Research Technician, Psychology and Neuroscience

North Carolina, United States
10 May 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain (DEED) Lab (, a NIH funded lab in Duke's Psychology& Neuroscience department, is seeking a Research Technician II with a significant interest in infant/toddler/child development and testing. This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal.

The DEED Lab studies the transactional relationships between early life experiences and brain development, with a central focus on how our understanding of functional brain development during the first six years of life can be used to help children with early emerging disruptions in socioemotional development. Techniques routinely used in the lab to investigate these relationships include functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking, and behavioral testing. Children visiting the lab frequently include infants, toddlers, and preschoolers exhibiting earlyemerging features of depression or autism spectrum disorder. Through our innovative research and training, the DEED Lab strives to inform social policies that will support a strong foundation for young, vulnerable children.

This position will support (~50% of time) ongoing projects using dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking to investigate early emerging features of autism spectrum disorder and their treatment in infants/toddlers. Main responsibilities will include interacting with and testing infant/toddlers with and without early emerging social delays and related conditions, operating dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking equipment per study protocol, assisting with the collection, processing, and analyzing of eye-tracking and video data, and assisting with study recruitment/administration.

In addition, this position will also spend time (~50% per week) conducting child testing in support of the Neurodevelopmental Trajectories of Reward Processing in Very Early Emerging Risk for Depression study, a federally funded longitudinal program of research investigating brain development and risk for depression in preschoolers. Responsibilities will include interacting with and testing preschool-age children, operating EEG/ERP equipment per study protocol, and accompanying participant families to MRI/fMRI scans.

The Research Technician II will also have opportunities to co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of interest and in ongoing projects in the lab.

Desired skills/experience include:

  • A high degree of comfort in working with young children and their families.
  • Previous experience in conducting research with infants/toddlers is highly desirable. However, previous experience leading structured activities for infants/toddlers (e.g., nanny, daycare provider, etc.) will also be viewed favorably.
  • Coursework and/or research experience in relevant field(s) (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, socioemotional development, etc.)
  • Experience with eye tracking data collection is a plus
  • Experience with relevant software is a plus (e.g., Noldus, Datavyu, R, etc.)

Duke Psychology and Neuroscience has a strong community of researchers (see primary faculty: The DEED lab collaborates with this community as well as researchers from other institutions. To apply, please submit the following materials with your application through Duke Human Resources:

  1. current CV (including contact details of 3 references)
  2. letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements the labs' needs and interests.

Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Location Durham


Job Family Level 08

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

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