Social Cognition & Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Laboratory

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Position Available—Full-time Lab Manager/Research Technician, Northwestern University

The SCIP (social cognition & intergroup processes) Lab, directed by Dr. Sylvia Perry at Northwestern University in the Department of Psychology seeks a full-time (with benefits) lab manager/research technician beginning August or September 2017. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility to extend for additional years based on performance and continued funding. The lab manager/research technician will work closely with the PI and lab group to set up the new lab, and to kick-start a research program investigating how social contexts and attitudes affect behavioral and physiological outcomes within intergroup interactions in both adult and child populations.

Responsibilities include: •    overseeing day-to-day lab operations •    designing, running, and analyzing experiments with children and adults •    coordinating, training, and proactively working with undergraduate research assistants •    participant recruitment and scheduling, and the development of a participant database •    coordinating school visits •    maintaining IRB protocols, budgeting, website, etc. •    assisting in planning lab events and meetings Preferred qualifications: •    a Bachelor's degree in psychology or a related discipline •    research experience in a social and/or developmental psychology lab •    one or more years of research experience with children and/or racially diverse populations •    experience in a psychophysiological or dyadic interactions lab (e.g., experience working with autonomic nervous system data and/or coding verbal and non-verbal data)   •    excellent organizational and multitasking skills and the ability to work independently •    strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills •    extremely efficient in email correspondence •    programming skills in Qualtrics, Inquisit, and Mechanical Turk, and knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite •    strong analytical skills (e.g., experience with SPSS, R, etc.) •    working knowledge of image and/or video design and editing (e.g., Photoshop, Final Cut)

This position is ideal for individuals who wish to pursue research in the future. The lab manager/research technician will be involved with scientific presentations at conferences, the writing of journal manuscripts, and the ability to start their own projects in collaboration with Dr. Perry and her research lab. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV/resume, and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Perry at Please use the subject line “lab manager position” in your email. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Sylvia Perry.

Graduate Students

We are no longer accepting graduate applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Click here for more information about our graduate program at Northwestern. If you are interested in working in the lab in the future, email Dr. Perry directly.

Undergraduate Research Assistants (RA)

If you are interested in gaining research experience for graduate school or learning more about social psychology, consider becoming a research assistant in the SCIP Lab. Typical research assistant responsibilities include recruiting and running participants in experiments, data entry, and coding video and physiological data. Research assistants receive comprehensive training for their lab duties. Currently, we are reviewing RA applications for summer 2017 and beyond.

Undergraduate RA Application

Name *
Phone *
Do you want to consider this position an independent study for course credit? *
Which quarter(s) would you be available to do research? Check all that apply. *
Please note that we are especially interested in students who can make a commitment of at least three quarters, preferably consecutive. The research is complex and requires time for training; thus, longer term RAships will be more fruitful to you and the lab.
Do you have any prior research experience? *
Do you have any experience working with children? *
We need to know what your schedule will be like in the upcoming quarter in order to schedule regular lab meetings and research activities.
Occasionally, data collection opportunities will take place in the evening and on weekends. Would you be able to work during these hours? *
If there are no current positions available, would you like us to contact you for a future position? *
We will contact you as soon as we can. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this application!
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