Psychology Research Coordinator
Haverford College seeks to hire a full-time, 12-month, exempt, benefit eligible Research Coordinator to provide various forms of support for and management of research within the Psychology Department.
This includes support for research carried out by faculty members as part of their own research programs and also research conducted by students within the structure of the Psychology curriculum (i.e., lab courses, senior thesis). As detailed further below, research support will involve a wide variety of tasks pertaining to the needs of a diverse set of subfields represented within the department, including neuroscience as well as cognitive, social, personality, cultural, and developmental psychology.
Primary tasks will include supervision of the neuroscience animal colony within the department as well as a range of tasks required for carrying out experimental and survey-based research with human and animal participants (programming experiments, creating and managing online surveys, statistical support and consultation, etc.).
Essential Functions & Primary Responsibilities:
1) For the behavioral neuroscience lab, the research coordinator will be responsible for the supervision of the animal colony, including hiring and managing student workers, coordinating daily inspections, and assuming animal caretaking duties when students are not available. The research coordinator will also work with faculty and students to collect behavioral neuroscience data using rodent models, including surgical, behavioral, histological, and microscopy methods.
2) Computer-based support for human participants research, including programming of experiments (E-Prime and Matlab), management of online-surveys (Qualtrics) and participant recruitment platforms (Mechanical Turk, Prolific Academic), and use of statistical software (e.g., SPSS).
3) Meet with students when appropriate to provide support with research projects.
Line of Report:
The Research Coordinator will report to the Chair of the Psychology Department and will take on tasks assigned by all faculty members of the department. Student workers hired for the purpose of animal care in the behavioral neuroscience lab will report directly to the Research Coordinator.
Education, Training, & Experience:
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in psychology or neuroscience. Training in and mastery of (coursework, research experience) the use of statistics and research methods for the study of behavior, and a demonstrated interest in building on that knowledge base to develop a wider area of skills pertaining to the facilitation of research using both animal and human participants.
Specific forms of experience that will enhance a candidate’s application include experience with animals in a research setting, programming experience, particularly using E-Prime and / or Matlab, and proficiency with SPSS. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong organizational skills and a willingness to take on challenges and learn a variety of skills on the job.
Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Required of this Position:
- Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):
- Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds) Up to three hours
- Light Lifting (10-20 pounds): Never
- Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds): Never
- Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds): Never
- Pulling (to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction: Up to three hours
- Pushing (to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction): Up to three hours
- Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body): Up to three hours
- Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body): Up to three hours
- Walking (to move entire body in erect position): Up to three hours
- Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position): Up to three hours
- Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees): Six to eight hours
- Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees): Never
- Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground): Never
- Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces): Never
- Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary): Never
- Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.): Never
- Exposure Limitation (i.e., cold water, dust, gas, fumes, extreme temperatures): Never
To Apply: Interested candidates should complete an application, to include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references by visiting https://haverford.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/External/job/Haverford-Campus/Research-Coordinator--Department-of-Psychology_R190. The committee will begin reviewing applications on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Failure to provide the required documents may result in lack of consideration. Haverford College does not sponsor applicants for work visas.