Language Development Lab

Department of Psychology

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


The Language Development Lab at UNLV directed by Dr. Felix Wang is hiring a full-time research assistant (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) to help conduct language acquisition and processing studies with infants, children and adults. We conduct behavioral studies, eye-tracking studies and EEG recordings. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with graduate students and research assistants, and will have plenty of opportunities for scientific involvement in all aspects of research projects in the lab including journal articles and conference presentations. Thus, this position is an excellent stepping stone for someone planning to go to graduate school in psycholinguistics.


Primary responsibilities include:

–       Assisting lab members and the PIs in the running of experiments

–    Recruiting infant, children and adult participants, contacting preschools and science museums.

–       Coordinating and training undergraduate research assistants

–       Designing, running and analyzing experiments with infants, children, and adults

–       Developing experimental materials, and data management/analysis      

–       Assisting in planning lab events and meetings

–       Additional duties include management of human subject information, assisting in the reporting of information to funding institutions and Penn’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), and lab scheduling.


Essential qualifications:

–       A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or Cognitive Science

–       0-1 year of research experience, preferably with children or infants (an equivalent combination of education and experience can be considered).

–       Excellent organizational and communication skills (especially with young children and families).

–       Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently

–       Experience is required in Microsoft Excel and statistical analysis software (preferably Stata and/or Matlab).


Preferred qualifications:

–      Experience recruiting infants/children

–      Prior experience in psychology research and/or computational modeling.

–      Proficient programming skills, ideally in Javascript and Matlab.

–       Flexible work availability (including evenings and weekends) is desirable. 


The position can begin as early as September of 2019 — but we will also consider later start dates, as late as January of 2020.


To Apply:


Please send an email titled "UNLV Lab Manager Application" to Dr. Wang with a CV, a cover letter and at least two reference contacts (email and phone) with your application. The position is for one year but may extend for another year, contingent on funding.


Please apply as soon as possible because we will begin reviewing applications immediately. Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. UNLV adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.