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Research Coordinator

Recruitment Period

Open April 1st, 2019 through Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Center for Early Cognition and Language at the University of California, Merced, directed by Dr. Rose Scott, is seeking a research coordinator for an NSF-funded research study on the development of social cognition. This research will examine the influence of cultural, social, and economic factors on children’s early false-belief understanding. The research coordinator will (a) assist with the design and development of research protocols and materials, (b) oversee participant recruitment and scheduling and the maintenance of participant records, (c) train and supervise undergraduate research assistants, (d) conduct study visits with families, and (e) assist with data entry, coding, and analysis. The coordinator will also have the opportunity to participate in the preparation of publications, presentations, and reports using data affiliated with the project.

Required Qualifications:

• A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related field
• Strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Computer literacy and a willingness to learn new technical/computer skills
• Ability to work independently as well as with other team members
• Experience working with young children
• Ability to interact with families from a diverse range of backgrounds in a respectful and courteous fashion

Preferred Qualifications:

• Proficiency in Spanish
• At least 1 year of research experience
• Experience with data management software (e.g., FilemakerPro)
• Experience with PsychoPy, Python, R, SPSS

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing relevant research experience and prior work with children/families, a CV, and the names and contact information of three potential references.

Salary is based on University of California Academic Salary Pay Scales. This is a part-time (20 hour/week) benefits-eligible appointment for one year, with the possibility of extension for additional years based on satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2019. Position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.

For more information, contact Dr. Rose Scott at

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Applicants should submit cover letter describing relevant research experience and prior work with children/families.

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 letters of reference required

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