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SPARQ Seeks a Lab Manager

SPARQ is hiring a lab manager to work with staff, faculty affiliates, and practitioner-partners on social psychological research that creates knowledge and solves social problems.


Reporting to the executive director of SPARQ, the lab manager will work with SPARQ staff, faculty affiliates, and practitioner-partners to support social psychological research that both creates new knowledge and solves social problems. Ongoing projects include: Respectful Policing, a partnership to improve officer-citizen interactions; Space Reface, a partnership with the Stanford engineering and computer science departments to design physical spaces that promote belonging for women and people of color; and Barriers to Economic Agency, a partnership with the World Bank to boost economic interventions with cultural insights.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing undergraduate research assistants

  • Scheduling and coordinating project meetings

  • Designing and running studies, including recruiting and paying participants

  • Contributing original content to SPARQ online toolkits, websites, and social media channels

  • Preparing data for statistical analysis

  • Conducting literature reviews

  • Assisting in manuscript preparation

  • Ordering and maintaining equipment and supplies

  • Assisting in the preparation of reports and presentations for funders and partners

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field

  • At least one year of research experience in an experimental psychology lab

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Excellent written, spoken, and visual communication skills

  • Conscientious, organized, and detail-oriented

  • Able to solve problems quickly and efficiently

Additional desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in journalism, social media, and other mass communications

  • Experience with computer programming and Web design

  • Experience with Qualtrics, SPSS, R, QSR/NVivo, or other research software

  • Interest in cross-cultural psychology, social class, health, education, economic development, criminal justice, and related areas

  • Knowledge of other cultures

  • Interest in pursuing a PhD in social psychology or other social science field

The position will begin in the summer of 2018. The position will last one year, with an extension to two years, contingent on performance. To apply, please upload your cover letter and CV/résumé, including contact information for two references, here: SPARQ Lab Manager Application