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Research Assistant

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Full Time
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Research Assistant

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
Interested in working with video games, children, and behavioral research? The Health Technology Lab ( at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, is looking to hire multiple research assistants for a clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. This project will use active video games to encourage children's physical activity behaviors.

Your job involves data collection and processing. Previous experience in wet lab environments is preferred. More specifically, you will be trained to conduct cognitive tests, collect survey data, biological assay, and anthropometric measurements among children. You may attend several outreach events. You will gain valuable experience interacting with children, exploring interactive media production, learning new interpersonal skills, and conducting interdisciplinary behavioral research.

Background in biology, health science, or a related field is preferred

Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree is preferred

Experience in blood specimen processing is preferred

One year of relevant experience in addition to any educational requirements

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Detail-oriented and ability to follow protocol

Comfort with working with Microsoft Office and video game consoles

Be able to work well both independently and in a team environment

Prior experience in research and/or working with children

The ability to communicate in Spanish preferred

Ability to work weekend hours is required

Additional Information:
Minority applicants are encouraged. Please note that this is a part-time, non-benefits eligible position with up to 20 working hours per week. Initial appointments are three months after a one-month probationary period, with the possibility for renewal, contingent on performance.

Applicants should send: 1) a letter of application addressing the selection criteria and indicating how their background and expertise fit with the specific needs of the lab; 2) a curriculum vitae or resume; 3) the names and contact information of 3-5 references. Please send the application package to

Questions about the positions may be addressed to Dr. Amy Lu, associate professor of Communication Studies and Health Sciences, at Initial review of applications begins immediately.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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