Research Specialist at Princeton University

Position Summary:

The Department of Psychology at Princeton University is seeking a full-time research specialist (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) to work in the Princeton Baby Lab under the supervision of Dr. Casey Lew-Williams. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with postdocs, graduate students, senior thesis students, and research assistants, as well as Dr. Lauren Emberson, Dr. Adele Goldberg, and Dr. Uri Hasson. Targeted start date is June 1, 2018 (but mid/late June is possible).

The research specialist will participate in all aspects of projects on early learning in infants and toddlers, with a particular focus on language. Participants in our studies include typically developing children, Spanish/English bilingual children, and children growing up in low-income households. 90% of work will take place on Princeton’s campus, and 10% of work will take place in our community lab in nearby Trenton, NJ. Primary responsibilities will include:
– Testing young children using various research methods, such as eye tracking and fNIRS
– Coordinating participant recruitment in Princeton and Trenton
– Developing stimuli for experiments
– Mentoring undergraduates
– Setting up and maintaining operations of the lab through general administrative duties
– Conducting a study of your own (or two!)
Essential qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, communication sciences and disorders, or related cognitive science fields
– Have a demonstrated interest in cognitive science
– Be able to write very clearly for any audience

– Be able to jump from low- to high-level work, and back again
– Get along well with other people
– Have excellent communication skills with young children and families
– Be able to get tasks done efficiently
– Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently

Preferred qualifications:
– Experience with research methods in developmental science
– Experience with R, Matlab, Excel, or other software
– Experience with audio/video editing programs
– Spanish speaker (desired, but not at all required)

Note that Dr. Lauren Emberson is also seeking a Research Specialist / Lab Coordinator right now, but this is a separate position. Candidates are welcome to apply for both should their interests afford.
This is a one-year appointment with a high likelihood of renewal, pending satisfactory performance. Please apply to requisition #2018-8437 at Include a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, CV, and contact information for two references. For more information, please email Casey Lew-Williams ( Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 20, 2018.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

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