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In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.



Claremont, CA


Job Posting Title:

Lab Manager


Job Details and Requirement:




The Umanath Memory and Aging Lab in the Department of Psychological Science is hiring a full-time lab manager with benefits. The lab manager will support ongoing research in the lab, from data collection and management to coordinating undergraduate research assistants. More specifically, the lab manager will be responsible for organizing and overseeing the research outlined by Professor Umanath’s National Science Foundation CAREER grant, with a particular focus on the aspects of the project related to older adults and coordinating undergraduate research assistants. This position is grant funded and based upon the availability of funds. Under normal circumstances, this position requires reporting to the lab on regular basis.






Reporting to Dr. Sharda Umanath, this lab manager performs or works independently/collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist in daily operation of the research lab. Note that regular attendance and timeliness is an essential function of this position. (60%)

    • Facilitate lab management, including maintenance and ordering of supplies

    • Recruit participants, schedule testing sessions, and maintain participant database

    • Hold testing and recruitment sessions on and off-site

    • Coordinate and manage Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols

    • Administer basic psychological assessment protocols

    • Maintain and update the lab website 

  • Work with Dr. Umanath in scheduling and coordinating undergraduate research assistants (35%)

    • Assist in training and supervision of student research assistants

    • Collect, score, code, and analyze data

    • Compile and assist with the preparation of documents (e.g., posters, presentations)

  • Conduct literature searches and provide manuscript support (such as compiling references)

  • Perform additional duties as assigned (5%)


Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.


The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Take and follow directions.

  • Work cooperatively with others in both leadership and team roles.

  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.

  • Display a positive attitude.

  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities.

  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.





Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in psychology or related field is desired or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.



The successful candidate will have at least 2 years of related experience in psychology or a related field. Previous work conducting research with human populations and/or experience effectively managing student research assistants is desired.



A valid driver’s license and the ability to be insured under the College’s authorized driver’s policy is required.


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and abilities to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.


Demonstrate effective, accurate, and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, phone, and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate, and inspire a highly diverse group of student employees.


Demonstrate a strong work ethic and a willingness to help.


Follow all written and verbal instructions, asking questions as needed for clarification of projects/tasks/duties/assignments.


Prioritize and perform multiple projects/tasks, meet deadlines/timelines, respond to others in a timely manner, and work both independently and as a collaborative member of the College with a high standard of integrity and ethics in support of the research project’s annual goals.


Use exceptional organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and a keen attention to detail.

Deploy professional skills in research and office/lab management, in collaboration with colleagues, to best promote the College’s strategic interests.

  • Ability to operate PC and MAC computers proficiently with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook) and familiarity with associated professional software, such as E-prime, Gorilla, or other experimental software. Proficiency with SPSS and R is also preferred.

  • Experience with APA style is preferred.


REQUIRED HOURS: This position will work 40 hours per week between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours may occasionally be required. Travel may be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College. This is a 12-month year-round position.




$22.00 PER HOUR



This is a regular, full-time benefits- eligible position. This position is classified as an hourly non-exempt


This position is for up to three years (renewed annually) and is contingent upon the availability of grant funds.


IPEDS Category Job Code: 19-0000 Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Light (up to 20 lbs.)




GROOMING AND APPEARANCE: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.


BACKGROUND CHECK: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.


ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.


DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. Duties and responsibilities can change and develop over time, accordingly the College reviews job description on a periodic basis and may make changes of business necessity.


AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT: Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work. There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause. The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.




Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.


Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               


An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or hr@cmc.edu for assistance.

About Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, prepares students to make a difference. Since 1946, Claremont McKenna College’s mission has been to prepare students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions. The College attracts a student body that is broadly diverse and accomplished beyond the classroom.

Located on a scenic, tree-lined residential campus 30 miles east of Los Angeles, Claremont McKenna is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a seven-college consortium modeled after Oxford University. CMC students choose from more than 2,200 classes and participate in co-curricular activities with 7,000 other students at Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College, as well as the Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. Students have the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small residential college with small classes and a student-faculty ratio of nine to one, and the shared resources of a larger research university.

Renowned for expertise in economics and government, Claremont McKenna features accomplished scholars who are committed teachers in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.  The school is distinguished by eleven world-class research institutes. Exceptionally high numbers of undergraduate students conduct research with professors and get to know them as colleagues.

The College emphasizes the integration of leadership and innovation experience within institutes, student enterprises, on-campus fellowships, and sponsored off-campus internships.

More than 90% of students complete internships and nearly half study off-campus during their four years. The College's Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum brings world-class leaders, thinkers, artists, and visionaries to speak publicly, engage in small group discussions, and dine with students. Consistently one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the nation, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department is housed in the state-of-the-art Roberts Pavilion fitness and event center.

CMC’s Student Opportunity Center provides all students with advising, mentoring and networking support that is tailored to each student’s professional goals. Many Claremont McKenna graduates go on to receive prestigious post-graduate fellowships and degrees in business, law, medicine, and many other fields. CMC alumni thrive in a wide range of careers including consulting, education, financial services, government and public policy, media and entertainment, medicine, nonprofit leadership, science, and technology.  Claremont McKenna excels nationally in post-graduate job placement and satisfaction, salaries, and career success.

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