Research Assistant


Position Information

University Code 34041 University Title Labs/Research Assistant 1 University Job Family Research & Innovation ORP Eligible No For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Multi Title Scope of Search Regional Working Title Research Assistant Position Number 574390 Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Non-Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department Inst For Drug Alcohol Stud Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

The Research Assistant will be responsible for data collection from human-subject volunteers required for a biomedical behavioral research study. Specific duties include: 1) Subject recruitment, including placement of IRB -approved fliers and media advertisements about research studies being conducted at IDAS, as well as collection and computer entry of responses and information furnished by potential research volunteers contacting the lab by phone in order to identify possible participants, 2) Collection of informed consent from research volunteers, including describing the study to research participant candidates in simple language, and overseeing the signing of consent and assent forms, 3) Biological data collection, including collection and testing of urine drug samples using test kits as well as administration of breathalyzer assessment of alcohol intoxication, 4) Psychometric data collection, including administration, collection and scoring of paper-and-pencil or computer-driven questionnaires, as well as administration and recording of computer-driven cognitive performance tasks, 5) Collection of brain imaging-related data in conjunction with an MR technologist, such as by administering computerized tasks during MRI sessions, and 6) Accurate calculation of subject compensation. As part of the assessment, the employee will be expected to coordinate a busy study visit for the subjects, including escorting research volunteers to and from the different tasks and testing rooms and waiting rooms of the IDAS laboratory.

Minimum Hiring Standards

Computer skills including word processing, data entry, spreadsheet, database management, and entry level statistical/programming skills.
Clinical skills, including fundamental clinical skills such as establishing rapport, maintaining participant motivation, empathetic responding, ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, and ability to use clinical judgment in (rare) emergency situations.
Organizational skills, including understanding of HIPPA regulations.
Ability to organize meetings, and present reports.
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU .

Preferred Hiring Standards

Previous experience with DNA collection and physiological assessment including a working knowledge of BIOPAC data acquisition hardware and the Acknowledge data-scoring program strongly preferred. Experience with Medialab, Eprime, SPSS, and Microsoft software preferred.
Experience in being involved in academic research in a related field preferred Bachelor’s degree in psychology neuroscience or related field or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Required Licenses/ Certifications Anticipated Hiring Range $34,000-38,000 Application Process/Additional Information Campus MCV Campus Hours/Week 40 Normal Work Days/Hours Monday-Friday/8am-5pm Job Open Date 10/09/2020 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes Job Category Research Is this a restricted position? Yes Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? No Sensitive Position Yes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will be required. Resource Critical No Quick Link http://www.vcujobs.com/postings/101087 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Please describe any experience you have had previously in research or as a research assistant.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. Describe your experience with active participant recruitment for research?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Do you have any experience conducting research interviews?
    • Yes
    • No
Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume


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