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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Development, Education, and Learning (DEL) Lab ( directed by Dr. Lei Yuan at CU Boulder is seeking a full-time Professional Research Assistant. This Professional Research Assistant will contribute to research related to human cognition with a particular focus on cognitive development in young children. The ideal candidate should be detail-oriented, has excellent communication skills, be able to work independently and collaboratively, be motivated and organized. Prior experience with programming and data analysis is a plus.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

We are a research lab dedicated to understanding human cognition and its development. We take a multidisciplinary approach that is influenced by cognitive science, developmental psychology, computational modeling, and educational research. We use a combination of methodologies including behavioral, eye-tracking, computation modeling, and translational research. We also actively engage in community outreach efforts that promote cognitive development in children.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Coordinating multiple projects and overseeing research activities.
  • Recruiting participants via emails/phone calls and in-person in the communities and in schools.
  • Creating physical or digital research stimuli.
  • Documenting procedures and research-related activities.
  • Testing children and adult participants, collecting behavioral and eye-tracking data.
  • Complying with requirements for human subjects research.
  • Troubleshooting research equipment malfunctions, acquiring and communicating solutions with relevant parties.
  • Ordering research supplies and processing reimbursement.
  • Supervising undergraduate research assistants.
  • Maintaining the physical lab environment.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

This salary range for this full-time position is: $38,000.00-$48,000.00 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s Degree.

What You Will Need

  • Experience working with young children in formal and/or informal settings.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft suit (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and collaborative platforms (such as Google Drive or One Drive).
  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and acquire new responsibilities.
  • Attention to detail, highly organized and self-motivated.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Prior experience conducting human subjects research.
  • Programing skills (in languages such as R, Python, Matlab) and data analysis skills.
  • Prior experience with project management.
  • Prior experience with content editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, iMovie.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of references and contact information, including phone numbers for 2-4 references who can comment on the applicants skills relevant to this position.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. They can be the same references listed earlier in the process. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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