Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Postdoc / Fellow, Student Affairs / Services, Research

The Department of Psychology at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives (see for more information). The University of Denver is guided by a vision 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. DUs 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 Dr. Kateri McRae (the Automaticity, Affect, Control, and Thought [AACT] Lab; and Dr. Kimberly Chiew (the Motivation, Affect, & Cognition [MAC] Lab; at the University of Denver. The AACT lab conducts research regarding emotion-cognition interactions, often studying emotion regulation, such as the emotion regulation technique of cognitive reappraisal, using questionnaires, self-reported emotion in laboratory tasks, psychophysiology, and neuroimaging (fMRI). The MAC Lab also studies emotion-cognition interactions, with particular interest in characterizing emotional and motivational influences on cognitive control and memory, using questionnaires, behavioral paradigms, psychophysiological, and neural measures (including fMRI and TMS). The main purpose of this position is to provide research and logistical support to both labs by assisting at a high level in research projects. This will include collecting and analyzing data using behavioral and biological techniques (including physiological and neuroimaging data collection), managing and analyzing datasets, and recruiting and screening study participants remotely and in person. The ideal applicant should enjoy problem-solving, organization, and the implementation of efficient, long-term solutions. 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. This is a full-time position that comes with DU's full benefits package. The schedule requires the ability to generally work business hours (some outside hours may be required) primarily in-person. During data collection, some afternoon evening/weekend in-person availability will likely be required. Initial contract will be for one year, with additional years possible pending mutual agreement. This position is ideal for candidates with interests in applying to graduate school in the future, although the depth or breadth of this involvement will be in accordance with the employees long-term career goals and abilities. This is a grant funded position with a minimum one-year appointment. Continuation is based on continued need, funding and satisfactory performance.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinating, overseeing, and assisting with data collection, administering laboratory tasks in-person and remotely using computerized platforms to characterize cognitive and emotional measures and behavior, and psychosocial assessments (e.g., questionnaires and interviews).
  • In-person data collection will be conducted primarily with adult participants, and may include participant recruitment, physiological assessments (e.g., skin conductance, heart rate and blood pressure), and neuroimaging and neurostimulation data collection (fMRI/TMS) at University of Colorado facilities (training will be provided in these data modalities).
  • Additional duties include:
    • Managing undergraduate research assistants.
    • Overseeing lab facilities including Mac and PC workstations, installing software, setting up hardware, and troubleshooting computer-related issues.
    • Gathering, organizing and maintaining centralized laboratory information, including lab websites; and assisting with IRB, training, and financial management. 

Applicants should 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. The research coordinator will also be expected to develop reliable practices for behavioral and psychophysiological data analysis (including some coding or modification of existing scripts), and support other members of the lab in implementing these practices. Experience coding (especially with MATLAB, R, and/or Python) is ideal, but not required. The ideal applicant should enjoy problem-solving, organization, and the implementation of efficient, long-term solutions. As this position is shared between two labs, applicants should be comfortable managing multiple simultaneous projects to effectively complete tasks in a timely manner. In addition, the research coordinator will have the opportunity to substantially contribute to new research projects. The depth or breadth of this involvement will be in accordance with the employees long-term career goals and abilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in English.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Basic statistical knowledge required related to managing data; ability to perform basic statistical analyses.
  • Familiarity with coding or scripting to automate data management and analysis procedures.
  • 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).
  • Experience with remote meeting technology and good digital communication skills; ability to manage projects and people who are working in person and remotely.
  • Good interpersonal skills; readiness to work with others as part of a research team, help fix technological or scheduling issues.
  • Tolerance for being interrupted while working to deal with an immediate issue.
  • Willingness to travel to University of Colorado-Boulder and Anschutz Medical Campus for data collection at fMRI and TMS facilities.

Required Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. degree.
  • Experience with Mac and PC systems.
  • Experience conducting and assisting with psychological or medical research projects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. degree with major focus in Psychology, Neuroscience, or other health fields.
  • Excellent GPA.
  • Excellent interpersonal and managerial skills.
  • Advanced statistical knowledge.
  • Advanced coding or scripting experience, especially for in statistical analysis applications.
  • Familiarity with BIOPAC & AcqKnowledge physiological hardware and software.
  • Experience managing or analyzing functional neuroimaging data.
  • Desire to implement long-lasting organizational systems.
  • Excitement to work with, teach, and learn from others in the laboratories.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, July 15th, 2021.

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

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 4.

Hourly Range
The hourly range for the position is $17.00 - $19.00.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

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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