[CogSci] Full-time RA position, Cognitive Development Lab at CMU

Catarina Vales cvales at andrew.cmu.edu
Thu Nov 14 06:51:22 PST 2019

The Cognitive Development Laboratory
<https://sites.google.com/andrew.cmu.edu/cogdevlab> in the Psychology
Department at Carnegie Mellon University is looking for a full-time
Research Assistant (RA). The selected candidate will work on an NSF-funded
examining experience-driven changes in semantic knowledge. This is a
full-time one-year position with benefits and possible extension for two
years. The start date is January 2020.

The selected candidate will work closely with Dr. Anna Fisher and Dr.
Catarina Vales in designing and implementing new studies, reviewing the
literature, testing children, coding data, and analyzing and presenting
research results. The candidate will be part of a highly collaborative
scientific environment with many opportunities for growth and learning, and
will have access to exceptional resources at Carnegie Mellon University.
This position is ideally suited for a recent graduate who wants research
experience in developmental science prior to applying to graduate school.

We are looking for someone with excellent organization and communication
skills, who is self-directed, and works well with others. Familiarity with
basic computer skills is required, as is willingness to learn new tech
skills (e.g., new software; programming). Prior experience in a research
environment in psychology, cognitive science, or related fields with human
subjects is also required.

Desirable skills include:
[1] prior experience collecting data from children younger than 7
[2] familiarity with photo/video editing and/or eye tracking software
[3] experience with statistical analysis & software (e.g., R, SPSS)
[4] programming skills (e.g., MATLAB, Python).

Interested individuals should apply online to position #2014307 at
Inquiries about this position can be sent to cvales at andrew.cmu.edu.

Application materials:
- CV summarizing educational/research background and skills with respect to
those listed above
- Names of two individuals willing to provide a reference about the
applicant’s academic and/or research performance
- Brief statement of purpose (1 page) explaining interest in this position,
the candidate’s key qualifications, and their future career goals.

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we strongly
encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in science.


Catarina Vales, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Researcher
Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
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