Research Assistant 1 HSS

Connecticut, United States
Dec 15, 2020
End of advertisement period
Feb 15, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

The RA will be stationed at 2 Church St. South where they will be making phone calls for subject eligibility, attending recruitment and other meetings, evaluation of subjects in-person, bringing them to physicals. They will also bring subjects to scans and conduct cognitive assessments. These will be done at MRRC, PET Center, and CMHC research areas. The study is to examine brain changes associated with neuropsychiatric conditions, such as substance abuse disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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:

Empathetic and patient with interview subjects.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to learn and adapt to working with different subjects. Ability to take direction.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Strong communication skills. Works well in a team. 

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Intermediate computer skills: Word and Excel.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor's degree in a related social science field such as psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, etc. Prior experience on a human subject research study. Experience with Redcap and data management. Experience working with individuals suffering from substance abuse. Experience performing structured interviews using the SCID-5.

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