The Gaab Lab (www.gaablab.com) at Harvard works at the intersection of neuroscience, education, EdTech, and policy. We focus on typical/atypical learning trajectories with a special focus on language and reading development and the role of the environment in shaping these trajectories. We are seeking a full-time Lab Coordinator to oversee the daily operations of the lab AND 2-3 research assistants

 

  1. The Lab Coordinator will be responsible for:

 

  • Organization and implementation of administrative systems and procedures
  • Coordinating the day-to-day running of the lab: developing and overseeing project timelines, coordinating in-person and virtual meeting logistics, preparing agendas, assembling meeting materials, documenting meetings, acting as the administrative contact to all stakeholders, managing correspondence, managing contact information, developing and maintaining methods for organizing information including files, databases, and other systems
  • Preparation of IRB documentation and submissions in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team
  • Serving as a member of the Leadership Team: coordinating the activities of the various national and international project work streams, supporting and managing logistics of professional development learning opportunities
  • Supporting researchers with implementing research activities
  • Management of the lab budget and other financial administrative tasks
  • Coordination of hiring and temporary payroll of graduate students, staff, or temps
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of support staff, students, interns, and temps
  • Will have an opportunity to contribute to stimuli design, data analyses and/or publications

 

To qualify, you must have: A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, education, or a related field and three years of relevant work experience. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, office organization, attention to detail and use of current technologies is a must. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate with faculty, students, and administrators at all levels is required. Demonstrable pre-existing interest in cognitive neuroscience and/or education research desired. This position demands initiative and the ability to work flexibly on multiple tasks simultaneously under minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment. Start will be ASAP. We will prioritize applicants who are interested in a two-year commitment. All interested applicants should email a resume/CV and cover letter to with the subject line “Lab Coordinator Position”

 

  1. The Research Assistants will be responsible for:
  • MRI/fMRI scanning and behavioral testing of young children, infants, and their parents in-person and in virtual settings
  • Subject recruitment, scheduling and assessments for various research studies, which may include close interaction with or conducted in schools and daycare centers in the Boston area and in national/international settings
  • Implementation and maintenance of analysis software
  • Preparation of IRB documentation and submissions in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team
  • Conducting data collection activities and preparing analytical reports regarding results of studies
  • Will have an opportunity to contribute to stimuli design, data analyses and/or publications

 

To qualify, you must have: A Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, education, or a related field and two years of relevant work experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience). Comfort with a heterogeneous computing environment (Linux/Unix, Mac, and Windows) as well as some programming experience preferred; knowledge of psychological experiment software (E Prime, Presentation, etc.) and/or fMRI analyses software very helpful. Demonstrable pre-existing interest in cognitive neuroscience desired; knowledge of neuroanatomy or statistics extremely helpful. Prior experience working with infants and small children (e.g., in a preschool or daycare setting or within a research project) will be a plus. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and must like working with children. Start will be ASAP. All interested applicants should email a resume/CV and cover letter to with the subject line “Research Assistant Position”