Open lab coordinator position

We are accepting applications for a full-time research technician to coordinate and conduct research on cognition and behavior in primates and humans. This position provides extensive research experience and is ideal for recent college graduates who are considering attending graduate school in the future. Read more about our research and research sites here.

Overview of responsibilities

  • Assisting in primate cognitive experiments and/or behavioral observations
  • Assisting with on-campus human research subject recruitment, scheduling, and testing
  • Supervising/training new lab members, including undergraduate assistants in research
  • Administrative assistance related to Cognitive Evolution Group research, including managing research ethics protocols

Required qualifications

  • High school diploma or Associate’s degree
  • 1 year of research experience
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Some experience conducting behavioral research with primates or other animals

Desired qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Anthropology, Biology, or a related field
  • Experience with animal cognition research and/or observational research
  • Experience in field conditions, familiarity with statistical software, and/or video coding systems
  • Language experience with French and/or Spanish is a plus


  • Start date: Anticipated start date is August 2023
  • Review timeline: We will begin rolling review of applications on April 14
  • Position duration: This position is term-limited to one year and can be renewed for a second year. Candidates able to make a two-year commitment are preferred
  • Questions: get in touch with Dr. Alexandra Rosati

How to apply

For more information about the position please access the online application portal. This entails uploading you CV and a cover letter specifying your research experience, interests, and career goals. In addition, please arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Alexandra Rosati at

CEG at the Midwestern Primatology Interest Group conference

Margaret, Averill, Natalia, Yiyun, Natalie, and Isabelle all presented their work at the recent Midwestern Primatology Interest Group meeting at the University of Michigan.

Congrats to our 2022 student researchers

This week Kendall and Julia presented their senior honors thesis posters in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, and Palak presented a poster for her research for Psychology 331. Congrats!

Palak presenting her project on “Temperament and social tolerance in rhesus and Barbary macaques.”
Kendall presenting her honors thesis on “Pattern of aggression across tolerant and despotic species of macaque.”
Julia presenting her honors thesis on “Behavioral flexibility in semi-free-ranging chimpanzees.”

Rosie completed her PhD!

Congratulations to Dr. Bettle for a great defense talk on her research, entitled “The evolution of social intelligence in macaques.”

Congrats to Megan and Francesca!

Huge congrats to Megan Mulhinch, who will be starting her PhD in Psychology at UC San Diego, and to Francesca De Petrillo who will be starting her own research group as a Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University!

Francesca (center) with Rosie and Alyssa at Trentham Monkey Forest, UK
Megan (L) with Yiyun and Rosie in San Juan, PR

UM’s 2021 Psychology Diversity Recruitment Weekend

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2021 Primate Cognition and Behavior Internship

Our inaugural internship, in partnership with the Cayo Santiago Field Station and the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, kicked off remotely in June. Stay tuned for more news about our interns’ research projects!

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