The Center for Early Cognition and Language at the University of California, Merced, directed by Dr. Rose Scott, is seeking a research specialist for an NSF-funded research study on the development of social cognition. This research will examine the influence of cultural, social, and economic factors on children’s early false-belief understanding. The research specialist will (a) assist with the design and development of research protocols and materials, (b) oversee participant recruitment and scheduling and the maintenance of participant records, (c) train and supervise undergraduate research assistants, (d) conduct study visits with families, and (e) assist with data entry, coding, and analysis. The specialist will also have the opportunity to participate in the preparation of publications, presentations, and reports using data affiliated with the project.

Required Qualifications:

• A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related field
• Strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Computer literacy and a willingness to learn new technical/computer skills
• Ability to work independently as well as with other team members
• Experience working with young children
• Ability to interact with families from a diverse range of backgrounds in a respectful and courteous fashion

Preferred Qualifications:

• Proficiency in Spanish
• At least 1 year of research experience
• Experience with data management software (e.g., FilemakerPro)
• Experience with PsychoPy, Python, R, SPSS

Interested applicants should apply at

Salary is based on University of California Academic Salary Pay Scales. This is a benefits-eligible appointment for one year, with the possibility of extension for additional years based on satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2021. Position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is July 15, 2021.

For more information, contact Dr. Rose Scott at .