Duke University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Position ID:Duke-P&N-AIR_TOMASELLOLAB [#24265]
Position Title: Associate in Research (non-exempt)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708-0999, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Appl Deadline:2023/05/31 11:59PMhelp popup
Position Description:    

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Associate in Research 
Tomasello Lab 
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience 


In conjunction with PI, the Associate in Research will oversee day-to-day operations of laboratory with research focus on processes of social cognition, social learning, cooperation, and communication from developmental, comparative, and cultural perspectives, as outlined below: 

Work Performed 

General lab management: 
  • Confer with principal investigator, graduate students, and senior thesis students to review work assignments, develop plans for research experiments, and make modifications to existing procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular studies as required. 
  • Train new lab members in study protocols, participant recruitment and appointments, birth records, and other lab essentials. 
  • Update the lab’s WordPress website periodically. 
Oversight of Undergraduate Lab Members: 
  • Coordinate the hire of new undergraduate research assistants as needed to either volunteer, work-study, or practicum positions. 
  • Monitor and supervise undergraduate research assistants during their lab hours and delegate tasks effectively to them. 
  • Create organized and effective lab schedules for all undergraduate research assistants to maximize the lab’s availability to run studies and lab meeting attendance. 
Assist Principal Investigator with Various Tasks: 
  • Assist the principal investigator with citations of papers and books and/or other tasks related to conferences. 
  • Plan academic and conference related travel for the principal investigator and graduate students. 
Study Coordination: 
  • Update RPAD (Research Participants at Duke) regularly, add or pause studies as needed, and coordinate participant recruitment. 
  • Complete birth records from Human Subjects Coordinator in a timely manner. 
  • Post study recruitment ads on the CHILD Studies Facebook page, and monitor and schedule participants from the lab’s Sign-up Genius and Children Helping Science posts. 
Management of Lab Equipment, Supplies and Expenses: 
  • Track the lab’s expenses, collect receipts, and send appropriate financial records to administrative staff to clear the corporate card and assign charges to specific grants and funds. 
  • Determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests (Zoom, iPads, GoPros, and computers). 
  • Maintain sufficient inventory of and distribute material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties (iPads, GoPros, computers, participant prizes, and participant compensation); clean and maintain laboratory equipment including the waiting room when conducting in-person studies. 
Research Duties: 
  • Assist lab members with IRB proposals and requirements. 
  • Review laboratory methods manual, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments. 
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. 
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with all lab members (principal investigator, graduate students, and senior thesis students, and undergraduate research assistants) especially in regards to scheduling and conducting studies. 
  • Correspond proactively with those essential to the lab’s success (P&N administrative staff for financial information, Human Subjects Coordinator for birth records and online study recruitment, RPAD staff, and Human Resources Specialist for hiring work-study students and submitting timecards). 
  • Be flexible and adapt to new research environments, such as over Zoom, and offer support to lab members. 
This is a full time, non-exempt, benefits eligible position. For a complete list of Duke's amazing benefits package, please visit: https://hr.duke.edu/benefits.

Required Qualifications at this Level 
Education/Training: Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field. 
Experience: None required above education/training requirement. 


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

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Further Info:
email address
417 Chapel Drive
Box 90086
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0086