Undergraduate Weekly Announcements

 

Undergraduate Advising Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday:     9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday:                           9 a.m. – noon


Walk-in Advising Hours:
Monday – Thursday:     10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday:                           9 a.m. – noon

Email Address:    psyadvis@pitt.edu

There will be no walk-in hours on Monday, August 6, 2018.

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                       IMPORTANT DATES - 2187

May 28     Monday            University observance of Memorial Day (University closed)
July 4       Wednesday     University observance of Independence Day (University closed)
July 9       Monday            Deadline to apply for December 2018 graduation

Full Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences calendar can be found here including all summer session dates and deadlines.

Full Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences fall calendar can be found here.

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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY INFORMATION

  • Department of Psychology Commencement Ceremony Photographer Information
  • PSY 1900 Supervised Field Placement Opportunities
  • PSY 1903 Directed Research Positions Recruiting 
  • New Fall Term Psychology Courses
  • PSY 1950:  Senior Seminar
  • PSY 0011: Introduction to the Field Course 

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH / INTERNSHIP / JOB OPPORTUNITIES

  • Clinical Research Internship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - New Posting
  • Call for Undergraduate Research Papers, UCLA - New Posting
  • Part-time Research Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh
  • Research Opportunity, Healthy Aging Lab
  • Volunteer Opportunity, Allegheny Health Network Hospice Program
  • Direct Care Workers (DCW), Southwood Hospital
  • CORE Lab, University of Pittsburgh
  • Those Early in Recovery From Eating Disorders:  Project HEAL
  • Native Chinese Speakers Wanted
  • Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Lab Hiring
  • Part-time job opportunity-HaRI Lab 
  • The Horizons Fellowship

UNIVERSITY EVENTS / INFORMATION / RESOURCES

  • Writers, Photographers, Illustrators and Copy Editors Positions Available, Pitt News

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

  • Undergraduate Awards
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation Scholarship Opportunities
  • UHC National Scholarship Newsletter

CONFERENCE / GRADUATE PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • University of Pittsburgh, Katz Specialized Master's Degree Programs
  • IO Psychology Master's Program, Hofstra University
  • Doctoral Student Opportunity, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Yale Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Research and Clinical Practice
  • University of Delaware, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, PhD
  • University of Haifa, International MA Program in Child Development
  • Emory University, Social Developmental Neuroscience Fellowship
  • Vanderbilt University, Educational Neuroscience, PhD 
  • University of California, Riverside, PhD 
  • University of Miami, Developmental Psychology 
  • University of Southern California, PhD in Occupational Science 
  • University of Delaware, College of Education & Human Development 
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, Masters' of Arts Program
  • Experimental Psychology MS Program
  • What kind of job can I get with a psychology degree?
  • Interested in Graduate School?

POST-GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Full-time Research Project Assistant, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - New Posting
  • Lab Coordinator at the MIT Media Lab - New Posting
  • Research Assistant, Butler Hospital/Brown University - New Posting
  • Full-time Project Coordinator/Research Associate, the University of Utah
  • Research Specialist, UPMC
  • Full-time Research Assistant, Harvard University
  • Full-time Project Coordinator, WPIC
  • Full-time Research Assistant, University of Pittsburgh
  • Full-time Research Assistant, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Several Job Openings, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Full-time Research Technician, University of Michigan
  • Research Assistant, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
  • Full-time Research Assistant, University of Maryland
  • Full-time Lab Manager, Georgetown University
  • Full-time Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Full-time Research Project Manager
  • Entry Level Positions
  • Research Assistant, Brown University
  • Lab Coordinator, Temple University
  • Full-time Lab Coordinator, Davidson College
  • Lab Technician, Duke University
  • Laboratory Coordinator, University of Maryland
  • Lab Manager/Research Assistant
  • Therapy Technician
  • Full-time Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Full-time Research Assistant, The Ohio State University Medical Center 
  • Full-time Junior Laboratory Associate
  • Full-time Lab Manager, University of Chicago
  • Full-time Research Assistant, Harvard University
  • Full-time Research Assistants, Brown University 
  • Three Full-time Research Assistants, Harvard University
  • Research Assistant, Emory University
  • Full-time Clinical Research Assistant, Brown Medical School & the Miriam Hospital 
  • Full-time Study Coordinator - Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Full-time Lab Manager, UPMC/WPIC
  • Full-time Lab Manager, University of Rochester
  • Research Assistant, NIH
  • Lab Manager, Northwestern University 
  • University of Pittsburgh, Research Associate
  • Research Assistant Position, Carnegie Mellon University

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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY INFORMATION

 

PSY 1900 Supervised Field Placement Opportunities

National Aviary Marketing & Communication - New Site
National Aviary Marketing & Research - New Site
National Aviary Philanthropy - New Site

Allegheny General Hospital: Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) - New Site - Still recruiting for Fall, 2018

 

PSY 1903 Directed Research Positions

Dr. Choukas-Bradley:  Teen and Young Adult Development: Understanding Interpersonal and Sociocultural Influences Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Germain:  Military Sleep and Trauma Studies Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Drs. Germain and Banihashemi:  Childhood Adversity and the Brain Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Perkins: Reinforcement Enhancing Effects of Nicotine Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Perkins: Applying Conditioning Methodology to Situational Incontinence in Women Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Pilkonis: Personality Studies Accepting Applications for and Fall, 2018
Dr. Silk:  Families, Emotions, Neuroscience and Development Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018 
Dr. Fraundorf: Understanding Accents and Dialects Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Molina:  Pittsburgh ADHD Risk in Infancy Study  Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Rottman:  A 24-Day Smartphone Study on Memory and Causal Reasoning Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Iverson: Infant Vocal, Motor, and Communication Development  Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Hall:  Mechanisms and Moderators of Sleep Health (MMoSH Pitt)  Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Kamarck:  Study of Health and Interactions in the Natural Environment (SHINE) Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Steel: A Palliative Care Intervention for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Patients Diagnosed with Cancer Accepting Applications for and Fall, 2018
Dr. Steel: Living Donor Advocacy  Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Steel: Stress and Tumor Associated Inflammation Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Steel: Symptom Management for Patients Awaiting Kidney Transplant  Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Orehek: Social Life and Motivation  Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018

Dr. Wright: Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018 

Dr. Tokowicz: Cognitive Neuroscientific Studies of First and Second Language Processing * Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Tokowicz: Study of Arabic Vocabulary Learning * Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018
Dr. Tokowicz: Study of Translation Ambiguity Between English and German * Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018

Dr. Pedersen:  Judgments and experiences following Alcohol consumption in the Moment (JAM Study) - New Posting

Dr. Perfetti:  The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language and Reading Processes * Accepting Applications for Fall, 2018

 

New Fall Term Psychology Courses

PSY 1052 Topics in Clinical Psychology:  Diversity Issues in Clinical Practice

PSY 1052 Topics in Clinical Psychology: Anxiety: Theory and Treatment

PSY 1053 Topics in Developmental Psychology:  Culture and Development

PSY 1059 Topics in Advanced Research Methods:  Clinical Psychological Science

*  See Psychology Syllabus Archive for additional details.

 

PSY 1950:  Senior Seminar

  • Are you a senior studying within the last two terms before graduating? 
  • Are you still undecided about your path to graduate school or directly into the job market? 
  • Have you changed your post-graduating plans and are now unsure of what types of jobs you will be qualified for upon graduation?

If you've answered 'yes' to any of these questions then Senior Seminar might be for you!

This one-credit course is designed for Psychology majors in their final year of study (either final term or next-to-final term). Course content will include exploration of the field of Psychology, self-assessment of learning experiences, identification of marketable skills for career and graduate school paths, and planning for transition to post-college life.  This course is idea for soon-to-graduate psychology majors who are still unsure if a path toward graduate school or directly into the work world is right for them.  All psychology majors with at least 85 total credits are eligible to self-enroll.  There will be two sections of this course offered in the spring term, Wednesday's from 1:00pm - 1:50pm (Braunsdorf) and Wednesday's from 2:00pm - 2:50pm (Stapel).

 

PSY 0011: Introduction to the Field Course 

This one-credit course is designed for newly declared psychology majors who have earned 85 credits or less.  Course content will provide an introduction to the psychology department, overview of degree requirements, review of experiential learning opportunities, and discussion of graduate school and career options including subfields within psychology and related fields.  Through lectures, guest speakers, in-class exercises, small group discussions and written assignments, students will engage in self-assessment, undertake academic and career planning, develop professional skills and learn to utilize available resources to advance in their careers. 

Interested students will need to obtain a permission number from the Psychology Advising Office by emailing psyadvis@pitt.edu or visiting walk-in hours. For questions, please contact psyadvis@pitt.edu or call 412-624-4540.  This course is taught on Monday's from 2:00pm - 2:50pm.

 

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH / INTERNSHIP / JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

Clinical Research Internship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - New Posting

Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the PITT School of Medicine and the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). Seeking one PITT undergraduate student to assist with a study involving children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) at CHP. Students will have direct contact with children aged 3-18 years who are hospitalized for TBI and their families. Duties will include screening electronic medical records for patient eligibility, study recruitment and informed consent procedures with families on the inpatient unit, data collection (parent questionnaires, neuropsychological testing of children, collection of blood and saliva samples), and data entry.

Interested students must be a majoring in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. A minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for 2-semesters is required. Course credit through the Neuroscience Department is available or students can volunteer. Paid opportunities are not currently available; however, outstanding students in this position have transitioned to a paid clinical research coordinator position in the past.

Students must have excellent communication skills, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and to maintain confidentiality is essential. Both weekday and evening/weekend hours are available.

This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate school for clinical, developmental, or health psychology. Opportunities for development of independent research projects for poster and manuscript submission can be made available for outstanding students.

Interested students should send Dr. Amery Treble-Barna their CV and a paragraph detailing their interest in the position to amery.treble@chp.edu.

 

Call for Undergraduate Research Papers, UCLA - New Posting

Have you completed a research paper in a psychology-related field (i.e. psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, linguistics)? Are you looking for a platform to publish your work?

If so, The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA (URJP) WANTS YOU to submit your papers for our annual publication, expected to be released Spring 2019.

URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all universities. Last year, we received submissions ranging from local to international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publishes undergraduate psychological research.

To submit, the papers must fulfill the requirements below:

  • Original work completed by undergraduates (Includes senior honors theses, independent research, reviews, theoretical papers, and other scholarly writing)
  • Never before been published

If you have not completed an independent research project, we still encourage you to apply by submitting a “literature review article” which does not require access to research data.

The deadline to submit papers is October 15, 2018. Multiple submissions from one author are welcome. If you would like to submit an article for consideration, please complete the following:

Replace any identifying information (i.e. author name, institution) with empty brackets, to ensure anonymity within the selection process.

Visit our website's submission page, https://urjp.psych.ucla.edu/submissions/.

Once you have filled out the form above, send the following in an email to psychjournal.ucla@gmail.com

In the body of the email, include the following information: (1) your full name, (2) full article title, (3) article type (i.e., literature review, research article), (4) your email address.

More information regarding our submission criteria and types of articles accepted can be found on our website, https://urjp.psych.ucla.edu/.

To view our prior publications, please visit our website at https://urjp.psych.ucla.edu/publications/.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at psychjournal.ucla@gmail.com for further information.

 

Part-time Research Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh

Part-Time (50%) Research Coordinator Position at the University of Pittsburgh – Biobehavioral Oncology + Technology Lab

The Biobehavioral Oncology + Technology Lab is seeking a half-time research coordinator for our NCI-funded clinical research testing a technology-supported sedentary behavior intervention in surgical oncology patients.  Responsibilities include recruiting patients from outpatient clinics at Hillman Cancer Center, training patients to use smartphone and smartwatch technology, scheduling and coordinating study visits, maintaining the study database and documentation, and extracting data from electronic medical records.  Candidates must have excellent organizational and communication skills with attention to detail, interpersonal sensitivity, and comfort with technology.  Must be available on Thursdays.  One-year commitment preferred.  This position is ideal for those interested in clinical or health psychology or medicine. If interested, please contact Krina Durica (duricak@upmc.edu).

