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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume/curriculum vitae.  The cover letter should address reasons for your interest in this position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  In addition, please include contact information for 3 individuals who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.  Lastly, please include your most recent undergraduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable).  Note that all of your application materials must be combined into a single document. 

*If you experience difficulties uploading your document due to size limitations, please upload your cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae and email additional documents directly to Hannah Meloche (  Please indicate “Gelman Conceptual Development Lab” in the subject line of your email. 

Review of applications will be ongoing, and will continue until a final candidate has been selected. The anticipated start date is no later than Monday, August 2nd, 2021.

Job Summary

The Conceptual Development Lab (CDL) at the University of Michigan, directed by Dr. Susan Gelman, is seeking a full-time Lab Manager, to start Monday, August 2nd, 2021. The lab examines the development of language and thought in young children.  See:

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 Lab Manager will help to coordinate, design, and collect data on multiple projects in this laboratory. Duties will include training and supervising undergraduate students on their projects and tasks; scheduling and recruiting participants for participation in our on-campus lab; recruiting and outreach to off-campus testing sites; organizing, cleaning, and coding natural language and behavioral data; testing participants (children ages 2-17, parent-child dyads, and adults). The position includes the opportunity to co-author empirical papers.

Required Qualifications*

- High school diploma or Associate's degree and 1 year of experience.

- Experience working with children

- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Excellent communication and writing skills

Desired Qualifications*

- Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or related field

- Experience working in a developmental research laboratory

- Computer skills, specifically SPSS, R, and Excel Macros

- Experience with data management software (e.g., FileMakerPro

Additional Information

This is a one-year term-limited position with possibility of renewal.

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.  

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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.