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Research Study Associate, Scalable Cooperation

by Helene B. Kelsey

Sept. 18, 2018

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Job Description

The Scalable Cooperation group seeks to answer the question: How can we anticipate and respond to major disruptions from Artificial Intelligence, the Web and social media to the way we work, learn, cooperate, and govern society? We are an interdisciplinary group of computer scientists, applied mathematicians, cognitive scientists, political scientists, philosophers, and others who use a social science approach to answer society’s most challenging questions.

We are looking for a research study assistant who will facilitate many different aspects of the research of Scalable Cooperation, an interdisciplinary group of computer scientists, applied mathematicians, cognitive scientists, political scientists and others who use a social science approach to answer society’s most challenging questions.

This is a one-year appointment with possibility of extension based on funding availability and project needs.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with designing and implementing online studies by running experiments on Amazon Mechanical Turk and designing and deploying surveys using Qualtrics
  • Help to collect data by launching surveys, downloading data, cleaning and preparing the data for analysis
  • Implement plan to manage recruitment of participants
  • Maintain records
  • Maintain website
  • Under faculty direction, prepare institutional review board (IRB) protocols by translating high-level directions to specific protocol descriptions
  • Assist with grant writing by proof-reading, filling out forms with information such as budgets, tasks, etc. based on information provided by faculty member and researchers in the lab
  • Process reimbursement paperwork
  • Coordinate participant scheduling     
  • Other duties to be assigned

Qualifications

REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, computer science or a related field
  • A minimum one year of experience in coordinating behavioral experimental studies
  • Experience running experiments on the online platform Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • Experience with designing and deploying surveys using Qualtrics.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-directed including the ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Superb communicator
  • Detail-oriented
  • Web editing skills

PREFERRED:

  • Previous experience conducting experimental research
  • Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the work, a candidate who has strengths in any of the following areas may be suitable: experimental design, statistical analysis, programming, moral philosophy/ethics, political science methodology, econometrics

To apply, go to hr.mit.edu/careers and search for job ID # 16571.

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