 

Research Opportunity, Healthy Aging Lab

Student researchers are needed for a lifestyle intervention study focusing on the relationship between bereavement and circadian rhythms in older adults. The study examines how experiencing the death of a spouse or life partner may contribute to changes in circadian rhythms and vulnerability to mental health symptoms. The intervention uses technology and motivational health coaching to encourage older widows and widowers to engage in a regular routine of sleeping, eating, and physical activity. 

Students will assist with recruitment-related tasks and data entry.  Students will assist with data collection, processing and/or analysis.  Students will attend lab meetings and will learn about health psychology and the clinical assessment of older patients.  Students may have the opportunity to contribute to a research abstract or manuscript.

An 8-hour minimum/week commitment is required.  Contact Thandi Lyew, BS, lyewt@upmc.edu, 412-246-6147 if interested.

 

Volunteer Opportunity, Allegheny Health Network Hospice Program

Allegheny Health Network’s hospice program, Healthcare @ Home is currently seeking patient visitor volunteers and bereavement volunteers.  Hospice offers a multidisciplinary approach to disease management for diseases that have no cure.  With hospice care, we recognize that since we cannot cure this disease, we can manage the symptoms, most importantly pain.  We know that pain can be physical, emotional or spiritual and therefore it take a multidisciplinary approach to manage it. Patient Visitor  Volunteers are an important part of this multidisciplinary team by supporting the patient and the family, with dignity and respect, by helping them to review their life and putting value and meaning on their life, allowing them to die a more peaceful death.   After a loved one passes, we follow the bereaved family members for 13 months, helping to get them through all the firsts – the first birthday without their loved one, the first holiday with their loved one, etc.  Bereavement volunteers again play a vital role in this by making phone calls to bereaved family members.  If you are caring and compassionate with excellent communication skills, we would love to work with you!  All background checks and medical testing and necessary training is provided at no cost to you.  For more information, please contact:  Paula DeLuise, Volunteer Coordinator 412-235-8801 or deluisep@healthcareathome.com

 

Direct Care Workers (DCW), Southwood Hospital

Currently, I am looking to fill immediate openings for Direct Care Workers (DCW) at our facility. Southwood serves children and adolescent males ages 6-21 who have mental health related disorders that are co-morbid with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our program utilizes ABA programming, CBT, as well as psychoeducation depending on the unit that the resident is assigned. This position would be a great opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience working with children who are diagnosed with IDD/ASD.

We offer flexible scheduling for part time and full time staff. Daylight, evening, and overnight shifts are available as well as the choice of weekends and week days. The job responsibilities include educating and assisting residents in gaining independence in daily living, hygiene, managing emotions, effective and functional communication through vocal repertoires, PECS, and/or sign language. A DCW will teach, model, and role-play effective coping skills and social skills. Direct Care Workers will have access to training and feedback from master’s level staff- including myself.

Please contact me at Kelly.Zekan@southwoodhospital.com with any questions and to apply.

 

CORE Lab, University of Pittsburgh

Seeking Male Research Assistant for Current Semester

The CORE Lab, under faculty member Dr. Karina Schumann, is seeking a male undergrad for the current semester to run participants in lab-based research. We are looking for an organized, motivated Psychology student who is interested in gaining research experience. Our lab has ongoing projects examining the predictors and consequences of various conflict-related beliefs, emotions, and behaviors, such as apologies, justifications, forgiveness, revenge, and empathy. This is a volunteer position with an expected time commitment of at least 5-6 hours/week. Possibility of continuing in the lab for credit in future semesters.

Additional criteria:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • At least sophomore standing and not currently enrolled in Intro Psych
  • Preferably having already taken 12 credits in psychology, including PSY 0035 (Research Methods)
  • Responsibility, dependability, and ability to follow direction closely and work independently

Please contact Emily Ritchie at emr109@pitt.edu if interested.

 

Those Early in Recovery From Eating Disorders:  Project HEAL

Seeking Mentors for Those Early in Recovery From Eating Disorders: Project HEAL recently launched a new pilot program, Communities of HEALing, designed to explore the ways that peer support and mentorship can help individuals to fully recover from an eating disorder. We are currently studying the program in the context of a randomized controlled trial with researchers at Columbia University. The program includes several separate components: weekly support groups in local communities, possible 1:1 mentorship for those newly out of treatment, other facilitated experiences, and in some cases social support in the form of group cultural and entertainment outings.

We are currently seeking mentors for the study with NO PAST HISTORY OF AN EATING DISORDER.  Social support mentors provide support to mentees in the form of sharing weekly social activities intended to help them build a social support network–going to a museum, seeing a movie, going to a new cultural exhibit–that are not focused on the eating disorder.  Social support mentors make a commitment of about 3 hours per week, which includes the weekly meeting with their mentee and regular supervision calls.

This is a great opportunity to help advance scientific understanding of eating disorders, gain clinical experience, and support those in recovery from an eating disorders. Social support mentors must not have had past experience with an eating disorder, and cannot have any formal clinical training (social work and psychology graduate studies).  Great opportunity for current undergrads in psychology. 

Link to application here.

 

Native Chinese Speakers Wanted

I'm working on my honors thesis about how we listen to language, and we are recruiting native English speakers and native Chinese speakers to participate in online listening tasks and in-person interviews. The entire experiment should not take more than two hours (one hour in person, one at home to take surveys online). You will receive a $5 Starbucks eGift card and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Visa gift card for participating. If you are interested in participating, please email Claire at CCC47@pitt.edu.

 

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Lab Hiring

Adolescent Sleep Studies         PI: Dr. Brant Hasler

We are looking for one or more directed research undergraduate students to assist on several studies looking at how sleep and circadian rhythms in adolescents affect their thinking and mood as well as the risk for engaging in drug and alcohol use. The studies all involve overnight visits to the sleep lab, and some also include fMRI scans. Undergraduate students would assist in administering tasks to and monitoring participants during their overnight lab visits. They would also assist in study preparation, data entry, and preprocessing of fMRI data.

Because two of our studies involve working with minors, the student will need to have the Act 33 Child Clearance, Act 34 Criminal Clearance, and Act 73 FBI Clearance. Those interested should contact Dr. Hasler at haslerbp@upmc.edu.

 

Part-time job opportunity-HaRI Lab

Supervising faculty: Dr. Bambang Parmanto, Health Information Management

Contact: Zara Ambadar, ambadarz@upmc.edu

We are seeking a part-time (hourly pay) student research assistant to begin work immediately at the The Health and Rehabilitation Informatics (HaRI) Lab. Primary responsibilities include research support to the various studies on mobile health for people with disability (e.g supporting usability studies, focus group, training patients, contacting patients, collecting data, data entry, etc.). Some administrative work is necessary. Training will be provided. Incumbent must be motivated, enthusiastic, organized, reliable, able to work 3-5 hours /day on average and is interested and able to work long term (at least 2-terms commitment and preferably 2 years or more). Interest and sensitivity to work with individual with disability is important.

Attention to detail and willingness to learn new technology is very important. Student must have a 3-5 hours /day on average in his/her weekly schedule.

For information about the lab, please visit the website: http://www.rercict.pitt.edu/. Hourly rate is competitive.

 

The Horizons Fellowship

The Horizons School of Technology supports 35 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. Our tuition-free programs provide immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhD candidates in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications.

Horizons students have gone on to receive offers from firms such as Google, Slack, Yelp, McKinsey, BCG, Visa, J.P. Morgan, and more

Our Horizons Speaker Series brings in successful founders, investors, and technologists into the classroom. You'll hear from some of the industry's foremost experts. We've had some amazing speakers like the founders of Zenefits, Coinbase, Digital Ocean, Andela, X.ai, Shapeways, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We've welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.

Course Offerings

  • 4-month semester program
  • 3-month summer program
  • 2-year co-op program


Application Process/Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program
  • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on www.joinhorizons.com
  • Series of fit and logic interviews
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

UNIVERSITY EVENTS/INFORMATION/RESOURCES

 

Writers, Photographers, Illustrators and Copy Editors Positions Available, Pitt News

The Pitt News is taking applications for writers, photographers, illustrators and copy editors for its weekly summer editions.

Nine summer editions will be published every Wednesday, excluding the week of July 4.  Summer production begins the third week of May and continues regularly throughout June and July, with one additional edition at the end of August. New hires are welcome to continue working at TPN when daily production start up again for the 2018 fall term.

The Pitt News has a reputation of excellence with employers. Many of our staff have gone on to successful careers in journalism, communication and marketing as well as careers in other fields where their work at our publication and the skills they gained through it was a bright spot on their resume.

Prior experience in journalism is not necessary. New hires will receive training as well as opportunities to strengthen their skills as a writer, artist and/or photographer.

Photographers are paid by the picture, illustrators by the drawing, copy editors by the hour and writers by the character.

Staff members are expected to communicate well and handle flexible hours. Pittsburgh-based staff members are needed, although writers, copy editors and illustrators may also work from outside of the city.

If you are interested in working with us, please fill out an application at https://pittnews.com/application/ and indicate in the questions/comments section that you would like to begin work in the summer. Questions can be sent to news@pittnews.com.

 

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

 

Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Awards are the world’s largest academic awards program. It is uniquely pan-discipline, identifying leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. The Undergraduate Awards provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths, as well as coming to Dublin for an all-expenses-paid trip to receive their medal. UA discovers academic excellence at the undergraduate level by inviting the world’s top students to submit their coursework (academic papers from courses).

 

UHC National Scholarships Newsletter


The University Honors College provides guidance and support to undergraduate students and alumni who are interested in pursuing national and international scholarships, fellowships, and grants. These competitive awards create enriching educational opportunities for students that include domestic and international research, foreign language acquisition, and post baccalaureate study.

National scholarship advising is available to all Pitt undergraduates and alumni. As a first step towards national scholarship advising, attend a general information session held on Mondays at 12 PM and Tuesdays at 12 PM on the 37th floor of the Cathedral of Learning,

For more information visit the UHC website.

 

 

CONFERENCE/GRADUATE PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

University of Pittsburgh, Katz Specialized Master's Degree Programs

The Katz Graduate School of Business at PITT has added exciting new graduate program options recently! As a director or advisor to undergraduate students, you may be interested to know that the Katz Specialized Masters degree programs welcome students without work experience who desire to gain specialized business skills to supplement their undergraduate degree studies.

  • MS in Accounting (MAcc)                                                          prepares students for accounting roles & for CPA certification
  • MS in Finance (MSF)                                                                   prepares students for finance roles & for CFA certification
  • MS in Marketing Science (MS-MSci)                                       prepares students for traditional marketing & applied marketing analytics roles
  • MS in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS)         prepares students for IT project management & applied technology roles in business
  • MS in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM)                        prepares students for broad range of roles, including procurement, logistics, operations, and applied analytics

Each program is 30 credits and may be completed in two full-time terms (August – April). More information about each program can be found on the Katz website, including detailed curriculum plans: https://www.katz.business.pitt.edu/degrees/ms

Alternative options to complete the programs are also available:

Part-time basis (MS-MSci, MS-MIS & MS-SCM) taking advantage of hybrid learning courses

Three-term full-time basis taking advantage of summer study-abroad or experience-based learning opportunities

Extend studies by pursuing a graduate certificate offered by another Pitt school concurrently with a Katz MS degree

In addition, a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics was launched in January 2018. This credential is available to students enrolled in a Katz program, and leads to a separate University credential in addition to the MS degree. The student completes 15 credits of coursework including a variety of applied business analytics courses: multivariate analysis, data mining, database management, project courses utilizing programming languages such as Python and R, as well as analytical courses in business functions such as marketing and accounting.

