Research Technician Intermediate in Psychology

North Carolina, United Sates
22 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Lab manager/Programmer position available at Duke University, Psychology & Neuroscience

Job Description

Dr. Paul Seli’s new Mind at Large Lab ( at Duke University seeks a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Lab Manager/Programmer. Work in Paul’s lab investigates the causes and consequences of mind wandering, inattention, and media multitasking, as well as factors that promote creativity and methods with which to increase creative generation.

To address these issues, we combine behavioral (largely computer- based) experiments in the lab, and via web-based platforms such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Applicants for this position must be detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to manage multiple and changing priorities as needed to help move the research program forward. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also required for this team-based environment. Because the applicant will be required to program behavioral experiments for in-lab and web-based studies, (s)he should be equipped with the following language skills:

  • Client-side: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Server-side: MySQL (or a similar database), PHP or Python or ASP or .Net (in order of preference)
  • A basic level of proficiency using Linux Photoshop or similar graphics/editing skills would also be an asset, as would an understanding of basic psychological experimental research methodology and prior experience using Mechanical Turk.

The position is available for an initial one-year period starting as soon as possible, with potential for renewal. Within your online application, please submit the following documents: (1) a brief statement about yourself and why you are interested in the position, (2) a current resume that includes descriptions of your programming and graphics/editing skills, (3) a description of any past psychological research you have been involved in (if any). Note that the candidate must directly apply to the position through the Duke HR website.

Work Performed

As the Mind at Large lab is new, initially, the applicant will help getting the lab up and running (e.g., ordering equipment). Once the lab has been kick started, the applicant will engage in the following duties:

  • 1. Confer with Dr. Seli to review work assignments earch experiments (10%)
  • 2. Engage in organizational tasks (e.g. logistics, IRB, participant recruitment) (30 %)
  • 3. Create programs to meet the needs of the particular experiments as required (30%)
  • 4. Obtain data for research purposes and assemble data sets from experimental results (10%)
  • 5. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein (10%)
  • 6. Review laboratory methods, manual, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments (5%)
  • 7. Review work of lower level laboratory personnel and assist in training new personnel (5%)

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’sage, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Requisition Number: 401510279
Location: Durham 
Job Family Level: 08
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-exempt
Full Time/Part Time: FULL TIME 
Regular/Temporary: Regular 
Shift: First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas, an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

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