The Cognition & Development Lab at Washington University in St Louis

The Cognition & Development Lab at Washington University in St Louis, directed by Dr. Lori Markson, seeks a full-time research assistant to to work on a John Templeton Foundation-funded project to investigate the development of optimism in preschoolers. Job duties include: assisting with recruitment of local schools and individual participants, obtaining consent and testing participants, coding data, training/supervising undergraduate research assistants, and administrative duties. This project involves working with young children from diverse SES backgrounds, and requires regular travel to schools throughout the St Louis region to recruit and test children. Thus, the ideal applicant will have (or be interested in gaining) experience working with children from diverse backgrounds, can demonstrate cultural sensitivity and an ability to communicate effectively with children, parents, teachers, and administrators who may be unfamiliar with basic psychological research.


Required Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a closely related scientific; two years of prior research experience in a psychology research lab, or in a closely related research lab, though relevant coursework may count toward experience; prior experience working with children in a developmental psychology research lab is preferred. 


Required Skills and Abilities: Excellent project management, organizational, written and oral  communication, and interpersonal skills; proficiency with basic computer software (word, excel, powerpoint); additional experience with Photoshop and audio/video recording is desirable.


The position will begin in early summer (no later than July 1). This is a 1-year full-time (includes generous benefits), grant-funded position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year depending on availability of funding. 


To apply: Please send a resume/CV, cover letter (discussing your interest in the position, prior research experience, and career goals), and contact information for two references (who can provide letters on request) to Dr. Laura Hennefield at: In addition, please visit: (Job Opening ID 30699) for further information and to submit an official application online.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.