 

IO Psychology Master's Program, Hofstra University

Hofstra's industrial/organizational psychology master's program prepares students for careers in such areas as human resources, training, management and organization development, in which they can apply psychological principles to problems that arise in a wide variety of organization settings. It is also designed to enhance the careers of professionals who work in these areas by teaching them to apply psychology to issues that develop in their organizations. Research design, statistics and psychology provide the foundation for advanced study in selection training, performance appraisal, worker motivation and organization development. The curriculum is strengthened by an internship sequence that provides on-site, supervised experience working on applied projects in business and public agencies.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Doctoral Student Opportunity, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Marc Goodrich is seeking highly-qualified doctoral students interested in studying how children who are learning more than one language acquire language and literacy skills in their first and second languages. 

Dr. Goodrich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His specific research interests focus on how children utilize knowledge and skills from their first language while learning a second language. Additionally, Dr. Goodrich's research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of instructional strategies designed to improve language and literacy outcomes for children who are acquiring more than one language. 

The doctoral program in special education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a unique program that trains students to design instruction to support children with learning difficulties. Students receive extensive training in high-quality research design, methodology, and statistics. 

Admission is currently being granted on a rolling basis. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the doctoral program at UNL. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Goodrich (marc.goodrich@unl.edu) for more information. 

 

University of Delaware, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, PhD

The Brain Organization for Language and Literacy Development (BOLD) Lab at the University of Delaware, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, is seeking graduate students with interests in language, literacy, and cognitive development. The BOLD Lab uses MRI and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) neuroimaging technology in combination with genetic and behavioral analyses, including field neuroimaging in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Research focuses on children’s development including language (bilingualism, signed languages), reading, and cognition.

Potential graduate students can apply to the PhD program in Linguistics or Psychological and Brain Sciences. Interested students from linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, and/or related fields should contact the laboratory director, Dr. Kaja Jasinska (http://www.haskins.yale.edu/staff/jasinska/), at jasinska@udel.edu. Please also review application procedures and requirements in the following departmental links:

 

University of Haifa, International MA Program in Child Development

Training a cadre of child development professionals and policy leaders in the developing world is of the utmost urgency, as there is a pressing need to improve the lives of children around the world.

In response to this need, the University of Haifa has launched the International MA Program in Child Development for Developing Countries, designed to increase the professional knowledge of childcare professionals who work with children.

This document describs the program, including links that further illustrate the nature of this program:

Link to the program: https://psy.hevra.haifa.ac.il/~intchilddev/

Link to a documentary film about the program: http://thetwoliliesfund.org/

 

Vanderbilt University, Educational Neuroscience, PhD 

Vanderbilt University invites applications for its PhD concentration in Educational Neuroscience, which is housed within the well-regarded Vanderbilt Neuroscience Graduate Program in the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. Our program offers an unparalleled platform from which students can become expert in neuroscience research methods ranging from animal models to functional magnetic resonance imaging in children. World class neuroimaging facilities at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Sciences are combined with an array of the world’s leading neuroscientists, making Vanderbilt an international hub for cutting-edge neuroscience research. Vanderbilt also boasts one of the most prestigious education schools in the country. Students in the program have the opportunity to work closely with dedicated faculty, gaining experience in research techniques ranging from classroom studies, through intervention studies, to working with atypically developing children in a range of settings.

This program merges psychological investigations, in a broad framework including developmental, cognitive, and affective processes, with neuroscience research spanning multiple levels from genetics to systems in order to better understand core educational areas such as reading, math, science and socio-emotional development. From these collaborative questions a better understanding of how the brain learns, more precise methods for identifying difficulties in atypical learners, and more effective ways of teaching emerges.

More detailed information about our program can be found here:  https://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/research/pro/vanderbilt_research/educatio...

Interested students should apply here: https://apply.vanderbilt.edu/apply/, and highlight their interest in Educational Neuroscience in their statement of interest.

 

University of California, Riverside, PhD 

The following labs at the University of California, Riverside are recruiting graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in Psychology: the Kids Interaction and Neuro Development Lab (Dr. Kalina Michalska), the CALLA Lab (Dr. Rachel Wu), the Perception, Action, and Development Lab (Dr. John Franchak), the Culture and Child Development Lab (Dr. Cecilia Cheung), the Emotion Regulation Lab (Dr. Elizabeth Davis), the Adversity and Adaptation Lab (Dr. Tuppett Yates), the Childhood Cognition Lab (Dr. Rebekah Richert), the Cognitive Development Lab (Dr. Mary Gauvain), and the Biobehavioral Research Lab (Dr. Chandra Reynolds). The UCR Department of Psychology offers specializations in Developmental, Cognitive, Social/Personality Psychology, and in Systems Neuroscience. The Developmental program at UCR is regarded for its strengths in contextual and cultural influences on child socialization (Cheung, Davis, Gauvain, Michalska, Natsuaki, Richert, Yates), cognitive and perceptual development across the lifespan (Franchak, Gauvain, Reynolds, Richert, Wu), and biological substrates of adjustment (Davis, Michalska, Natsuaki, Reynolds, Yates).  

The diversity of the UCR campus and of the surrounding community make UCR an ideal campus for graduate students interested in studying the ways in which developmental processes are influenced by and interact with variations in environment, especially cultural practices and socioeconomic status. The program of study requires approximately four or five years to complete. Typically, graduate students receive financial support for up to five years. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the department admissions page for more information: http://www.psych.ucr.edu/grad/admissions.html. More information about each of the recruiting labs is provided below:

The Kids Interaction and Neuro Development Lab (KIND Lab), directed by Dr. Kalina Michalska, conducts research on individual differences in the development of empathy and social competence. Particular emphasis is placed on characterizing how dispositional traits interact with social learning to modulate basic mechanisms of emotional responsiveness and emotional memory. We employ complementary methodologies including functional and structural brain imaging, autonomic responses and behavior observations in typically developing children, as well as in youth with disruptive behavior problems and those with social anxiety.

The CALLA Lab (www.callalab.com, directed by Dr. Rachel Wu) conducts research on cognitive development across the lifespan, from infancy to older adulthood. We use neural (EEG) and behavioral (eye-tracking, accuracy/reaction time) responses to investigate how previously acquired knowledge helps and hinders new learning, and how to induce cognitive development in older adults. The lab is particularly interested in recruiting a graduate student for EEG studies.

The Perception, Action, and Development Lab (padlab.ucr.edu) investigates how people use visual information to guide actions and engage in social interactions. Through our research, we hope to understand 1) how perceptual-motor systems adapt to changes in the body and environment, 2) developmental changes in infants’ everyday visual experiences, and 3) factors that influence infants’ looking behavior. We employ mobile eye tracking and naturalistic observation to examine the natural visual experiences of infants, children, and adults in everyday tasks. 

Research in the Culture and Child Development Lab (http://cheunglab.ucr.edu/) focuses on how the environment influences children’s motivation and achievement across cultural contexts. The lab is seeking Ph.D. students who have strong interest in the role of parents, teachers, and peers in children’s school adjustment. We employ diverse methodologies in our research, including naturalistic and controlled observations, surveys, and measures of physiological reactivity. Recent lines of work involves: (1) an investigation on the role of teacher-student relationships in children’s achievement in 50+ countries; (2) a longitudinal study on parenting and children’s creativity; and (3) a study on the effects of parents’ expectations and children’s performance in the academic arena.  

Research in the Emotion Regulation Lab (directed by Dr. Elizabeth Davis) focuses on understanding how developing emotion and emotion regulation processes relate to adaptive and maladaptive outcomes in childhood. We use a multi-method biopsychosocial approach to characterizing affective processes across levels of analysis (e.g., psychophysiology, cognitive, social, and emotional behavior). The goals of the research in our lab are to identify regulatory strategies that children can use to effectively alleviate negative emotion, and to identify individual differences in children’s biology and social experiences that determine whether and when they can regulate emotion effectively. We also identify mechanisms responsible for effective emotion regulation (e.g., attentional focus) to explain why certain emotion regulation strategies attenuate negative emotion and distress better than others.  

The Adversity and Adaptation Lab (www.adlab.ucr.edu), directed by Dr. Tuppett Yates, is committed to the study of how children are affected by, and in many cases successfully negotiate, adverse life experiences, such as poverty, community and family violence, loss and illness. We endeavor to understand how and why the development of some children is undermined by negative life experience, whereas others are relatively less affected (i.e., resilience). Our research employs multiple methods, including direct observation, physiological recordings, quantitative measures, and qualitative interviews, to examine key relationships that influence the effects of adverse experience on development, including those within the family and community, as well as those among physical, emotional, and behavioral response systems of children and adolescents. Dr. Yates oversees two ongoing longitudinal investigations of high-risk children and youth to clarify processes underlying risk and resilience in an effort to inform the development and implementation of effective prevention, intervention, and policy efforts to help children, their families, and the communities in which they live.

The research in the Childhood Cognition Lab (http://www.ccl.ucr.edu/index.html) explores the influence of religion, fantastical thinking, and media exposure on cognitive development. Current funding in the lab supports a longitudinal study of children’s developing religious concepts (funded by the John Templeton Foundation) and a series of studies examining how children’s social cognition influences STEM learning from different media platforms (funded by NSF REESE).

The Biobehavioral Research Lab led by Dr Chandra Reynolds investigates how and why individuals differ from one another in cognition and health across the lifespan (bbr.ucr.edu).  Lab projects address the following general questions: Why do some individuals show rapid decline in cognitive functioning with age while others remain stable or decline relatively less?  What early life and life-course factors are important to cognitive aging and health?  And,  How do environmental features and environmental selection shape cognitive functioning and health? With emphases in lifespan development and behavioral genetics, we apply longitudinal and quantitative genetic models to understand variations in cognitive aging, health and longevity. 

 

University of Southern California, PhD in Occupational Science 

Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh's laboratory at the Brain and Creativity Institute and the Division of Occupational Science at the University of Southern California is looking to take a new PhD graduate student in Occupational Science starting the Fall of 2018.  The project will focus on brain imaging and behavioral testing of children with autism, children with dyspraxia, and typical controls. This is a 5-year paid PhD graduate student position (http://chan.usc.edu/academics/phd).  Individuals with experience with brain imaging (MRI/fMRI) are especially encouraged to apply. To learn more about our lab, please see: http://chan.usc.edu/academics/phd. To apply, please see: http://chan.usc.edu/admissions.

 

University of Delaware, College of Education & Human Development

Join us at the University of Delaware and become an integral part of collaborative research teams dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and families. Learn how to generate, translate, and share research to make a difference.

Our strong faculty are eager to mentor students who are motivated to work on projects that promote school and life success. Our faculty hold grants from NIH, NSF, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and private foundations.

We support students in good standing for 5 years of study and prepare them to become leaders in their fields. Highlights of our PhD program in Education with a specialty in Learning Sciences include:

CHANGING EDUCATION CHANGING WORLD for a

  • Our focus is interdisciplinary, bridging education with cognitive science, psychology, and human development. We draw from courses all over the University to equip our graduates with an understanding of how to engender deep learning.
  • We focus on many areas: STEM learning, language, cognitive, and numerical development, learning disabilities, and the use of technology and media in education.
  • We study how learning takes place outside the classroom. Some faculty are involved in bringing learning science to places like supermarkets, homes, museums, and after school programs.
  • Students develop a rich methodological toolkit for designing investigations related to learning and instruction and assessing outcomes of educational interventions.

Graduates of the learning sciences are in demand! They obtain positions at colleges and universities as well as at research, development, and policy agencies.

