Psychology Research Opportunities

 1. Research Coordinator, Claremont McKenna College 

Deadline: May 1, 2022 

Link: not listed 

The Applied Mind and Health (AMH) Lab, directed by Dr. Stacey Doan at Claremont McKenna College in the Department of Psychological Science, seeks a full-time (with benefits) research coordinator/manager beginning the Summer of 2022. The initial appointment will be for one year. There is a possibility to extend for additional years based on performance and continued funding. The research coordinator will work closely with the PI and lab group on a research program investigating how emotions and relationships affect behavior, health, and physiological outcomes in children, adolescents, and young adults. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and a list of potential recommenders to Dr. Doan at sdoan@cmc.edu. Please use the subject line “Lab Coordinator Position”. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Stacey Doan at sdoan@cmc.edu. 

2. Lab Manager, Duke University 

Deadline: not listed, currently reviewing applications 

Link: not listed 

The Early Childhood Cognition Lab at Duke University is interested in the inherently active, playful, and socially-guided ways young children learn about the world around them. We are also interested in the 

various beliefs that children form about the world — their intuitive “theories” — and the ways that these beliefs are shaped by children’s engagement with their social and cultural environments. The Research Technician II will help conduct research on learning and social cognition in children across ages and cultures. The Research Technician II will assist on multiple projects with children ranging from 2-10 years old, in community, school, and laboratory settings. The position is grant funded for 1 year with possibility for renewal for a second year. Please email tamar.kushnir@duke.edu to apply. 

3. Lab Manager, Smith College 

Deadline: application review starts April 1, 2022 

Link: https://smithcollege.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/smithcollege/job/Smith-College/Lab-Manager_R-202200141 

The Mind in Development Lab (P.I. Dr. Maya Rosen) in the Neuroscience Program at Smith College (Northampton, MA) invites candidates to apply for a lab manager position beginning September 2022. Our research examines the impact of environmental experience on children’s development. Under the supervision of Dr. Rosen, the individual in this position will be involved in managing an active research lab and a large NIH-funded study. The candidate will participate in all aspects of the research process, including recruitment of children and families, preparation of IRB applications, data collection from children and caregivers, programming behavioral tasks, and maintenance of a database for participant recruitment and tracking. These duties will primarily focus on a longitudinal study examining the neural, cognitive and environmental mechanisms linking socioeconomic status and academic achievement. Data collection for this study involves acquisition of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and MRI data, intensive measures of the home environment, and cognitive and academic assessments. 

4. Lab Manager, Stanford University 

Deadline: currently reviewing applications (started on March 28, 2022) 

Link: 

https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/social-science-research-coordinator-lab-manager-16462?et=1I9GJajLp 

The Social Concepts Lab in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University (PI: Steven O. Roberts) is seeking a full-time lab manager to begin in August 2022. The lab integrates social, developmental, and cognitive psychology to identify and dismantle the psychological bases of racism. The lab manager will work closely with Dr. Roberts to manage the day-to-day operations of the lab. These operations include 1) recruiting, training, and supervising research assistants, 2) data collection, management, and analysis, 3) supporting and collaborating with PhD and thesis students, and 4) managing budgets, IRB protocols, lab scheduling, lab websites, and grant applications. 

5. Research Assistant, Harvard & MIT 

Deadline: currently reviewing applications (started on March 18, 2022) 

Link: not listed 

The Department of Psychology at Harvard University and the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT invite applications for a full-time Research Assistantship, joining an exciting NSF Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence project. The goal of this project is to explore how children and adults engage in “loopholes” (doing what someone asked, but not what they wanted). We are looking for an individual with a BA/BS (or an expectation to receive a BA/BS before July 1, 2022) in cognitive science, cognitive development, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, or a related field who is excited to receive training in developmental and computational psychological/cognitive science research. This person will contribute to the design of experiments with 

children and adults, as well as participate in participant recruitment and data collection, data analysis and visualization, the design and implementation of computational models and model comparison, and the writing and presentation of research findings. Strong candidates will be eager to learn with an ability to work independently, as well as with a team, and excellent communication and organizational skills. Prior behavioral research experience, quantitative and computational skills, including R/Tidyverse, Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, are a plus but not required. Initial appointment will be for a 12-month period and will be renewable subject to performance and availability of funding. 

The anticipated start date is June 2022, but the position is available immediately. The research assistant will work locally in Cambridge, MA. Questions may be directed to (Mr. John Muchovej: jmuchovej@g.harvard.edu). The cover letter should describe your relevant coursework, research experience, computer skills, and why you are excited about the position. 

