The Family & Child Development Lab at the University of Missouri, directed by Dr. Ashley Groh, is recruiting a full-time project coordinator to begin in June 2021. The project coordinator will assist in coordinating an NSF-funded study (#00069886) on the human maternal brain over the transition to motherhood. Specifically, this study examines normative change in neural (EEG/ERP) responding to infant emotional cues over the transition to motherhood, the psychological factors that contribute to shaping such change, and the significance of such change for mothers’ parenting behavior and infant socioemotional outcomes. The project coordinator will be involved in all aspects of the research project and will be in charge of overseeing daily lab activities. 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 parent-child relationships, neural processes (EEG/ERP), and development before pursuing a PhD in a related field (e.g., development psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology, HDFS).
– Assist with all aspects of the research process: recruit and schedule participants; conduct lab visits with (expectant) mothers and infants; create and program stimuli; write protocols; assist with grant applications, manuscript preparations, and conference presentations
– Assist with EEG/ERP and Observational Data Collection/Reduction: collect EEG/ERP and observational data from (expectant) mothers and infants; code, process, and analyze EEG/ERP and observational data
– Oversee and manage daily lab operations: purchase lab supplies and equipment; manage budgets, IRB protocols, participant database, website, social media, newsletters; establish and coordinate recruitment events (e.g. Baby Expos, Hospital Education Classes)
– 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