RA Application // Harvard Psychology (Mehr/Pinker)
The Harvard University Department of Psychology seeks a full-time Research Assistant to work with Dr. Samuel Mehr in The Music Lab (0.7 FTE) and with Dr. Steven Pinker (0.3 FTE).

Responsibilities in The Music Lab include including designing and implementing citizen-science experiments on themusiclab.org in javascript and jsPsych, Shiny, HTML, and CSS; creating stimuli with video and audio editing software; managing databases; contributing to grant proposals and research papers via writing, editing, and analyzing data; setting up and maintaining equipment; and coordinating and carrying out in-lab experiments with people of all ages, including infants, children, and their parents. The RA will participate in the lab's intellectual community by attending and participating in lab meetings and working with Dr. Mehr to develop independent research projects. 

Responsibilities for Dr. Pinker include maintaining websites; replying to correspondence with modified form letters; making travel arrangements and processing reimbursements; monitoring grant expenses; creating and modifying graphs in Excel; analyzing data; maintaining databases; and running experiments.

The RA must possess excellent organizational and communication skills, and must demonstrate the ability to work independently. Experience with some of the software packages and programming languages we use is a plus, including R, Stata, javascript, CSS, HTML, Python, SQL, AWS, Audition, Premiere, MTurk, Qualtrics, etc. Experience with web development is not required but is a plus. More important than experience with these tools is a demonstrated ability to learn new technical skills independently.

Hours will occasionally include evenings and weekends. This position is ideal for people interested in developing a strong research background before applying to graduate school. An undergraduate degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field is preferred, though candidates at other career stages and with other backgrounds will also be considered. Background or strong interests in music and/or sound engineering is required. 

We are particularly interested in recruiting and supporting candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. Candidates may be eligible for supplemental funding via the NIH (see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-21-071.html).

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources. This is a one-year position, with benefits, to start 1 August 2021, with a possibility of yearly renewal. The start date is negotiable. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please direct any questions to musiclab+jobs@g.harvard.edu.
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