Research Assistants for the Early Care and Education Center at the University of Maryland College Park

Research Assistants Needed for Implementation Study of Early Care and Education Center Serving Low-income Children

Overview: Dr. Brenda Jones Harden, Professor, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland College Park (UMD), is seeking to hire full-time or part-time (i.e., at least 20 hours per week) research assistants (RAs) to collect data from young children and their families. The RAs would be part of a busy and thriving research-to-practice group – the Prevention and Early Adversity Research Lab (PEARL) in UMD’s College of Education. This position is ideal for a young professional wanting to work with children and families and/or seeking to attend graduate school at a later point. Professional development activities are integrated into the work of RAs.

Responsibilities: The RA positions are related to a contracted research project with an early care and education center in Washington, DC serving young children ages 0-5. RAs will be responsible for conducting child assessments including measures of language, cognition, and school readiness. RAs will also be responsible for conducting classroom observations and interviewing parents and families using an established protocol. RAs will develop relationships with parents and school personnel to build rapport and conduct good-quality research. Additional duties include entering, managing, and analyzing data, writing sections of reports, reviewing relevant literature, and contributing to presentations and manuscripts, as well as other assigned tasks.

This position will be located at an early care and education program in Northeast Washington, DC (about 15-20 minutes from UMD). This center is metro-accessible; however, it is easier if the RA has their own transportation. Part-time applicants must be available during weekday mornings from 8am-12pm, as that is when much of assessments are completed. Applicants should be able to commit to a minimum of one year beginning July 16, 2018.

● Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, child development, family science, or a related discipline.
● Experience working with children and families conducting child assessments or in an early childhood facility is preferred, but not required.
● Background using SPSS or other data entry programs is a plus.
● Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and organizational skills are required.

How to Apply: Please send the following in one pdf file before June 15, 2018 to Brenda Jones Harden ( and Tanya Tavassolie (
● Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV).
● One page (double-spaced) letter of interest describing the applicant’s research-related experiences, interest in the position, and future career aspirations.
● Names and contact information for 3 references.
● An unofficial transcript for any undergraduate work completed.


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