Interested in Joining as a Lab Manager?

The Development of Social Cognition Lab (directed under Dr. Nadia Chernyak) at the University of California - Irvine is searching for a lab manager to begin summer 2020 (precise start date negotiable).

Interested candidates are encouraged to check out the lab's research focus here to assess potential fit and can contact Dr. Chernyak (nadia.chernyak@uci.edu) with any questions.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • prior experience conducting research in a cognitive development lab; 

  • strong administrative, organizational, and leadership skills; 

  • be comfortable with young children and families; 

  • be enthusiastic about cognitive development research; and 

  • have strong, self-directed initiative and ability to take on challenges.

  • Programming (e.g., R, Inquisit), data analysis, and/or web design skills are always a plus.

To qualify, applicants must possess a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Psychology or a related field by date of employment. 

Essential job responsibilities include:

  • conducting research in socio-cognitive development: data collection in lab and at local parks, preschools, and children's museums; creating/programming stimuli; data coding and analysis (with training); and recruitment of participants.

  • supervising and training research assistants: coordinating off-site and in-lab recruitment efforts; hiring and training research assistants; assigning daily tasks; coordinating fingerprinting/orientation/training; mentorship of undergraduates; establishing of a summer research program for undergraduates

  • managing daily and long-term operations within the lab: handling IRBs and other research documentation; building a database of subject and local child care facilities; coordinating lab meetings; managing lab websites and newsletters; and setting up/maintaining lab equipment and software

Note that the job will involve some travel to local area data collection sites. Finally, the lab manager may have opportunities to co-author manuscripts, develop own research projects, and attend conferences.

Completed applications must include a cover letter, resume or CV, inclusive excellence statement, and one letter of reference from a research supervisor. 

To apply for the position, please follow this link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF05973

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

For Undergraduate Students:


The Development of Social Cognition Lab is looking for highly motivated undergraduates to join the lab as research assistants. If you are interested in learning more about our research interests, you can find them on the Research page here.


RAs will be involved in all aspects of the research process, including recruiting families, scheduling participants, collecting and entering data both in lab and in the field, and attending weekly lab meetings.



  • Minimum commitment of 10 hours/week

  • Must be available for blocks of time during the weekend or weekday to collect data at preschools and/or museums.

  • Must be comfortable interacting with children 2-10 years of age, as well as parents

  • Interest in cognitive development

  • Attention to detail


Preferred, but not mandatory:

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in Psychology classes

  • Previous experience working with children


We are particularly interested in RAs who are able to participate in lab for two quarters or more. As RAs gain more experience in lab, there may be opportunities for more in-depth involvement.


RAs will be able to enroll in an independent study course under Dr. Nadia Chernyak for 4 credits.


To learn more, please email our lab manager, Sifana Sohail, at s.sohail@uci.edu. To apply, please fill out the Research Assistant Application here.

Summer Undergraduate Opportunities:

In addition to the requirements listed above, preference will be given to Summer Research Assistants who can commit at least 40 hours/week over a 10-week period (or an equivalent 400 hours over the summer). To learn more, please email s.sohail@uci.edu. To apply, please fill out the Summer Research Assistant Application here

UC-Irvine Undergraduates who are interested in funding opportunities for summer research can find information about SURP funding here. For more information on how to apply for SURP through our lab, please email s.sohail@uci.edu.

For Graduate Students:

The Development of Social Cognition Lab anticipates recruiting graduate students in the coming years. Ideal candidates will be highly independent and self-motivated, have research experience in cognitive development and/or social psychology, and be able to articulate research interests aligned with the lab's goals. Students should apply through the Cognitive Sciences PhD Program at UCI. Successful candidates are guaranteed 5 years of funding. Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Chernyak (nadia[dot]chernya[at]uci.edu) in advance of the application deadline to discuss potential fit.