CDR Lab Manager

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Hyde Park Campus

3034106 Bus-Ctr For Decision Research

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

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Job Summary:

The Center for Decision Research is devoted to the study of how individuals form judgments and make decisions. Researchers at the Center examine the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices. The CDR Lab Manager is responsible for serving as the primary point of contact for all participants in the campus lab, responding to all participants' questions and concerns, on-boarding all new participants into the lab, screening and directing participants into research studies according to the defined inclusion and exclusion criteria. Will assist in designing and enforcing standards of conduct within the Lab.


  • Oversee and manage staffing required to support the operations of the CDR campus lab, including coordinating lab research assistants (RAs), training, scheduling, time-sheet approval, evaluating RA performance, and assisting in hiring decisions.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all participants in the campus lab, responding to all participants' questions and concerns, on-boarding all new participants into the lab, screening and directing participants into research studies according to the defined inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • Assist in designing and enforcing standards of conduct within the Lab.
  • Provide advising and consulting support for faculty, postdoc and student researchers on study design and technical delivery of research in the CDR Campus Lab.
  • Troubleshoot technical problems as they arise.
  • Present workshops on best practices in research during yearly orientation events.
  • Oversee maintenance of the facilities and equipment in the campus lab, in consultation with IT and facilities departmental staff.
  • Manage accounting for the campus lab, including maintaining and disbursing research funds to participants during Lab operating hours, maintaining log payment records, and generating quarterly accounting reports.
  • Maintain experiment management system database (SONA), and the CDR Labs Website administrative database, managing and reporting data regarding downtown lab operations, as well as maintaining and reporting on other general lab records as necessary.
  • Serve as a liaison between CDR researchers and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board, and keep up-to-date with any changes to IRB policy.
  • Work with CDR management team during weekly meetings to revise and develop Lab policies and procedures in order to facilitate efficient and effective operations and recruitment of participants.
  • Send regular research updates to researchers and provide weekly and quarterly progress report data for the CDR community.
  • Facilitate communication between lab managers, researchers, research assistants, and staff.
  • Update Lab online and office calendars to reflect Lab activities.
  • Assist in developing outreach and advertising ideas and publicity methods for recruiting participants.
  • Serve as a liaison for CDR Labs partner organizations and other external research partners.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in the area of psychology, organizational behavior, or marketing required.

  • At least two years of experience in conducting computer, web-based, and interpersonal interaction-based experiments required.
  • At least one year of supervisory experience preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Familiarity with methods of experimentation and delivery of behavioral science research experiments required.
  • Programming and technical skills related to conducting computer and web-based research required.
  • Excellent communication skills required.
  • Ability to successfully interact with faculty, students and staff at Booth as well as at partner organizations required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • One letter of recommendation

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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