National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Senior Research Assistant

Job Description:

This Senior Research Assistant (RA) will support the investigative team in grant-funded research testing behavioral and pharmacological interventions to improve health among adults with obesity who smoke cigarettes. Activities involve participant recruitment, consenting, tracking and retention; implementing study protocols; managing datafiles; and facilitating project-related communications. The Senior RA is expected to help with organization and maintenance of project documents and files, conducting library research as needed, and assembling materials for IRB modifications and progress reports.

Job Qualifications
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Education and Experience

  • BA or BS in psychology or related field with 2-3 years’ experience (other degrees considered based on work experience) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
  • Coursework in research design and statistics is preferred.
  • Coursework in addiction, substance abuse and/or psychopharmacology is preferred.
  • Experience working with online surveys (e.g., Qualtrics software) is preferred.
  • Experience managing databases is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Endnote or other bibliographic database is preferred.
  • Familiarity with APA formatting is preferred.
  • Experience with human subjects applications and modifications is preferred.

Job Competencies
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  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, perform multiple tasks efficiently and accurately, take initiative, and maintain organized working conditions required
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize effort to meet project goals
  • Openness to and interest in learning new skills
  • Comfort working with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Candidates must possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Ability to function as a research team member and leader
  • One-year commitment is required
  • Must be able to work late afternoons, evenings, and some weekends when necessary

This is a fixed term position with a current end date 1-year after hiring, which may be extended based upon available funding.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

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Job Posting Title:
Senior Research Assistant

Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies

Grade 9

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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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