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Technical Assistant

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 28, 2023

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The Williams College Psychology Department seeks a responsible, organized individual with strong communication skills for the position of Technical Assistant. You will work in a dynamic and diverse environment, providing instructional support for faculty teaching students in a variety of courses, supervising student teaching assistants, and supporting ongoing student and faculty research programs. In addition, you will provide technical support within the department (e.g., maintaining computers, setting up demonstration equipment). Ideal candidates will have a strong background in research design and methodology as well as a foundation in data analysis. We also seek someone with strong interpersonal skills who can work well in a vibrant environment that includes 16 faculty members in our department. You will have the opportunity to become meaningfully involved in ongoing research within the department. The psychology department serves over 100 juniors and seniors majors, many pursuing independent and mentored research. If you like working with people, have strong research design and quantitative skills, and seek a position with diverse responsibilities, we encourage you to apply.

Williams is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.


You will provide critical curriculum support for Introductory Psychology including:
  • Setting up laboratory sessions and demonstrations
  • Training and supervising student teaching assistants
  • Grading assignments and communicating with students.
You will support Experimentation & Statistics and some upper-level research seminars by:
  • Supporting small research teams on study design and implementation, possibly including use of Qualtrics and/or SurveyMonkey for developing materials and MTurk and/or Prolific for online study administration.
  • Helping students conduct basic statistical analyses using SPSS and/or R.
You will also be responsible for a variety of psychology department services including:
  • Managing the research participant pool and working with students and faculty who engage with the participant pool
  • Providing general technical support including recording talks, maintaining department computers, and helping organize and support departmental events.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to join a faculty member’s research laboratory and participate in the design, implementation, analysis, and write-up of research studies.

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or other STEM field and experience with research design/methods is required.
  • Experience with survey/questionnaire design (e.g., SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics), online subject interfaces (e.g., Mechanical Turk, Prolific), statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R), and programming (e.g., Python, R) is desirable, though training can be provided.
  • You must be organized, independent, and self-motivated.
  • You must be able to communicate effectively and empathetically with a diverse population of students and faculty.
  • You must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
Application review will begin on May 16, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $19 to $26 per hour, commensurate with experience. Job band 19. Please visit to apply - all applications will be reviewed by the search committee.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. COVID-19 vaccination with booster or approved exemption and compliance with COVID-19 related policies are required as a condition of employment at Williams.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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