The Cooperation Lab at Boston College, directed by Dr. Katherine McAuliffe, is seeking a full-time senior research assistant / lab coordinator. Our lab focuses on the origins of cooperation in human development and evolution. Major research areas include the development of cooperation across societies as well as the psychological mechanisms supporting cooperation in humans and other species. The position is a one-year full-time position with benefits with possibility of extension beyond one year. Extension beyond the first year is contingent upon satisfactory performance.


Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s or equivalent in psychology or a related field, research experience, an interest in working with children, and at least some experience managing others.

Responsibilities include:

·       Recruiting, scheduling, and testing child and adult research participants in the USA

·       Traveling internationally to conduct research with children in other countries. Travel may include trips to sites without regular access to running water, electricity and internet

·       Managing a participant database

·       Working with the Boston College institutional review board (IRB)

·       Training and coordinating undergraduate research assistants

·       Driving to and from testing sites

·       Working with participants across a range of settings (e.g. indoor and outdoor) and hours (e.g. some weekends and evenings)

·       Additional research and administrative duties


The position offers substantial research experience and would be perfect for someone highly motivated to undertake graduate study (in developmental psychology or otherwise). The successful candidate will be a core member of a vibrant and collaborative research environment, will participate in The Virtue Project, and will benefit from the broader intellectual community at Boston College. The candidate may also have the opportunity to collaborate on formal research projects with members of the lab. More information on the department is available at


The candidate should be comfortable travelling both locally and internationally to countries such as Peru, India, and Uganda. Strong organizational and communication skills and attention to detail are of utmost importance. The candidate should also be self-motivated and able to solve problems independently, while also being comfortable managing and working with others. Strong technical skills, a valid driver’s license and a valid passport are also a must; lab duties will require: making regular use of Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator; experimental software such as Qualtrics and Interact as well as statistical software. Familiarity with statistical software such as R would also be a plus, as is experience working with children in a research setting. Regular weekend and evening testing dates are required and will count toward weekly hours. 

To apply, please submit a resume/CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the position using the link below. Please mention your travel experience in your cover letter. Please note that this position is designed to last for approximately up to two years, with extension beyond the first year contingent upon satisfactory performance. 

Submit your materials along with the names and contact information for two or more references using this link (note: letters are not required at this stage):

Questions about the position should be directed to with the subject line “Cooperation Lab Senior Research Assistant Application.” 

The application deadline is November 1, 2021. Preferred start date in January 2022 but this is negotiable.

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process. Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.  To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at