The new Cognitive Development Lab at Arizona State University, directed by Dr. Kelsey Lucca, is recruiting a full-time lab manager to begin in late August/September 2019 (start date flexible). The lab’s research explores curiosity-driven learning in infants and young children, and investigates how these processes are shaped by the social and cultural environment children grow up in. The lab manager will be actively involved in the lab’s research, and work closely with the lab director and other lab members to assist in all aspects of setting up and running the lab. There may be opportunities to develop independent projects, attend conferences, and co-author manuscripts. This is an ideal position for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual looking to gain more research experience on topics related to cognition, communication, and development before pursuing a PhD in a related field.


Responsibilities include:

 Assist with all aspects of the research process: design experiments; create and program stimuli; conduct literature reviews; write protocols; lead and oversee recruitment efforts; interact with families and young children; run experiments; code, process, and analyze data; assist with grant applications, manuscript preparations, conference presentations

 Oversee and manage daily lab operations: purchase and set up lab equipment; manage budgets, IRB protocols, website, newsletters; establish and coordinate field site visits (e.g. zoos, museums, schools)

 Lead a team of undergraduate research assistants: recruit and interview undergraduate research assistants; develop training manuals and provide training; assign daily and long-term tasks; supervise research assistant progress; coordinate lab meetings and events; cultivate a team-oriented and collaborative environment


Required qualifications:

 Bachelor’s degree (in psychology, cognitive science, or a related field)

– 1-2 years of research experience (with infants or children preferred)

– Exceptional organizational, time management, and leadership skills

 Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills


Preferred qualifications:

 Self-motivated to learn new skills and solve problems independently, attentive to detail, and comfortable juggling multiple tasks

 Familiarity with diverse research methodologies, training in experimental design, and statistical analysis

 Proficiency (or willingness to learn) R, Qualtrics, Photoshop; expertise with Microsoft office (Word, Excel)

 Creativity and/or a design background (to help with stimuli creation, recruitment, newsletters)

 Computer programming, or web development skills would be a plus


The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility to extend longer based on performance.


Arizona State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 


To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, CV, an unofficial college transcript, and list of 2-3 references to Kelsey Lucca at