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Research Assistant Job Description

Please read this page for the job description. Our application periods are:

Fall: July 1 - July 31
Spring: December 1 - December 31
Summer: April 1 - April 30

Applications received outside of these periods are discarded.

This position is in-person, and there are no remote-work positions available.

Note: This position is volunteer-only. We consider Work Study employees ONLY before the Fall Semester, please check Cougar Pathway if you are interested in those positions. To gain course credit, you must have already passed PSYC 2305 - Intro to Methods in Psychology, have served in the lab for at least one semester, and have met all training requirements. Other opportunities available include applying to PURS/SURF, completing an undergraduate honors thesis, and presenting research at conferences.

Successful applicants in the past have:

  • Had strong experience in working with infants, toddlers, and young children (with and without developmental disorders)
  • Fluent in languages other than English (Spanish preferred)
  • Been comfortable approaching parents for research recruitment
  • Been able to work late afternoons / weekends
  • Had experience with photo and video manipulation software (eg Photoshop / Premiere)
  • Known some basic statistics / R programming 
  • Research interests including bilingualism, autism spectrum disorder, deaf / hard-of-hearing, depression, attention, learning, and/or development.
  • Had a GPA of at least a 3.0

Position requirements:

  • At least a two-semester commitment, with those who can stay longer being given preference
  • Work at least 10 hours per week
    • Attend three weekly meetings in person
      • Monday 12 PM – 1:30 PM
      • Wednesday 12 PM – 1:30 PM
      • Friday 1 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Attend one 2-hour in-person training meeting which will be scheduled based on the schedules of the newly hired RAs
    • One assigned three-hour shift in the lab (we will work around your schedule)
    • Work additional hours to get up to the required 10 hours per week
  • Recruit and schedule participants
  • Attend at least one recruitment event per semester
  • Email and call potential participants to see if they’re interested in participating
  • Attend and help run at least five experiments per semester 
  • Annotate behaviors and transcript video data 
  • Render videos for eye gaze data
  • Experimental stimulus design (e.g., posters, novel toys)

Possible benefits of the position:

  • Gain valuable resource experience in all aspects of research. Those working in this lab have learned how to:
    • Recruit participants
    • Design experiments
    • Perform statistical analysis
    • Write for grants
  • Be eligible for research funding. We typically have two Research Assistants per semester applying for PURS or SURF.
  • Gain a recommendation letter. If a Research Assistant excels in the lab, the Lab Director may be willing to write a recommendation letter for graduate or medical school.
  • Gain references. Those who excel in the lab may ask the Lab Director or the Graduate Students to be a reference when looking for a job.

To apply, please fill out our application here.