The Early Social Development Lab at the University of South Carolina is seeking a Research Specialist to assist with several NIH and Foundation funded research studies related to infant behavior, attention, and early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our longitudinal research uses head-mounted eye tracking to quantify attention of infants and caregivers during naturalistic interactions (see study funded by James S. McDonnell Foundation). The Research Specialist will work closely with the research team (research coordinators, undergraduate research assistants, psychologist, and the Principal Investigator) to lead in-home data collection with infants and parents with and without a family history of ASD. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn sophisticated mobile eye-tracking technology and techniques for collecting naturalistic behavioral data with families in their home. In addition to data collection, responsibilities may include: participant recruitment and scheduling, administration of developmental assessments, and data post-processing. The Research Specialist will have the opportunity to generate conference posters and manuscripts. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or related field and strong interpersonal skills. Research experience and/or experience with infants or toddlers is highly desired.
Learn more about the lab at www.esdilab.com