The full job description and application may be found here (search for Job ID: 36284). Anticipated start date: June 2021. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis, and close date for applications will be 5/21/21.


Job Description

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).


Essential Duties

–  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

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree (in psychology, neuroscience, human development and family studies, or a related field)

1-2 years of research experience, preferably infants and parents AND with EEG/ERP methods

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 observational research methodologies and statistical analysis

Proficiency (or willingness to learn) R, SPSS, 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 

Application Materials

CV/Resume and Cover Letter

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis and must be received by May 21, 2021

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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