Research Technician II, Psychology and Neuroscience

North Carolina, United States
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Duke Early Experienceand the Developing Brain (DEED) Lab, an NIH funded lab in Duke's Psychology & Neuroscience department, is seeking a research technician with significant interest in child psychopathology, child development, and clinical interviewing.

The DEED Lab studies the transactional relationships between early life experiences and brain development, with a central focus on how our understanding of functional brain development during the first six years of life can be used to help children with early emerging disruptions in socioemotional development. Techniques routinely used in the lab to investigate these relationships include functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), dyadic head-mounted eye-tracking, and behavioral testing. Children visiting the lab frequently include infants, toddlers, and preschoolers exhibiting early emerging features of depression or autism spectrum disorder.

Through our innovative research and training,the DEED Lab strives to inform social policies that will support a strong foundation for young, vulnerable children. This position will support the Neurodevelopmental Trajectories of Reward Processing in Very Early Emerging Risk for Depression study, a federally funded longitudinal program of research investigating brain development and risk for depression in preschoolers.

Main responsibilities will include interviewing caregivers about their preschool-age child’s development and mental health using a semi-structured psychiatric interview, assisting with study recruitment and scheduling, monitoring day-to-day study needs, and monitoring the daily activities of undergraduate research assistants. The research technician will also have opportunities to co-author research publications and presentations in their own areas of interest and inongoing projects in the lab.

Desired skills/experience include:

  • A high degree of comfort in working with young children and their families.
  • Interactive communication skills and ability to constructively work with others including researchers, staff, students, and participating families
  • Previous experience with clinical/psychiatric interviewing
  • Familiarity with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria
  • Familiarity with REDCap is a plus
  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or relatedfield. Research experience in relevant field(s) for two or more years will also beviewed favorably (e.g., clinical psychology, developmental psychology, social work, etc.)

Please include with your online application: 1. current CV (including contact details of 3 references) 2. letter of Interest highlighting how your background complements the labs' needs and interests. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 8th and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

This is a one year position with possibility of renewal. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.

Requisition Number 401496864
Location Durham
Job Family Level 08
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology or other science related scientific field.


None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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