Full-Time Research Lab Coordinator
The Developmental Psychopathology Lab at the University of Iowa (Director: Dr. Isaac Petersen) is looking for a full-time research lab coordinator to assist in research studies examining the mechanisms in the development of externalizing behavior problems (e.g., aggression, conduct problems), self-regulation, and school readiness in young children, with special emphasis on neural mechanisms (EEG/ERP). The current lab coordinator was just admitted to a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology! Responsibilities include participant recruitment and retention, scheduling, conducting batteries of neural and behavioral testing with children, data management and analysis, coordination of research assistants, and performing other research and administrative tasks as coordinator of the research team. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related discipline, substantial research or work experience with young children, and experience using software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. Experience with EEG/ERP is desirable but not required. Experience with computer software such as REDCap, R, and E-Prime is desirable but not required. We are looking for someone who can commit to the position for 2 years. The initial appointment will be for one year beginning in Summer 2021, with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year depending on performance and available funding.
The ideal candidate would have –
- Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, public health, social work, or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience.
- Minimum of 6 months – 1 year of research experience working in a laboratory.
- Ability to work 40 hours per week. Typically scheduled between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday but may be required to work outside these hours (early morning/evenings/weekends) for the purpose of working with participants.
- Ability to commit to the position for at least 2 years.
- Experience working with young children (2–7-years of age).
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to speak clearly enough to be understood by young children.
- Attention to detail and high level of organization, especially for scheduling participants.
- Able to work well with young children and their parents, and help them feel at ease. Able to handle situations when children get upset, able to quickly calm and soothe children.
- Able to supervise undergraduate research assistants.
- Capable of independent, self-directed work.
- Database management and data entry skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated experience with professional communication and conflict management.
- Comfort with independently navigating resources to solve problems and learn new programs, materials, and techniques.
This is an hourly position, which does not include fringe benefits. The rate of pay is $18.49/hr. This position provides a fantastic preparation for future graduate and research careers. In addition to being a context for learning invaluable research skills, it offers opportunities for co-authorships on publications and presenting work at conferences.