Lab Manager for Cooperation Lab at Boston College

The Cooperation Lab at Boston College, directed by Dr. Katherine McAuliffe, is seeking a lab manager / research coordinator. The position is full time with full benefits. Our lab focuses on the origins of cooperation in human development and evolution. Major research areas include the development of cooperation across societies as well as the psychological mechanisms supporting cooperation in humans and other species.

Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s or equivalent in psychology or a closely related field, research experience in an experimental psychology lab, and at least some experience working with and managing others. Responsibilities include:
  • Purchasing and setting up lab equipment
  • Recruiting, scheduling, and testing child and adult research participants in the USA and other countries
  • Managing a participant database
  • Working with the BC IRB
  • Training and coordinating undergraduate research assistants
  • Driving to and from testing sites (in the USA and perhaps internationally)
  • Additional research and administrative duties

The position offers substantial research experience and would be perfect for someone highly motivated to undertake graduate study (in developmental psychology or otherwise). The successful candidate will be a core member of a vibrant and collaborative research environment, will participate in The Virtue Project and will also benefit from the broader intellectual community at Boston College. More information on the department is available at

Strong organizational and communication skills and attention to detail are of utmost importance. The candidate should also be self-motivated and able to solve problems independently, while also being comfortable managing and working with others. Strong technical skills, a valid driver’s license and a valid passport are also a must. Lab duties will require: making regular use of Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator; experimental software such as Qualtrics and Interact as well as statistical software. Computer programming aptitude (e.g. JavaScript, Flash) and familiarity with R would also be a plus. The job will also entail the creation of new games for children so experience building with wood and other materials would also be a bonus. Some local and international travel may be needed, along with occasional weekend work.

To apply, please send a resume/CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position. Please note that a two-year commitment is preferred. Send your materials along with the names and contact information for two or more references to Katherine McAuliffe,, with the subject line “Cooperation Lab Manager Application”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Katherine McAuliffe, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

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