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Cognitive Development Researcher

Position overview

Position title: Cognitive Development Researcher
Salary range: The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, Represented Specialist Series Fiscal Year. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after the initial review of applications.
Position duration: The initial position duration will align with the current NSF grant, which ends on August 31, 2024. There is the possibility of reappointment if the NSF grant's no-cost extension is granted. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted.

Application Window

Open date: October 16, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Nov 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Aug 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Professor Maureen Callanan in the UCSC Department of Psychology invites applications for the position Cognitive Development Researcher. The researcher will join a multi-site collaborative research project, Ciencia en Relatos, funded by the National Science Foundation and focused on storytelling about science and nature in everyday lives of children from Latine families. The UCSC research team includes a postdoctoral researcher, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The core duties will be to assist with data collection in San Jose, Watsonville, and Santa Cruz, where parents are interviewed, and parents and children are videotaped while engaging in book reading and other activities related to science and nature. The researcher must be able to drive to data collection sites. The researcher will also contribute to the lab by assisting with transcribing, translating, coding from video and audio taped recordings, as well as data entry, data management, and some data analysis. All aspects of the work will be conducted in both Spanish and English.

We welcome applications from candidates who have experience working with preschool-aged children, experience with video-based language and behavioral coding, and/or experience with statistical analysis.

Special Conditions of Employment
Selected candidates must have (or be able to readily obtain) a valid California driver’s license.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in psychology or related field; experience conducting research with children and/or families; bilingual in Spanish; experience with written and spoken translation between Spanish and English.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please describe your research experience, Spanish fluency, Spanish-English translation experience, and other experience or expertise relevant to the position.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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