For more information, visit www.education.udel.edu/doctoral/phd/LS/

Questions? Interested in applying? Contact Dr. Jordan or Dr. Golinkoff. Please also get in touch if you would like to meet at the upcoming CDS meeting in Portland. Many of our current and former students and fellows will be presenting.

Dr. Nancy Jordan: njordan@udel.edu | Dr. Roberta Golinkoff: roberta@udel.edu

 

University of Minnesota Duluth, Masters' of Arts Program 

The Experimental Track of the Master’s of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) program at the University of Minnesota Duluth is accepting applications for admissions into the program for Fall 2018. 
Experimental Psychology encompasses a variety of experimental research areas within psychology. Our faculty have backgrounds and current research interests in:
• Biopsychology
• Cognition
• Social psychology
• Evolutionary psychology
• Perception and action
• Psycho-linguistics
A Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology offers a wonderful opportunity to develop research skills that will prepare individuals for a doctoral degree in any field of psychology (including applied fields such as clinical, counseling, and industrial organizational psychology).  Such a degree also prepares students for teaching positions in higher education and research positions in the field.
What Makes the MAPS program at the University of Minnesota Duluth Stand Out?

  • Small student-to-faculty ratio:  Many track-specific courses have fewer than 10 students.  Our program typically admits a maximum of 6 students per track each year.  Students work closely with faculty and receive exceptional mentorship and supervision.  Experimental Faculty members accepting students for Fall 2017 include Drs. Aydin Durgunoglu, Rebecca Gilbertson, Eric Hessler, Robert Lloyd, and Ashley Thompson. For more information on faculty, visit the faculty list on our website.
  • Funding: To date, most graduate students have accepted a one semester teaching assistantship with salary and 50% tuition waiver.  There is also financial support for a supervised research experience and travel, and many students receive departmental grants for their research projects.  Out-of-state students may be eligible to pay only in-state tuition rates.
  • Rigorous academics.  The MAPS program is a rigorous, full-time, 2-year program that prepares students well for doctoral programs or careers at the master’s level.  Most students are deeply involved in research experiences and have opportunities for advanced training in research methodology and statistics.  The department houses a state-of-the art psychophysiology laboratory for use in student projects across all tracks.
  • The Duluth community:  Perched on Lake Superior and nestled between national forests, Duluth is picturesque during all four seasons.  It is deemed one of the top 10 outdoor towns by Outside Magazine cities and is a destination city for outdoor enthusiasts, trail runners, mountain bikers, and rock climbers

Please visit our website z.umn.edu/mapsumd for further information and to apply. Feel free to contact us with any questions at mapsumd@d.umn.edu.

 

Experimental Psychology MS Program

The primary goal of our program is to prepare students to be competitive for admittance into a Ph.D. program or for direct entry into research-intensives jobs.

Program Overview
All students complete 36 hours of coursework, or 3 classes per semester, for two years. Our program is organized like most doctoral programs. We have a small number of graduate students who work one on one with faculty. All students begin working with a faculty member by the end of their first semester. Students pursuing a thesis degree develop a thesis proposal in their second semester, and collect data and defend their thesis by the end of their second year. Students pursuing the non-thesis degree work in one or more faculty laboratories as part of their research coursework, developing skills in data collection, data management and analysis. This work culminates either in a literature review or data visualization project at the end of their second year. The non-thesis option with the Data Visualization and Analysis concentration leads to conferral of the MS, plus the specialist certificate in Data Visualization and Analysis. See below for additional information for all options.


For more information can be found on the website.

 

What kind of job can I get with a psychology degree?

Students who earn a psychology degree from the University of Pittsburgh acquire a number of marketable skills and are well qualified for many entry level positions in a variety of career fields.  If you are unsure about going to graduate school right after completing your undergraduate degree or not sure graduate school in general is right for you this website is a good place to begin your research about "What kind of job can I get with a psychology degree?"  This site includes information for careers that require all levels of a degree in psychology, steps to help facilitate a career path, links to other valuable sites, and salary information. It also has information relevant to related fields (e.g., Social Work).

 

Interested in Graduate School?

As it is the time of year when staff and students begin in earnest to reach out to prospective graduate school mentors, we are excited to share with you a new resource that may be of interest to some of them. The Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Special Interest Group (ASDD SIG) of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) has been focusing efforts on supporting prospective graduate students interested in ASD in the pursuit of their training goals.

To that end, the ASDD SIG Graduate Training Initiative has yielded a first-of-its-kind (to our knowledge) comprehensive, fully searchable database of faculty who provide doctoral-level training in ASD assessment and intervention. It is our hope that this database will be a unique and useful resource for prospective graduate students who are interested in pursuing doctoral training with a clinical and/or research focus on ASD. We extend our deepest gratitude to Tamara Rosen, Laura Graham Holmes, Jenna Mendelson, the graduate students who spearheaded the effort to compile – and ensure accuracy of – this list.

 

POST-GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Full-time Research Project Assistant, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - New Posting

The Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults Children and Teens (REAACT) Lab (www.reaact.pitt.edu) is seeking a full-time research assistant who is able to start as soon as possible. The position will provide support to for the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC), which is a multi-site study of psychiatric inpatients with ASD. To read about what our study is doing to fill gaps in our understanding of those severely affected by autism, see this news story: https://www.spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/why-children-severe-auti...

We are seeking someone motivated, reliable, hardworking, and with leadership skills. The research assistant must be organized and able to effectively manage multiple tasks. Prior research experience and experience with autism is preferred. A minimum two-year commitment is preferred due to the amount of training involved. The research assistant will gain a variety of research skills and work closely with the inpatient treatment team. The research assistant must be comfortable working within the inpatient environment, where patients are primarily admitted due to aggressive or self-injurious behavior. The research project assistant will be responsible for managing day to day activities for the project, including: 

  • Work with clinical staff to identify eligible participants and administer questionnaire eligibility measure
  • Obtain written informed consent and assent when applicable
  • Track enrollment of participants and progress of data collection
  • Collect data during the child’s inpatient stay, which will include administration of intelligence/cognitive tests with patients, questionnaires with parents, and pulling relevant data from the child’s clinical chart
  • Maintain reliability in measure administration, including attendance at a research assistant training in Maine in fall 2018
  • Help acclimate the child to wearing a biosensor on the wrist to collect physiological and movement data
  • Observe the child for 1-4 hour periods of regular activity on the unit while the child is wearing the biosensor and record the onset and offset of disruptive behavior including aggression on a mobile app
  • Assist (but not administer) in collection of blood samples from the child with ASD and his/her biological parents (e.g. coordinate the blood draw, accompany/escort the family, and oversee its safe shipment); If families are not willing to provide a blood sample, offer saliva sample or cheek swab options and assist in collecting this data
  • Contact biological parents who are not local to discuss the possibility of participating to provide a biosample
  • Manage and dispense participant payments to parents who provide a biosample
  • Assist in IRB modifications and renewals
  • Enter study data into a secure database
  • Become reliable in the coding of previously collected structured temperament task data from inpatient participants, and complete coding of video recorded assessments in ELAN
  • Participant in weekly supervision with the designated study investigator as well as collaborate with all unit leadership
  • Attend study team meetings, and participate in phone calls, and treatment team meetings as required

For questions or if you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Carla Mazefsky at mazefskyca@upmc.edu

 

Lab Coordinator at the MIT Media Lab - New Posting

The Scalable Cooperation Group directed by Iyad Rahwan at the MIT Media Lab is seeking a full-time or part-time lab coordinator to start in September, 2018 (exact date negotiable).  The position is for one year with the opportunity to renew contingent on performance and funding availability.  Applications are being accepted immediately and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

The Scalable Cooperation group seeks to answer the question: How can we anticipate and respond to major disruptions from Artificial Intelligence, the Web and social media to the way we work, learn, cooperate, and govern society?  We are an interdisciplinary group of computer scientists, applied mathematicians, cognitive scientists, political scientists, philosophers, developmental psychologists, and others who use a social science approach to answer society’s most challenging questions.

We are looking for a lab coordinator to facilitate many different aspects of our research. These will include assistance with designing and implementing online studies, helping to collect data, and managing recruitment of participants.  The responsibilities of the lab coordinator will also include administrative duties such as record keeping, website maintenance, preparation of IRB protocols, assistance with grant writing, reimbursement paperwork, scheduling, and related tasks around the lab.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, computer science or a related field. Previous experience in a lab environment or conducting experimental research is strongly preferred.  Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of our work, a candidate may be suitable who has strengths in any of the following areas: experimental design, statistical analysis, programming, moral philosophy/ethics, political science methodology, econometrics.  The ideal candidate should be extremely organized and self-directed.

To apply, please send a CV, three recommendation letters (sent directly by the referees), and a short cover letter or statement of interest to MLabCoordinator@media.mit.edu

There is no deadline, and the position will be open until filled. Questions about the position should be directed to irahwan@mit.edu

 

Research Assistant, Butler Hospital/Brown University - New Posting

The Psychosocial Research Program at Butler Hospital and Brown University is looking to hire a part-time/full-time research assistant to work on a study related to mHealth and severe mental illness.  The position is available for immediate start.  In particular, we are hiring for an NIMH-funded project focused on the development and testing of a new mobile intervention for patients with schizophrenia following psychiatric hospitalization, which is run by Brandon Gaudiano, Ph.D. and Ethan Moitra, Ph.D. There may be opportunities to work on other related projects testing treatments for patients with suicidality or bipolar disorder.  The Psychosocial Research Program, located in Providence, RI, is affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. For more information about our program, please refer to our department website (http://www.moodtreatment.org) or to each faculty member’s web page located at: https://vivo.brown.edu/display/bgaudian and https://vivo.brown.edu/dis...

Butler - Research Administration Department, Full-Time or Part-Time, Daytime with some evening hours.

Brown Medical School researchers working at Butler Hospital are seeking to hire a research assistant for a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study related to mHealth and severe mental illness. Responsibilities include recruiting and tracking subjects, screening electronic medical records, managing databases, preparing reports, and conducting research assessments with psychiatric patients. Additional duties include working with a multidisciplinary team conducting research in a psychiatric hospital setting. Skills using Microsoft Office, SPSS, and REDCap a plus.

Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field required. Experience with psychology research and/or working with psychiatric patients desirable.

Send cover letter and CV/resume to Drs. Brandon Gaudiano and Ethan Moitra at psychosocial.research@gmail.com

 

Full-time Project Coordinator/Research Associate, the University of Utah

Oversees the procedural matters for the National Center for Veterans Studies and the Department of Psychology related to a 3-year funded project by The Boeing Company. Provides administrative support to senior department personnel.
The primary aims of this project are to provide empirically supported treatments to service members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and training licensed mental health professionals in crisis response planning for suicide prevention.

Primary duties of the research associate/project coordinator will include scheduling project-related activities and meetings, coordinating with project partners and collaborators, interfacing with service members and veterans, coordinating assessment interviews, obtaining informed consent, tracking project participants, scheduling and coordinating regular staff meetings, and assisting with regulatory and sponsor reports. Additional information about the National Center for Veterans Studies and its ongoing projects is available online: www.veterans.utah.edu.

The full job posting can be found at https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/78608.

 

Research Specialist, UPMC

Minimum Requirements

Educational/Knowledge Requirements:  [Minimal level of formal education, technical school training, special knowledge (ie: medical terminology, computer applications required to perform essential job functions).  Include physical requirements as applicable.  Differentiate between required and preferred.]

EDUCATIONAL/KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelors degree required
  • One year prior research experience required.
  • Familiarity with computers, and interest in learning to use and develop computerized cognitive tests with psychiatric subjects/patients; preference of knowledge of software such as E-Prime and I-lab
  • Ability to communicate effectively and elicit optimal performance from cognitively impaired subjects/patients, preference of experience administering IQ measures and other neuropsychological tests
  • Ability to work carefully with attention to detail and to function with minimal supervision to ensure that all duties and responsibilities are completed in a timely manner.
  • Introductory experience with statistics and computerized database management, preference of experience  with Microsoft Access, Matlab, SPSS
  • Ability to travel off-site to evaluate subjects required,
  • Flexible working hours (some Saturdays and evenings) required.

