Research Assistant - Psychology

Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 19, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time
Job Description
Psychology - Staff
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Job Summary:Department of Psychology
Part-Time (25-30 hours per week), Temporary, Non-Exempt, Benefited, Staff Appointment starting as early as Sept. 2021

The Memory and Language Lab in the Department of Psychology at Colby College is hiring a part-time, temporary, grant funded research assistant with benefits. The assistant will support the research ongoing in the lab, from data collection and management to scheduling and coordinating research sessions. This is a temporary appointment for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance and funding. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


  • Assist in daily operation of the research lab
  • Assist in training and supervision of student research assistants
  • Maintenance of lab website
  • Facilitate lab management, including maintenance and ordering of supplies
  • Recruit participants, schedule testing sessions, and maintain participant database
  • Hold testing and recruitment sessions on and off-site
  • Administration of psychological assessment protocols
  • Oversee Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols
  • Collect, score, code, and analyze data
  • Compile and assist with the preparation of documents (e.g., posters, presentations)
  • Literature searches and manuscript support
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience, psychology degree preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and a collaborative style
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to help
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Prior research (minimum 1 year) experience in psychology (preferably cognitive psychology)
  • Experience using specialized software (i.e., SPSS, Gorilla, E-Prime)
  • Prior coursework in cognitive psychology, statistics and research methods, and computer science
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently with limited supervision
  • Maine state driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety guidelines; reliable transportation and a willingness to travel locally
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
  • Ability to work in PC and Mac platforms preferred
  • Programming skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, SPSS and WordPress
  • Familiarity with APA-style
  • Experience testing human participants in research protocols (including aging populations)


This position has significant interaction with supervisors, students, faculty and staff, as well as other constituents.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Walking, standing, bending, and twisting may be required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Research Assistant (Psychology) - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855