Brown University — Research Assistant

Job Description:

The Research Assistant position entails both administrative and research responsibilities. The candidate will be responsible for recruiting and screening participants, maintaining participant records (e.g., consent forms, screening forms), assisting with the supervision and training of undergraduate students, and assisting day-to-day oversight of study maintenance.  The Research Assistant will assist with ongoing behavioral/experimental, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging (fMRI and PET) data collection, image and non-image data management and quality control, and data analysis and manuscript and data preparation.

The Oh Laboratory for Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University uses state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience and multimodal neuroimaging methods to study neurocognitive mechanisms of visual memory and how they change with brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease pathology in cognitively normal older adults. The Oh laboratory is affiliated with the Memory and Aging Program (MAP) at Butler Hospital, one of the leading clinical research centers for Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, and the Carney Institute for Brain Science and Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, providing rich and collaborative training and research environment for innovative cognitive and brain science with clinical applications.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 05/31/2024, which may be extended based upon available funding.

Job Qualifications
Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science or a related field
  • 1 to 2 years research experience in a related field
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in programming (e.g., Python, MATLAB, bash, R, Psychopy)


  • Research experience with data collection in human subjects.
  • Experience with human neuroimaging data analysis
  • Familiarity with statistics

Job Competencies
Indicate the essential job competencies. Competencies are required knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job successfully.

  • Must possess excellent communication and strong organizational skills.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.
  • Flexibility in scheduling is also required (e.g., willingness to occasionally work week nights and weekends to accommodate participant schedules).
  • The candidate will have no contraindications to entering Zone 4 of a 3T MRI scanner.
  • The Research Assistant must provide their own transportation between research sites.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace

Background and education check required.

Recruiting Start Date:

Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Grade 8

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Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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