Cognitive Development Lab at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) under the direction of Dr. Anna Fisher is seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to facilitate research on semantic development, attention, and learning in formal & informal settings. Responsibilities include recruitment of families and children for studies in the lab, maintaining existing community partnerships, collecting behavioral and eye tracking data, maintaining the lab’s IRB protocols, helping design new studies, coding data, and assisting in data analysis. The selected candidate will work in a vibrant and collaborative environment with many opportunities for growth and learning, and will have access to excellent resources at CMU.


Required Qualifications

– BA, BS, MA or MS in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field.

– Evidence of interest in cognitive and/or developmental research (e.g., coursework in these fields).

– At least one semester of research experience in a lab that conducts cognitive or developmental research with human participants.

– Skills in collecting and working with research data.

– Programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, Python, or R).


Preferred Qualifications

– Some background in working with children younger than age 7 is highly desirable. Both teaching and research activities with children count as qualifications.

– Experience with designing experiments in professional software (e.g., Eprime, Psych Toolbox) and remote data collection platforms (e.g., Qualtrics, lab.js, jsPsych, MTurk, Prolific) is a plus.

– Some knowledge of statistical analysis is preferred but not required.

– Experience with collection and analysis of eye tracking data is desirable.


Duration of the position: Guaranteed funding is available for one year, with possibility of continuing the position pending satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Starting date: Summer 2021


Application materials

– CV must include information about the candidate’s field of study, graduation date, college GPA, relevant coursework (e.g., courses on cognition, neuroscience, statistical analysis, etc.), a brief summary of research activities (e.g., PI’s name, nature and duration of responsibilities in a lab), publications (if any), scientific presentations (include local presentations, e.g., Honors seminars), and additional qualifications in bullet points (e.g., knowledge of statistical analysis in R, etc.)

– CV should include names of two individuals willing to provide a reference about the applicant’s academic and/or research performance.

– Candidates can optionally include a statement of purpose. A statement of purpose (if included) should be a 1-page document stating (1) why this position is of interest to the candidate, and (2) what qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position.

– Candidates can optionally include a diversity statement. A diversity statement (if included) should be a 1-page document describing the candidate’s activities and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in academia.


How to Apply: Interested individuals should apply online to position #2016133


Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.