The Social Cognitive Development Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Zoe Liberman, has an open position for a Junior Specialist. We seek applicants with strong research experience in infancy and/or early childhood. Minimum requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field, previous work with children (research setting preferred), and excellent communication and computer skills. Candidates must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others, have strong multi-tasking and organizational skills. Because the lab does research on campus and at local museums, the applicants must be comfortable communicating and interacting with a wide variety of audiences (in person, over email, and on the phone), including community members at partner institutions, administrators, teachers, parents, and young children.
The successful candidate will engage in specialized research regarding testing infants, toddlers, and children in behavioral experiments. This will include working as part of a team to recruit study participants and working closely with graduate students to further their research projects. The position will also require assisting the PI with recruiting and training undergraduate student RAs by sharing their specialized knowledge and expertise in early childhood and infant research. In addition, the Junior Specialist will contribute to administrative tasks of the lab, including managing IRB protocols and reviews, and ordering and maintaining lab supplies to assure all research projects and are executed properly.
This position will allow growth as an researcher, with additional duties including study design, stimulus construction, audio and video editing, data management, statistical analysis, presentations at lab meetings and at developmental psychology conferences, and authorship on academic research articles. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal, depending on performance and availability of funding.
For primary consideration, application materials must be submitted by April 5, 2017, and will remain open until filled. Interested applicants must apply online via UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00978.
Only candidates who submit the following materials will receive full consideration:
2. Cover Letter
3. Contact Information for 2 References
The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.