Lab Manager, Psychology Department

Job description

The Psychology department at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives (see for more information). The University of Denver is guided by a vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. DUs urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. DU is comprised of approximately 5000 undergraduates, 6500 graduate students, and more than 600 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

The position will be shared between the labs of Dr. Jenalee Doom (Doom Lab; and Dr. Erika Manczak (The Biology, Environments, and Mood Studies (BEAMS) Lab; http:// at the University of Denver. Both labs conduct research regarding social and biological contributors to physical and mental health in children and families, with Dr. Manczaks work generally emphasizing clinical psychology outcomes, such as depression, and Dr. Dooms work generally emphasizing developmental psychology outcomes, such as social buffering and cardiovascular health. The main purpose of this position is to provide research and logistical support to both labs by assisting at a high level in research projects. This will include collecting and analyzing data using behavioral, biological, and clinical techniques (including phlebotomy), managing datasets, and recruiting and screening study participants. This is a full-time position that comes with DUs full benefits package. The schedule is reasonably flexible, and requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability. Initial contract will be for one year, with additional years possible pending mutual agreement. This position is ideal for candidates with interests in applying to graduate school in the future.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in English.
  • Basic statistical knowledge required related to managing data; ability to perform basic statistical analyses.
  • Excellent reasoning ability, both in the abstract (e.g. managing multiple goals & responsibilities) and the concrete (e.g. prioritizing multiple simultaneous tasks and managing time independently).
  • Good interpersonal skills; readiness to work with others as part of a research team, help fix technological or scheduling issues.
  • Ability to work well with children, adolescents, and adults and to sensitively handle issues relating to mental and physical health (e.g., depression, suicidality, chronic disease management).
  • Tolerance for being interrupted while working to deal with an immediate issue.
  • Willingness to collect and prepare blood, hair, and saliva samples; good fine motor skills for performing these tasks.
  • Experience with Mac systems.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience managing multiple research projects at the same time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree degree with major focus in Psychology, Neuroscience, or other health fields.
  • Experience collecting and preparing blood samples (or willingness to complete phlebotomy training).
  • Experience working with children and adolescents.
  • Experience working with clinical populations (either psychological or medical).
  • Excellent interpersonal and managerial skills.
  • Advanced statistical knowledge.
  • Desire to implement long-lasting organizational systems.
  • Excitement to work with, teach, and learn from others in the laboratories.

Working Environment

1. Standard office and laboratory environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on July 25, 2019.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Hourly Range:
The hourly pay for the position is $17.00

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Names and contact information for three references

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 492557
Posted: 7/11/2019
Application Due: 8/16/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable