Spring 2021 PA Opportunity Working with the BRITE Lab

The BRITE Lab is looking for our next graduate student PA to start in summer 2021.  The last few PAs (Lab Managers) for the BRITE Lab have held the position for multiple years, and we hope to have that happen again.  The position is a calendar year 50% PA. 

In addition, there is a possibility of a partial PA during Spring 2021 as Assistant Lab Manager to work closely with the current Lab Manager (Felix Zhan).  Availability for Spring 2021 is not required, so please do not hesitate to apply even if you have a full 50% appointment set for Spring 2021 already.

While this position is open to PhD students at any stage, preference would be for someone able to serve as Lab Manager for multiple years. Moving forward, we anticipate this being a 12-month, 50% PA position.


This position consists of managing the Behavioral Research Insights Through Experiments (BRITE Lab) located at 2117 Nancy Nicholas Hall, as well as the human subject pool associated with the lab. Established in 2012, the BRITE Lab is a state-of-the-art facility for laboratory data collection for business, consumer science, and other social sciences. The BRITE lab is a joint venture by the Wisconsin School of Business and the School of Human Ecology, and is used by faculty and graduate students in a variety of research areas. This position is ideal for a PhD student who either has prior behavioral/experimental research experience, or who intends to conduct such research in the future.

The Assistant Lab Manager will work under the direct supervision of the BRITE Lab Director, Justin Sydnor.

Principal duties and responsibilities

·       Oversee lab research activity and lab management

·       Manage research database (Sona) and lab supplies

·       Recruit new student subjects into ongoing Sona subject pool, coordinating needs with researchers

·       Recruit, train and supervise Undergraduate research interns as needed

·       Maintain standards of conduct among lab users, in accordance with BRITE Lab IRB protocol

·       Edit/update BRITE Lab IRB protocol and complete continuing reviews

·       Update and maintain lab computers, coordinate with researchers and BITS concerning software needs

·       Maintain up-to-date and accurate schedule of researcher time allocation on lab calendar

·       Maintain ongoing and up-to-date files of IRB approval letters and time-stamped consent forms for all studies run in the lab

·       Schedule permitting, be available during lab operating hours when studies are running

·       Develop recruitment/advertising ideas and publicity methods for campus recruitment

·       Maintain the BRITE Lab website

·       Maintain the BRITE email list and send regular news announcements

·       Serve as point of contact for new researchers interested in running in the lab

·       Conduct lab tours as requested

·       Work with BITS and UWPD Access Control to request researcher keycard access and after-hours/weekend building access

·       Assist researchers and visiting scholars as needed with logistics of running in the lab

·       Coordinate logistics of the BRITE Lab seminar series

·       Assist BRITE Lab Director with other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills, Experience

·       Must be a currently enrolled PhD student at UW-Madison

·       Familiarity with methods of experimentation preferred

·       Experience in programming preferred

·       One-semester or more experience in conducting computer, web-based, and/or interpersonal experiments preferred

·       Strong interpersonal, managerial, and communication skills required

·       Demonstrated ability to work well independently and with others

·       Strong organizational skills, self-motivation, and attention to detail required


To apply, submit CV, the names and contact information of two references, and a brief cover letter summarizing the reasons for your interest in this position via email to Justin Sydnor: justin.sydnor@wisc.edu

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will continue until position is filled.