Apr 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Duties: The Communication Neuroscience Laboratory at The Annenberg School for Communication seeks a lab manager/ research coordinator to support interdisciplinary research on persuasion, health communication, message propagation, social cognition, and media effects in the context of traditional and new media. Research in the lab connects neuroscience measures to real-world outcomes, with a focus on health communication. We employ multiple methods, including neuroimaging, psychophysiology, behavioral observation, implicit measures, linguistic analysis, survey and other self-report measures, and social network analysis.

In addition to providing direct research support to the PI, other primary duties include:

Provide all aspects of research support to the PI and oversee all lab operations and coordinate lab meetings. Manage undergraduate Research Assistants and coordinate the entire study team. Collaborate with PI on study design, development and study protocols. Collaborate with PI and other study team members on other research projects as part of team collective. Develop data collection protocols and perform data collection in the field. Assist with IRB prep and grant proposal preparation. Maintain study databases; maintain lab documentation for best practices, publications, update website, etc. Document study procedures and maintain study documentation. Author study research papers; perform literature searches. Recruit, schedule and run research subjects; execute subject payments.

Position is grant funded and continuation is contingent upon continued receipt of grant funds.

Qualifications: A B.S. or B.A., with background in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, SI, mathematics, public health, communication studies, biostatistics, or a related field, plus 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Research and project management experience in a university setting. Previous supervisory experience and ability to assist in the training of lab personnel. Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as in a team and be proactive in problem solving under the direction of the PI. Excellent communication, organizational and creativity skills. Keen attention to details required. Ability to work on multiple tasks and projects, developing solutions to basic technical problems.


Statistical analysis skills (e.g. in R, SPSS, Matlab, SAS, HLM, other). Programming skills (e.g. in Matlab, Python, bash, etc.). Desire/ability to write papers and grants in collaboration with the research team. Previous experience working with IRB.

Successful candidates may also have:

Previous experience or working knowledge with fMRI data (e.g. SPM, fsl, AFNI or other imaging analysis package). Stimulus design and presentation in MATLAB, PsychoPy, or Presentation Web skills (e.g., ability to write/edit html). Previous experience in health communication research fields. Experience with recruitment and running research protocols in fMRI studies. Experience in grant writing and editing. Successful publication record.

Reference Number: 36-25445

Salary Grade: 025

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: Annenberg School for Communication

Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research