Category Archives: Job Opportunities

Lab Manager Position, Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies

The Laboratory for Developmental Studies in the Department of Psychology has a position open for a full-time research assistant in Dr. Elizabeth Spelke’s lab. Research in the lab is focused on exploring the cognitive development of infants and toddlers, with an emphasis on perception and knowledge of objects and people. Other projects in the lab focus on the development of numerical and geometrical abilities in preschool- and elementary school-aged children, with a focus on testing interventions to enhance the readiness of disadvantaged children for learning school mathematics. The candidate will report directly to the P.I., a Professor of Developmental Psychology, and will be responsible for managing and overseeing the daily activities of two lab spaces dedicated to running research studies with infants, toddlers, and children. Responsibilities including hiring and supervising undergraduate research assistants, coordinating testing spaces and study schedules, assisting with preparation of grant applications and progress reports, maintaining the lab manual, executing specific research experiments, and assisting in the collection of data. In addition, the candidate will act as the primary liaison between the lab and both the Psychology Business Office and the Harvard IRB, coordinating all lab purchases as well as applications for human subjects research approval. Further, the candidate will work actively with the Open Science Framework to register studies, methodology, and data. The candidate will perform related duties as requested.

This is a two-year position. Continue reading


Lab manager position at Carnegie Mellon

David Creswell’s lab is hiring a full time lab manager in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Ideally, we aim to hire someone for a two-year position (or longer) starting June 1, 2018. Our lab works at the interface between health psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, and health neuroscience. We study stress and coping, focusing on stress management strategies (e.g., self-affirmation, cognitive reappraisal, social connection) and interventions (e.g., mindfulness meditation) for understanding stress resilience processes. You can find out more about our research here:

The project manager we seek must be comfortable supporting the lab director in coordinating multiple ongoing projects and a multidisciplinary team, including a large NIH-funded trial of mindfulness meditation training for older adults. Project manager responsibilities include: recruiting new research participants, accounting, scheduling and managing participant events and communications, running behavioral sessions, coordinating assessments and monitoring incoming data, managing data collection, complying with NIH and IRB protocols, and coordination of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research assistants. This job certainly involves a lot but offers lots of opportunities for making an impact. Continue reading

Lab Manager Position: UC Santa Cruz Early Social Interaction Lab

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The Early Social Interaction Lab the University of California, Santa Cruz (PI: Audun Dahl) is hiring a lab manager. The lab’s research is focused on moral and social development in early childhood. Most of our research uses behavioral experiments, naturalistic observation, or structured interviews in lab, home, or preschool settings.

Job description: The lab manager will be involved in designing and conducting studies, coding audio and video data, training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, recruiting participants, and preparing human subjects protocols. Continue reading

Lab Manager – Boston College Infant and Child Cognition Lab

The Infant and Child Cognition Laboratory, headed by Dr. Sara Cordes at Boston College, is now accepting applications for a full-time laboratoryassistant with benefits beginning Summer 2018. Research in the lab focuses
on how infants, children, and adults understand and keep track of number,
as well as how these abilities relate to prosocial behavior in preschoolers and to formal mathematics performance in school-aged children (

Responsibilities include managing research projects in the lab, programming experiments, creating stimuli, data coding and analyses, recruiting
participants, and testing infant, child, and adult subjects both in the lab and at off-site locations (e.g. preschools and museums), with the
possibility of becoming a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication. Administrative duties include hiring, training, and supervising undergraduate volunteers, managing subject recruitment, communicating with
local child care facilities and museums, purchasing equipment, coordinating lab events and meetings, and general faculty support. This position is
ideal for individuals who are highly motivated to pursue graduate study in psychology. Continue reading

Lab Manager: Woodward Lab at the University of Chicago

There is an opening for lab manager in the Woodward lab beginning this spring/summer.  Research in the lab uses a variety of behavioral methods, eye-tracking and EEG to gain insight into the processes that support social cognition and social learning in infants and young children.  The lab manager position involves overseeing the day to day operations of the lab, including scheduling appointments, seeing families through the lab visit, working with graduate students and postdocs to support ongoing research projects and supervising a team of undergraduate research assistants (visit to learn more).

To apply, please use the link below.

Lab coordinator position at the Austin Thought Lab

The Austin Thought Lab at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking a full-time lab manager/coordinator to start in August 2018. Under the direction of Katharine Tillman, the lab studies interactions between language, perception, and culture in the mind, including how young children acquire abstract concepts that go beyond what they can directly observe in the world. This position involves coordinating data collection and subject recruitment, designing and running studies with children and adults, developing and maintaining administrative systems, supervising undergraduate research assistants, scheduling and record-keeping, maintaining study protocols and communicating with the Institutional Review Board, community outreach online and in person, and more. The lab coordinator will also have opportunities to conduct their own projects, and to be involved with conference presentations and journal articles. This position is particularly appropriate to candidates hoping to increase their research training prior to applying to graduate school.

Necessary qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, computer science, or a related field.
– Previous research experience
– Experience and comfort communicating with children (2 – 10 years old), families, and other members of the community
– Ability to write clearly for any audience
– Ability to get tasks done efficiently and independently, and to show initiative in doing so
– Organized and detail-oriented Continue reading

Two clinical research positions available at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience

[Read all the way through to see the second position]

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children’s Hospital are dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in children diagnosed with or at risk for various developmental disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, psychology, and education. In collaboration with clinical experts in fields such as developmental pediatrics and child neurology, we are working to expand our knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders. Through this collaborative and comprehensive approach, we aim to drive the science forward as rapidly as possible, so that we can translate what we learn into earlier identification, improved therapies, and better outcomes for children and families affected by developmental disorders.

The Clinical Research Specialist (CRS) will work on a collaborative project between Boston Children’s Hospital (PI Charles Nelson) and Boston University (PI Helen Tager-Flusberg) that is investigating the early development of infants who have an older sibling with an autism spectrum disorder, infants displaying delays at their 12 month well-baby visit, and infants with no developmental concerns. Our goal is to find signs that suggest risk for this disorder between infants with an older sibling with an autism spectrum disorder, and those displaying developmental concern, based on early differences detected on a screening tool. The project will use electrophysiology, eye tracking and behavioral measures in a group of 3- to 36-month-old children who are participating in a longitudinal study. Responsibilities include working with, and coordinating a team of undergraduate students, postdocs, and research staff associated with the research project in addition to IRB management and preparing progress reports. The CRS will be responsible for administering electrophysiological and eye tracking lab protocols, and perform standardized diagnostic and developmental assessments. Furthermore, the CRS will oversee data management, as well as contribute to running the day-to-day operations for research protocols under the direction of the Principal Investigator and the Program Manager. Continue reading