Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Org Psychology
Posted to the Web 01/18/2019
Posted Job/Salary Grade 024
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time Position
Schedule 9:00-5:00
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding 

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.

School/Center Overview

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 Penn Infant Language Center (D. Swingley, PI) studies language acquisition in infants and children. The lab is seeking a research specialist / lab manager to oversee all aspects of language development studies in the lab. The lab manager will train and supervise students and oversee general lab administration including IRB protocol maintenance. Other duties include programming experiments, data collection and processing, and preliminary data analysis. The lab manager will also serve as a liaison to parents of participants, as well as local businesses and non-profits involved in our research network.


A Bachelor’s Degree in psychology or an allied field such as cognitive science, neuroscience, or linguistics. The ideal applicant would demonstrate high attention to detail, have excellent interpersonal skills, and exhibit strong technical and analytical skills. Familiarity with the R and/or Python programming languages is preferred. Experience with eyetracking systems is also preferred but not required. Coursework background in developmental psychology, phonetics, or computational linguistics preferred but not required.

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.