Email Dr. Beatriz Luna at lunab@upmc.edu for details of application.

 

Full-time Research Assistant, Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities

The Nock Laboratory, in the Department of Psychology, at Harvard University, is seeking a Research Assistant (RA) to coordinate and administer studies aimed at understanding and preventing suicidal behavior among adolescents and adults presenting to the emergency room or the psychiatric inpatient unit.  The RA’s responsibilities include participation in all phases of the research process, including: conducting literature reviews; IRB preparation; recruiting and running clinical participants; and data collection, entry, and management. The RA will be responsible for recruitment and follow-up of research participants in several studies, as well as supervision of undergraduate and volunteer RAs.

Basic Qualifications

One year related experience required.

Additional Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in psychology (or related field) and previous clinical psychological research experience (especially with clinical subjects) is strongly preferred. The RA must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also function well as part of a team. Writing, computer skills (e.g., proficiency with programming and smartphone applications), and supervisory experience are highly desirable.  Prior experience working with clinically severe/suicidal patients strongly preferred. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills are essential.

Applicants can apply online at https://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs, click “External candidates” and search for 45915BR.

 

Full-time Project Coordinator, WPIC

Our lab studies adolescent brain development and mental health. We use methods including clinical interviewing, MRI, and behavior tasks, and we often conduct longitudinal studies in which we assess people multiple times over years. We are committed to reducing suffering through our research, and we strongly value a commitment to that goal, as well as team orientation, conscientiousness, and problem solving.

This position is grant funded. 

Additional details and formal application:  http://careers.upmc.com/jobs/2825875-res-project-coordinator-wpic

 

 

Full-time Research Assistant, Boston Children's Hospital

This Clinical Research Assistant II will be responsible for:

  • Subject recruitment for pediatric research studies which will include close interaction with nurseries, child care centers and elementary schools in the Boston area.
  • Scheduling of pediatric research subjects, database maintenance, implementation and maintenance of analysis software.
  • Pediatric testing (including MRI/fMRI scanning of young children and infants) and data analyses (psychometrics, psychophysics and structural/functional magnetic imaging), stimuli design and administrative work (e.g., preparation of internal review board proposals).  


To qualify, you must have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, math, or related field required and a minimum of one year relevant work experience.
  • Comfort with a heterogeneous computing environment (Linux/Unix, Mac, and Windows) as well as some programming experience preferred; knowledge of psychological experiment software (E Prime, Presentation, etc.) and/or fMRI analyses software helpful.
  • Prior experience with infants and children would be very helpful.
  • Demonstrable pre-existing interest in developmental psychology/ cognitive neuroscience desired.
  • Knowledge of neuroanatomy, statistics or machine learning helpful.
  • Self-motivation and be able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and must like working with infants, children and families.

Start will be ASAP. Please apply here with the REQ ID 47545BR AND send an additional application package to Dr. Nadine Gaab (Nadine.gaab@childrens.harvard.edu

 

Full-time Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh

This position involves working on the Cognitive Inflexibility and Phenotypical Heterogeneity in Eating Disorders research study.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the recruitment of individuals from inpatient and community settings
  • Screen  participants and obtain written consent forms
  • Administer behavioral measures and questionnaires
  • Conduct structured clinical interviews such as the SCID-5, EDE, and WASI-II
  • Manage self-report, behavioral, and neuroimaging  data
  • Work with undergraduate students on their independent research projects using data from the study

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree required, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, or related research field.
  • Previous work experience in a clinical setting  and/or research project is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of research methodology preferred
  • Familiarity with SPSS and SPM in MATLAB preferred, but not required

Interested candidates can contact Morgan Lindenmuth at lindenmuthm@upmc.edu.

 

Several Job Openings, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary Junior Specialists for anticipated part-time and full-time openings throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Applicants should have specialized knowledge of a core area of experimental psychology, including cognition and the perceptual sciences, development and evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and behavior, and/or social psychology.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in Psychological and Brain Sciences or a related field, or have equivalent research experience.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Additionally, candidates should have specialized knowledge of a core area of experimental psychology, including cognition and the perceptual sciences, development and evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and behavior, and/or social psychology.

Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) conferred by the start of appointment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Previous laboratory experience related to Psychological and Brain Sciences or a relevant field is preferred.

APPLICATION AND REVIEW PROCESS 
To apply, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Two Letters of Reference (to be submitted on your behalf)

Application materials must be submitted via UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01260

Screening of applications will begin on June 5, 2018 and will be ongoing, depending on the needs of the department. This posting will remain open through October 31, 2018. If you wished to be considered following the close of this recruitment, and the Junior Specialist Pool is posted again, you will need to submit a new application.

PLEASE NOTE: The use of a Junior Specialist Pool does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time of application. Check the review date specified in UC Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for an upcoming opening. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered.

The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

 

Full-time Research Technician, University of Michigan

The Michigan Ross Behavioral Lab at the University of Michigan is seeking a full-time research technician to start in August 2018. The deadline to apply is June 4. The Michigan Ross Behavioral Lab accommodates a variety of innovative human behavior experiments in areas such as marketing and decision science, strategy, teamwork, and leadership.

This position is ideal for a recent college graduate in psychology, business, information, or other related disciplines. Applicants should have at least 1 year of experience running studies with human subjects. We desire experience with eye-tracking, survey design, coding experience with python/HTML/CSS/JavaScript, etc. Applicants must be self-motivated, have internal initiative, and have a positive learning orientation.

The main duty of the research technician will be to administer experiments and surveys for Ross researchers under supervision of the lab manager and lab director. The technician will work with faculty and researchers to run high quality lab studies. Other duties include participant recruitment, participant intake and debriefing, data entry, data analysis, keeping the lab organized, and other tasks to keep the lab running smoothly.

To apply please visit
https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcareers.umich.edu%2Fjob_detail%2F157634%2Fbehavioral_lab_research_technician&data=01%7C01%7Cbrownell%40pitt.edu%7Cf1f51f822bac443315d508d5bf280f90%7C9ef9f489e0a04eeb87cc3a526112fd0d%7C1&sdata=Ce%2BhC3s9smiPddCPtCQJjm3q3xzpRadCg%2BRqBNZQxhk%3D&reserved=0

Application materials should include a cover letter as the first page.

 

Research Assistant, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Clinical Research Department at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) invites applications for a Research Assistant position. S/he will coordinate a neuroimaging study of social reward learning in patients with schizophrenia and healthy individuals under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Pamela Butler. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to work on cognitive remediation and electrophysiological studies. This position requires a 2-year commitment. This is an excellent opportunity for obtaining research and clinical experience prior to applying to graduate or medical school. NKI is focused on understanding the biology of and advancing treatments for psychiatric illnesses. NKI fosters a collaborative environment where research assistants have the opportunity to gain excellent clinical and research experience, with the potential for publication.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Recruit people with schizophrenia and controls
  • Coordinate with participants and other research personnel to schedule appointments
  • Clinical interviews
  • Social and neuro-cognitive testing
  • Work on neuroimaging studies
  • Maintain and manage IRB and research records
  • Data entry and assist with data analysis
  • Opportunities to participate in research presentations and manuscript publications
  • Opportunities to learn MRI analysis programs

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. or B.A. in psychology, cognitive science or related field
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willing and able to learn specialized research software and lab equipment for data collection
  • Willing and able to learn to administer clinical interviews and social and neuro-cognitive tests
  • Emotional stability and maturity in order to work with psychiatric populations
  • Attention to detail

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in human subjects research (e.g., participant testing) or working with psychiatric populations in a clinical setting
  • Experience administering cognitive tests
  • Experience in clinical assessments
  • Experience using formulas and calculations in excel and other computer programs
  • Experience collecting MRI and/or EEG data in human subjects

Please go to this link to apply for the position:  https://nki.applicantpro.com/jobs/796579.html

 

Full-time Research Assistant, University of Maryland

The University of Maryland Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay (www.dscn.umd.edu) is seeking a full-time research assistant (called Faculty Assistant at UMD) starting this summer 2018. The DSCN lab investigates the neural and cognitive bases of social interaction in typical development and children with autism. The methods used include functional and structural MRI as well as behavioral measures with adults and children. 

This is an excellent position for anyone who would like to pursue graduate work in developmental, cognitive, and/or clinical neuroscience. We encourage applicants with a background in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, or related fields to apply. 

The lab manager will train and supervise undergraduate research assistants, manage IRB protocols and data archiving, and be responsible for general lab upkeep.  Responsibilities will additionally include data collection and analyses of MRI and behavioral studies with children and adults and development of stimulus presentation scripts. On the administrative side, the lab manager is responsible for recruitment and communicating with participants, coordinating meeting spaces, organizing lab meeting times, and general communication with lab members.  The position may involve MRI operator training on the 3T Siemens scanner on UMD campus. There may be opportunities for presenting data at conferences and co-authoring publications.

Applicants must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills and must enjoy working with children.

Salary will be competitive commensurate with experience and includes health benefits. Application review will begin immediately. 

To apply please email your application to Sydney Maniscalco (sydneym@umd.edu). Application materials should include a cover letter detailing qualifications and interest, CV (with GPA), relevant coursework or transcript, and (at least) 2 references who can provide letters upon request.

 

Full-time Lab Manager, Georgetown University

Full-time research technician position available starting immediately in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (dcnl.georgetown.edu) directed by Chandan Vaidya.  The successful applicant will be responsible for fMRI data collection, recruitment efforts, administrative duties, and day-to-day operation of the lab.  Ongoing studies involve functional brain imaging in adults and children.  The job requires fMRI data acquisition skills, exceptional organizational and multi-tasking skills, ability to interact with multiple personnel, supervision of undergraduates, high motivation and initiative, and ability to work with children.  Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Neuroscience. Commitment of 2 years is required.

Please email a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 2 references to Chandan Vaidya at vaidyalab@georgetown.edu

 

 

Full-time Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Rebecca Spencer in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is hiring a full-time research assistant and a post-doctoral research associate for NIH-funded research on sleep and memory in early childhood.

Post-doctoral research associate: The candidate must have completed or be in the process of completing a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, or other related discipline.  Training in statistical methods, mastery of English speaking and writing, reliable transportation, and experience working with human subjects are required. Successful candidates must have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with parents, teachers, and children; and strong organization, problem solving, and analytic skills.

We seek a post-doc who is motivated and ambitious, who is prepared for a hands-on research experience including the use of new tasks and techniques, and who is prepared to be an intellectual contributor to the research. Responsibilities will include: (1) conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and physiological data collection); (2) data processing and analysis; (3) training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants; (4) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; (5) assisting with research protocols and compliance; and (6) contributing to data dissemination (poster presentations, manuscript submissions).

Full-time research assistant: A bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field is required. Training in statistical methods, mastery of English speaking and writing, reliable transportation, and experience working with human subjects are required. Successful candidates must have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with parents, teachers, and children; and strong organizational, managerial, and problem solving, and analytic skills.

Responsibilities of the research assistant will include: (1) conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and physiological data collection); (2) contributing to data processing and analysis; (3) training and supervising graduate students, undergraduate students, and project assistants; (4) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; (5) assisting with research protocols and compliance; and (6) conducting library searches and literature reviews.

 

Full-time Research Project Manager

We are looking for someone for a year or two, though this is a permanent position so one could stay as long as they want. The Family Institute is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) entry-level, research project manager to oversee daily operations and assist with clinical interviews for two intervention studies. The first study is a multi-site RCT testing the processes and mechanisms of change accounting for significant reductions in intimate partner violence in an ACT-based intervention. The second study is a pilot test of a novel prevention program for young couples that includes attention to multiple domains of relationship functioning (e.g., conflict, support, emotional intimacy, sex). 

