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Requisition # 234

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Friday, September 21st, 2018
College:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department:Psychological and Brain Sciences



Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

The Development, Experience and Neurocognition (DEN) Lab at the University of Iowa (Director: Dr. Ece Demir-Lira) is looking for a full-time research intern to serve as a research lab coordinator to join us in the Spring or Summer of 2019.

Research in the lab addresses the question of why some children, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, fall behind their peers in academic achievement while others thrive. Our research leverages naturalistic, longitudinal observations and experimental designs to examine how the early parental input in the home environment relates to children’s academic skills. We complement this approach with structural and functional neuroimaging measures to analyze how parental background and parental input relate to the neurocognitive basis of children’s academic skills, and how these neurocognitive correlates, in turn, relate to children’s academic success.  Applicants can learn more about our work here

Responsibilities include participant recruitment, scheduling, conducting batteries of neurocognitive and behavioral testing with children, programming of behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, stimulus development, management and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data. The coordinator will also provide general research support, such as coordinate lab meetings, manage team of research assistants, assist with IRB and grant proposal preparation, and author manuscripts for publication.

The initial appointment will be for one year beginning in Spring or Summer 2019, with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year depending on performance and available funding. 

Education Requirement:

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive science, Computer science, or related fields.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 6 months of research experience working in a research 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.

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Experience working with young children and/or parents.

  • Capable of independent, self-directed work as well as working in a team environment.

  • Basic database management and data entry skills.

  • Undergraduate level statistics course and experience with statistical analysis packages (e.g. Matlab, SPSS, R, Excel etc.)

  • US citizenship or Permanent residency.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience analyzing neuroimaging data (e.g. SPM, Homer)

  • Exposure to one or more programming languages (e.g. Matlab, Phyton, shell scripting etc.)

  • Competency in E-Prime

Online Application Required Documents

Name and Contact Information of References
Letter of Interest
 Number of References:  3

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Contact Information

Contact:Christine L Stevens -
Clas-Clas Administration
Van Allen Hall
30 North Dubuque Street
212 VAN
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-1690
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