Department of Psychology at Temple University

Dr. Elizabeth Gunderson and Dr. Nora Newcombe are hiring a joint full-time Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Individuals with experience and interest in cognitive development research are strongly encouraged to apply. 

This position presents diverse opportunities to participate in cutting-edge developmental and cognitive psychology research. With Dr. Gunderson, the Research Assistant will be involved in a project investigating the specific mechanisms through which children’s spatial skills impact their numerical development, using both longitudinal and experimental methods with children in pre-k to 4th grades. With Dr. Newcombe, the research assistant will be involved in projects investigating spatial cognition, navigation abilities, and episodic memory in children and adults. 

The Research Assistant will assist with multiple aspects of the research process, including stimulus design and creation, recruiting, scheduling, data collection, coding, analysis, grant administration, and training and supervising undergraduate researchers. The Research Assistant will present findings at collaborative lab meetings and participate in outreach activities. Performs other duties as assigned.

This is a grant-funded position with a minimum expected commitment of two years, with the possibility of extension.

How to Apply

To apply, visit our website at and search for job number TU-18813. AA, EOE, m/f/d/v.

Required Education & Experience:

B.A. or B.S. in Psychology, Human Development, Neuroscience, Education or a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

 Required Skills & Abilities:

* Prior research experience in Psychology, Human Development, Neuroscience, Education or a related field.

* Experience working with preschool or elementary-school-age children as a researcher or teacher.

* Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency with MS Office suite or similar spreadsheet, database, word processing and presentation software.

*Demonstrated experience with statistical software, such as SPSS, to complete quantitative and qualitative data analyses.

* Demonstrated interpersonal, communication and collaborative skills.

* Strong project management, organizational, and planning skills.

* Some experience managing or monitoring the work of others.

* Comfortable giving presentations to small groups.

* Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation.

*Ability to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends to administer study protocols as necessary.

 Please visit our website at, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Careers At Temple.  Please reference TU-18813. AA, EOE, m/f/d/v.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.