Assistant Lab Manager: Storefront Lab at University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Other 5 days ago.

Job Description:


Booth CDR: Operations 2

About the Department

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job Summary

The Center for Decision Research is devoted to the study of how individuals form judgments and make decisions. Researchers at the Center examine the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices. The Assistant Lab Manager supports the Lab Manager and Associate Director overseeing research operations in the storefront lab, with a focus on participant recruitment. The Assistant Lab Manager also assists faculty members with the management and administering of studies.


  • Organizes data collection efforts for faculty members, postdocs and graduate students in the CDR Labs, running and troubleshooting a wide variety of behavioral research studies delivered across several formats (e.g., computer-based, video-taped, etc.) in the storefront lab. Coordinates with lab staff across CDR spaces to implement studies across locations.

  • Works with lab staff, faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to design and optimize research procedures, both for specific projects for which one serves as a project manager, as well as for providing general operational recommendations and procedures.

  • Conducts experiments with participants in the storefront lab in a professional, engaging, and educational manner. Assists in designing and enforcing standards of conduct and visitor engagement to be upheld by all lab staff.

  • Designs and executes outreach and participant recruitment methods for the CDR labs, engineering creative solutions to market studies and recruit participants for all lab locations. Collects and reports data on the effectiveness of recruitment methods.

  • Assists the Lab Manager in hiring, training, scheduling, and managing lab research assistants, and assist the Lab Services Director in designing and delivering research assistant training and professional development events.

  • Supports the Lab Manager in all administrative tasks related to the storefront lab daily operations, including management of participant intake/consent procedures, organization and management of daily studies conducted in the lab, scheduling and oversight of research assistants, maintenance of proper record-keeping for participant data and research management, and delivery of incentives to participants. Oversees operations in the storefront lab when the lab manager is out of the office.

  • Maintains a database of participant records for ongoing and completed studies in the storefront lab, including records of incentives provided for participation.

  • Sends regular research updates to researchers and assists the Lab Manager in providing weekly, quarterly and yearly progress report data for the CDR community.

  • Assists the Lab Manager in maintaining storefront lab facilities and equipment, with support of facilities and IT staff as necessary.

  • Maintains excellent, timely communication regarding research operations with CDR faculty, students, postdocs, and staff.

  • Attends weekly CDR staff meetings, and lab team meetings to review and discuss operational procedures and goals.

  • Keeps up-to-date with Institutional Review Board policy and ethical guidelines in human subjects research, and provides support and best-practice recommendations to CDR researchers related to these guidelines and policies.

  • Reconciles research expenses using UChicago ePayment and GEMS online systems as necessary.

  • Enters and codes study data, and conducts data analyses as necessary.

  • Assists in organizing and staffing CDR-sponsored events (Think Better lecture series, etc.) as needed.

  • Provides technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • May assist recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Is developing skills in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in the area of psychology, organizational behavior, or marketing.


  • At least one year of experience in conducting computer, web-based, and interpersonal interaction-based experiments.

Preferred Competencies

  • Familiarity with methods of experimentation.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Interact with faculty, students, and staff successfully.

  • Work on multiple projects and to prioritize accordingly.

  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • One letter of recommendation (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.

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