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Description: We are looking for a full-time lab manager to coordinate several projects on moral development and intergroup attitudes in childhood. Primary responsibilities include participant recruitment, data collection, team member training, and administrative management. This position would be especially well suited for someone interested in graduate studies in developmental psychology, HDFS, or a related field.

Duration, location, start date: This is an in-person (not remote), full-time, two-year position with possibility of renewal. Start date is spring 2023, with some flexibility (e.g., we can work around your graduation date).

Compensation, benefits: The pay rate is $17/hour ($35,360/year); this is the maximum that the lab's budget will allow for this position. Info on staff benefits is here.


  • BA or BS in psychology, human development, or a related field.

  • At least two years of experience working with children, including at least six months of experience in a research setting involving children and/or families.

  • Abilities to proactively multi-task, problem-solve, work independently, lead small groups, and stay organized.


  • Participant recruitment: Coordinate with research partners (e.g., schools, libraries); maintain positive ongoing relationships.

  • Data collection: Coordinate consent and assent; administer individual interviews, surveys, and experimental protocols with children and/or parents.

  • Team member training: Recruit, train, schedule, and monitor teams of undergraduate RAs engaged in data collection, data entry, and other administrative tasks.

  • Study development: Assist with the development of protocols including audio/video editing, literature reviews.

  • Lab administration: Monitor project budgets; maintain and order supplies; assist with IRB; troubleshoot day-to-day challenges.

Special considerations: We collect data off-campus; you must be willing to drive yourself and others to research sites (e.g., parks). Children and families are not often available to participate during regular business hours; you must be willing to work some evenings and weekends during your 40-hour week. Purdue does not sponsor visas for this type of position; you must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Special opportunities: You will have opportunities to grow professionally as a developmental scientist. Both past lab managers have co-authored conference presentations and/or empirical articles based on their work in the lab, and both were accepted to their top choice graduate programs with research fellowship funding.

Application materials:

  1. Your CV.

  2. A cover letter explaining your interest in the position, previous research experience, and career goals.

  3. Contact information for three professional references (note: we do not need letters of recommendation).

Application link (ID: 24495)

Timeline: Review of applications will begin immediately. A small pool of candidates will be invited to complete a short skills assessment. Top candidates will be invited to interview via Zoom and their references will be called. Finally an offer will be made.

Contact: You are welcome and encouraged to contact Dr. Elenbaas with any questions about the position or to let her know that you are interested and applying:


Dr. Elenbaas is accepting applications for PhD students for the 2022-2023 application cycle, to begin Purdue's HDFS PhD program in fall 2023. 


The HDFS graduate program trains research scientists in basic (e.g., experimental) and applied (e.g., intervention) methods, places a strong emphasis on culture and diversity across the lifespan, and supports original empirical research through an individualized mentorship model. Please visit the program website to find out more about Purdue’s PhD program in HDFS including an overview of research in the department, facts about the graduate program, info on funding, graduate certificates including Advanced Methods, research centers including the Center for Families and the Center for Early Learning, the lab schoolplacements of recent PhDs, departmental DEI initiatives, and application requirements.

FAQs for PhD applicants:

  • What does Dr. Elenbaas look for when reviewing applications? A degree in psychology, HDFS, or similar. Substantive research experience in the form of an honors thesis, fellowship project, post-bac position, or similar. Demonstrated interest in intergroup attitudes, moral development, or both.

  • How do I know if I am a good fit for this lab?  Review this website and read recent publications from the lab to determine whether the research questions that we pursue are aligned with your interests.

  • What is it like to be a PhD student in this lab? Grad students train in every aspect of the research process by collaborating on ongoing projects, and train undergraduates in turn. Simultaneously, students develop their independent areas of research that fall within the lab's focus. As a part of their professional development, students present at conferences, write papers, and submit grant proposals.

  • What is Dr. Elenbaas' mentorship style? Dr. Elenbaas is highly engaged in her students' development and success. Applicants invited to join the lab will receive a copy of her mentorship statement.

  • I'm applying! Should I reach out? Yes; email to introduce yourself. Include your CV.


Our lab will soon be accepting new undergraduate Research Assistant (RA) applications at Purdue.

Our RAs will learn about theories and methods in developmental science by working directly with children and families, managing and coding data, and participating in weekly lab and project meetings. Fall and spring semester RAs can earn academic credits by registering for HDFS 390. Summer RAs can volunteer. RAs must commit to working with the lab for 10 hours per week and must have some early evening and weekend availability for data collection. We have a strong preference for RAs who are able to commit to at least two semesters of involvement with the lab.

To apply, first fill out the application form. We will review your application and contact you for an interview when we are recruiting new RAs.

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