Research Assistant, Developmental Neuroscience

Connecticut, United States
Thursday, 4 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Research Assistant will contribute to the design and implementation of behavioral, eye-tracking, and/or psychophysiological studies and conduct experimental procedures with infants and children with and without autism.   

The research assistant will be responsible for maintaining hardware and software of behavioral, eye-tracking and electrophysiology labs, conducting experimental procedures with infants and children with and without autism, including eye-tracking and electrophysiological studies. They will oversee the procedures and compliance of research protocols focused on autism and related developmental disorders and will be responsible for maintaining and updating data pipelines for eye tracking research.   

The incumbent will also be responsible for data management, data backup, data quality checks and data visualization procedures of both research protocols and clinical assessments. They will assist with data collection, data management and analysis using statistical methods, including linear mixed models and data-driven analytic approaches using packages such as R, SPSS, SAS and/or MATLAB.  The research assistant may also assist in grant and manuscript preparation.

Candidates who apply by February 22nd will be given priority consideration.

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:

Experience with statistical methods, including linear mixed models and other analytic approaches using packages such as R, SPSS, SAS and/or MATLAB. Familiarity with hardware/software maintenance and operations related to video recording, data storage, data quality control or data processing.  

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail and outstanding organizational skills. Ability to work independently with self-initiative.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proven ability to multi-task, maintain confidentiality and remain focused in a fast-paced environment. Proven ability to be meticulous with details.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated exceptional, analytical skills and the ability to work as part of a team and independently.
Professional appearance and manner as well as an excellent attendance record.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

BA or BS in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field. Experience with eye-tracking, electrophysiology, eeg/erp, or imaging research lab environment. Familiarity with Access data base environment.

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