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Project Manager/Research Assistant


Queens, NY

Project Manager/Research Assistant

Background: TurkPrime is a web-based platform for online participant recruitment for the social and behavioral sciences, market research, and medical research. TurkPrime was launched in May, 2015, and currently serves over 6,000 subscribers from universities and corporate institutions around the world. Over 3,000 studies are conducted on TurkPrime each month.

The TurkPrime Toolkit is a set of cutting edge research tools allowing for flexible online study management and data collection using multiple platforms including Mechanical Turk. TurkPrime manages a panel of over 150,000 Mechanical Turk respondents, and partners with multiple additional sample providers through API integration to achieve a global reach of over 20 million respondents. The combination of robust research tools as well as an extensively profiled participant pool allows TurkPrime clients to conduct high quality research flexibly and effectively.

TurkPrime is also actively engaged in academic research focusing on, but not limited to, online data collection methodology1-5. The research team at TurkPrime works closely with our software development team to make sure that TurkPrime’s research practices are grounded in solid empirical research, and that the features we provide are beneficial to a wide range of researchers. TurkPrime’s research team has a track record of peer-reviewed publications that address issues such as the contribution of its software to research design and data quality, assessment and improvement of data quality on Mechanical Turk, and selective recruitment from Mechanical Turk and other platforms.

We are looking for a full time project manager/research assistant with extremely strong communication, organizational and writing skills to manage projects, help clients with technical questions, collect data for online projects, and help write peer-reviewed papers, white papers, and blog entries.  

Responsibilities: The key responsibilities for the position include: client management including responding to TurkPrime users’ questions, managing complex client projects (e.g. intensive longitudinal, diary, dyadic, and video interview studies), writing a weekly blog, study design and data collection, supporting the writing of peer-reviewed and white papers, maintaining project documentation, managing project data and materials, and quality control.

Skills: Extremely high writing and communication skills; Exceptional organization and attention to detail; Ability to use web communication and documentation software effectively; Team-oriented; Very strong work ethic; Multi-tasking; Self-starter and industrious; Adaptivity to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace; Background in scientific methodology (B.A. or more is required for the position).  Experience with conducting online research and knowledge of online research software (Qualtrics, Millisecond, MTurk etc) is a plus. Data analysis skills (SPSS, Stata. R, Mplus etc) are a big plus. Interest in publishing peer-reviewed papers is a plus.

Notes: TurkPrime is based in Kew Gardens Hills, NY. Initially, the project manager would be expected to be in the Kew Gardens Hills office 4 days per week. Over time, a more flexible schedule will be considered. TurkPrime is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Applying: Please send a resume and a letter of interest to If you are selected for an interview, we will  additionally ask for two letters of recommendation.

Representative Recent Publications

1.   Litman, L., Robinson, J. Online Research on Mechanical Turk and Other Platforms. Sage Publications. Innovations in Methodology Series (367 pages). Scheduled to be published in 2018.

2.   Litman, L., Robinson, J., & Rosenzweig, C. (2015). The relationship between motivation, monetary compensation, and data quality among US and India-based workers on Mechanical Turk. Behavior Research Methods, 47(2), 519-528.

3.   Litman, L., Robinson, J., & Abberbock, T. (2016). TurkPrime. com: A versatile crowdsourcing data acquisition platform for the behavioral sciences. Behavior Research Methods, 1-10.

4.   Litman, L., Williams, M. T., Rosen, Z., Weinberger-Litman, S. L., & Robinson, J. (2017). Racial Disparities in Cleanliness Attitudes Mediate Consumer Attitudes toward Cleaning Products: A Serial Mediation Model. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-9. (Developed methods relating to selective recruitment on Mechanical Turk).

5.   Litman, L., Robinson, J., Weinberger-Litman, S. L., & Finkelstein, R. (2017). Both Intrinsic and Extrinsic Religious Orientation are Positively Associated with Attitudes Toward Cleanliness: Exploring Multiple Routes from Godliness to Cleanliness. Journal of Religion and Health, 1-12. (Developed methods relating to selective recruitment on Mechanical Turk).

NOTE: The above information is provided by the employer. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. does not verify the accuracy of these statements.