Research Assistant 1, HSS

Connecticut, United States
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Research Assistant will be working at Yale Medical School (SHM/ YPI). Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, this individual will assist in and support research projects that investigate the neurophysiological mechanisms of higher cognition, such as decision making, complex learning and reasoning in non-human primates (NHP).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Carrying out behavioral training of NHPs independently
  2. Analyzing data and discussing the results in respect to the literature (e.g. neuroscience, general biological sciences, genetic engineering)
  3. Assisting with novel tasks that require the skills to explore/use newly-developed, open source software (e.g. 3D skull model printing, pupil analysis with deep lab cut)
  4. Managing/coordinating experiment schedules across labs, coordinating with staffs at animal facility and VCS, training new members and following-up on/tracking orders with vendors etc.

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 proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, and the Internet. Interest and ability to understand/explore new technology

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated record of independent performance requiring the ability to locate and solve problems.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent organizational and analytical skills. Strong attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to work with diverse research staffs. Strong communication skills

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Motivation for reading/understanding literature and the data

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering.

Weekend Hours Required?

Evening Hours Required?

Drug Screen

Health Screening

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.

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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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