Full-Time Research Assistant: Temple Cognition & Learning Lab

The Temple Cognition & Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Gunderson, is hiring one full-time Research Assistant with a preferred start date of July 1, 2021. This position presents diverse opportunities to participate in cutting-edge developmental psychology research, and is funded by the National Science Foundation “Developing STEM Achievement and Motivation: The Role of Spatial Skills and Parent-Child Interactions” and by the James S McDonnell Foundation, “Developing Mathematical Skills and Motivation.” These projects will investigate the inter-relations between spatial and numerical thinking in childhood, how parent interactions influence the development of these cognitive skills, and how cognitive and motivational factors work together to influence children’s trajectories in STEM.

The Research Assistant will assist with multiple aspects of the research process, including stimulus design and creation, recruiting, scheduling, data collection, coding, analysis, grant administration, and training and supervising undergraduate researchers. The Research Assistant will present findings at collaborative lab meetings. In addition, the Research Assistant will organize and participate in outreach activities. Performs other duties as assigned.

This is a grant-funded position with a minimum expected commitment of two years, with the possibility of extension.

How to Apply
To apply, visit our website at https://temple.taleo.net/careersection/tu_ex_staff/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en and search for job number 21000550. Please also send your CV via email to with the email subject line “Full-time RA application”. AA, EOE, m/f/d/v.

Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Human Development, Neuroscience, Education or a related field.

Required Skills & Abilities:
* Prior research experience in Psychology, Human Development, Neuroscience, Education or a related field.
* Experience working with preschool or elementary-school-age children as a researcher or teacher.
* Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency with MS Office suite or similar spreadsheet, database, word processing, and presentation software.
* Experience with computer programming is preferred (e.g., JavaScript, Python, C++, Ruby, R).
* Demonstrated experience with statistical software, such as SPSS, to complete quantitative and qualitative data analyses.
* Demonstrated interpersonal, communication and collaborative skills.
* Strong project management, organizational, and planning skills.
* Some experience managing or monitoring the work of others.
* Comfortable giving presentations to small groups.
* Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation.
* Ability to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends to administer study protocols as necessary.

This is a grant funded position.
This position requires Child Abuse Certifications prior to the commencement of service.

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Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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