National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Research Assistant

Job Description:

A full-time Research Assistant is sought for a National Institutions of Health (NIH)-funded research project to examine how genetics and early developmental challenges impact the onset of Alzheimer’s disease pathology and cognitive function in healthy older adults (PIs: Stephen L. Buka, Scd & William C. Heindel, PhD).  The study will collect data from behavioral and neuropsychological testing, survey questionnaires, genetic information, blood biomarkers, and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand neurocognitive mechanisms underlying the risk for and resilience to AD pathology among nondemented older adults.

As a member of the Department of the Cognitive, Linguistics and Psychological Sciences (CLPS), the Research Assistant will assist Project Manager and PI with a number of research related activities. Responsibilities will include: participant location and recruitment; conducting structured interviews; administering and scoring neuropsychological tests and experimental computerized tasks, and data management. The Research Assistant will also assist with other research-related activities, such as phlebotomy (optional); ordering supplies; preparing test materials; scheduling and mailing materials to participants; and managing ongoing lab tasks. Experience with blood collection (phlebotomy) and/or willingness to be trained optional but desired. Some flexibility in scheduling (evenings and weekends) may be required.

All offers of employment are contingent upon consent to criminal background screening check and education verification with results satisfactory to Brown.

This position is fixed-term, 100% grant-funded position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology or related field is required
  • 2-3 years of experience working with human participants and data in either research or clinical settings or the equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Proficiency in using computers/technology and familiarity with common software (e.g., MS Office, Adobe products) used in the lab; experience with using either Qualtrics or REDCap is desirable but not required.
  • Experience conducting structured interviews and/or neuropsychological assessments is a plus.
  • Experience with computerized testing using Matlab, E-Prime or PsychoPy software is also desirable.
  • Familiarity with basic lab techniques and procedures is expected.
  • Research Assistant will be required to complete Level 2 MRI certification training
  • Training in phlebotomy (or willingness to be trained to collect blood) is desired
  • Experience with working with human participants in research or clinical settings will be given preference.
  • Must possess strong organizational, time-management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to follow a structured interview format and work without direct supervision.
  • Basic computer skills required. Proficiency in lab software, particularly Qualtrics and E-Prime, will be given preference.
  • Must be able to communicate comfortably and effectively both over the phone and in-person.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment

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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

Grade 8

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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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