Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATEBrain and Cognitive Sciences-Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (Saxe Lab), to join a lab that investigates the cognitive and neural substrates of high-level perception, learning, and social cognition.  Will primarily be mentored by Dr. Shari Liu, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab.  The position involves interacting with parents, infants and young children, and the broader community.  The primary focus will be to support projects that investigate social and physical reasoning in infants, children, and adults using behavioral and neural measures; and develop machine-guided methods for labeling infant-looking behavior.  Responsibilities will include designing and developing research materials; participant recruitment; data collection, hand annotation of data; data processing, and data analysis; preparing presentations, posters, and manuscripts; and coordinating with other lab groups to generate shared datasets for developing new technical tools.  Taking an active role in all stages of research will be encouraged, including initiating new mentored research projects; participating in lab activities, journal clubs, and research seminars; and taking relevant courses at MIT.

The positions offers an excellent opportunity for those preparing for a graduate career in developmental psychology, cognitive science, or a related field.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; experience working in a research lab; comfort interacting with infants, children, parents, undergraduate students, and community members; demonstrated project management, organization, and planning skills; desire and ability to learn new skills and solve problems independently; attention to detail; and comfort juggling multiple tasks.  PREFFERED: some experience managing or supervising others and experience with programming (e.g., R, MATLAB, Python, JavaScript), web development, and design.  Job #19533-4

Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

This is a one-year position, with the possibility of extension depending upon funding. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by May 15. The start date for the position is flexible, with May to July of 2021 preferred.

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