Part-Time Research Assistant (Psychology)

Colby College
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Job location: Colby College

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2021-10-06
Req: R0000579
Job DescriptionDepartment:Psychology - JMPay Rate Type:HourlyEmployee Type:Job Summary:Part-Time (15-18 hours per week), Temporary (through July, 2022), Non-Exempt, Staff Appointment

The Memory and Language Lab in the Department of Psychology at Colby College is hiring a part-time, temporary, grant funded research assistant. The assistant will support the research ongoing in the lab, from data collection and management to scheduling and coordinating research sessions. This is a temporary appointment for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance and funding. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


  • Assist in daily operation of the research lab
  • Assist in training and supervision of student research assistants
  • Maintenance of lab website
  • Administration of psychological assessment protocols
  • Oversee Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols
  • Collect, score, code, and analyze data
  • Programming and coding experimental scripts for data collection
  • Compile and assist with the preparation of documents (e.g., posters, presentations)
  • Literature searches and manuscript support
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher or the equivalent in education and experience, psychology degree preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and a collaborative style
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to help
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Prior research (minimum 1 year) experience in psychology (preferably cognitive psychology)
  • Experience using specialized software (i.e., R, SPSS, Gorilla, E-Prime)
  • Experience in data management, analysis, and interpretation
  • Programming and coding experience (e.g., Python, machine learning)
  • Prior coursework in cognitive psychology, statistics and research methods, and computer science
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
  • Ability to work in PC and Mac platforms preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, SPSS, R, and WordPress
  • Familiarity with APA-style
  • Experience testing human participants in research protocols (including aging populations)


This position has significant interaction with supervisors, students, faculty and staff, as well as other constituents.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Walking, standing, bending, and twisting may be required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Research Assistant (Psychology) - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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