Lab Manager, Psychology Department

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow, Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research

The Psychology department at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives (see for more information). The University of Denver’s vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. DU's urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. DU is comprised of approximately 5000 undergraduates, 6500 graduate students, and more than 600 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

The position will be shared between the labs of Kimberly Chiew (The Motivation, Affect, & Cognition Lab; and Paige Lloyd (The Social Detection Lab; at the University of Denver. The main purpose of this position is to provide research and logistical support to both labs and assist at a high level in ongoing research projects. This will include collecting and analyzing data using behavioral, physiological, and fMRI techniques, managing datasets, and recruiting and screening study participants. This is a full-time position that comes with DU’s full benefits package. The schedule has some flexibility, and requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability.

Essential Functions

  • Mac and PC workstations and lab facilities; installing software, setting up hardware, and troubleshooting computer-related issues; gathering, organizing and maintaining centralized laboratory information, including lab websites & wikis; and assisting with IRB, training, and financial management.
  • Ideal applicants will have prior experience conducting psychological research, including in participant recruitment, data collection, data storage, and basic data analysis to provide support for these activities and to independently perform them.
  • As this position is shared between two labs, applicants should be comfortable managing multiple simultaneous projects and competing priorities to effectively complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • The lab manager will also be expected to develop reliable practices for behavioral and psychophysiological data analysis (including some coding), and support other members of the lab in implementing these practices. Experience coding (especially with MATLAB and/or R) is ideal but not required.
  • In addition, the lab manager will have the opportunity to substantially contribute to new research projects investigating the interactions between motivation, cognition, and social perception, including analyzing existing data and piloting new studies.
  • The depth or breadth of this involvement will be in accordance with the employee’s long-term career goals and abilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in English.
  • Basic statistical knowledge required, related to managing data, performing basic statistical analyses, and understanding more advanced statistical models.
  • Computer programming experience (e.g., Python, MATLAB, R) a significant plus.
  • Excellent reasoning ability, both in the abstract (e.g. managing multiple goals & responsibilities) and the concrete (e.g. prioritizing multiple simultaneous tasks and managing time independently).
  • Good interpersonal skills; readiness to work with others as part of a research team, help fix technological or scheduling issues.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Research experience in psychology, neuroscience, biology or a related field

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree with major focus in Psychology or Neuroscience.
  • Interest in social perception, emotion, motivation, cognitive neuroscience research
  • Advanced statistical knowledge
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and managing fMRI data (e.g. AFNI, SPM, FSL) and/or psychophysiological data (BIOPAC)
  • Experience with MATLAB, R, and/or Python
  • Desire to implement long-lasting organizational systems

Working Environment

1. Standard office and lab environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with occasional evenings and weekends as needed

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 28, 2019

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Hourly Range:
The hourly pay for this position is $17 hourly. 

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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