The full job description and application can be found here. The close date for this position is 4/26/21. 


The Emerging Minds Lab at Arizona State University, directed by Dr. Kelsey Lucca, is recruiting a full-time lab manager to begin in June 2021. The lab’s research explores early cognitive development and learning across infancy and early childhood. Active lines of research include: curiosity-driven learning, decision making and problem solving, social cognition, and communication. The lab manager will be involved in the lab’s research, and work closely with the lab director and other lab members to assist in all aspects of running the lab. There may be opportunities to develop independent projects, attend conferences, and co-author manuscripts. This is an ideal position for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual looking to gain more research experience on topics related to cognition, communication, and development before pursuing a PhD in a related field.


Essential Duties

  Assist with all aspects of the research process: design experiments; create and program stimuli; conduct literature reviews; write protocols; lead and oversee recruitment efforts; interact with families and young children; run experiments; code, process, and analyze data; assist with grant applications, manuscript preparations, conference presentations

  Oversee and manage daily lab operations: purchase and set up lab equipment; manage budgets, IRB protocols, participant database, website, social media, newsletters; establish and coordinate field site visits (e.g. libraries, museums, schools)

  Lead a team of undergraduate research assistants: recruit and interview undergraduate research assistants; develop training manuals and provide training; assign daily and long-term tasks; supervise research assistant progress; coordinate lab meetings and events; cultivate a team-oriented and collaborative environment

Minimum Qualifications: Three years related laboratory or field research experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

       Bachelor’s degree (in psychology, cognitive science, or a related field)

       1-2 years of research experience (with infants or children preferred)

       Exceptional organizational, time management, and leadership skills

       Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills

       Self-motivated to learn new skills and solve problems independently, attentive to detail, and comfortable juggling multiple tasks

       Familiarity with diverse research methodologies, training in experimental design, and statistical analysis

       Proficiency (or willingness to learn) R, Qualtrics, Photoshop; expertise with Microsoft office (Word, Excel)

       Creativity and/or a design background (to help with stimuli creation, recruitment, newsletters)

       Computer programming, or web development skills would be a plus 

Working Environment: Working in this position will require daily use of a computer and frequent interaction with families, young children, and student research assistants. The primary location of work will be in the Psychology Building at ASU. The workspace has desks, phones, and desktop computers. There may be some travel to local field sites (e.g., libraries, museums). 

Department Statement: The Department of Psychology is among the largest and most popular departments on the ASU Tempe campus. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares undergraduates to take their place in the world, more effective for what they have learned with us; graduates to conduct innovative psychological research and pursue careers that use those skills to the benefit of their community; and faculty to grow in expertise both in teaching and scholarship. Six basic areas of Graduate specialization form the core of our department: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science, Developmental Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, and Social Psychology. Interactions among faculty and students across these areas are central to a variety of ongoing research and educational programs in the department. Faculty and students are also actively involved with a number of other centers, institutes, and research groups on campus that promote trans disciplinary approaches to issues of local and national significance, affording outstanding research and training experiences that extend beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries

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Instructions to Apply
Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated. 
Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.
Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.
ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.
Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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