Duke University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Position ID:Duke-P&N-AIR_KUSHNIRLAB [#24425]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, NorthCarolina 27708-0999, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Developmental Psychology
Appl Deadline:2023/04/25 11:59PMhelp popup** filled
Position Description:   URMs  

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Associate in Research 
Early Childhood Cognition Lab at Duke / Dr. Tamar Kushnir 
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience 


The Early Childhood Cognition Lab at Duke University is interested in the inherently active, playful, and socially-guided ways young children learn about the world around them. We are also interested in the various beliefs that children form about the world -- their intuitive "theories" -- and the ways that these beliefs are shaped by children's engagement with their social and cultural environments. Our lab takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on theoretical insights from machine learning, philosophy, evolutionary biology, and cultural psychology to inform questions central to how we think and learn. 

The Associate in Research will help conduct research on learning and social cognition in children across ages and cultures. Along with key responsibilities managing and overseeing the lab’s project leads and undergraduate research assistants, they will assist on multiple projects with children ranging from 2-10 years old, in community, school, and laboratory settings. 

Key responsibilities include: 
  • coordinating recruitment efforts with schools, museums, and community partners 
  • assisting in data collection and data management 
  • training research assistants 
  • overseeing meetings 
  • overseeing lab communication and dissemination efforts (social media, newsletters, website) 
There will also be opportunities to develop independent research projects, contribute to ongoing collaborative projects, and attend or present at scientific meetings. 

This is a full time, grant funded position, eligible for all Duke benefits (https://hr.duke.edu/benefits) with an initial appointment of one year with the possibility of renewal, dependent on funding and performance. Approximate start date is June 1, 2023. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science or relevant field; familiarity with statistical packages such as R, Splus or SPSS 
  • Experience with children in classrooms or community settings 
  • Experience with Qualtrics, Datavu/Databrary, Mturk, Photoshop/Adobe 
  • Experience/interest in working with diverse populations (diverse groups within and across cultures) 
  • Prior experience conducting lab research with infants, preschool and/or school age children 
  • Coursework in statistics and research methods 
  • The ideal candidate has the ability to work both independently and collaboratively; is detail-oriented with strong organizational skills; is able to problem solve creatively and is enthusiastic about developmental research. 

Interested individuals should apply through Academic Jobs Online. Only applicants that have applied through Academic Jobs Online will be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you are not able to upload your application materials or if letter writers would prefer to upload their letters directly, please complete your application and email those materials to Meghann Koffi at meghann.koffi@duke.edu to be uploaded manually.

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