Research Specialist, Psychology

Pennsylvania, United States
24 Oct 2018
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24 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.

The Psychology Department is seeking a Research Specialist for a research lab studying comparative cognition, numerical cognition, and the neuroscience behind it. A major current focus of the research is to study how training the number sense might facilitate mathematical abilities in children.

The Research Specialist will oversee and implement data collection with children for a new NSF grant. The position requires knowledge of MatLab programming (or demonstrated ability to learn MatLab quickly), administering standardized tests and other assessments to children, and data analysis skills. The position requires supervising undergraduate research assistants and working closely with postdoctoral and graduate students’ research projects. The position also involves basic administrative tasks such as overseeing petty cash use to pay subjects, purchasing, and coordinating IRB protocols.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 0 to 1 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 1 to 2 years of experience is preferred. Experience working with children and research projects preferred. Knowledge of MatLab programming, or demonstrated ability to learn MatLab quickly, experience administering standardized tests and other assessments to children, and data analysis skills are preferred.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.