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Research Program Coordinator (CACS)- Legare

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Research Program Coordinator (CACS)- Legare


Hiring Department:

Population Research Center


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:

Oct 01, 2022


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Sep 30, 2023





Job Details:

General Notes

The Center for Applied Cognitive Science (CACS) run by Dr. Cristine Legare at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking a Research Program Coordinator to manage and coordinate research operations. Earliest start date is 10/01/2022. Position is for one year with the possibility of extension depending on funding availability and performance.

What benefits do I receive with UT?  The university offers an impressive benefits package. For more details on benefits, please see: https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits and https://hr.utexas.edu/current/services/my-total-rewards .

This position is eligible for a hybrid Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) (on-campus and remote work). FWA arrangements are subject to manager approval and may shift due to changes in business needs.  The remote location must have a reliable internet connection to support working remotely. UT policies on Flexible Work Arrangements are available at https://hr.utexas.edu/current/fwa .

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The Research Program Coordinator will work closely with Dr. Legare, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to coordinate and implement international cognitive science research. In addition, the Research Program Coordinator supervises and trains undergraduate research assistants, manages grant expenses and budgets, maintains databases, and provides support for research reports, operation, applications.

Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in project management and social science research. This position provides opportunities to work with international research teams, develop skills in data science, and co-author empirical publications.


  • Coordinate recruitment and implementation of international social science research with children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals  

  • Supervise the collection, transcription, coding, and storing of data 

  • Supervise research assistants (scheduling and training) and support lab staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students

  • Manage grant projects, including facilitating the investigation of new technical concepts and applications. Prepare budgets and write technical proposals/reports for new and existing projects.

  • Interface with funders, scientific partners, and principal investigators on a regular basis to ensure sponsor satisfaction of project/program execution.

  • Manage project budget, schedule, and resources to ensure the successful and timely execution of project deliverables

  • Maintain project ethics approvals and assist with applications

  • Provide clerical support, including processing documentation, reports, references, file organization, record keeping, maintenance of training logs, and data infrastructure management

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant fields including Social, Biological, or Information Science, Business Administration, or Human Resources, and three years' relevant experience.  

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  

  • Exceptional organizational skills.  

  • Ability to manage an active and large research laboratory and meet deadlines.  

  • Must be skilled with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  

  • Experience with administrative software required.  

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a Social, Biological or Information Science field.  

  • Experience conducting research in social or biological sciences, including familiarity with data storage, data entry, and data management.

  • 2+ years of project management experience. 

  • Experience working with human subjects and ethics review systems.  

  • Proficiency with statistical techniques and software (R). 

Salary Range

$37,908-$56,868 annually depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • Typical Office/Lab Environment

  • May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. 

  • Requires a high degree of autonomy and ability to develop tasks and manage timelines.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2021 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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