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Lab Assistant, Department of Psychology

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Job Details

Category:: Professional
Department:: Psychology
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Jun 10, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time Temporary
Ref. No.:: 47483
Position ID:: 176982

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a premier public R1 research institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by our mission, outstanding academics, facilities, and community life - promotes extraordinary student success, research, and service; Binghamton University is where our students, faculty and staff thrive.

Working at Binghamton University is more than about having a great job - it is about having the opportunity to flourish in an exciting, engaging environment. Our faculty and staff appreciate Binghamton's collegial and inclusive culture and its commitment to excellence, education, innovation and civic engagement. Our diverse campus community contributes to our success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty, exceptional staff, and ultramodern facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000+ students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration, and community service.

We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and in keeping with this commitment, we welcome all to apply, including veterans and persons with disabilities.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Instructional Support Assistant (SL-1)

Salary: $43,372 (full-time, temporary)

Dr. Sarah Solomon's lab within the Department of Psychology at Binghamton University is seeking a full-time Lab Assistant to start in September 2024. The Semantic Plasticity in Neural Systems (SPiNS) Lab studies semantic learning and memory using behavioral, neuroimaging, and computational modeling approaches.

The Lab Assistant will handle multiple organizational and administrative details of the lab's projects, including but not limited to participant recruitment, maintaining participant records, running participants in behavioral and fMRI experiments, data management, data analysis, collaborating with other lab members, assisting in the preparation of IRB documents, and other activities relating to the general day-to-day management of the lab. The Lab Assistant will also have the opportunity to independently conduct empirical and/or computational modeling research, and to present this work at research conferences and in scientific publications. The training and experience offered by this position is ideal for those planning to apply to research-focused graduate programs.

Applicants must have a BA/BS degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or a related field by the time of employment; strong organizational and interpersonal skills; the ability to problem solve and work independently as well as collaboratively; and a passion for research. Applicants must be willing to make a two-year commitment and be eligible to work in the United States. Ideally, the hired person will have psych/cognitive/neuro research experience, statistical knowledge, and programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python, R), but these qualities are not required.

The SPiNS Lab is brand new, and we are therefore seeking candidates who are highly motivated and enthusiastic to help get our research up and running!


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

  • BA/BS degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or a related field by the time of employment
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to problem solve and work independently as well as collaboratively; and a passion for research
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States


  • Experience in psychology, cognitive science, or neuroscience research
  • Statistical knowledge
  • Programming experience (e.g., Matlab, Python, R) are desirable but not required

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

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The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

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Binghamton University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, contact: Ada Robinson-Perez, ADA Coordinator email: or 607-777-3660.

Application Instructions:

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Deadline for Internal Applicants:

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

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  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

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Working at Binghamton University

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Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

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