Full-time Research Assistant at Dartmouth College

April 15, 2022

The Dartmouth Social Computation Representation and Prediction Laboratory (http://scraplab.org/) led by Professor Mark A. Thornton seeks a full-time research assistant to design, conduct, and analyze studies of human social cognition. The ideal start date will be in June, 2022 and this is a one-year term position with the possibility for renewal.


  • Design and implement experiment paradigms with supervision of PI
  • Recruit, schedule, consent, run, and pay participants in experiments
  • Perform safety screening to assess eligibility of potential fMRI participants
  • Document all aspects of the experiment, analysis, and data
  • Communicate results to PI and other senior laboratory members
  • Present research in talks and/or posters at scientific conferences
  • Contribute to writing manuscripts describing research studies
  • Implement experiments and analyses in scientific programming languages
  • Maintain and develop features and studies for MySocialBrain.org
  • Maintain and develop lab fMRI analysis pipeline
  • Analyze behavioral, text, and fMRI data using standard software packages
  • Automate the retrieval of large online datasets (web scraping)
  • Manage lab software development via github and participate in code reviews
  • Update and maintain documentation on laboratory policies and procedures in the lab wiki
  • Perform software and hardware maintenance and housekeeping on lab electronics
  • Purchase supplies, equipment, and services for the laboratory
  • Document expenses and submit reports
  • Schedule lab meetings and other lab events
  • Recruit, manage, and train undergraduate research assistants
  • Draft modifications and continuing reviews for IRB protocols and NIH compliance
  • Promote personnel, experiments, and papers using lab social media accounts


  • Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment.
  • Good organizational, communication, and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of programming, ideally in Python, R, Matlab, Javascript or similar
  • Knowledge of statistical analyses for brain, behavioral, and/or text data
  • Experience working in an MRI environment
  • 1-2 years of relevant research experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science or a related field.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

All Dartmouth College employees, whether working on-site or remotely, are required to be up to date with vaccination against COVID-19 (or to have received an approved exemption from vaccination through the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity). Please visit https://dartgo.org/vaxpolicy for details. Compliance with this requirement is a condition of employment. Failure to meet this condition of employment may result in Dartmouth in its sole discretion delaying your start date or rescinding its offer of employment.

For more information or to apply, see here: https://searchjobs.dartmouth.edu/postings/62563

For questions, contact Mark Thornton at


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