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Research Lab Manager Position

The SONIC research group and ATLAS laboratory at Northwestern University invite applications for a research lab manager to support lab directors Noshir Contractor (SONIC) and Leslie DeChurch (ATLAS) on administrative and operational aspects of their research portfolios.

The lab manager will be responsible for supporting a variety of lab operations, including reporting and compliance requirements, communication of findings through digital displays and online materials, and organization and updating of research materials and files. In addition, the lab manager will assist in training new lab members and other research related activities.

Responsibilities:
  • Preparation and submission of grant reports and other administrative documents needed for compliance.
  • Preparation of materials to promote our research on digital displays and lab websites.
  • Regularly update lab databases tracking publications, presentations, personnel, and other information needed for laboratory operations.
  • Oversee IRB procedures and maintain confidentiality of participant information; ensures compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.
  • Miscellaneous laboratory management tasks such as ordering supplies and maintaining equipment.
Required Competencies:
  • Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders.
  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Dropbox, and Google Drive required.
  • Willingness to learn scientific formatting requirements (e.g., APA format) in preparing research materials.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Industrial Engineering, or a social science field.
  • Experience in an interdisciplinary research environment preferred.
  • Experience with IRB or grant-writing preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Michael Schultz (michael.schultz@northwestern.edu).

Undergraduate Internship Opportunities 

We have opportunities for undergraduate students to join us as Data Science Interns, and receive class credit for research work in the lab. There is a possibility to extend the internship to subsequent quarters. Also, recognized undergraduate Data Science interns may be offered paid research positions. Contact Michael Schultz (michael.schultz@northwestern.edu) with questions.

Other Opportunities

The members of SONIC Research Group are often funded by research grants as well as scholarships from the Media, Technology and Society program and the Technology and Social Behavior program. Additionally, opportunities from the Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences program include the Murphy fellowships as well as the Benjamen K. Sachs Graduate Fellowship (area of organizational theory and systems). SONIC also employs a variety of undergraduates and interns for research assistant and production tasks.

Undergraduate Researcher

Undergraduate students with independent research, capstone projects, or senior thesis are encouraged to reach out to the Lab Director Noshir Contractor (nosh@northwestern.edu) to discuss mentorship through SONIC Lab.

Media, Technology, and Society Ph.D. Program

MTS is an interdisciplinary program that provides a graduate environment for innovative research in the study of media and communications technologies. It allows students great autonomy both within MTS and the University at large to design individual programs of study. Drawing on the University’s diverse resources and distinguished faculty, MTS encourages research on historical, contemporary, and emerging media that challenges traditional disciplinary boundaries and assumptions.

Read more about the MTS program

Visiting Scholars

SONIC has hosted visiting scholars from the United States, and other countries (China, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy) for periods ranging from one week to one year. We welcome visiting scholars who are PhD students, Postdoctoral scholars, as well as faculty members. To inquire about current availability please contact the Lab Director Noshir Contractor.

“I am participating in the “CI-KNOW” project to construct related knowledge recommend model, in regards to the similarity of keywords based on relevant articles and authors.”
Baozhen Li, Jiangsu University of Science & Technology, September 2010-September 2011

Postdoctoral Fellows

“Post-docs will guide research assistants, investigate various theoretical and conceptual research topics in social and knowledge networks, implement network algorithms and analysis, write papers, and coordinate research projects.”

Yun Huang

Available Positions

Graduate Researchers

SONIC Research Lab offers graduate students interested in social network analysis opportunities to be involved in a variety of projects, including studies of virtual worlds, team-assembly and collaboration, and community-based information and communication networks. Depending on the project, responsibilities participating in and/or managing data collection, conducting analysis, and preparing reports and publications.

“The lab offers graduate students a constructive environment for developing their own ideas and pursue their own research interests relevant to social networks.”
Lindsay Young, 2013

Software Developers

“Responsibilities will involve collaboration with a diverse team to develop social networking capabilities that interface with our existing platform: a web-based software tool for survey, analysis, visualization, and recommendation. This individual will be involved at all stages of the project, starting from the initial planning stages. She/he must be able to collaborate well with non-programming researchers.”
York Yao

Available Positions

Northwestern University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.