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The Starck Lab is housed in the psychology department at Stanford University, beginning in the fall of 2023. We study the psychological mechanisms that drive racial inequality. We grapple with how our histories, social organizations, ideologies, and institutions intersect with individuals to fuel systemic forces that bestow advantage to some groups and disadvantage to others. Ultimately, we aim to unearth implementable insights that can help create a more equitable society.

The lab manager is responsible for coordinating and facilitating research activities for the full range of projects going on in the lab. Lab managers provide research support. They assist in all manner of research activities, from reviewing the research literature, crafting survey instruments, collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data, communicating results, and assisting with manuscript preparation. They are also primarily responsible for managing the labs’ research assistants.

Successful candidates will

  • be highly motivated and proactive

  • work well independently and on a team

  • have the capacity to take ownership of projects

  • possess a strong attention to detail

  • have a deep interest and some familiarity with psychological research and methods related to the study of racial prejudice, diversity, and inequality

  • be able to use programs such as R or SPSS to manage, clean, and process data

  • have some facility with survey tools such as Qualtrics

  • actively seek out and be willing to teach themselves new skills

  • have some experience with qualitative coding and in working on research teams

Experience posting and running online studies, pursuing independent research projects, or collecting data in the field is also beneficial but not required.

If you don't yet have experience with all of the above but are confident you can quickly develop proficiency with them, we still encourage you to apply.

This position provides a number of learning opportunities, including:
- Study design and implementation
- Data cleaning and statistical analyses
- Conducting experiments
- Potential for paper co-authorship

This is an in-person position that is vital to the functioning of the lab.  As such, the lab manager is expected to be an exemplary lab citizen, working collaboratively with team members in a variety of roles and career phases. The lab manager will also benefit from engaging in the intellectual life of the social area, the Psychology Department, and connecting with other relevant centers, institutes, and programs throughout the Stanford community.

This position is for one year with the opportunity for re-appointment upon a satisfactory performance review. We particularly value candidates who envision remaining with the lab for multiple years.


  • Candidates must have completed their bachelor's degree by the end of Summer 2023 and have had an academic focus in psychology or a related discipline. 

  • Successful candidates will have exceptional organization and communication skills, attention to detail, and capacity for both independent and collaborative work. They will additionally have demonstrated interest in the topics under study in the lab, as well as some experience participating in research. Strong candidates will have experience with data management, as well as training in basic research methods and statistics. 

  • Candidates should also be able to demonstrate: the ability to work well and thrive in an array of complex environments, under changing conditions, and with people from a range of diverse professional and personal backgrounds.


  • The position comes with standard employee benefits, office space, and access to university facilities.

  • The expected base salary for this position is $47,500 with greater compensation possible according to candidates' experience. 

  • Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching mission. 


  • Application materials should be submitted using the link below. Applications not submitted through this link will not be considered.

  • Application review will begin on April 14, 2023. Finalists will be invited to a Zoom (i.e., remote) interview.

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome in the spring.


Please prepare the following materials to be submitted using the online form linked below. Applicants will also be asked to provide contact and background information, and contact information for 2 references.

  • A cover letter (detailing the candidate’s interest in the position, how those interests would be advanced by working in the lab, and future career goals; 2 pages max)

  • Curriculum vitae or resume

  • Research statement (explaining the candidates' research skills, experiences, interests, and aspirations; 2 pages max)

  • Optional diversity statement (1 page max)

  • Unofficial transcript

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