Research Assistant I

Connecticut, United States
Nov 03, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jan 03, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Provides research and organizational support to a Professor of Psychology whose research focuses on behavioral and neural processes underlying the development of anxiety and stress-related disorders in childhood and adolescence. Duties include, but are not limited to, participant recruitment (children, adolescents, adults), screening and data collection (behavioral, psychophysiological, MRI neuroimaging), data entry, coding, database management and some analysis, assisting in experimental paradigm development, overseeing subject reimbursements, and lab management (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and grants, ordering equipment and supplies, scheduling meetings, website maintenance).

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:

Proven ability and highly proficient at testing human participants from the community and clinical settings including children and adolescents. Proven ability to establish rapport with participants. Sensitivity to working with pediatric clinical populations.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent written and verbal skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a team.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Timeliness, accuracy, reliability, attention to detail, and ability to multitask.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

General computing proficiency in Mac & Windows OS, Microsoft Office, and Photoshop/Illustrator.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated ability with collecting MRI data.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

B.A./B.S. in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or related fields; experience working with human participants (with children and adolescents). Statistical skills (e.g., SPSS, R). Familiarity with IRB protocol submissions. Interest in clinical developmental neuroscience. Enthusiastic about science, medical career. Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills.

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