University of Minnesota Early Language and Experience Lab Project Manager

Project Manager

Job Code: 8352P1 (Researcher Professional 1)

Civil Service, Non-exempt

Target Start Date: September 1, 2016

Term: A term (12 mo.)

Percentage: 50% FTE (20 hrs)


The University of Minnesota Early Language and Experience Lab, directed by Melissa Koenig, has an open position for a part-time project manager.  The funding for this position is from the John Templeton Foundation, and is part of a collaboration between Melissa Koenig and Valerie Tiberius at the University of Minnesota and Kiley Hamlin at the University of British Columbia.   The projects target infants’ and toddlers’ identification of moral and epistemic models in development using a range of experimental tasks and behavioral measures.  We seek applicants with strong experience in infancy and/or early childhood research.  If you are interested, please contact Melissa Koenig ( and Kiley Hamlin (


The Project Manager in Minnesota will report directly to Melissa Koenig (PI) and duties will include recruiting study participants from the ICD database (IPP), supervising student RAs, working with graduate students, and testing infants and toddlers in behavioral experiments. Based on the candidate’s qualifications, additional duties may also include stimulus construction, audio and video editing, data management, or statistical analysis. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal; and a September 1 start date.  Duties will include:


Data Collection  

- Greet and consent the family, guide the family through the research battery, and/or assist the lead experimenter with the session

- Participate in non-diagnostic social scientific tasks during participant testing where subjects are typically presented with agents solving problems and behavior is recorded for later coding

- Observe and code data

- Ensure protection and storage of data and participant information on a secure server

- Help create materials for novel lab tasks

- Use MS Excel and/or SPSS to document information collected in the study

- Evaluate the data for compliance with IRB and budget restrictions

- Perform other responsibilities to support the research lab


Recruit participants  

- Understand the research and participant recruitment process and comprehend the value and importance of gathering, organizing, and maintaining research data results

- Conduct telephone recruitment of child participants by calling families on registries or lists indicating an interest in participating in child and family development research studies

- Acquire informed consent from participants

- Screen confidential health information for assessment of inclusion and exclusion criteria following existing scripts to assess study eligibility

- Draft correspondence and send out participant packets by email, including sending attachments with information regarding appointment and directions

- Schedule, update, and cancel appointments with children and families participating in the research study

- Organize and track study files (electronically and by paper) including participant appointment card, calling log, and files to be sent to family such as welcome letter and directions

- Communicate with Dr. Koenig any and all new and/or rescheduled appointments and track whether the appropriate files have been sent or re-sent to staff and families


Train and Supervise Student Research Assistants

- recruit, train, and supervise a staff of undergraduate research assistants


Laboratory Coordination Responsibilities  

- Manage clerical responsibilities for research projects and maintain records; collect and organize receipts and justify purchase transactions

- Manage IRB protocols (amendments, updates, and communication)

- Update lab website

- Order and maintain laboratory supplies

- Communicate with Information Technology support staff

- Use MS Word/PowerPoint to support manuscript and conference presentation preparations

- Meet regularly with Dr. Koenig to discuss research projects


Required qualifications: 

- BA/BS in child psychology, or related field, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years

- Coursework in psychology or cognitive science (philosophy coursework considered a plus)


Preferred qualifications:

- At least one year research experience in a laboratory setting, working with infant/toddler research subjects

- Coursework or background in cognitive development, cognitive science, philosophy

- Ability to manage multiple tasks

- Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

- Ability working both independently as well as with others on concurrent research projects

- Willingness to commit to 1 year in this position


- Willingness to work occasional weekend hours for testing participants


How To Apply

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About the Department

The Institute of Child Development (ICD) at the University of Minnesota has long been a premier center for scholarship, teaching, and outreach devoted to the understanding and fostering of child development.  Founded in 1925, the Institute is one of the oldest departments studying children’s development in the United States.  From its inception, a key tenet of the department has been to “give away” child psychology.  This philosophy has created an environment rich with collaborations, new ideas, and exciting interdisciplinary work. A critical component of ICD is the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) which conducts applied research, professional development and policy education and community outreach to effect positive change in early education, child care, and public policy.