Senior Research Specialist l

New Jersey, United States
Wednesday, 3 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department   Psychology
Category   Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time
Name of Lab   Human Diversity Lab
Application Deadline   9/1/2021


The Department of Psychology at Princeton University is seeking a Senior Research Specialist in the Human Diversity lab, under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Olson. The Senior Research Specialist will manage the lab, provide research support to the lab and work with the PI and other lab members to design and execute experiments. This is a two-year term position, expected to start approximately July 1, 2021 with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance.


Lab management responsibilities will include organizing the lab, serving as project lead on large collaborative projects, manage cleaning, processing and using large data sets, increasing lab efficiency, ordering/inventory, maintaining equipment, and training new lab members. The Senior Research Specialist will be the primary contact person for the IRB as well as the primary contact and organizer for communication with other departments, outside collaborators and other outside entities.

Serve as senior operations manager and oversee day to day management of the lab, including handling organizational tasks such as purchasing, inventory and maintenance. Establish effective and durable lab management systems tracking participant requirement and testing, IRB approvals and modifications, storing data, and grant budgeting. Optimize overall lab operations for efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Serve as a project manager and team lead for the larger research projects and some smaller grant-funded research projects in the lab. Help design, create and test research projects, ensuring the research conducted is done with integrity, accuracy, and efficiency.

Oversee the management of data collected in lab. Clean, process and integrate data in and across various systems using programs such as R studio, Qualtircs and REDCap. Help other lab members and collaborators gain access to data and teaching them appropriate protocols for accessing sensitive data. Assist in analyzing datasets and creating visualizations using R, SPSS and related software.

Supervise other members of the lab. Take lead role in recruiting, training and managing research assistants in the lab. Train incoming undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs on proper lab protocols and procedures. 

Serve as primary contact person and organizer for communications with the IRB, the IT group, other departments, hospital collaborators and outside entities. Disseminate research through talks, posters and publications.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or related field
  • 5+ years managing a developmental psychology research lab
  • Ability to troubleshoot, optimize, and manage small and large projects
  • Significant coursework/major in psychology
  • Expertise in working with Institutional Review Boards at universities and hospital systems
  • Intermediate knowledge of statistics and data visualization
  • Knowledge of statistical programming, particularly R
  • Knowledge of survey software, REDCap and Qualtrics
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with LGBTI children and their families
  • Experience training and managing undergraduate and graduate students in research protocols
  • Experience writing and revising interim and final grant reports 

This position is subject to the University's background check policy

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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 characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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