Research Assistant - Psychiatry
Research Assistant - Psychiatry
Detroit, MI, United States
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Research Assistant - Psychiatry
Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Research Assistant - Psychiatry at its Detroit campus location.
Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.
Essential functions (job duties):
Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, provide scientific and technical assistance to complete laboratory based, clinical or population science research. May assist in writing research protocols and in manuscript preparation. Design and perform research protocols independently or as directed through training in more difficult or specialized procedures to meet the needs of the research protocol.
Perform laboratory based scientific techniques or clinical/population science (human subjects) research. Design and perform experiments, recruit participants for studies by developing surveys and interviewing candidates. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist staff with experiments/research protocols as required. Communicate with principal investigator and Postdoctoral scholars/fellows on the status of research.
Collect and log laboratory results, clinical outcomes and/or survey data. Evaluate and perform data analysis using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated. Proofread and edit research data and documents to ensure accuracy.
Assist principal investigator with writing methods and summarizing/organizing data to be used in preparing and presenting presentations for professional, scientific and academic conferences and submittal to academic and scholarly peer-reviewed journals.
Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
The research assistant is an engaged, essential member of the lab and will be generally responsible for having overall knowledge of all lab projects and managing day-to-day logistics of the lab. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. For motivated individuals, there are additional opportunities to contribute to grants, publications, and conference presentations. This position is ideal for an applicant who is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience, psychology, or related fields.
Duties may include:
Participant recruitment, enrollment, and management. Participating in recruitment, which may include close interaction with or conducted in schools, clinics, or community organizations in the Detroit area. Coordinate recruitment events and oversee the recruitment team.
Scheduling, communications (e.g., email, phone, text), and assessments for various research studies.
Data collection for ongoing research protocols for adults, children, adolescents, and parents/caregivers (in-person and virtual settings). Data collection modalities may include: surveys, behavior, fMRI/MRI scanning, clinical interviews, biological samples (blood, saliva, urine), EEG, EMG, SCR, exercise session, etc.
Data archiving, organization, processing, and analysis.
Assist with lab management duties, including supervising and coordinating the work of student volunteers and other laboratory staff.
Communicate and coordinate with collaborators and partnered organizations (e.g., MR Research Facility, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne Pediatrics).
Posting advertisements and flyers in person and online.
Preparation of IRB documentation and submissions in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and/or other members of the research team.
Laboratory maintenance activities, such as finances and spending, inventory, computer maintenance, and cleaning.
Attend and engage in team and lab meetings.
The Trauma History Investigation of Neurodevelopment in Kids (THINK) lab at Wayne State University (www.wsuthinklab.com), directed by Dr. Hilary Marusak, is seeking a part- and/or full-time Research Assistant. The THINK lab studies the impact of stress and trauma on brain and behavioral development in children and adolescents, the impact of cannabinoids on the developing brain, and pediatric anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our research uses several neuroscientific techniques, including genotyping, blood biomarkers, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and psychophysiology (skin conductance responses), and investigates several behavioral and pharmacological interventions (e.g., exercise, cannabinoids, mindfulness) to improve mental health outcomes in youth. We are also engaged in research on the impact of cannabis treatment on brain network functioning and neuroinflammation in military veterans with PTSD. The research assistant is an engaged, essential member of the lab and will be generally responsible for having overall knowledge of all lab projects and managing day-to-day logistics of the lab. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. For motivated individuals, there are additional opportunities to contribute to grants, publications, and conference presentations. This position is ideal for an applicant who is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience, psychology, or related fields.
Education - Bachelor's degree
Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, preferred. Requires advanced knowledge
predominantly intellectual in character in a field of science or learning acquired by a prolonged
course of specialized intellectual instruction.
Experience - Entry level (less that a year of job-related experience)
Experience performing basic research techniques or interacting with human subjects, preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work independently. Ability to analyze, summarize and interpret research findings and
data in reports and spreadsheets and communicate results. Knowledge of scientific integrity
principles. Excellent time management and organization skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Microsoft office software skills.
Eligible candidates will have at least a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, exercise science, social work, biology, computer science, engineering, education, or a related field. Applicants must enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults, and individuals from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds. Requires flexibility in availability and scheduling, including weekend and evening hours. This position demands initiative and the ability to work flexibly on multiple tasks simultaneously under minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, professionalism, office organization, time management, attention to detail, strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint), ability to work independently and as a team. Applicants who have some experience in human subjects research are preferred. Applicants with some experience with exercise physiology, coding or programming (e.g., Python, Matlab), statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R), psychological experiment software (e.g., Presentation), fMRI analyses software (e.g., SPM), publications, conference presentations, data management, and/or phlebotomy will be a bonus. Must be fully vaccinated and compliant with all campus health requirements (e.g., mask mandate). Applicants who are interested in a two-year commitment and who are interested in learning phlebotomy will be prioritized.
H06 - School of Medicine
H0613 - Psychiatry
- Regular Employee
- Job type: Fractional Time
- Job category: Research
- Compensation type: Annual Salary
- Hourly rate:
- Salary minimum:
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Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/ or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.
- Number of openings: 1
- Reposted position: No
- Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
- Prior posting/requisition number:
Background check requirements:
University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.
Equal employment opportunity statement:
Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions.
Learn more at: WSU Covid-19 Website
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Wayne State University
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Detroit, MI * 48202
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