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Research Assistant


Research Assistant

  • 519405
  • Medical Center
  • Psychiatry
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Oct 13 2021
  • Technical Grade 5
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $29.41 per hour

Position Summary

We are seeking two Research Assistants (RA) to join a team of researchers working on one or more human research studies in the Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Current studies include: effects of a cocoa flavanol supplementation on cognitive function (clinical trial); and psychophysiological studies of autonomic regulation of cardiovascular and immune system function (multidisciplinary, observational, epidemiological studies). Duties will include study participant recruitment via telephone screening; instructing participants and guiding them through intervention and study protocols to promote and measure supplement adherence. The RA also will liaise with and schedule participants for sessions to collect outcomes data  measured by collaborating research teams (MRI brain scan and neuropsychological tests). Training will be provided for these specialized tasks and supervised by study investigators. Also responsible for maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment; collecting, storing and inventorying data collected during the studies.
Other duties and projects may also be assigned. This is a position for 2 years.


  • Working with participants, observing experimental protocols, data collection.
  • Data entry and recordkeeping.
  • Participating in lab meetings.
  • Ordering supplies, samples, maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, Biology, or another area of science and at least one and one-half years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with RedCap and/or other database platform is a plus.

Other Requirements

  • Must successfully complete online systems training requirements
  • Must show the ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Must be flexible in nature and exhibit a willingness to learn new techniques and function in a fast-paces and changing work environment.
  • Must possess strong organizational skills, keep excellent notes, show sound judgment, and have a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation as well as the ability to work independently within a divers and dynamic team environment. 

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