Minerva University


Minerva University, headquartered in San Francisco, California, offers a unique undergraduate experience for the brightest, most motivated students in the world. Minerva’s curriculum and experiential learning has been deliberately designed to teach the capabilities needed to solve complex challenges. All Minerva classes are small, engaging active learning seminars. The virtual synchronous technology platform enables faculty to teach, and students to take their courses, from anywhere in the world, enabling its global residential program. Combining a reinvented curriculum, rigorous academic standards, leading technology, and an immersive global residential experience, Minerva provides an exceptional and accessible undergraduate education to prepare future leaders and innovators across multiple disciplines. Minerva undergraduate students come from all over the world to spend their first year in residence in San Francisco, and then live and study in multiple different major world cities over their following three years. To date, rotation cities have included Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hyderabad, London, Seoul, and Taipei. These rich international experiences provide students with deep global understanding, skills and the ability to apply their academic learning in real world situations. In addition to the five undergraduate degrees, Minerva offers a graduate degree and a graduate certificate for working professionals studying remotely throughout the world.

In 2021, Minerva University obtained independent accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Prior to that, since its founding in 2013, Minerva was accredited by WSCUC through its partnership with Keck Graduate Institute, and the institution was named Minerva Schools at KGI. Minerva graduated its first masters students in 2017 and its first undergraduate students in 2019. It currently has five undergraduate colleges and one graduate program. Its students and alums are from 100 countries. The current student population is ~650 with plans to grow to several thousand over the next decade.


The Minerva Psychology Lab is accepting applications for a full-time lab manager position to begin Summer 2024 (exact date negotiable) and continue for at least 12 months, with an annual pay of $50,000 plus benefits. The work will be mostly in San Francisco, but some time can be spent remotely, and the position may include international travel.

The lab manager will be responsible for the general administrative functioning of the lab, collaborating on designing research, and supervising undergraduate research assistants. Some research assistants and research projects will be located internationally, because Minerva undergraduates complete a global rotation that starts in San Francisco and then includes multiple world cities such as Seoul, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Hyderabad, and Berlin.

The lab has a focus on the psychology of music and mental health, and experience or interest in either of these topics is beneficial but not required. Developmental psychology and cross-cultural psychology are also relevant, especially experience with Lookit. Professors involved in the lab include Mark Sheskin, Katie McAllister, Randi Doyle and Geneva Stein.

This position may be of particular interest to people planning to apply to research-focused PhD programs, and the level of involvement in research design, implementation, and write-up will be consistent with authorship on some publications.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field
  • Experience with human subjects research
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with exceptional levels of responsibility and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in the United States

Additional Relevant Qualifications

  • Experience with managing projects and coordinating work teams
  • Technical skills for research (programming, statistical analysis, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills, ranging from debriefing participants to drafting academic papers
  • Experience with online data collection with adults and children

To apply:

  • Full consideration guaranteed for applications received by March 8th, though it may be possible to review applications received after that.
  • Include a cv/resume, a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this role, an undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine), and contact information for up to 3 people who could be contacted for a letter of recommendation with a 1-2 sentence description of how you know each of them.

Position Type: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Compensation: $50,000 per year

Salary is commensurate with education and experience, with an estimated $50,000 annually. This reflects a position based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Benefits package includes medical, vision, and dental for US employees.

Minerva University is actively working to promote excellence through diversity and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, people with disabilities and diverse socio-economic backgrounds to apply. Minerva is an equal opportunity employer and honors its values and commitment to diversity and belonging in its hiring practices. In addition, Minerva University does not discriminate based on any consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local law.