Research Assistant/Lab Manager, Department of Psychology

Colorado, USA, Denver
$12.00 - $18.00 per hour
Jun 02, 2017
University of
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Psychology department at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives (see for more information). The University of Denvers vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. DUs urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. DU is comprised of approximately 5000 undergraduates, 6500 graduate students, and more than 600 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

The position will be shared between the labs of Peter Sokol-Hessner (The Sokol-Hessner Lab; and Kateri McRae (the Automaticity, Affect, Control and Thought (AACT) Lab; at the University of Denver. The main purpose of this position is to provide research and logistical support to both labs and assist at a high level in ongoing research projects. This will include collecting data using behavioral and physiological techniques, managing datasets, and recruiting and screening study participants. This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week) that comes with DUs full benefits package, and the funding for this position is contingent on grant funding. The schedule is reasonably flexible, and requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability.

Essential Functions

Mac and PC workstations and lab facilities; installing software, setting up hardware, and troubleshooting computer-related issues; gathering, organizing and maintaining centralized laboratory information, including lab websites & wikis; and assisting with IRB, training, and financial management. Applicants should have prior experience conducting psychological research, including in participant recruitment, data collection, data storage, and basic data analysis to provide support for these activities and to independently perform them. The ideal applicant should enjoy problem-solving, organization, and the implementation of efficient, long-term solutions. As this position is shared between two labs, applicants should be comfortable managing multiple simultaneous projects and competing priorities to effectively complete tasks in a timely manner. The lab manager will also be expected to develop reliable practices for behavioral and psychophysiological data analysis (including some coding), and support other members of the lab in implementing these practices. Experience coding (especially with MATLAB and/or R) is ideal. In addition, the lab manager will have the opportunity to substantially contribute to new research projects investigating the interactions between emotion, decision-making, and emotion regulation, including analyzing existing data and piloting new studies. The depth or breadth of this involvement will be in accordance with the employee's long-term career goals and abilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in English.
  • Basic statistical knowledge required, related to managing data, performing basic statistical analyses, and understanding more advanced statistical models.
  • Computer programming experience a significant plus.
  • Excellent reasoning ability, both in the abstract (e.g. managing multiple goals & responsibilities) and the concrete (e.g. prioritizing multiple simultaneous tasks and managing time independently).
  • Good interpersonal skills; readiness to work with others as part of a research team, help fix technological or scheduling issues.
  • Tolerance for being interrupted while working to deal with an immediate issue.

Required Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Experience with Mac and PC systems.
  • Experience managing multiple research projects at the same time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. degree with major focus in Psychology or Neuroscience.
  • Excellent GPA.
  • Advanced statistical knowledge.
  • Ability to analyze & manage fMRI data (e.g. SPM, FSL).
  • Experience with MATLAB, R, and/or Python.
  • Familiarity with BIOPAC & AcqKnowledge physiological hardware and software.
  • Excellent interpersonal and managerial skills.
  • Desire to implement long-lasting organizational systems.
  • Excited to work with, teach, and learn from others in the laboratory.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with hiring manager.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday, June 16, 2017

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. For questions about this position, please contact Laurel Shurtleff at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter (one page)
  3. Contact information for two references.

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