Research Assistant

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

23300 SSD-Administration

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 Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Lindsey Richland at the University of Chicago, is seeking a full-time research assistant beginning August 2018. The research assistant will work closely with the lab manager on school studies focusing on pressure, cognitive, and emotional factors involved in math learning and performance and in-lab studies on children's reasoning. This position is particularly appropriate for individuals who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Psychology, Education, or Human Development.


  • Recruit participants for in-lab studies, respond to inquiries from interested families, and schedule study visits
  • Interact with children and families, conduct informed consent and debriefing procedures, as well as running experimental protocols in classrooms
  • Edit mathematics video lessons
  • Assist with data collection in schools in the Chicagoland area
  • Inventory, enter, and code data collected
  • Supervise siblings of children who come into the lab for research studies

  • Demonstrated interest in developmental psychology/education research
  • Basic knowledge of relevant scientific field
  • Excellent organizational and inter-personal skills
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently, and in small groups
  • Ability to learn new research techniques and methods required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (psychology, human development, education, or a related discipline preferred)
  • One or more years of research experience (experience with children preferred)
  • Experience with data coding and analysis preferred

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and/or a statistical software (SPSS, R, STATA, etc)

Required Documents:
  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial academic transcripts
  • Contact information for two references

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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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: 7/10/2018
Application Due: 8/23/2018
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