Research Specialist, Psychology Department

Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 02, 2021
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Apr 04, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

The Research Specialist will have the opportunity to conduct independent and supervised research projects in service of the lab’s funded research topics. For more information on the Thompson-Schill Lab, please visit the lab website:

Job Description


Assist the PI and members of the Lab in a variety of administrative tasks. Conduct independent and supervised research projects in service of the lab’s funded research topics. Specifically, this involves designing psychology experiments, recruiting and running subjects, analyzing data, and presenting research. Methods for collecting and analyzing data include fMRI, TMS, eye-tracking, and tDCS. Research topics relate to learning, memory, cognitive control, and language. Position also requires successful candidate to draft, modify, and renew IRB documents; coordinate lab finances; register attendees for research conferences; purchase supplies and software licenses; and complete other administrative tasks as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree and 0-1 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. Prior experience in laboratory setting is preferred.

Position is contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$35,568.00 - $57,600.00

Affirmative Action Statement

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Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.