The Cognition, Affect, and Temperament Laboratory, in the College of the Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University, headed by Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant (Human Research Technologist 1). The position will ideally start as soon as possible.

The Research Assistant will have the opportunity to work on an NIMH-funded study, investigating the association between parent-child synchrony and emotion modeling on anxiety risk in children. In doing so, the lab incorporates a number of techniques, including fNIRS, mobile eye-tracking, direct behavioral observation, and questionnaires. This work will take advantage of the University’s broad resources, including the Child Study Centerand the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences and Imaging (SLEIC) Center. This is a two-site study in collaboration with Dr. Susan Perlman at Washington University in St. Louis. As such, study personnel at Penn State will have virtual cross-site training opportunities.

Key responsibilities for the Research Assistant include:

  • Recruiting and maintaining contact with children and their families
  • Collecting, processing, and analyzing behavioral, neural, and/or eye-tracking data
  • Aiding in human subject protocols, consent forms, and IRB approval
  • General lab management duties
  • Overseeing a large and dynamic team of undergraduate students

The Research Assistant will frequently use the following software and applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Datavyu, MindWare, Brain Vision Analyzer, E-prime, SPSS, and R.

Education and Experience: This position typically requires an Associate’s degree or higher (Bachelor’s degree preferred) plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field, along with past experience in a lab that conducts behavioral coding, neuroimaging, and/or eye-tracking studies will be considered a strong plus. Research experience with children is highly desirable. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Additional Information: Please highlight relevant skills in your cover letter. To apply, please visit–Human-Research-Tech-1—-Cognition–Affect-and-Temperament-Lab–Department-of-Psychology_REQ_0000033464 and upload a cover letter of interest, a CV, and a list of 2 or 3 references (and their contact information). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position may be addressed to Dr. Pérez-Edgar at .

This is a limited-term appointment, funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility for renewal. This position requires the following clearances:

  • PA State Police Criminal Background Check
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision and retirement plans, in addition to generous vacation time, sick time, and paid holidays.  Pleasevisit for more detailed information.

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