended naturalistic home sessions (72 hours+) using a mobile sensor suite. The goal of the project is to develop a paradigm to characterize objective markers of mother and infant daily activity. The ultimate goals are to access the basic mechanisms of early social-emotional development and to develop mobile interventions for cases of high risk, such as the transmission of risks for depression from mothers to infants.

We are housed in the Institute for Mental Health Research in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. We will work in an interdisciplinary team bridging developmental science, clinical psychology, computer science, and electrical engineering.

The position is available for three years with potential to pursue additional funding.

The lab manager will be expected to coordinate the day-to-day operation and management of the research projects occurring in the Daily Activity Lab, including:

  • Recruit, conduct phone screens, and schedule research study participants.
  • Coordinate testing logistics and run sessions at participants’ homes.
  • Supervise and train research assistants to assist with study data collection including running home sessions as well as offline video and audio annotation.
  • Manage study files, lab expenses, and departmental paperwork including IRB compliance documents.
  • Attend weekly scientific meetings.

The project will involve collection of synchronized data from multiple sensors including video cameras, mobile phones, and motion sensors (similar to a Fitbit). The lab manager will assist in developing and implementing protocols for maintaining data quality, including synchronization across sensors, merging diverse data formats, and visualization of raw data using Matlab or Python.

Required qualifications. Master’s degree in Psychology or related field or Bachelor’s degree with two years of relevant research experience. Ability to use effective time management to ensure the tasks and goals for multiple projects are completed in order of priority. Demonstrated attention to detail. Outstanding interpersonal communication. Current work eligibility in the United States.

Preferred qualifications. Experience with quantitative research methods. Experience with behavioral video coding. Familiarity with statistics software (R, SPSS), Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Basic programming experience or willingness to learn (Python, Matlab). Experience working with parents and infants.  Ability to drive to sessions at participants’ homes (reimbursed).

Review of applications will begin Monday July 31 and continue until a position is filled. First set of interviews will be scheduled for August 3 and 4. For additional information and to apply, please visit:


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