Research Specialist I (Lab) Lew Williams

Princeton, NJ
Feb 02, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2018-8437
Department Psychology
Category Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


The Department of Psychology at Princeton University is seeking a full-time research specialist to act as a lab coordinator, under the supervision of Dr. Casey Lew-Williams. The successful candidate will work in the Princeton Baby Lab, and have frequent contact with postdocs, graduate students, senior thesis students, and research assistants, as well as various faculty members including Dr. Lauren Emberson, Dr. Adele Goldberg, and Dr. Uri Hasson. Targeted start date is June 1, 2018.


The research specialist will participate in all aspects of projects on early learning in infants and toddlers, with a particular focus on language. Participants in our studies include typically developing children, Spanish/English bilingual children, and children growing up in low-income households. 90% of work will take place on Princeton's campus, and 10% of work will take place in our community lab in nearby Trenton, NJ. Primary responsibilities will include:

• Testing young children using various research methods, such as eye tracking and fNIRS,
• Coordinating participant recruitment in Princeton and Trenton,
• Developing stimuli for experiments,
• Mentoring undergraduates,
• Setting up and maintaining operations of the lab through general administrative duties
• Conducting a study or two that is of interest to you

Note: Dr. Emberson is also seeking a Research Specialist 1/Lab Coordinator but this is a separate position. If you are interested please apply to requisition #2018-8436. Candidates are welcome to apply for both should their interests afford.


Essential Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, communication sciences and disorders, or related cognitive science fields
• Have a demonstrated interest in cognitive science
• Be able to jump from low- to high-level work, and back again
• Ability to work effectively in a team setting
• Have excellent communication skills with young children and families
• Be able to write very clearly for any audience
• Be able to get tasks done efficiently
• Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently
Preferred qualifications:
• Experience with research methods in developmental science
• Experience with R, Matlab, Excel, or other software
• Experience with audio/video editing programs
• Ability to speak conversational Spanish is desired

This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal, pending satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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