Research Assistant at the University of Maryland

Research Assistant at the University of Maryland

Dr. Tracy Riggins in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park is seeking a full-time (30-40 hours/week) Research Assistant beginning July 15, 2015.  The focus of the research project is the development of higher order cognitive abilities (such as memory and executive function) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cognitive electrophysiology (EEG/ERPs). See for more details about the lab.

Responsibilities will include: (1) conducting experiments with young children and adults (including: recruiting, scheduling, and data collection); (2) preprocessing and analyzing data; (3) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (4) performing general administrative duties, including data management, lab web pages and participant recruiting systems; (5) programming scientific experiments and developing experimental stimuli, (6) assisting with IRB protocol creation and compliance, (7) conducting library searches and literature reviews to assist in manuscript preparation; and (8) providing general support for the PI and other researchers in the laboratory including, but not limited to, purchasing and maintaining lab equipment.

Qualifications: Recommended background and skills include: a bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field (e.g., psychology or neuroscience); previous research experience with human participants (preferably using fMRI or EEG); the ability to work independently; keen attention to detail; and the ability to interact warmly and professionally with parents and children. Strong computational, organizational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential. 


A 1-year commitment is preferred, with the possibility ofrenewal. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their background and future goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Elizabeth Mulligan at

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because ofrace, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.




Tracy Riggins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

BPS 2147J
University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742
Office: (301) 405-5905