Research Program Coordinator

Maryland, United States
$31,386 to $43,141 per year
16 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $31,386 to $43,141 per year
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001376-Psychological and Brain Sciences 
Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences

Purpose of Position:

The Research Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating, managing, and implementing research activities in the Dynamic Perception Lab.  This position supports the lab’s ongoing research projects while handling day-to-day management of the lab. This will entail assisting lab members with subject recruitment, data collection, analysis, and technical troubleshooting, as well as carrying out independent research projects. The Research Program Coordinator will also be responsible for setting up new equipment and maintaining the lab’s current equipment, maintaining records, maintaining a lab calendar and website, and other administrative duties.  This is a full-time position contingent upon the availability of funds.

Knowledge and Skill:

  • Prior background in psychology or cognitive neuroscience (either in the form of coursework or research experience) as well as a working knowledge of basic statistics strongly preferred
  • Programming skills preferred, but not required (most of the coding is done in Matlab; facility with other languages such as Python, C++, and JavaScript may be helpful)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required
  • The Research Program Coordinator will be a primary contact for participants, collaborators, and other contacts outside the lab
  • Strong organizational skills
  • The Research Program Coordinator will play a major role in maintaining the existing organization scheme for the lab’s records and experimental data and/or developing new organizational schema as necessary

Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification: 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or related fields.
  • Some related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some basic coursework in statistics preferred.
  • Undergraduate research experience in experimental psychology or cognitive neuroscience is preferred.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

A. Data Collection and Analysis

  • Recruit experimental participants
  • Conduct collection of behavioral and TMS data
  • Collect neuroimaging data at the MRI facility
  • Conduct analysis of neuroimaging, TMS

B. Lab Infrastructure Management

  • Maintain an fMRI analysis pipeline
  • Develop shared stimulus and analysis scripts
  • Update and maintain tutorials for common tasks
  • Coordinate lab access to the Maryland Advance Research Computing Center
  • Liaise with PBS IT staff to resolve lab- or network-related technical issues
  • Maintain a lab wiki, calendar, and website

C. General Lab Administration

  • Supervise undergraduate research assistants
  • Maintain lab equipment; set-up new equipment as necessary
  • Maintain data archives
  • Maintain HIPAA-compliant participant database
  • Order equipment, supplies, and materials as needed
  • Schedule, setup, and take notes for lab meetings

D. Protocol Management

  • Collaborate with PI on IRB protocols
  • Liaise between lab and IRB
  • Prepare all necessary forms and paperwork related to research protocols
  • Prepare and submit any Adverse and Serious Adverse Event Reports to JHU IRB

E. Grant Writing

  • Collaborate with PI on grant applications, non-competing renewals, progress reports
  • Colloborate with PBS office staff regarding grant submissions, as necessary

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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