Laboratory Manager

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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.

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Job Summary:

The Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, directed by Dr. Jean Decety in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago, seeks a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to fulfill the role of full-time laboratory manager beginning June 22nd, 2018. The lab manager will work closely with the PI and other researchers in the lab exploring topics such as: 1) Susceptibility to extremist propaganda and political radicalization; 2) Neurobiological and psychological mechanisms guiding social decision-making; 3) Moral reasoning and influence of scarcity on pro social behavior; and 4) Self-other asymmetry in moral judgments. The Lab employs functional MRI, high-density EEG, eye-tracking, personality measures, and behavioral economics. This appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance.


  • Managing daily operations of a research lab
  • Providing administrative support to all lab personnel
  • Coordinating and training undergraduate research assistants
  • Recruiting, training, and testing human subjects
  • Assisting in designing and analyzing experimental data
  • Crafting and maintaining IRB protocols
  • Assisting in planning lab events and meetings

  • Basic knowledge in relevant scientific field required
  • Problem-solving skills required
  • Attention to detail required
  • Organizational skills required
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to learn new research techniques or methods required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Knowledge of a statistical language (MATLAB, R, SPSS), or any programming language is required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications

  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science or other related field required

  • Minimum of one year of relevant research experience preferred
  • Statistical knowledge is required
  • Prior laboratory management and administration experience preferred

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software required
  • Experience with fMRI and EEG preferred

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Information

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


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Job No:
Posted: 6/9/2018
Application Due: 6/20/2018
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