Research Assistant

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

23301 Psychology

About the Unit
Consistently ranked among the top ten social science research universities in the world, the Division of Social Sciences is at the vanguard of inquiry and impact. Whether through the field-defining scholarship of the Chicago Schools in Sociology and Economics, the path-breaking impact of the first graduate international affairs program in the U.S., the creation of interdisciplinary programs in the Department of Comparative Human Development and the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, or many other pivotal milestones, the Division has repeatedly transformed the social sciences since its founding in 1930. The Division offers PhD degrees in nine disciplines and Master of Arts degrees in five interdisciplinary fields. The Division also offers a number of joint degrees, and these collaborative initiatives uniquely position the Division to pioneer creative modes of thinking about society's most complex issues.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Research Assistant will be responsible for ensuring the smooth and efficient functioning of the Infant Learning & Development Lab. This position is especially appropriate for candidates who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in developmental psychology.


  • Respond to inquiries from interested families and schedule appointments for study participants.
  • Interact with families and children who visit the lab, conduct informed consent and debriefing procedures, and maintain the laboratory's established human subject, hygiene and safety procedures.
  • Assist with laboratory experimental procedures using eye-tracking and EEG methods, and controlled behavioral paradigms.
  • Code behavioral data using a digital coding interface manage data files, and conduct data analyses.
  • Hire and supervise undergraduate research assistants, and work both independently and as part of a team with post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students and undergraduate research assistants.
  • Manage the lab's petty cash account/participant payments.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required
  • Basic knowledge in relevant scientific field
  • Problem-solving, organizational skills and attention to detail required
  • Ability to learn new research techniques or methods required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team comprised of other research assistants, post-docs, graduate students, administrators, and faculty required.

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in social, biological or cognitive sciences preferred.

  • One year of relevant research experience preferred.
  • Experience working with infants and children strongly preferred.

Technical knowledge:
  • Proficiency in standard office computer applications (Word, Excel), and basic understanding of computing systems platforms required.
  • Familiarity with EEG useful.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

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Full time

About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 3/9/2018
Application Due: 5/8/2018
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