The Research Project Manager will work closely with the Director of Translational Science, and members of the Family Institute. Primary responsibilities involve managing daily operations including staff supervision and conducting clinical interviews. Strong organizational, supervisory and interpersonal skills preferred. Experience with project coordination and IRB/grant submissions desirable. Position involves working in a fast-paced environment within a multidisciplinary research team. Potential need for schedule flexibility to accommodate participant visits.

Minimum Qualifications: BA/BS and at least one year of prior experience with clinical research is required. The position requires attention to detail, organizational and planning abilities and excellent interpersonal skills. The individual in this position will be working on several projects simultaneously.

 

Entry Level Positions

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  • Highly individualized, evidence-based student programming with data driven decision making
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  • Entry level positions working with special needs students
  • Exceptional training and opportunities for professional growth
  • Tuition reimbursement available
  • Comprehensive benefits package

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Research Assistant, Brown University

The brand-new Brown Language and Thought Lab, directed by Dr. Roman Feiman, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to start in August, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately.

The lab will conduct research with adults, children, and infants, investigating language comprehension, language acquisition, and conceptual development. Because this is the inaugural year of the lab, the position offers an opportunity to take an instrumental role in shaping a new intellectual community, working closely with Dr. Feiman. The lab will be embedded in a thriving broader research environment: the department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, which is a multidisciplinary community that takes complimentary approaches to the study of mind, brain, behavior, and language. The ideal candidate would be on the path to graduate study in these fields, be intellectually engaged, highly organized, and eager to take on both the academic and administrative challenges of getting a new lab started.

The Research Assistant's primary responsibilities will include managing and leading research projects in the lab: designing studies, preparing stimuli, recruiting and testing infants, children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, and participating in the preparation of research for publication. On the administrative side, responsibilities will include setting up and maintaining systems for data and resource management and communication within the lab, training and overseeing undergraduate assistants, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, and assisting with grant management and IRB documentation.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, or related fields
  • Prior experience working in a lab, working with children, and managing others
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Experience conducting independent research (e.g. an honors thesis project, an independent study) is strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Experience with eyetracking, and knowledge of R, Python, Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), CHILDES and CLAN, E-Prime, Matlab, Filemaker, OSF, and Slack, are all preferred but not required.

To View More Details and To Apply, please use this link to the position on Brown’s Career Site:  https://brown.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/staff-careers-brown/job/Metcalf-Research-Lab/Research-Assistant_REQ145185

 

Lab Coordinator, Temple University

Lab Coordinator: Temple University Infant & Child Lab
 
The Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory (TICL) at Ambler is seeking a lab coordinator, a position presenting rich and varied opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in cognition and development. This lab coordinator would work with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek on projects involving spatial learning, language acquisition, play, and the arts. The position is grant-funded for one year, starting in August 2018.

Lab Coordinator duties may include:

  • Management of day-to-day lab operations
  • Contacting preschools to coordinate research
  • Recruitment and scheduling of children aged 2 months to 16 years
  • Stimuli design and creation
  • Data collection, entry, coding, and analysis
  • Presentation of findings at collaborative lab meetings and in federal grant reports
  • Management of IRB protocols
  • Research grants administration and accounting
  • Training and supervising of research assistants

The lab coordinator will also have the opportunity to collaborate in research that will be presented at conferences and published in journals.

Required qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field
  • At least 6 months experience working in a research setting, preferably with infants and/or children

Preferred qualifications:

  • Computer skills and proficiency with MS Office
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, writing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population of participants
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation
  • Proficiency with SPSS, SAS, and/or R

If interested, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to Jelani Medford, Lab Coordinator, at jelani.medford@temple.edu Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please visit our website (www.temple.edu/infantlab) for more information about the lab. Please visit our website at www.temple.edu, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Careers @ Temple. Create or update your online profile. You must apply online in order to be considered for this position.

 

Full-time Research Assistant, Ohio State University

The Cognitive Development Laboratory at Ohio State University directed by Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky is seeking a full-time research assistant to start in Summer 2018. This person will work closely with other lab members to assist in all aspects of conducting research.

 The lab conducts research on cognitive development, with specific focus on conceptual development and category learning. We are particularly interested in how people learn categories, retain them over time, and generalize learning to new situations, how they allocate attention during category learning, how language affects these processes, how these processes and effects change in the course of development, and how the brain systems sub-serving categorization come online. We employ looking-time, eye-tracking, behavioral, and electrophysiological methods with infants, young children and adults. For more information about the lab see: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcogdev.o...
 
We seek a recent college graduate who has majored in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field and who is (1) looking for additional research experience before going on to graduate school or (2) seeking a more permanent employment opportunity.
 
Duties include creating stimuli, programming experiments, recruiting and scheduling participants, and testing infant, child, and adult subjects, using behavioral, eye tracking, ERP, and heart rate methodologies. There is the possibility of becoming a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication. There are also administrative duties that include recruiting and training undergraduate volunteers research assistants and maintaining IRB protocols. This job offers competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. The review of applications will start immediately and the successful candidate may start as early as in May 2018. A 1-2-year commitment is required. The Ohio State University is a vibrant, research-centered public university, located in Columbus, Ohio. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, resume, and contact information for three references electronically to Alicia Scimeca (alicia.scimeca@gmail.com). Please also be prepared to arrange three letters of recommendation. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Vladimir Sloutsky (Sloutsky.1@osu.edu).

 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting study participants.
  • Maintaining participant database.
  • Maintaining IRB protocols.
  • Managing participant scheduling.
  • Supervising and training undergraduate students.
  • Administering experiments to infants, children, and adults, data management and analysis.
  • Additional administrative duties may include requisition of new equipment and materials, and hardware/software maintenance.


 Required Experience/Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, natural science, or a technical field.
  • Experience working with infants, children, and parents, preferably in a research setting or a minimum of one year of experience working in a lab, and demonstrated interest in behavioral or developmental research.
  • Strong organizational, time management and communication skills (including writing skills).
  • Self-motivated and able to troubleshoot problems independently
  • Excellent skills interacting with infants and children as well as teachers and parents, and must be able to supervise undergraduate research assistants.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and some familiarity with SPSS, R, or equivalent statistical package and willingness to learn E-Prime, Experiment Builder, Matlab, Adobe Director, and File Maker Pro.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills are essential as duties involve interacting with parents and teachers.
  • Experience with eye-tracking and/or ERP data acquisition and data analysis is a plus but not required.

 

Lab Technician, Duke University

The Bergelson Lab at Duke, an NIH and NEH funded lab in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking a lab technician with excellent programming skills for a summer start date.  

The Bergelson Lab studies language acquisition, with a focus on early word learning. Research projects in the lab investigate both the relation between word learning and other aspects of linguistic representation (phonetics, syntax, prosody) and the interface between word learning and socio-cognitive development writ large.

Research in the lab centers around corpus methods, used to analyze the SEEDLingS Corpus (a rich longitudinal audio/video/comprehension/production corpus), and behavioral methods (e.g. eye-tracking, discrimination, and production studies) to query infant language development.

The lab technician will also have the opportunity to be part of an international collaborative project, ACLEW, involving speech-technology, computational modeling, and naturalistic recordings.

The lab technician will work alongside a full-time lab manager, PhD students, postdocs, undergrads, and the PI to maintain our codebase (Bergelson Lab GitHub repo, SEEDLingS GitHub repo), create and document new scripts and workflows (Bergelson Lab OSF Wiki, SEEDLingS OSF wiki), help manage our website, and provide support for working with experimental and naturalistic data in the lab. There are often 1-2 undergraduate RAs directly supervised by the lab technician in this role.

Our lab staff typically go on to excellent research positions and/or PhDs (n=5) at top institutions and have taken advantage of opportunities to co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of interest and in ongoing projects in the lab.

 

Desiderata include:

  • strong programming background (python along with some combination of matlab, R, ruby, bash, html, Go, C++, java, and latex)
  • experience with Python's scientific libraries (Pandas, NumPy, SciPy, IPython Notebooks) 
  • experience with R's tidyverse. experience with RStudio's Shiny application framework is a plus.
  • high skill level and comfort with Github
  • experience with Linux is a plus 
  • experience with backend server development in Go is a plus
  • familiarity with relevant software (e.g. Praat, Python, Audacity, Datavyu, R, FFmpeg)
  • coursework and research experience in algorithms and data structures, data science, machine learning, human research design and implementation (cognition and/or developmental psych, cogsci, linguistics, and related fields)

Duke Psychology and Neuroscience has a strong community of researchers (see primary faculty here). Colleagues with highly relevant research in the department notably include Drs. Michael Tomasello, Rita Svetlova, and Makeba Wilbourne. We are part of Duke CHILD Studies.

To apply, please send an email to elika.bergelson@gmail.com with the subject line 

"Bergelson Lab Technician Position" and the following items:

  1. current CV (including contact details of 3 references)
  2. sample code (and/or its resulting products) that you’ve written from scratch
  3. letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements the labs' needs and interests.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 16th and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected in May.

Start date will be early summer. This is a one year position with possibility of renewal.

 

Laboratory Coordinator, University of Maryland

The Child Development Lab (CDL) at the University of Maryland under the direction of Nathan Fox is searching for an individual to assume the position of Laboratory Coordinator to be available by June 1. The Laboratory Coordinator responsibilities include management of a multi-site Program Project Grant funded by NICHD as well as management of other NIH funded longitudinal studies. It involves working with both US and foreign institutions on grant and budget preparation/management, submission of progress reports, management of Institutional Review Board submissions, and general study logistics (coordinating travel, scheduling meetings). The Lab Coordinator also manages the day-to-day activities of the CDL including, monitoring and ordering supplies, assisting in the staff hiring process, creating agendas, running lab and study-related meetings, preparing grant budgets and training lab staff on University and lab policies. Information regarding current ongoing studies at the CDL can be found at cdl.umd.edu/current-studies/.

Minimum Qualifications: BA or BS in psychology or related field and a minimum of 2 year post-bac research experience in the social sciences. Skills should include familiarity with budgets, Excel and understanding of IRB study protocol submissions. The position requires keen attention to detail, organizational and planning abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills. The individual in this position will be working on multiple, large-scale projects simultaneously.

Preferences: BA or BS with Two years of research experience is preferred.

There are no physical demands.

Additional Information:  TO apply, please provide cover letter describing research and lab experience, names and contact info of at least three references, and a CV or Resume to Julie Staples-Watson (staples3@umd.edu) and Nathan Fox (fox@umd.edu).

 

Lab Manager/Research Assistant

Professor Jessica Cantlon is seeking a full-time research assistant and lab manager for the Concepts, Actions, and Objects Lab at the University of Rochester/Carnegie Mellon (http://caoslab.bcs.rochester.edu).  The position will offer the opportunity to engage in a wide array of research methods converging on the topic of conceptual thought.  The research focuses on the organization of concepts and categories (e.g., numbers, letters, faces, tools) in the adult and developing brain.  Techniques include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cognitive testing with adults, children, and neuropsychological patients.

Responsibilities will include designing and programming stimulus materials, and data collection and analysis.  Additional responsibilities include participant recruiting, IRB protocol maintenance, and other managerial duties (e.g., supervising undergraduates).  The ideal candidate will have basic programming experience with MATLAB and/or fMRI software (e.g., SPM, BrainVoyager, FSL). Experience testing children in cognitive paradigms is also desired.

Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to kidneurolab@gmail.com

 

Therapy Technician

The Therapy Technician – Level I is responsible for completing job tasks that facilitate the efficient and effective daily operation of the assigned work location.

