Assistant Specialist Position Child Narratives Lab

The Child Narratives Lab in the Department of Psychological Science at UC Irvine, is currently recruiting a full time academic specialist. This position entails data management and analysis, grant and manuscript writing, in addition to other managerial and coordination tasks as needed. Publication opportunities will be available as well as opportunities for conducting independent research within the lab. The ideal candidate will demonstrate independence in analyzing research data and preparing written manuscripts. They will conduct themselves professionally with all members of the lab and when representing the lab, will have exceptional writing and analytic skills, and will complete tasks in a timely and thorough manner.

Research in the Child Narratives Lab focuses on how social context and individual differences influence children's reports about past events. More specifically, we address questions about how the conditions under which children experience events and the conditions in which they are asked to remember those events influence what and how they recall. Much of this research focuses on developing and refining methods for helping adults (e.g. forensic interviewers, clinicians, parents) elicit accurate and complete information from children about their past experiences in a supportive way. For more information about the lab and its ongoing projects, see our lab website:

Position Details:

Minimum basic qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent granted or expected in Psychology or related field

  • Training and experience collecting data with children aged 3-12 years

  • Proficiency with SPSS (or other statistical software package(s)), Excel, Powerpoint

  • Experience with protecting confidential data

  • Record of successful academic writing

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with coding written narratives for linguistic content and successfully attaining and calculating inter-rater reliability

  • Experience conducting independent research with children and families

  • Record of peer-reviewed publication

  • Record of attaining academic funding

  • Experience managing a large research team

  • Fluent in Spanish

This position requires a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week starting June 10th, 2019. The position is currently offered through June 9th, 2020, with the possibility of extension.

Applicants must apply on-line at

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and arrange for two letters of reference all to be submitted through the AP Recruit system. Letters of reference should be confidential and submitted directly from the recommender. Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Diane Enriquez at

To ensure full consideration applications must be received by March 6, 2019.

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.