6. Lab Manager, Emerging Minds Lab at Arizona State (PI: Kelsey Lucca) 

Deadline: currently reviewing applications (started on March 21, 2022); apps reviewed until position is filled 

Link: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?PageType=JobDetails&partnerid=25620&siteid=5494&jobid=4481536#jobDetails=4481536_5494 

The Emerging Minds Lab at Arizona State University, directed by Dr. Kelsey Lucca, is recruiting a full-time lab manager to begin in Summer 2022. The lab manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of an NSF funded project on the development of curiosity in infancy and early childhood. The lab manager will work closely with the lab director and other lab members to assist in all aspects of running the lab. There may be opportunities to develop independent projects, attend conferences, and co-author manuscripts. This is an ideal position for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual looking to gain more research experience on topics related to cognitive development before pursuing a PhD in a related field. 

7. Lab Manager, Harvard University 

Deadline: currently reviewing applications (started on March 18, 2022) 

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWqF5sjzcbxfy_tTjYu5TDKH8CvFV4G_1HpDUWO-p10lP0Uw/viewform 

The Computational Cognitive Development Laboratories at Harvard University, directed by Drs. Tomer Ullman (Psychology) and Elizabeth Bonawitz (Grad. School of Ed) are currently recruiting a full-time Lab Manager to coordinate and conduct research. The lab manager will be responsible for recruiting and overseeing studies in both labs. Preferred start date is June 1st (with some flexibility), with a 2-year desired commitment, further extendable depending on fit. 

8. Lab Manager, Cognitive Development Laboratory, Ohio State University (PI: Vladimir Sloutsky) 

Job ad: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oGLqMcres39_KjWaP3pNp3_MfcMCcdnFijhMwTHooX4/edit?usp=sharing 

The review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate may start as early as May 1, 2022. A 1-2-year commitment is preferred. 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 Sophie Ireton 

(ireton.19@buckeyemail.osu.edu). Please also be prepared to arrange three letters of recommendation. If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Vladimir Sloutsky directly (Sloutsky.1@osu.edu). 

9. Lab manager, Language and Development Lab, UC Berkeley (PI: Mahesh Srinivasan) 

Deadline: April 6th 

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, directed by Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan, is seeking a full-time lab manager for a 1-2 year appointment beginning this July. Research in the lab addresses how linguistic, social, and cognitive abilities arise and interact with one another in human development and across cultures. 

For information about how to apply, please see posting #33268 on the Berkeley Jobs website. Please include a CV and cover letter (in one file) detailing your interests and experience, and how they fit with the goals of the lab and requirements of the position. Please also identify the names of at least two academic references on your resume. Applications submitted by April 6th will be given full review. All questions about the position can be directed to Grace Horton (lcdmanager@berkeley.edu). 

10. Senior Research Associate, Attention Brain & Behavior Lab at Mount Holyoke (PI: Jane Couperus) 

Job ad & application: https://careers.pageuppeople.com/1024/cw/en-us/job/492952/sr-research-associate 

This is a one-year grant funded position that may be extended to a second year contingent on funding. Current research topics in the lab include neural representations of visual selective attention in adults and children as well as individual differences such as socioeconomic status and their impact on cognition. We use behavioral and brain imaging techniques (event related potentials) to answer a variety of research questions based in these topics. 

11. Lab Manager/Research Specialist, Memory & Computational Cognition Lab at Rutgers University Newark (PI: Kimele Persaud) 

To apply, please email Kimele.persaud@rutgers.edu a cover letter, a resume or CV, and the name, title, and email addresses of at least two academic or professional references. Review of application materials will continue until the position is filled. 

This position will manage and contribute to research on understanding how individuals across different groups leverage their prior knowledge and expectations to help encode, store, and reconstruct information from memory. The responsibilities of the lab manager include developing and implementing online and in-person laboratory experiments with both adults and children, scheduling and testing participants, performing data analysis, and other general office related tasks (e.g., sending emails, ordering supplies, hosting lab meetings, etc.). The position requires keen attention to detail, organizational and planning abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills. This position is for an initial contract of one-year, with the possibility of two additional years pending positive performance. The preferred start date is June 15, 2022. 

For more information about MC2 Lab research, please visit, https://sites.rutgers.edu/mc2-lab/ 

Qualification Requirements: 1) Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Statistics, Education or a related field is required. 2) 1-2 years of psychology related research experience (a combination of education and/or work experience will be considered). 3) Previous experience with developing experimental stimuli, design, planning and executing empirical studies. 

