Research Assistant, Department of Psychology

Pennsylvania, United States
04 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology-2012601


The labs of Drs. Anna Fisher and Bonnie Nozari in the Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University are jointly seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to conduct research in the area of concept and language learning in pre-school and school age children. You will work closely with the two PIs on research projects studying the factors that impact the learning of new concepts and words.

Your responsibilities will include participation in designing new studies, literature review, training and testing children, coding data, and analysis and presentation of the results. You will have the unique opportunity to learn about both fields of concept and language learning, rigorous experimental design, and various methods of statistical analysis. You will work in a vibrant environment with many opportunities for growth and learning, and will have access to exceptional resources such as the Children’s School at CMU.

The position is ideal for an individual with serious interest in pursuing a research career in developmental psychology or a related field, who seeks full-time training and research experience before applying to graduate school.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, or a related field required
  • At least 1+ years of relevant research experience
  • Evidence of interest in cognitive/linguistic/developmental work, such as courses related to these fields.
  • At least one semester of research experience in a lab that conducts cognitive, developmental or linguistic experiments on human subjects.
  • Basic skills in collecting and organizing research data.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Some background in working with children younger than age 7 is highly desirable. Both teaching and research activities with children count as qualifications.
  • Experience with designing experiments in professional software such as Eprime or Psych Toolbox is desirable.
  • Speaking a second language that is not commonly spoken or taught in American schools (e.g., French) is a plus. 
  • Programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, Python, etc.) are a plus.
  • Some knowledge of statistical analysis is preferred but not required.

Duration of the position:

This position is funded for two years (pending on satisfactory performance).

Starting date:

Fall 2019.

Application materials:

  • CV. The candidate’s CV must include information about their field of study, graduation date, college GPA, list of the relevant courses (i.e., courses on cognition, linguistics, psycholinguistics, brain studies, statistical analysis, etc.), a brief summary of research activities in bullet points (e.g., PI’s name, nature and duration of responsibilities in a cognitive or related lab), scientific publications (if any; include projects that are in preparation for publication), scientific presentations (include local presentations, e.g., Honors seminars), and additional qualifications in bullet points (e.g., intermediate proficiency in French, knowledge of statistical analysis in R, etc.)
  • A statement of purpose. A 1-2 page document stating (1) why this work is of interest to the candidate, (2) what qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position, and (3) what their future career goals are. 
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors/teachers.  

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Job Function: Administration / Management 
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Full Time 
Organization: PSYCHOLOGY
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent 
Budgeted Base Pay: $14 - $17 per hour