Research Specialist I at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey

Posted in Research 12 days ago.

Job Description:

Research Specialist I


Job ID: 2022-13960
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1

Princeton University


The Department of Psychology at Princeton University is seeking a full­-time lab manager to help found Dr. Erik Nook’s new laboratory. The lab’s research will integrate behavioral, developmental, psycholinguistic, and neuroscientific approaches to advance both basic and translational understanding of human emotion.

This is a one­ year term position with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance. Start date is negotiable but will ideally start July, 2022. Please submit (i) a current CV, (ii) a cover letter that describes your prior experiences and academic/research goals, and (iii) a completed application. Please also submit contact information for at least 2 references. Contact Dr. Erik Nook ( with additional questions. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to submissions received before March 15, 2022.


The successful candidate will assist with founding and managing the lab, as well as all aspects of conducting research, including:

  • Building lab infrastructure (e.g., purchasing, setting up computers and other hardware, developing internal data storage systems, developing lab manual)
  • Conducting research (e.g., writing IRBs, recruiting participants in the Princeton community, collecting behavioral/neuroimaging/developmental/online data, analyzing data, and sharing results through papers, posters, and talks)
  • Supporting lab research (e.g., assisting other lab members with literature searches, study design, stimuli preparation, data collection, analyses, manuscript and grant preparation)
  • Building and supporting lab community (e.g., facilitating lab communication and organizing lab events)
  • Hiring and managing a team of undergraduate research assistants


Essential Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, education or relevant social science field
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others (e.g., adult and child participants, families, other researchers)
  • Be detail­-oriented, motivated, efficient, and able to work independently
  • Be able to occasionally work non­standard hours (e.g., evenings, weekends), depending on participant availability
  • The final candidate must successfully pass a background check and approval by Princeton Human Resources

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with statistical and programming languages/software (e.g., SPSS, R, Matlab, java, python)
  • Prior experience conducting empirical research on questions related to the lab’s research focus
  • Prior experience managing others and building community

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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