Dr. Shariff’s Culture and Morality Lab explores the evolutionary origins of and psychological mechanisms underlying moral and pro-social behavior, with a particular focus on the social consequences of religion and related cultural systems. Other questions being pursued include the psychological impact of income mobility beliefs, the diffusion of thinking and reasoning through social networks, the psychology of climate change beliefs, and research on crime and violence perception. The lab contains several graduate and undergraduate students conducting experiments using economic games, surveys, computer-based reaction time measures, and other social psychological methods. These studies are run in the lab, online and in the field (e.g. at churches, shopping malls, etc.). For more information about the CaML, and to view some of the research emerging from the lab, please visit www.sharifflab.com.
Responsibilities: The lab manager will be directly involved in all aspects of the research process for both labs, including the design and preparation of ethics proposals and experimental stimuli, data collection in the behavioral lab and the field, biomarkers measurement and analysis in SPEL’s in-house wet lab, and basic programming and data analysis in software programs such as SPSS, Inquisit, Matlab, ePrime, Biopac AcqKnowledge, Qualtrics, Noldus Observer, and website development software. The lab manager will also perform administrative duties essential for the lab’s daily operation, including scheduling and overseeing research teams.
Lab Manager Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field as well as a strong interest in research related to either or both of the two labs. Relevant experience in at least some aspects of the lab manager responsibilities is strongly preferred. Strong organizational skills, rigorous attention to detail, time management skills, and the ability to work independently and in teams are absolutely essential for success in the lab manager role. This position is an ideal fit for someone seeking additional research experience prior to continuing on to graduate school in social psychology and/or social neuroscience.
Application Process: Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should
(1) Complete and submit this brief questionnaire.
(2) Fill out this official application regarding posting number 140506 with a cover letter indicating interest in this specific position, a current resume, references, and a list of relevant courses completed. Also, please be sure to mention Drs. Mehta and Shariff in your cover letter.
Feel free to contact Pranjal Mehta (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Azim Shariff (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the position or about the labs.