Recommended: 1) Familiarity with Matlab and/or other programming languages (e.g., Python, C++, JavaScript). 2) Previous experience designing online studies (e.g., Qualtrics Surveys, JS Psych, psiTurk) 3) Experience with data analysis (R, SPSS, or JASP), presentation, and reporting. 4) Previous experience conducting behavioral studies with children. 

12. Research Associate I, Center for Health Assessment Research and Translation, University of Delaware (PI: Jerry Slotkin) 

Deadline: The position is currently open but we will wait for someone who is about to graduate as well (in other words, start date is flexible through summer 2022). 

Job ad: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sLQIVmXxyoW5C1t_UuOOIOgwzl60EwVi/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=106250968550494117450&rtpof=true&sd=true 

13. Junior Specialist/Study Coordinator for the Defining the Neural Circuitry of Agency Deficits in Psychotic Disorders study at UC Davis Medical Center. 

Deadline: April 4th 

Please complete the application at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04816 

This study is under the direction of Dr. Wilsaan Joiner and in collaboration with Dr. Cameron Carter’s Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) Laboratory. The incumbent will benefit from the opportunity to take part in research that spans two laboratories with expertise in sensorimotor integration and psychosis. Office space and the majority of daily research activities will take place at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center in Sacramento with visits to the Sensorimotor Integration Laboratory in Davis as needed. 

For more information about the lab, please visit https://joinermotorlab.weebly.com/ and https://carterlab.ucdavis.edu/front/index.php 

Applications can only be accepted via the UC Davis Recruit website. Positions have a one-year appointment with an additional year based on performance, and we strongly consider applicants who are able to consider a two-year commitment. For any additional questions about the position, please contact Staci Board (sboard@ucdavis.edu). 

14. Clinical Research Assistant, Department of Population Sciences at the City of Hope Cancer Center (PI: Sunita Patel) 

Job ad: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12L9IuE4bMMGMRobctr0OIOJw-d4xk4mV/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=106250968550494117450&rtpof=true&sd=true 

If you are interested, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Dr. Patel (spatel@coh.org). 

Dr. Patel’s research focuses on the clinical, biological, and sociodemographic predictors of neurocognitive and psychological functioning in patients diagnosed with cancer. (If interested to learn more, search PubMed with author as “Sunita K. Patel” for publications related to her research). We are starting a new NIH-funded multi-center randomized behavioral trial of a parenting intervention to improve learning and school outcomes for children treated for cancer. 

15. NUS Business School, full-time (JDM/OB) research assistant 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae with complete contact information, and any supporting documents to: bizdpd@nus.edu.sg. Please label your email with subject: ‘Full-Time Research Assistant’. Should you be shortlisted, you will be contacted directly for an interview. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

I am seeking to hire a full-time research assistant from 1st July 2022 to 30th June 2023 at the Department of Management and Organisation at NUS Business School. 

The general research topic is human judgment and decision making in social and behavioral contexts. Specific research topics may include diversity, negotiation, and prosocial behavior. Interested applicants with strong quantitative skills, prior research experience, and a desire to pursue a PhD in the behavioral sciences in the future are encouraged to apply for this position. 

The specific responsibilities include: 

– Assist with experimental behavioral research (e.g., assist with designing and testing experiments, programming surveys or other web-based experiments, recruiting and managing participants, creating IRB protocols, scheduling and running experiments) 

– Conduct statistical/econometric analyses 

– Conduct literature reviews and data searches 

– Provide other research and editing support for various reports and documents 

– Attend and contribute to research project meetings and discussions 

– Support grant management (e.g., basic accounting) 

– Perform other duties as necessary 

The ideal candidate will: 

1. Have experience or training in experimental behavioral research (using Qualtrics, oTree, Prolific, MTurk, R, etc.) OR econometric and statistical analyses (using R and/or Stata) 

2. Be interested in working on projects in organizational behavior, negotiations, behavioral economics, social psychology, and their intersection 

3. Be looking to explore whether or not to pursue a PhD 

4. Have an academic background in Business, Behavioral Science, Psychology, Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, and/or Data Science 

5. Hold a bachelor’s degree (required) or a postgraduate degree (a plus) 

16. Full time Research Coordinator, Language and Cognition Lab, Stanford University (PI: Mike Frank) 

Application: http://m.rfer.us/STANFORDWlTHvd 

Lab website: http://langcog.stanford.edu 

The research coordinator will assist with empirical research on language development and the relationship between language and cognition. The research coordinator will have opportunities for contribution to ongoing research projects, leading to the possibility of contributing to scientific presentations and publications. This position is ideal for individuals who wish to further their research training. 

