The Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University is seeking a lab manager/research coordinator to begin mid-summer 2020!


Dr. Yarrow Dunham is hiring a research coordinator / lab manager to begin mid-summer (on or around July 1) 2020. The position is full-time with benefits. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred (and is extendable beyond two years contingent on funding and mutual interest). The successful candidate will help to coordinate multiple research programs, including two NSF-funded projects. 


Our lab focuses on developmental social cognition; major research areas include the origins of intergroup bias, the principles underlying social categorization and ideas about fairness and inequality, the perceptual components of intergroup categorization, and children’s understanding of social institutions and social exchange such as money and governments. More information about the lab can be found at:


Responsibilities for this position include recruiting, scheduling, and testing child and adult research participants; coordinating a team of graduate and post-doctoral researchers; building partnerships with and conducting research at local schools and museums; managing a participant database; training and coordinating undergraduate research assistants; purchasing and setting up lab equipment; and additional research and administrative duties as they arise.


The position offers the possibility for substantial research experience and the potential for co-authorship on posters and manuscripts as well as the possibility of international research travel. The job would be ideal for someone highly motivated to undertake graduate study in psychology or the cognitive sciences. The successful candidate will be a core member of a vibrant and collaborative research environment and will also benefit from the broader intellectual community at Yale. For more information about Yale’s psychology department, visit


Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in psychology or a closely related field, experience with children, research experience in an experimental psychology lab, and experience managing others. Strong organizational and communication skills and attention to detail are of the utmost importance. The candidate should be self-motivated and able to solve problems independently while also being comfortable managing and working with others. Strong technical skills are a must; lab duties will require making regular use of Microsoft Office, Photoshop, experimental software such as Inquisit, the survey platform Qualtrics and statistical software such as R. Computer programming aptitude (e.g. Python, Matlab, JavaScript, Flash) and experience with Amazon Mechanical Turk would be a plus but are not required.


To apply, please send a résumé/CV and a cover letter (as a single PDF document) describing your interest in the position to the current lab manager, Sophie Arnold, , with the subject line “SCD Lab Manager Application 2020.” The letter should briefly describe your research experience and experience working with children and should include the name and contact information of at least two academic references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received but full consideration will be given to all applications received by March 1, 2020. The position will ultimately be filled through Yale University’s internal Human Resources process; strong candidates will be encouraged to submit their application to Yale after an initial review. Women, LGBTQ, and underrepresented minority applicants are encouraged. Yale University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.