Research Associate I (Lab Manager) for the CAMBIAR Collective

The Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a Research Associate I (Lab Manager) for the CAMBIAR Collective, directed by Dr. Josefina Bañales. This position will function as a laboratory research coordinator on projects involving community and developmental psychology research on how youth learn about and challenge racism. Duties include recruiting families for research studies, scheduling, preparing and running research studies; analyzing data; developing and maintaining databases; supervising undergraduate research assistants; maintaining paperwork; contributing to, proofing, and editing research reports, proposals and presentations. Also, contributing to creating presentations for community outreach in English or Spanish and the communication of research findings to parents, schools, and students in English or Spanish.

A two-year commitment, at minimum, is required. Funds for an additional year are available. Flexible work availability is desirable. For example, some activities might occur on the weekend (e.g., meeting with student groups) or after regular business hours. It will be ensured that all hours remain at 40 hours/week.Duties:

Performance Empirical Research

a) Participant recruitment, preparing, running and debriefing for studies; Connecting with school and community officials through in-personal meetings or

virtual meetings, and corresponding via email; Operation of computer systems for project development (e.g., Qualtrics).

b) Data analysis: coding data; conducting descriptive and inferential statistics in

SPSS; conducting inductive and deductive qualitative data analysis in Dedoose.

c) Design and development of new studies, including providing feedback on surveys and interview protocol.

d) Organization and archiving of participant information, consent, incentives, research protocol information.

Administrative Duties

a) Preparation, submission, revision, and tracking of internal review board (IRB) documentation.

b) Hiring, supervision, recruitment (e.g., interviewing), and training of

undergraduate research assistants; maintaining calendar of work schedules and

participation recruitment.

c) Preparation of materials for participant recruitment.

Lab Support

a) Purchasing of lab supplies including office supplies and participant incentives

b) Booking conference rooms for lab meetings or setting up virtual lab meetings

c) Creating agenda for lab meetings

d) Routinely contact lab members with updates on lab tasks

e) Updates lab websiteQualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field required.

Knowledge of fundamental research concepts, practices and procedures. Entry level knowledge of research methods.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years experience
  • Substantial research experience with families of color (e.g., African American, Latinx) and low-income families.
  • Experience using software such as Excel and SPSS.
  • Speaking and writing in Spanish is desired, but not required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (e.g., verbal and written), and organizational skills

To Apply:

Candidates will need to electronically submit an online application via the UIC Job Board ( Upload a cover letter, CV, and provide the names and email addresses of three references within the online application. Please submit an application by July 6th, 2021.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

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