We are always interested in working with motivated undergraduate students who are interested in research!

The ATLAS lab conducts research on teams and leadership. Undergraduate RAs in our lab have the opportunity to work closely with graduate students on all of the large-scale teams research projects we are currently engaged in. The members of the ATLAS lab are committed to mentoring undergraduate students and assisting them in the graduate school application process.

Undergrad research assistants are vital to ATLAS’s success. ATLAS RAs assist in all stages of the data collection process. They help create survey packets, research protocols, and study training materials. They assist in developing coding schemes for virtual data (e.g., video chat interactions), entering data, running analyses, and reviewing the literature. Additionally, undergrad RAs in the ATLAS lab participate in regularly scheduled lab meetings, and are encouraged to develop their ideas into conference presentations and publications. To learn more contact atlas@northwestern.edu.

Our lab actively seeks 1-2 talented new individuals each year who are interested in pursuing a PhD.

The main requirement is an interest and passion for understanding and enhancing the effectiveness of teams and leaders.

Though many of our PhD students have had a strong background in Psychology, we welcome applicants from any undergraduate degree programs. (Professor DeChurch’s undergraduate degree is in Environmental Science!) Teams and leadership are inherently interdisciplinary areas that draw on theories and methods from many disciplines. Interested PhD students would need to apply to one of two PhD programs:

ATLAS Alum have gone on to faculty positions in Business schools and Psychology departments, and to a variety of industry positions. Please visit our Alumni page to learn more about what ATLAS Alumni are doing now!

The ATLAS lab is currently seeking applicants for two Post-Doctoral researcher positions.

The successful applicant will have a PhD awarded at the time of application, a research background in organizational science, and a degree from a related discipline such as Psychology, Management, Communication, Industrial Engineering, or Sociology. To learn more or to apply, please send a CV to Leslie DeChurch.

The ATLAS lab is currently seeking applicants for a lab manager.

The SONIC research group and ATLAS laboratory at Northwestern University invite applications for a research lab manager to support lab directors Noshir Contractor (SONIC) and Leslie DeChurch (ATLAS) on administrative and operational aspects of their research portfolios here at Northwestern University – Evanston Campus.

The lab manager will be responsible for supporting a variety of lab operations, including reporting and compliance requirements, communication of findings through digital displays and online materials, and organization and updating of research materials and files. In addition, the lab manager will assist in training new lab members and other research-related activities.

  • Preparation and submission of grant reports and other administrative documents needed for compliance.
  • Preparation of materials to promote our research on digital displays and lab websites.
  • Regularly update lab databases tracking publications, presentations, personnel, and other information needed for laboratory operations.
  • Oversee IRB procedures and maintain confidentiality of participant information; ensures compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.
  • Miscellaneous laboratory management tasks such as ordering supplies and maintaining equipment.
Required Competencies:
  • Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders.
  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Dropbox, and Google Drive required.
  • Willingness to learn scientific formatting requirements (e.g., APA format) in preparing research materials.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Industrial Engineering, or a social science field.
  • Experience in an interdisciplinary research environment preferred.
  • Experience with IRB or grant-writing preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references (i.e., contact details) to Brent Hoagland (brent.hoagland@northwestern.edu). Additionally, Northwestern University will have a formal application process.