Lab Manager at University of Southern California

Job Title:
Full-time Lab Manager
University of Southern California
Marshall School of Business Department of Management and Organization

Position: Full-time Lab Manager

Company: Department of Management and Organization

Department: USC Marshall School of Business
Faculty in the Department of Management and Organizations are accepting applications for a full-time lab manager position working with Dr. Sarah Townsend, Dr. Nate Fast, and Dr. Cheryl Wakslak starting summer 2018.


Under Dr. Townsend, the lab manager will oversee the Cultural Diversity and Psychophysiology Lab, which examines how people’s social and cultural backgrounds are both a source of and a solution to inequality. In addition, under Dr. Fast, the lab manager will help to coordinate the Hierarchy, Networks, and Technology Lab, which examines the psychological determinants and consequences of hierarchy, social networks, and emerging technologies. The lab manager will also support Dr. Wakslak’s research on distance, decision-making, and the micro-foundations of entrepreneurial success.


This position is ideal for college graduates who are interested in gaining meaningful research experience before pursuing graduate studies in psychology, organizational behavior, or related fields. The lab manager will gain experience with multiple methodologies, including laboratory-based experiments, internet-based surveys, field studies, and psychophysiological measurement.


Job Duties:


The lab manager will oversee day-to-day research being conducted, including general research project management, data collection in lab, field, and online environments, programming surveys (e.g., via Qualtrics), managing participant recruitment, creating/modifying IRB proposals, scoring cardiovascular data in preparation for analysis, revising/editing manuscripts, training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, and scheduling studies and research meetings.


Minimum Requirements: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, organizational behavior, or related field
  • Experience in running experiments with human participants
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage teams of undergraduate research assistants working on multiple projects
  • Experience using Microsoft office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to take initiative, be proactive, and work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong analytical and writing ability
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Desirable Requirements:


  • Experience with collection of cardiovascular data
  • Experience with SPSS, Mindware, EPrime, DirectRT, Qualtrics, and/or other research software or coding


To apply, email the following in a single PDF file to Brittany Torrez at

(1) CV with a section listing the names/contact information for at least 2 references

(2) 1-page cover letter describing your qualifications, relevant experience, and research interests


Please also arrange for 1 letter of recommendation to be emailed to the same address ( with the applicant’s name as the subject line.


Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. For full consideration, submit materials by March 30th. The position begins August 2017 and is for one year with the possibility of an additional year.


University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Contact Name:
Brittany Torrez
Department of Management and Organization
701 Exposition Boulevard – HOH 431
Los Angeles CA, 90089

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