Research Participant Associate

Massachusetts, United States
Nov 10, 2020
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Jan 10, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

RESEARCH PARTICIPANT ASSOCIATECenter for Transportation & Logistics (CTL)-Age Lab, to support human subject’s data collection and clerical data management. Will support research staff with projects related to vehicle technology, transportation, and aging by assisting with collecting data in laboratory, simulation, field, and naturalistic experiments; and assisting with video, questionnaire, and qualitative data coding.  Responsibilities include recruiting research subjects for a range of studies by utilizing and maintaining a subject database, creating advertising campaigns, and scheduling appointments; supporting experiments through study coordination by accurately and consistently following an experimental protocol, including tasks such as greeting participants, explaining the experiment, and answering any questions that arise as part of obtaining informed consent; assisting in data collection; entering data from paper copy questionnaires into spreadsheets; maintaining and tracking a research vehicle fleet; conducting interviews with human subjects; validating transcriptions of audio recorded interviews; coding video and audio data using specialized software; maintaining paper and electronic records; assisting staff with miscellaneous office tasks; and performing other tasks/duties as requested. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  high school diploma or its equivalent; experience in some aspect of administrative assistance, research support, or similar activity; meticulous attention to detail; excellent communication and organization skills; ability to work as part of a team, handle multiple priorities from multiple sources, and perform accurately under time pressures and frequent interruptions; experience using Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, Outlook) and ability to quickly learn new software programs/interfaces and to troubleshoot minor technical problems; and a valid, current, U.S. driver’s license.  

PREFERRED:  bachelor’s degree in psychology, social science, or related field; knowledge of Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Dropbox; and experience working with qualitative data. Job #19085-3