Research Assistant, HSS

Connecticut, United States
06 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University Job Title: Research Assistant 1 HSS
Bargaining Unit: L34 - Local 34 (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Fixed
If Fixed Duration, is continuation possible?: Yes
Other Fixed Duration Date: 01-Aug-2020
Compensation Grade: Labor Grade C
Work Location: Medical School Campus
Worksite Address: 1 Church Street New Haven, CT 06510
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Research Res Support, Research/Support
Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5

Position Focus:

The objective of the studies for this research assistant in Dr. Dana Small’s Lab, is the interaction between neural and metabolic contributions to food reward. Research studies conducted use functional neuroimaging techniques in combination with neuropsychological, behavioral, psychophysical, genetic and physiological assessments to understand brain representation of taste, smell, flavor, and feeding in humans. The applicant’s role will comprise of subject recruitment, data collection and analysis, management of general lab affairs, such as purchasing supplies and organizing files. The successful applicant will be trained on the use of laboratory equipment (e.g. olfactometer and gustometer systems), basic programming in MATLAB, and neuroimaging analysis. Involvement in all phases of research process, from initial experimental design to analysis and reporting results, is highly encouraged.

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:

Demonstrated working knowledge of nutrition, physiology, and exercise science. Knowledge and familiarity with indirect calorimetry. Demonstrated ability working in research.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Intermediate skill level with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Proficiency with database management.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to perform literature searches.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Excellent communication and  interpersonal skills. Enjoy working with people.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelors degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related field such as physiology or biology, is strongly preferred. Knowledge of statistical analysis (e.g. SPSS) and programming preferred.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Phlebotomy certification is desirable.

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Background Check Requirements

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