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Research Coordinator

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Psychology
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

Applications are invited for a full-time research coordinator position in the JK Lifespan Development lab of Dr. Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech ( The position has a start date of January 2020 and requires at least a two year commitment. Projects in the lab combine developmental psychopathology and decision neuroscience to investigate brain function, emotion and personality processes, decision making and health behaviors. We use a variety of methods including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, behavioral tasks, interviews, and questionnaires. This is an excellent opportunity for a personable, motivated, and detail-oriented person seeking further research experience before applying to graduate school.
Primary data collection responsibilities will include: recruiting adolescents, young adults, and family members; scheduling visits; and obtaining behavioral assessments and fMRI scanning. Primary data management responsibilities include: management and oversight of participant databases, entering data, ensuring data reliability and completeness, and preparing data for analysis. Additional key tasks include assisting with participant tracking and retention, preparation of IRB materials, oversight of data collection, and facilitating paperwork for research compliance. Training for all aspects of the position, including MRI certification, will be provided. Flexible scheduling is required (e.g., evenings and weekends will be required).

Required Qualifications

BA/BS in psychology, neuroscience, or related fields; Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate research experience, including participant recruitment and data collection.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with data management (especially in basic statistical analysis with SPSS); experience in the administration of standard psychological assessments, including self-report, structured diagnostic interviews, and behavioral tasks; demonstrated organizational and time management skills, leadership skills, and attention to detail.

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The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

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