Research Assistant Position in Cognitive Development Laboratory at the Ohio State University


The Cognitive Development Laboratory at Ohio State University directed by Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky ( is seeking a full-time research assistant to start in the Fall of 2021. This person will work closely with other lab members to assist in all aspects of conducting research and will have some administrative responsibilities. There is the possibility of leading a project and becoming a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication.


We seek a recent college graduate who has majored in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field and who is (1) looking for additional research experience before going on to graduate school or (2) seeking a more permanent employment opportunity. 


The lab conducts research on cognitive development, with specific focus on conceptual development, category learning, and memory. Our research seeks to examine how people learn categories, retain them over time, and generalize learning to new situations. More specifically, we are interested in how people allocate attention while learning categories, how language affects these processes, and how these effects change in the course of development. We employ looking-time, eye-tracking, behavioral, and electrophysiological methods with infants, young children and adults. For more information about the lab see:


This job offers competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. The Ohio State University is a vibrant, research-centered public university, located in Columbus, Ohio.


The review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate may start as early as August 1, 2021. A 1-2-year commitment is preferred. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, resume, and contact information for three references electronically to Alex Barkhimer (). Please also be prepared to arrange three letters of recommendation. If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Vladimir Sloutsky directly (). 



Duties and Responsibilities


Assist with data collection for a longitudinal and cross-sectional studies, including behavioral and eye tracking experiments.

Prepare participants and equipment for behavioral and eye tracking data collection by explaining the tasks to participants, consenting them and testing the equipment.

Organize and store data 

Work with project staff and undergraduate research assistants on all protocols, testing administration, scoring procedures, and data management

Assist with recruitment, enrollment, and scheduling of research participants. This may include distribution of flyers, calling families from a database, posting online advertisements, etc.

Assist with various research-related activities, such as creating stimuli and research materials, updating various lab materials following sessions, and assisting with lab reports.


Required Experience/Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, natural science, or a technical field discipline from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary. 
  • Experience working with infants, children, and parents, preferably in a research setting or a minimum of one year of experience working in a lab, and demonstrated interest in behavioral or developmental research.
  • Strong organizational, time management and communication skills (including writing skills), attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Self-motivated and able to troubleshoot problems independently
  • Excellent skills interacting with infants and children as well as teachers and parents, and willingness and ability to supervise undergraduate research assistants.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and some familiarity with SPSS, R, or equivalent statistical package and willingness to learn E-Prime, Experiment Builder, Matlab, Adobe Director, and File Maker Pro. 
  • Excellent verbal communication skills are essential as duties involve interacting with parents and teachers.
  • Experience with eye-tracking is a plus but not required.
  • Experience with database management (such as FileMaker software) is preferred but not required.