Research Assistant

Connecticut, United States
12 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term

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-Jun-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:

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and/or Project Manager the Research Assistant will support multiple studies investigating substance use disorders, including neuroimaging studies, mobile health studies, and/or clinical trials. Required responsibilities of the Research Assistant include participant recruitment and screening, scheduling, training and orientation of subjects, conducting structured clinical interviews, coordinating with the pharmacy and clinical staff, leading study visits, shipping subject materials, running neuroimaging test days, monitoring subject participation across studies, and ensuring appropriate follow-up and IRB protocol compliance. The Research Assistant will collect behavioral, biological, neuropsychological, and brain imaging data, report on the status of research activities, manage and analyze datasets, coordinate work of students and manage the day-to-day activities of the lab. The Research Assistant may also work on statistical analysis of data and assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments.

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 ability conducting human subjects research. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong computer skills including expertise with Microsoft Office programs.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to work with a wide range of individuals including clinical populations and maintain professionalism.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Attention to detail and outstanding organization skills.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to work in a fast-paced setting and advance multiple tasks simultaneously.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work independently with self-initiative.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, psychology, computer science, cognitive science, or a related field. Familiarity with Linux and basic coding skills preferred. Familiarity with software such as Qualtrics, SPSS, R, Matlab, SPM/AFNI/FSL also preferred. Prior experience with clinical patients and neuroimaging research both strongly preferred.  

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Clinical graduate degree.

Weekend Hours Required? No
Evening Hours Required? No
Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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