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Research Assistant

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Nov 22, 2023

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Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher education and enriches our community.

Job Description:

Position Purpose:

This Research Assistant (RA) will support two studies of bystander behavior in young adults, one focused on reducing alcohol-related risk and the other on reducing sexual violence risk in alcohol contexts. RA activities involve participant recruitment and communication; participant tracking and retention, reviewing data quality and managing datafiles, managing participant payments, documenting project procedures, programming screening surveys and assessment batteries, and supporting all investigator research needs. The RA will conduct virtual and in-person sessions with research participants and community advisory group members. The RA is expected to generate and maintain project documentation, conduct library research as needed, and assemble requested materials for IRB modifications, manuscript and presentation preparation, and progress reports. Other activities will include collection, organization, scoring, and management of data and helping with data analysis.

Major Responsibilities include:
  • Participant recruitment, scheduling and conducting study sessions 35%

  • Participant tracking and monitoring completion and integrity of data 30%

  • Program surveys and document assessment batteries and study records 20%

  • Assist with preparing reports and dissemination materials 10 %

  • Serve as fund custodian for disbursement of participant payments 5 %

Job Qualifications and Competencies:

Education & Experience
  • Required: BA or BS in psychology or related field with 1-2 years (3-5 years preferred) experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Required: Proficiency in Word and Excel

  • Coursework in research design and experience with human subjects research preferred

  • Experience in programming online surveys (e.g., Qualtrics software) preferred

  • Experience managing databases preferred

  • Coursework in addiction, substance abuse and/or psychopharmacology preferred

  • Experience with management of ecological momentary assessment data preferred

  • Experience with statistical software preferred.

  • Flexibility in work schedule is preferable, including possible evening hours.

  • Experience with or interest in social media/marketing preferred.

Job Competencies
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize effort to meet project goals

  • Openness to and keen interest in learning new skills

  • Willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community

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

  • This is a fixed term position with a current end date of December 31, 2025 which may be extended based upon available funding. This position entails sharing a commitment to accomplish the goals of the research program. A commitment of at least one year is expected; position can be renewed further based on mutual agreement.

  • Position may require flexible hours (e.g., evenings) during some phases of the study, to meet participant needs.

Additional physical demands and working conditions: Hybrid Eligible

This is a fixed term position with a current date of (12/31/2025), 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.

Recruiting Start Date:


Job Posting Title:

Research Assistant


Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies


Grade 8

Worker Type:


Worker Sub-Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:

Full time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


Position Work Location:

Hybrid Eligible

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.

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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.


Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown is a nonprofit leading research university, home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. As a private, nonprofit institution, the University advances its mission through support from a community invested in Brown's commitment to advance knowledge and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. What sets their work apart? Collectively, Brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

Brown students and faculty are tackling the nation’s opioid crisis. Planning the next Mars landing site. Uncovering the locations of ancient civilizations. Advising world leaders on new political models. Exploring new frontiers in multimedia arts. In each of their intellectual endeavors, our scholars and researchers are uncommonly driven by the belief that their work must — and will — have an impact in their communities, in society and the world.

We are a learning community grounded in a commitment of respect for the diversity of viewpoints that is fundamentally essential to intellectual discovery. We encourage the right of all individuals to express ideas and perspectives — and we embrace the value of vigorous debate in pursuit of knowledge.

Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

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