Job Relationships
Responsible To: Therapy Coordinator at work location or designated supervisor
Workers Supervised: Students and Volunteers

Qualifications
Education: High School diploma or GED required
Licensure: None
Certification: None
Clearances: Act 73 FBI*Act 34 Criminal Clearance*Act 33 Child Clearance)
**Clearances must be obtained within 30 days of hire in order to continue active employment.
Training and Experience: Basic computer skills required and previous experience in a healthcare setting preferred

Job Responsibilities
Prepares patient treatment activities prior to sessions and cleans/organizes treatment area after sessions

  • Assists with patient treatment, such as transfers, group activities and Locomotor training. Reinforces therapist's directions, etc. Assistance with patient treatment always occurs under the direct supervision of a therapist
  • Assists therapists before, during and after treatment sessions as appropriate.
  • Safely transports patients to and from treatment area
  • Completes tasks related video, audiotapes and board maker for  patients or departmental needs
  • Cleans mats and equipment adhering to facility infection control policies
  • Organizes and maintains order in treatment areas and storage areas
  • Identifies low inventory and supply needs to supervisor
  • Restocks linens and other supplies
  • Notifies Supervisor of malfunctioning equipment or equipment in need of repair
  • Completes temperatures logs daily
  • Completes filing and copying for the department
  • Supports office  personnel to answer phones and complete scheduling tasks
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Demonstrates effective professional communication with supervisor, peers and other staff within the facility or outside agencies in accordance with established CI policies including the Professional Conduct policy.
  • Completes all  task and documentation in an accurate and timely fashion
  • Able to model and demonstrate appropriate written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in meeting department and organizational strategic plan
  • Contributes solutions to identified problems and adapts readily to change
  • Complies with organizational and departmental protocols, policies, and procedures
  • Complies with national, state and regulatory body  laws and regulations
  • Maintains professional boundaries with  staff, patients, families
  • Utilizes supervision and modifies behavior accordingly


Submit cover letter, resume, application and salary requirements to:
Lisa Wakefield
LWA@the-institute.org
The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
1405 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Fax: 412-420-2299
No phone calls, please. Resumes and cover letters will only be accepted in PDF format if sent via email. You may also fax them to the number above. The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Full-time Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park

Full-time Research Assistant Position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Tracy Riggins in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park is seeking a Full-time Research Assistant for a research project examining the role of sleep and brain development on memory during early childhood. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Spencer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. See www.ncdl.umd.edu for more details about the lab.

Responsibilities will include: (1) conducting experiments with young children (including: recruiting, scheduling, and collection of polysomnography (PSG), and neuroimaging (MRI/fMRI) data; (2) preprocessing and analyzing data; (3) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (4) performing general administrative duties, including data management, lab web pages and participant recruiting systems; (5) programming scientific experiments and developing experimental stimuli, (6) assisting with IRB protocol creation and compliance, (7) conducting library searches and literature reviews to assist in manuscript preparation; and (8) providing general support for the PI and other researchers in the laboratory including, but not limited to, purchasing and maintaining lab equipment. Please note: the official payroll title at UMD for this position is “Faculty Assistant.”

Qualifications: Required background and skills include: a bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field (e.g., psychology or neuroscience); reliable transportation; previous research experience with human participants (preferably with children and/or using fMRI, EEG, or PSG); the ability to work independently; keen attention to detail; and the ability to interact warmly and professionally with parents and children. Strong computational, organizational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential.

The position is set to begin June 1, 2018.  A 2-year commitment is required; third year is possible. Review of applications will begin April 6, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their background and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Lisa Cox at lmcox@umd.edu.  Please include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”).

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

 

Students Expanding Access to Sustainability (SEAS)

SEAS- Students Expanding Access to Sustainability. Our mission is to create opportunities for students to pursue a sustainability education. When we took on this project we noticed a lack of sustainability education within the Humanities and Social Sciences, yet we believe the students within these departments have interest in environmental issues and sustainable practices. We are now working to make sustainability education more accessible for these aforementioned students.  If you have some interest or thoughts on sustainability please see link below.

Currently, we are attempting to gauge interest among Humanities and Social Science students with this student interest survey.

 

Full-time Junior Laboratory Associate

Description: The Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab (kidconcepts.org) at New York University, directed by Dr. Marjorie Rhodes, is seeking to hire two full-time Junior Laboratory Associates to coordinate research on cognitive and social development. This position is well suited for someone who aims to develop research skills before applying to doctoral programs in developmental or cognitive psychology.

Job Summary: (1) conducting experiments with children and adults in laboratory, museum-based, and school-based settings; (2) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (3) administrative duties, including data management and maintenance of budgets, lab web pages, and participant recruiting systems; 4) working with local schools and museums to recruit participants and organize data collection, and 5) providing general support to researchers.

Qualifications: (1) a bachelor's degree in psychology or cognitive science; (2) one or more years of research experience; (3) excellent computer skills; (4) the ability to work independently; (5) keen attention to detail; (6) excellent communication skills. Strong organizational, computational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential.

To apply please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/49794

In accordance with applicable law, all job postings shall include the following tagline: EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

Full-time Lab Manager, University of Chicago

The Communication and Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Daniel Yurovsky at the University of Chicago, seeks a full-time lab manager beginning July 2018. The lab manager will work closely with the PI and other researchers in the lab on empirical and computational analyses investigating how children and their parents co-construct early language learning. The lab manager will have opportunities for scientific involvement in conference presentations and journal articles.

 

Required qualifications:

  • a bachelor's degree (psychology, cognitive science, or a related discipline preferred)
  • one or more years of research experience (experience with children or infants preferred)

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • excellent organizational and communication skills
  • proficient programming skills, ideally in R, Python, or MATLAB
  • experience with web design in JavaScript/HTML/CSS
  • working knowledge of image and/or video design and editing (e.g. in Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut)

Apply here:  https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/External/job/Hyde-Park-Campus/Lab-Manager_JR00846-1

 

Full-Time Research Assistant, Harvard University

Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies seeking Research Assistant in Language Development

Job Description:

Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies.

This is a two-year, full-time, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately for a flexible start date between June 20th and July 6th 2018.

Responsibilities include:  preparing stimuli, contacting families, testing children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate assistants, managing a summer internship program, maintaining equipment, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, and assisting with grant management.

 Necessary qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
  • Availability for flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to facilitate data collection
  • A strong interest in the psychology of language, language acquisition, and conceptual development
  • Prior experience working with young children
  • Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
  • Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:

  • Experience with eye tracking
  • Experience with EEG
  • Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
  • Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
  • Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • A sense of humor

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics.  Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics.

Potential applicants should email echalmers@fas.harvard.edu a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best).  Please feel free to write with questions as well.

 

Full-Time Research Assistants, Brown University 

We are seeking 1 to 2 full-time Research Assistants (RAs) to assist with our ongoing and upcoming studies in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

These include three NIMH-funded studies: (i) examining the interrelationship between life stress and impulsivity in accounting for recurrent suicidal behavior in adolescent inpatients within a multi-wave, prospective design; (ii) evaluating whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) may modulate impulsive cognition and behavior in adolescent suicide attempters, within a three-group randomized design, through specific neural pathways, as assessed with electroencephalography (EEG)/event-related potentials (ERPs); and (iii) neurocognitive processes underlying short-term risk for suicidal behavior in adolescents. We also have a fourth study focused on delineating the pathophysiology underlying the relation between dysregulation of the gut microbiome (dysbiosis) and depression in young adults.

Responsibilities will include: data collection and management; participant recruitment, retention, and reimbursement; interfacing with the hospital clinical staff; supervision of undergraduate volunteers; and IRB submissions and modifications. RAs who perform exceptionally well have opportunities for training/involvement in conducting independent research, submitting presentations to national conferences, and preparing manuscripts for publication. This position is particularly suited for individuals interested in gaining research and clinical experience prior to graduate or medical school.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in psychology or related field, be very detail oriented, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work autonomously as well within a collaborative team environment. Experience with data management and statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Mplus, R) and with writing scripts in E-Prime are preferred but not required.

The RA(s) will work under the mentorship of Drs. Anthony Spirito and Richard Liu. The position(s) will begin this summer. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and CV to: teenmoodandbehavior@brown.edu

 

Three Full-time Research Assistants, Harvard University

Research Assistant Position, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

The Laboratory for Youth Mental Health (Principal Investigator: John Weisz, Ph.D., ABPP) in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University seeks to hire up to three full-time Research Assistants (RAs). The RA(s) would primarily assist with a school-based effectiveness trial of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, and conduct problems in youth. Responsibilities may include participant recruitment, survey administration to participating youth and families, data entry, literature searches, formatting manuscripts/grants, coding for meta-analyses, volunteer oversight, and other supporting research activities. Successful candidates would become familiar with neuroimaging methods in research and have the opportunity to become proficient in administering fMRI scans.

Basic Qualifications: One year of research or clinical experience in an area related to child and adolescent psychology is required.

Additional Qualifications: A bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology or a related field, strong academic qualifications, previous psychological research experience, experience working with children and adolescents, and an interest in applying for a graduate degree in psychology are highly preferred. Excellent communication and organizational skills as well as the ability to work independently are required. Research or clinical experience with neuroimaging is desirable but not required.

Additional information: This is a grant-funded position. Applicants should be able to commit to at least two years, although continuation after the first year is contingent upon funding availability. Anticipated start dates are between March and September 2018. More information about the research team and ongoing projects can be found at the lab’s web site: https://weiszlab.fas.harvard.edu/.

Application Information: Interested applicants should submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Megan Jeffreys at mjeffreys@fas.harvard.edu. Additional application materials (e.g., letters of recommendation, SAT scores) may be requested during the interview phase.

 

Research Assistant, Emory University

Position Description:  A Research Assistant/Interviewer position will be available starting May/June of 2018 in the Translational Research in Affective Disorders Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Emory University (PI, Dr. Michael Treadway). The Research Interviewer will assist with all aspects of the research process (designing/programming experiments, recruiting/running participants, analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data). This is an excellent position for anyone seeking research experience and training in clinical and cognitive neuroscience before applying to graduate programs.

Preferred Qualifications: A bachelor's degree or higher in cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, psychology, math, biology, or other related field. Strong computer programming skills (especially MATLAB and/or Python) are required. Candidate should be self-motivated, independent, and reliable. Strong organizational and communication skills are also essential. Prior experience in human affective, clinical or cognitive neuroscience (e.g., conducting and analyzing fMRI or MRI studies), behavioral experiment administration, IRB management, or clinical interviewing experience will all be viewed positively, but are not required. A two-year commitment is required.

More information about current studies can be found at treadlab.org. To apply, please send letter of interest, CV/resume, and contact information of three references to brittany.devries@emory.edu.

 

Full-time Clinical Research Assistant, Brown Medical School & the Miriam Hospital

This is a full-time research position involving a longitudinal study of substance use during pregnancy and infant behavior, brain development, and biology in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Stroud (https://vivo.brown.edu/display/lstroud). Position also involves the opportunity to be uniquely trained in developmental examinations in newborns in the hospital and through home visits in the Providence area and to be trained in placenta collection. The research assistant would also be involved with dataset management, data entry, and data analysis. Additional responsibilities include assistance with recruitment and screening. Research experience, background in statistics/SPSS and REDCap data entry is an asset. Evening and weekend availability and reliable transportation are required. 

Many opportunities to conduct independent research, submit presentations to conferences, prepare papers for publication.  

