Research Assistant in Department of Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Psychology
United States



The labs of Dr. Bonnie Nozari and Dr. Brad Mahon in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University are jointly seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to conduct research on human subjects with and without cognitive impairment, starting Fall 2019. You will work extensively with individuals with brain damage (individuals who have had a stroke or brain tumor), and will learn how to collect, interpret, and analyze  behavioral and neural data from such individuals.




Your core responsibilities will include:


Recruiting individuals with brain lesions for participation in research studies, using the established and extensive resources available through CMU and the University of Pittsburgh;


Administering and scoring cognitive and linguistic tests in such individuals;


Analyzing and preparing findings for publication.




In addition, you will learn cutting-edge methods of lesion-behavior analysis, speech error coding, fitting computational models of language production to data from individuals with language disorders, and will be responsible for keeping an organized database of the above-mentioned information. You will also participate in regular joint meetings across the two PIs’ labs to discuss ongoing research, and be included in all stages of research, from study design through preparation of findings for publication.






Bachelor’s degree in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, speech pathology, or a related field required; Master’s degree preferred


Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a strong desire to work with individuals who are experiencing cognitive difficulties subsequent to a brain injury.


1+ years experience working in a research lab that conducts cognitive and/or linguistic experiments on human subjects is required.


Basic skills in organizing data in spreadsheets is required


Clear evidence of strong skills in quantitative and logical reasoning (e.g., prior course work)




Preferred Qualifications:


Experience with designing experiments in professional software such as Eprime, or Psych Toolbox is desirable.


Programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, Python, etc.) is a plus.


Some background in neuroimaging or lesion analysis is preferred, but not required. 


Some knowledge of statistical analysis is preferred but not required.




Duration of the position:


This position is funded for two years (contingent on satisfactory performance after reviews at 6 months and 1 year), with potential for extension.




Starting date:


Fall 2019.




Application materials:


CV: Your CV must include information about your field of study, graduation date, college GPA, list of the relevant courses (i.e., courses on cognition, linguistics, psycholinguistics, brain studies, statistical analysis, etc.), a brief summary of research activities in bullet points (e.g., PI’s name, nature and duration of responsibilities in a cognitive or related lab), scientific publications (if any; include projects that are in preparation for publication), scientific presentations (include local presentations, e.g., Honors seminars), and additional qualifications in bullet points (e.g., intermediate proficiency in French, knowledge of statistical analysis in R, etc.)


A statement of purpose: A 1-2 page document stating (1) why this work is of interest to you, (2) what qualifications make you a suitable candidate for this position, and (3) what your future career goals are.


At least two letters of reference from academic supervisors/teachers who are familiar with your strengths in respect of the criteria listed above.


More Information:


Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.


A listing of employee benefits is available at:


Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.


Job Function: Research


Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh


Time Type: Full Time


Organization: PSYCHOLOGY


Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent


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