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Research Assistant - Robotics Institute

Carnegie Mellon University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Dec 8, 2023

Job Details

Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is searching for a Research Assistant to join their team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment.

We are seeking creative and energetic research assistant (RA) that will be engaged in approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures, including the appropriate collection, recording, storage, and analysis of data (audiovisual video-recording, survey completion on smartphone, data acquisition, and data transfer between different sites). The RA will also train the participants on how to adequately complete the data collection on smartphone. That includes install the mobile app on the participants’ phones, complete the prompts, and manage signals, such as using snooze mode to delay a reply. Responsibilities will also include ensuring data collection adhere to frameworks and all data collection documentation is maintained appropriately.

  • Recruit participants for research studies

  • Perform approved research project tasks according to defined protocols and procedures

  • Communicate the daily progress of research projects via meetings with, and written reports to the research director

  • Coordinates work consistently to achieve maximum productivity

  • Demonstrates ability to deal with changes in priorities to provide smooth and consistent workflow

  • Ensure the proper preparation of equipment calibration for research project

  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage

  • Follows research plans in order to collect, record, and manipulate research data. Maintains accurate and detailed research records and files

  • Interacts with interdisciplinary professional partners

  • Maintain appropriate equipment maintenance and usage by ensuring the adherence to laboratory standards

  • May test software prototypes. May interact with research subjects in order to perform job functions

  • Need to have a car to travel between data collection sites

  • Optimize protocols and improve methods currently employed

  • Perform approved research project tasks according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, storage, and analysis of data, and reporting of results

  • Performs basic data analysis in order to product reports. Documents results and processes

  • Performs library research and field explorations

  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or event that did affect or potentially could affect the project goals and workflow

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Master or bachelor degree in computer science and/or medical science or related field of study

  • Two years’ experience in a research environment with at least one year in the designated specialty of research

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Strong organization and planning skills, careful attention to detail with strong follow-through, able to prioritize and organize tasks effectively to accomplish objectives in a timely matter

  • Strong computer skills and advanced knowledge in file management, transcription, and other administrative procedures (Microsoft Office, Excel and other databases

  • Enthusiastic about collaborating with partners from multiple disciplines and institutions

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits, available to all full-time Carnegie Mellon University employees. Experience the full spectrum of advantages, from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to enticing retirement savings programs. Unlock your potential with tuition benefits, and take well-deserved breaks with generous paid time off and holidays. Rest easy knowing you're covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance. For a comprehensive overview of the benefits awaiting you, explore: .

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role & responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique key skills and the diverse perspectives you bring. Our commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment means we also account for geographic differentials. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it is about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

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Staff – Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

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