17. Lab coordinatior/research assistant, Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University (PI: Anna Shusterman) 

Deadline: The position is open now and we are looking for somebody who can start in June at the latest. 

Apply here: https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8629 

The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, directed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, seeks a full-time lab coordinator starting in Summer of 2022. The lab coordinator will assist with studies on the development of numerical and spatial thinking in preschool children and on research-practice collaborations in educational settings. The primary focus of this position will be the implementation of a new NSF-funded project to develop and test a research-based, guided-play mathematics intervention in preschools. 

18. Junior Lab Associate, Hartley Lab (PI: Catherine Hartley), Dept of Psychology, NYU 

Deadline: apps reviewed on rolling basis 

Apply & more info at: http://apply.interfolio.com/104438 

The lab is currently seeking a full-time Junior Laboratory Associate to work on studies examining learning, memory, and decision-making across development. The expected start date for the position is Summer 2022. This is an excellent opportunity to gain research experience in preparation for a graduate career. 

19. Lab manager, StarLab for Mind and Development (PI: Starmans) & Center for Mind and Morality (PI: Bloom), Psych Dept, University of Toronto 

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but full consideration will be given to applications received by April 15, 2022. The position will ultimately be filled through the University of Toronto’s internal Human Resources process; strong candidates will be encouraged to submit their application to the University after an initial review. 

To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV/Resume, unofficial transcript, and the names of 2-3 references in our online application form here: https://forms.gle/hQnycWQJ5b8LdnmU6. Questions may be directed to Christina Starmans (christina.starmans@utoronto.ca). The cover letter should describe your relevant research experience, skills, and why you are excited about the position. The preferred start date is early summer 2022, but this is flexible. 

Research in both labs explores how infants, children, and adults reason about the social and moral world, and draws on ideas at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. The lab manager may have opportunities to co-author manuscripts, develop their own research projects, and attend conferences. 

20. Lab Manager, Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (PI: Redcay), UMD College Park 

More info/full job ad: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BIs7K-QVErl-cYlZxgtGmph3mo6KhrTU/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=106250968550494117450&rtpof=true&sd=true 

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay (www.dscn.umd.edu) is seeking a full-time Research Assistant (formal title: Faculty Specialist) beginning July 1, 2022. More information regarding this position can be found in the document linked above. 

To apply please email your application to Libby Giacobbe (giacobbe@umd.edu). Application materials should include a cover letter detailing qualifications and interest, CV (with GPA), relevant coursework or transcript, and (at least) 2 references who can provide letters upon request. 

21. Lab manager, Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab (PI: Linda Zou), UMD College Park 

Deadline: Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by April 22 nd, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Full job ad/to apply: tinyurl.com/2p8rewmm 

The lab manager will work under the supervision of the PI on research investigating how social contexts affect intergroup attitudes and behavior, particularly among racial and ethnic groups. Students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in social psychology or related fields are encouraged to apply. This will be a full-time position for an initial one-year appointment, with the possibility to extend for additional years based on performance and funding. 

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1. Graduate Diversity Visitation Program at Purdue University 

Application deadline: April 15th 

Apply here: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/diversity/programs/graduate-diversity-visitation-program/ 

The GDVP introduces students to the Graduate School and gives them the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, and students in their program of interest. We particularly encourage students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic communities to apply. 

The program’s professional development, networking, and orientation opportunities give GDVP participants a significant advantage over their peers during the graduate application process. 

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Advice and resources for applying to grad school: 

● UCLA UGSP: Psychology Graduate School Application Resources 

● List of psychology Ph.D. virtual info sessions 

● Videos of Harvard Psychology professors discussing the grad school application process, interviews, and more: 

● Dr. Jamil Zaki’s guide to applying to Psychology PhD programs (thanks to Dr. Zaki for allowing us to share this excellent resource!): zaki_gradApp_guide.pdf 

● Yale Psychology Bootcamp: videos on what a career in research psychology looks like, how to gain research experience, and how to apply to grad school: 

https://psychology.yale.edu/graduate/admissions/psychology-graduate-school-bootcamp; link to Q&A answers: https://tiny.cc/PsychBootcamp2020Videos 

● How-to’s, from templates for cold-emailing, to CV’s, to grants: https://www.oacommunity.org/resources 

● Listservs you can subscribe to, organized by area of psychology: If you would like to receive more comprehensive job postings for a specific field of study (e.g., clinical psychology, developmental psychology), we have compiled a list of field-specific listservs you can subscribe to. In our own experience, undergraduates often don’t know about these listservs (we didn’t!) but many useful research opportunities and jobs are posted here. 

By Rick DelVecchio
Rick DelVecchio Director of Career Development