Play & Learning Across a Year (PLAY) Project

Project Coordinator Position

Position Description

 

The Play & Learning Across a Year (PLAY) Project, funded by NIH and directed by Principal Investigators Karen Adolph and Catherine Tamis-LeMonda at New York University and Rick Gilmore at Penn State University, invites applications for a 2-3 year Project Coordinator position beginning in Summer 2020.

 

The PLAY Project is an innovative research initiative involving 65 PIs from 45+ sites across the US and Canada engaged in a synergistic and collaborative approach to behavioral science—all shared openly with the research community on Databrary.org (a video library for sharing behavioral video data). The completely videobased protocols and annotations ensure transparency, reproducibility, reuse, and provide a springboard for extension to new populations. Participants will include 1000+ infants and mothers from English- and/or Spanish-speaking households video recorded during 1 hour of everyday activity in the home—the main context for infant learning and development. The sample will be drawn from geographically and economically diverse rural, suburban, and urban regions. The corpus entails fully transcribed and coded videos (in Datavyu, an open

source behavioral coding software), spanning domains of language, gesture, locomotion, emotion, gender, and object play; video tours of the home; decibel recordings of ambient noise; parent reports of vital information, including infant receptive and expressive vocabulary, parent and child health, infant temperament, media use, locomotor history, and gender socialization; and detailed geo-coded demographic information.

 

The Project Coordinator will work with the PIs and Science Director to help manage the project. Research responsibilities include: participant recruitment; data collection; management of tablet-based questionnaires; coding of video data in Datavyu; quality assurance; maintaining databases of data tracking and sharing in Databrary; literature searches; and co-authoring manuscripts and presentations.

 

Administrative duties include:

  • purchasing and shipping research materials; maintaining records of sites and staff;
  • organizing meeting and staff schedules;
  • coordinating project events and meetings, helping to manage protocols;
  • assisting in expense and grant management;
  • communicating with university staff and administration;
  • and general support for the PIs and Science Director.

 

Salary is commensurate with experience. Minimum one-year commitment required  with the potential for renewal pending satisfactory performance and budgetary approval.

 

Qualifications:

Qualifications include a BA/BS in psychology or a related field, previous experience working in a research setting with infants and children, and experience in research involving behavioral coding. The ideal candidate must also have excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities.

 

 

Application Instructions

Upload a resume/CV to Interfolio ( apply.interfolio.com/74500), and email a copy and email of introduction to

 

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