Lab Manager Position at the Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab: University of Tennessee, Knoxville


The Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab at the University of Tennessee directed by Dr. Jessica Hay is looking for highly organized and
energetic person to serve as a full-time lab manager. The lab conducts research on language acquisition, including speech segmentation and word learning, as well as speech perception in infants, young children, and adults. Research duties will focus primarily on an ongoing 5-year NIH-funded project on early language acquisition.

The Lab Manager will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of the research process, from design to dissemination. Research duties include, but are not limited to: managing research projects in the lab; creating stimuli; programming experiments; recruiting participants; testing infant, child, and adult participants, using behavioral and eye tracking methodologies; conducting literature searches; coding and analyzing data; assisting with manuscript editing and preparation; and preparing conference presentations.
There is the possibility of becoming a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication.

Administrative duties include, but are not limited to: recruiting, hiring, and training undergraduate volunteers; coordinating with graduate students on lab projects; managing participant scheduling; community outreach; recruitment and database management in coordination with the other developmental labs in the department; purchasing equipment; hardware/software maintenance; managing human subject protocols; assisting with expense and grant management; maintaining lab website; coordinating lab events and meetings; and general faculty support.

Preferred start date of January 3rd, 2017 to allow for overlap with current lab manager.

Required Experience:
- Bachelors degree or equivalent in psychology, audiology and speech pathology, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or a related field
- Minimum 1-2 years of research experience (preferably in cognitive or language development)
- Excellent skills interacting with infants and children as well as teachers and parents, and must be able to supervise undergraduate research assistants
- Experience working with infants or young children and strong interest in cognitive, perceptual, and language development
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and SPSS or equivalent statistical package and willing to learn R, E-Prime, Matlab, Praat, Tobi Studio, Adobe Director, and File Maker Pro
- Excellent verbal communication skills are essential as duties involve interacting with parents, teachers, and department administrators
- Strong organization and writing skills

Preferred Qualifications:
- Previous experience working in and/or managing a developmental lab
- Training in experimental design and statistical analysis
- Experience with eye tracking methodologies, including experimental programming and analysis
- Proficiency with statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, etc.)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the goal of hiring the best candidate by the beginning of January, if not sooner. Minimum 1-2 year commitment. This job will offer competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. The University of Tennessee is a vibrant, research-centered public university, located in Knoxville, TN.

Application deadline: ASAP

Start date:  January 3, 2016 (preferred)

Salary details: Paid. Fulltime.
Contact Name: Dr. Jessica Hay
Contact email: infantlanguagelab@utk.edu