Researcher in Child Studies

University of California Santa Barbara Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Junior Specialist-Child Studies Lab, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Job #JPF01961
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 12th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Apr 19, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Child Studies Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Zoe Liberman, is seeking applications for an open, full-time position for a Junior Specialist with an anticipated start date of June 15, 2021. This will be a will be a one-year position with a comprehensive benefits package with the possibility of renewal. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred

Participate fully in developmental research regarding testing infants, toddlers, and children in behavioral experiments. Responsibilities will include: assisting with recruiting and training undergraduate student RAs, assisting with study design, stimulus construction, audio and video editing, data management, statistical analysis, assisting the PI and research team with presentations at lab meetings and at developmental psychology conferences, and authorship on academic research articles.

Additional duties will include: contributing to administrative tasks of the lab, such as managing IRB protocols and reviews, and ordering, and maintaining lab supplies to assure all research projects and are executed properly.
Candidates must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others, have strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.

A Bachelors degree in Psychology or a related field at the time of application.

• At least 6 months of experience working in a research setting
• At least 6 months of experience working with children

Previous work with young children, aged 6 months to 5 years old, in a research setting is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable working with MS Office and Google Drive, and should have basic familiarity with statistical software, such as R Studio or SPSS. Strong references and Cover letter.

Applications received by April 19, 2021 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit:

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter (Describing qualifications, research interests and career goals)
  3. Undergraduate Transcripts
  4. Names and Contact Information for 2 References

The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Describing qualifications, research interests and career goals
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
Job location
  • Santa Barbara, CA