Research Assistant

Jun 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Lindsey Richland in the University of Chicago's Comparative Human Development Department, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant with research interests related to understanding how children and adults learn and reason. Specifically, Dr. Richland's lab seeks to understand: 1) how parents shape children's complex reasoning skills and how we can promote these reasoning skills, and 2) what drives achievement gaps in mathematics education both within the United States and between the U.S. and its higher achieving international peers.

Unit Job Summary: Major duties will include editing mathematics video lessons, collecting data in classrooms in the Chicago area, entering and coding data, scheduling families to come into the lab for studies, and supervising the siblings of children who come to the lab for research studies.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in Comparative Human Development, Education, Psychology or related field. A master's degree, experience with data coding, and experience doing research with children are a plus.

Unit Experience: One year of relevant research experience 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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