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Please include: Cover letter (1 page) outlining your anticipated start date, CV, Most recent transcript (unofficial is fine), Statement outlining your long-term goals / why do you want to work as a lab manager? For example, do you definitely envision applying for graduate school? Are you wondering whether you will and seeking more experience in the field before deciding? Are you experienced in other areas of research and want to get more experience in social psychology?

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Job Summary

 The Mind in Society Lab at the University of Michigan is seeking a full-time research assistant and lab manager to begin in Summer or Fall 2021. We study racial inequality at the intersection of individuals and institutions, using methods ranging from online experiments, to field studies in community settings, to computational social science. Our current projects use officer body cameras to examine disparities in policing, google streetview images to test perceptual biases in physical space, and behavioral experiments to uncover the consequences of outgroup deindividuation.

The successful candidate will be reliable, detail-oriented, and collaborative. They will also show interest in independently picking up new skills and problem solving. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning March 2021. The anticipated starting date for the position is August 2021. The annual salary range for this position is $27,000-$30,000, depending on experience and qualifications.  A higher salary may be offered based on the selected equity and candidate's experience.



Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


The Research Associate will play a central role in the functioning of the lab, from study design, administration, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.


Research Tasks (80% time):

Assisting the design of online, field, and lab experiments and contributing to data collection

Sampling naturalistic data (web scraping, body camera recordings, street view images)

Supporting community partnerships for developing and disseminating research

Contributing to data analysis and manuscript preparation

Independent projects will be considered and supported by the PI


Administrative Tasks (20% time):

Acting as point of contact between undergraduate research assistants and PI

Supporting grant applications for lab research

Maintaining lab web site and social media accounts

Coordinating purchases and reimbursements with administrative staff

Assisting with IRB preparation

Required Qualifications*

High school diploma or Associate's degree

At least 1 year of research experience

Excellent organizational, problem-solving, writing, and computing skills

Cultural competence and excellent interpersonal skills

Ability to work well independently and as part of a team

Attentive to details and able to manage simultaneous projects

Experience working in a lab or field setting with participants

Experience coding, processing, and managing data using excel and/or R

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, computer science, or a related field

2+ years of relevant research experience in psychology or computational social science

Experience overseeing a research study

Experience with data analysis in R

Experience with programming in R, Python, and/or Javascript

Familiarity with Qualtrics

Research interests in racial inequality, computational social science, or criminal justice

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.