Lab Manager for Emotion and Behavior Lab at the University of Virginia

The Emotion and Behavior (EB) Lab ( in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia, under the direction of Adrienne Wood, Ph.D., seeks applicants for a full-time Lab Manager. The position is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of a second, and is expected to start August 1, 2019, though the specific start date is negotiable. Dr. Wood is joining the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2019.The EB Lab will study interpersonal behavior and nonverbal social signals. We will use a wide range of methods, including acoustic analysis, automated facial expression coding, perceptual judgment tasks, dyadic interactions, social network analysis, and crowd movement tracking. Duties will include setting up the new lab, coordinating participant recruitment, creating experiment protocols and materials, training other research assistants, running participants, and processing and analyzing data. The Lab Manager will also have opportunities to co-author scientific papers and conduct independent research. This is an excellent position for a college graduate with a desire to use cutting-edge behavior measurement methods (e.g., computer vision-based pose detection) and an interest in eventually going to graduate school in social psychology or a related field.

Under general direction of faculty and/or senior research personnel, Research Coordinator employees support the development, design, and implementation of research projects according to plans. They operate with understanding of research goals and objectives but follow established protocols and guidelines. Employees seek instruction in areas of complexity.
• Assist senior researchers by completing tasks that support research operations.
• Help create and utilize datastores for research and analysis. Understand data measurement and apply theories to practical information gathering.
• Train in research techniques. Learn technology and software capabilities, operations, limitations, and outcomes.
• Conduct interviews and collect data according to procedures.
• Support the analysis of research results and the summarizing of findings.
• Support the preparation of reports and manuscripts.
• Maintain research records. Schedule and book facilities.
• May supervise students.
• May purchase supplies and track expenditures.
• Adhere to regulatory research guidelines in daily work.
• In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: Associate’s degree in related field
Experience: Equivalent experience/course work will be considered in lieu of degree.
Licensure: None


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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