Applications from women and minority members are encouraged. To be considered for this position, please send resume and cover letter to Carrie Best.

cbest@lifespan.org

 

Full-time Study Coordinator, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Promoting Adolescent School Success (P.A.S.S.; http://pass.vcu.edu) research group in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Psychology is recruiting to fill a full-time Study Coordinator position. The anticipated start date is June, 2018.  The duties and responsibilities of this position are to organize and oversee the day-to-day operations of a federally funded research study titled “Longitudinal Evaluation of the Impact of Sleep on the Academic and Social Functioning of Adolescents with and without ADHD” (Institute of Education Sciences – R305A160126; PIs Langberg/Becker - https://psychology.vcu.edu/people/faculty/langberg-1.html. This is a multi-site study which includes the collection of subjective and objective measures of sleep, symptoms, and functioning at five timepoints across the transition from middle to high school for 300 participants (150 ADHD and 150 comparison). The study coordinator plays an integral role in assuring that the study objectives are met and are accomplished within the specified timeframe. The coordinator is responsible for organizing, scheduling, and helping to administer all of the study follow-up evaluations. The coordinator is also responsible for tracking and assisting with participant retention activities and reporting weekly to the PI on progress towards goals. In addition, the coordinator is responsible for all aspects of data collection, including ensuring that rating scales are administered to parents, teachers, and students and are completed, scored, and entered within the expected timeframe.

The position will provide the employee with extensive training and experience interacting with youth with ADHD and their families and implementing and publishing research studies. The P.A.S.S. research group has many on-going and recently completed studies that the coordinator may collaborate on, including school-based intervention randomized controlled trials with middle, high school, and college students with ADHD. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop independent research questions, learn to analyze data, and to present findings at conferences and through publication. This position would be ideal for an individual with a long-term goal of completing graduate training in psychology.

Qualifications

The position requires excellent writing skills; initiative, flexibility, the ability to work independently, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Specific requirements:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or equivalent combination of education & experience
  • 2-year commitment (e.g., apply to graduate school at beginning of 2nd year)
  • Prior experience assisting with the coordination of research studies
  • Experience with REDCap is strongly preferred
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational & analytical skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, handle multiple requests, and keep a positive attitude
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel in particular) 
  • Ability to clearly and respectfully communicate with other study staff, parents, and teachers

Please e-mail the PI, Dr. Langberg, with questions or to convey interest and attach a C.V./resume to the e-mail that includes undergraduate major and GPA – jlangberg@vcu.edu

 

Full-time Lab Manager, UPMC/WPIC

Research Specialist: Full-Time position, with some flexibility, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, WPIC/UPMC, WPT-Szanto Department, Location-Oakland. 

We are seeking a bright, compassionate and motivated person who will perform clinical and laboratory research with adults (aged 18 to 80) at risk for suicide under the supervision of Drs. Katalin Szanto and Alexandre Dombrovski.  The purpose of the study is to understand what makes people vulnerable to suicide by examining their emotions, behavior, decision-making, and brain activity.  Clinical, neuroscience, and computer training, collaboration with a team of psychiatrists and neuroscientists, and optional academic activities provide excellent opportunities for professional growth.  An ideal candidate should be interested in psychiatry/psychology/neuroscience and have some research experience.  For outstanding and interested candidates, we offer independent/supervised research and publication opportunities, as well as training in brain imaging.

Educational/Knowledge Requirements: 

  • Bachelors degree in a field related to human behavior or mental health, such as Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, Health Care Administration, or biological/research sciences/engineering (Biology, Neuroscience) required.  Spring 2018 graduates are encouraged to apply. 
  • One year of research/clinical or relevant related experience required (undergraduate experience may be accepted if relevant).
  • Proven ability and motivation to ensure high quality standards in collecting data, attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, and especially organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and perform tasks in a flexible and efficient manner
  • Intermediate computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must be able to travel to participants' homes or long-term care facilities
  • Willing to agree to a 3-year commitment
  • Preferred: Mental Health experience working with adults or in the field of geriatrics, Matlab/R scripting, and motivation to learn new software, prior training in semi-structured clinical interviews and assessment scales (SCID, SIDP) and commonly used scales in depression  (e.g. HDRS, BPRS, Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation, Beck Suicide Intent Scale)  and neuropsychological (e.g. Folstein MMSE) research. 

Licensure/Certification: 

  • Acts 33/34/73 Clearances required (can be obtained during recruitment).
  • Valid Driver's Licensure preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Participant recruitment., ie. manage advertisements, track recruitment, and develop strategies to increase response in targeted populations.
  • Schedule assessments and ensure complete follow-up whenever possible
  • Conduct in-person and telephone semi-structured interviews and clinical assessments, and write descriptive clinical summaries (after necessary on-the-job training)
  • Assist in acquisition, transfer, and processing of fMRI and EMA data (on-the-job training).
  • Assess suicidal risk and contact physician investigators when further assessment and intervention are needed
  • Assist investigators with grant proposal submissions
  • Ensure that complete data are turned in promptly 
  • Submit regular reports detailing the progress of the research, including NIH progress reports and IRB renewals.
  • Participate in the faculty and staff review process.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

*The above statement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all of the work requirements that may be inherent in the job, nor shall it be interpreted as limiting an employee in performing duties other than those normally performed or from helping employees in other position or units.

Interested candidates should forward a resume and cover letter to dnpl@upmc.edu.

 

Full-time Lab Manager, University of Rochester

The Social Cognition and Psychopathology Lab at the University of Rochester, directed by David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D., is seeking a full-time lab manager to coordinate and oversee a series of research projects aimed at understanding and intervening upon social cognitive impairment and social dysfunction in psychopathology, particularly among those at risk for and diagnosed with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Primary responsibilities include data collection using interview, behavioral, and neuroimaging methods (e.g., fMRI), data analysis, participant recruitment and screening, administrative management of research studies, and assistance in the preparation of grants, presentations, and manuscripts. This position is well-suited for someone interested in pursuing graduate studies in clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field. Start date is early/mid-2018 and a two-year commitment is strongly preferred.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field with at least 1-2 years of research experience; excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; ability to multi-task and work independently; comfort interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, including individuals with serious mental illness; schedule flexibility to work some weeknights/weekends; programming, statistical, and/or web development experience/skills (e.g., R, Matlab, Python). The following experiences are highly preferred, but are not required to be considered for the position: Experience collecting and analyzing functional/structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data; prior work with clinical populations (e.g., clinical interviewing) or in clinical settings.

To Apply: Interested applicants should email a cover letter (outlining interest in the position, relevant experience, and long-term goals) and CV, and have two letters of recommendations emailed directly to David Dodell-Feder at ddfeder@gmail.com. Review of applications will start immediately and will be ongoing until the position is filled. Applicants will also need to apply through Human Resources at the University of Rochester (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled) at a later time.
 

 

Research Assistant, NIH

Research Assistant Position

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Emotion and Development Branch, Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience (SMDN), in Bethesda, Maryland, seeks qualified individuals to fill IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) positions, with employment starting late May/early June 2018.

SMDN conducts research on the brain mechanisms and treatment of mental illness in youth.  Our particular research interest involves the investigation of the brain mechanisms associated with chronic irritability in children and adolescents, and in using this brain-based knowledge to develop new treatments.  These new treatments include computer-based psychological interventions and new applications of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

The full-time positions require a bachelor’s degree and a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (resident alien).  A minimum commitment of one year is expected; however, a two-year commitment is strongly preferred.  Duties and responsibilities include assistance with and participation in all aspects of the research enterprise:  patient and healthy volunteer screening and recruitment; protocol implementation; data collection, entry, and analysis; and manuscript preparation.  This work involves using computer statistical and graphics programs, preparing blood samples, and researching scientific literature.  In addition, the position involves regular patient contact during outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and computer-based psychological treatment clinic visits. IRTAs can observe diagnostic interviews with patients and become familiar with standard psychometric procedures.  IRTAs are also involved in training subjects to participate in neuroimaging and analyzing neuroimaging data.

IRTAs will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team including physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurses at the nation’s largest medical research center, the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

Successful applicants will be awarded post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowships, which provide opportunities for recent college graduates to spend time engaged in biomedical investigation. During their tenure in the program, post-baccalaureate fellows are also expected to initiate the application process for graduate or medical school.

Interested individuals should complete the online application found at the following website (link can be found under “Application Procedure”):

https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postbac_irta                                                      

Following completion of the online application, individuals should also forward a letter of interest and resume to:

Julia Brooks
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
julia.brooks@nih.gov
301-435-6647

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

 

Lab Manager, Northwestern University

We seek a full-time research study coordinator to manage a very active research program at the Project on Child Development (http://www.childdevelopment.northwestern.edu/). Our research examines early language and conceptual development in infants from 3 months to 3 years, and this position involves a healthy mix of research and administrative duties. The coordinator will work in close collaboration with a dynamic, interactive lab team that includes Professor Waxman, students (both undergraduate and PhD level), and postdocs in the lab.

The research coordinator will be responsible for conducting and helping to oversee experimental procedures, coding behavioral data, managing data files, and conducting analyses. The coordinator will be responsible for interacting with families and infants who visit the lab, conducting informed consent and debriefing procedures, and maintaining the laboratory’s established human subject procedures.

Basic Qualifications: Candidates must have a background in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and/or linguistics (with a specific interest in development), confidence with technology, confidence with writing, and experience with infants or toddlers. Also required are excellent organizational abilities, excellent social skills, and a friendly, team-leading personality.

Additional Qualifications: One year or more of psychology research work, ability to interact with infants and their parents, and familiarity with programming software (e.g., MATLAB, R) are all very relevant skills, but most can be learned on the job. Experience with eye tracking and EEG is strongly preferred. Strong writing skills are important, as the coordinator collaborates on publications and grant reports. Attention to detail and an ability to multi-task are also essential.

Additional Information: This is a one-year, grant-funded position with the possibility of renewal. The university offers excellent benefits and a dynamic working environment. To apply, please submit your cover letter, CV, and a list of 2-3 professional references (with email addresses and phone numbers) to j-woodring@northwestern.edu. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

 

University of Pittsburgh, Research Associate

Research Associate Position
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

Examining biomarkers and mechanisms of health disparities in sexual minority women

The Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) at The University of Pittsburgh is hiring full-time research assistants to start immediately.  Research assistants will assist the principal investigator in carrying out an NIH-funded study, designed to investigate mechanisms that may explain greater health risks among minority populations, particularly lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) women.

We will be recruiting 270 LGB women and 270 heterosexual participants, with whom we will conduct laboratory-based assessments of 1) health risks, 2) reactivity to a discrimination stressor, and 3) targeted covariates in early adulthood.  The primary responsibilities of the research assistants is to collect data in the form of questionnaires, diagnostic interviews and observational paradigms including, but not limited to blood pressure, heart rate, waist circumference, Body Mass Index, and pedometer recorded activity.  Research assistants will also be trained to collect, saliva and blood samples. There will be opportunities to participate in data analysis and dissemination.  This position is excellent for candidates planning to pursue graduate study in clinical psychology or a related field. Applicants from ethnic and racial minority groups are encouraged to apply. 

70% Collect data from participants in the lab and by phone
10% Assist with recruitment
10% Data management and coding
5% Participate in data analysis and dissemination
5% Perform other work duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required. 
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field required.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. 
  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience preferred. 
  • A non-binding two-year commitment is requested.

For more information contact Dr. Alison Hipwell, hipwae@upmc.edu

 

Emory University, Social Developmental Neuroscience Fellowship

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering three fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering, and the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2018 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2018, and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details at: cohenfellowship.org and simonsfellowship.org.

The Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience will involve cutting-edge social neuroscience research in infants, toddlers and adolescents. Fellows will work to further the understanding of autism through eye-tracking research, guiding a project from the point of data collection to publication of results.

The Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering will involve researching early vocal development, including speech production and speech perception, as part of a program to map out both typical and atypical development of spoken communication in early childhood.

The Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience will involve integrating computational strategies with clinical research goals. Fellows will develop methods for the analysis of visual scanning and eye-tracking data, computational models of visual salience, and data visualization techniques, all with the aim of advancing the understanding of autism and efforts at early diagnosis.