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Research Assistant I Lab at Harvard Laboratory for Developmental Studies

26 May 2024

Applu Here: Harvard Careers 

The Laboratory for Developmental Studies in the Psychology department has a position open for a full-time research assistant. Research in the lab is focused on exploring the cognitive development of infants and children, with an emphasis on perception and knowledge of objects, numbers, places, geometry, and people. Further projects in the lab include the development of numerical, geometrical, social-cognitive, and reading abilities in preschool and elementary school-aged children, with a focus on testing interventions to enhance children's readiness for learning across such domains. The candidate will report directly to the P.I., a Professor of Cognitive Developmental Psychology, and will be responsible for managing and overseeing the daily activities of two lab spaces dedicated to running research studies with infants, toddlers, and children, and coordinating lab-wide remote testing.

Basic Qualifications

At least one year of experience in psychology, biology, cognitive science or related field is required. Relevant coursework may count toward experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in psychology, biology, or cognitive science and will embrace the challenges of a demanding workload involving multiple research projects.  Experience with infants and toddlers desirable, because the candidate will be called upon to confidently and professionally work with families on a daily basis. Proficiency with Zoom, Word, Excel, and Google docs/calendar is necessary for day-to-day functioning of the lab, as is familiarity with online research tools (e.g. Qualtrics, Lookit) and search databases (e.g. FileMaker). Familiarity with other tools and languages like HTML, JavaScript, R, and Blender is highly desirable. Must be confident working both independently as well as with others in a high-paced, and in an in-person and remote, research environment. Must demonstrate an ability to pay close attention to detail and should possess excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Additional Information

This is a two-year, grant-funded term position with renewal dependent upon continuation of grant funding.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.


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