Research Specialist I (Lab)-Emberson

Job description

Requisition # 2018-8436
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. Lauren Emberson. The successful candidate will work in the Princeton Baby Lab, and have frequent contact with co-director Dr. Casey Lew-Williams. The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of projects on perceptual development and learning/memory with infants and young children. The lab employs a variety of research methods including neuroimaging (e.g., fNIRS) as well as behavioral studies (e.g., eye tracking). This will provide hands-on experience working with cutting-edge techniques in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience and in transitioning from undergraduate degree to a competitive graduate program in this area.


Primary responsibilities for this position will include:

• Coordinating participant recruitment in Princeton, NJ
• Testing infants and young children in various research techniques (behavioral and neuroimaging)
• Mentoring and supervising undergraduates in the lab
• Development of experiments (e.g., stimulus construction)
• Setting up and maintaining operations of the lab through general administrative duties.

Note: Dr. Lew-Williams is also seeking a Research Specialist 1/Lab Coordinator but this is a separate position. If you are interested please apply to requisition #2018-8437. Candidates are welcome to apply for both should their interests afford.

Start date is negotiable, but will ideally be in the summer of 2018. Earlier start dates are preferred to maximize overlap and training with current staff.


Essential qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, communication sciences and disorders, or related cognitive science fields

• Have a demonstrated interest in developmental and/or cognitive neuroscience research

• Have excellent communication skills, especially with young children and families

• Be able to get tasks done efficiently

• Be detail-oriented, motivated, and organized

• Be able to work independently and in a team environment.

The final candidate must successfully pass a background check and approval by Princeton Human Resources.

Preferred qualifications:

• Experience conducting developmental and/or cognitive neuroscience research

• Experience with statistical software (e.g. R, SPSS)

• Experience with computer programming (e.g., MATLAB) This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal, pending satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Include a cover letter describing your research experiences and career goals, CV, and contact information for at least two references. For more information, please email Dr. Lauren Emberson ([email protected]) but note that all applications must be submitted through the Princeton University employment website. All complete applications will be reviewed starting Feb 15th 2018.

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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Eligible for Overtime


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

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Posted: 4/4/2018
Application Due: 5/24/2018
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