Research Coordinator (Part-time), Department of Psychology - Georgetown College

Washington D.C.
Jun 12, 2018
Jul 11, 2018
Analyst, Research
Education, Healthcare
Full Time
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Research Coordinator (Part-time), Department of Psychology - Georgetown College

The Department of Psychology's Laboratory for Relational Cognition focuses on relational thinking and reasoning, i.e., how we understand the connections between the ideas and events we encounter and how we come up with new, creative connections. Current directions in the lab include learning of relational concepts and reasoning strategies (including in real-world STEM classrooms), enhancing creative cognition and relational reasoning through training and electrical neuromodulation, overcoming anxiety about being creative, and identifying neurocognitive bases of relational concepts and schemas about supernatural entities. Our work engages and, where appropriate, seeks to integrate behavioral, brain-imaging, and genetic data.

The Research Coordinator supports an NSF-funded study of concept development and reasoning in a real world high school STEM education. Reporting to the Lab Manager, the Research Coordinator has duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Coordinates with teachers and school administrators to recruit students to participate.
  • Visits classrooms to directly recruit students from their high schools.
  • Schedules and coordinates biweekly meetings with all the PIs on the project.
  • Takes notes on each meeting and distributes them to all the researchers on the project.
  • Coordinates with school administrators to collect relevant student records.
  • Schedules times for students to participate in the study and RAs to run them.

Development & Data Analysis

  • Designs tasks and stimuli in E-prime to be completed in the study in behavioral and fMRI scan conditions.
  • Meets with PIs to develop tasks and make improvements.
  • Constructs a fully-functioning fMRI scan.
  • Processes fMRI data using FSL and eventually analyze fMRI results.


  • Runs behavioral participants at their high schools and at Georgetown University.
  • Runs scan participants at Georgetown University Medical Center.
  • Communicates the results/purpose of the study to the general public via writing a journal article, making a video for the NSF STEM for All Video Showcase, or explaining the project to others in-person at research conferences.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1 year of experience working in a lab setting  
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to work collaboratively with other staff members and people outside the department

This part-time position will end on or about July 2020.

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