Research Assistant

Apr 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago seeks a research assistant to work on a collaborative project on early math learning. Research performed on this project is aimed at understanding early childhood mathematics development in home and child care as well as the relations between early childhood mathematics and executive functioning. It is expected that the research associated with this position will lead to the development of parent and preschool interventions to improve young children's early mathematics abilities.

Unit Job Summary: Research Assistant: Collects data on preschool and school-age children in schools and in the lab (videotaping classroom activities, one-on-one testing of children, group administration of research stimuli in the classroom). Assists in all aspects of participant recruitment, including calling principals to obtain their consent, distributing consent forms, maintaining accurate records of all contacts with schools, parents, teachers, and students. Performs data entry, coding and analysis, including coding of videotaped data, entry of testing data into databases and/or spreadsheets, statistical analysis of data using statistical software and Excel.

Unit Education: High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted preferred.

Unit Experience: One year of relevant research experience preferred. Prior experience working with young children preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Basic knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to learn new research techniques or methods required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred. Analytical skills preferred. Verbal and written communication skills preferred.

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