We are looking for dedicated and motivated undergraduate students interested in gaining research skills and experience as undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs). RAs will work closely with Dr. Buchsbaum and the lab manager, as well as other lab members and will be involved in all aspects of the research process. RAs will help with experimental and stimuli design, recruiting participants and collecting data, analyzing data, and literature reviews. RAs will participate in lab meetings, including discussion of current research issues and projects in the lab, discussion of the theoretical motivations of the studies students are working on. RAs with a programming or web development background may assist with the development of computational models of cognition and of web and computer-based experiments. RAs will be expected to work 8-10 hours per week including some weekends.
Desirable Skills and Experience Prior research experience is appreciated though not required. Students should be enthusiastic and self-motivated, able to pay attention to fine details, and comfortable acting silly in front of both children and adults. In order to accommodate the schedules of parents and children, students will need to have blocks of 3-4 hours at a time regularly available for research during day time hours (weekday or weekend). Experience working with children either formally or informally is highly desirable. Programming experience, although not necessary, is an advantage. Mechanical or electrical engineering skills are not necessary, but would be a plus (we’re always building new toys for our experiments) To apply, please send an email with Undergraduate Researcher in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org with: 1) A brief cover letter explaining your interest. 2) A resume highlighting your relevant experience and skills, especially research experience, experience working with children and computer/programming skills and experience. 3) Unofficial Transcript. 4) Current availability. This should detail the hours you will generally be available Mon. – Sun. (please do not include unavailable hours).