Research Assistant 1 HSS

Connecticut, United States
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 2 November 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and/or Project Manager the Research Assistant will support multiple studies investigating substance use disorders, including neuroimaging studies, mobile health studies, and/or clinical trials. Required responsibilities of the Research Assistant include database management, survey preparation and management, participant recruitment and screening, scheduling, training and orientation of subjects, coordinating with clinical and research staff, leading study visits, shipping subject materials, running neuroimaging test days, monitoring subject participation across studies, and ensuring appropriate follow-up and IRB protocol compliance.

Essential Duties

  1. Researches and collects data through site or home visit intakes; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments.
  2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports.
  3. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities.
  4. Recruits study participants and ensures that subject recruitment and follow-up are completed per protocol procedures.
  5. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. May assist research and support staff.
  6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated ability working on a clinical research study. Strong computer skills including intermediate competency with Microsoft Excel and other Office programs. Proficiency with Qualtrics survey software.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to work with a wide range of individuals including youth and clinical populations and maintain professionalism including timeliness.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Attention to detail and outstanding organization skills. Experience with database management.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to work in a fast-paced setting and advance multiple tasks simultaneously.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work independently with self-initiative and maintain excellent ongoing communication with study team.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science or related field. Familiarity with Linux and basic coding skills. Familiarity with software such as SPSS, R, Matlab, SPM/AFNI/FSL. Prior experience with clinical patients and neuroimaging research.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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