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Part-Time Research Assistant

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Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Categories: Administrative / Clerical, Research / Scientific, Data Analytics / Security

Job Description

A part-time Research Assistant is being sought to support multiple NIH-funded projects in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu (lab information) and Dr. Brooks King-Casas (lab information) at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia. Projects in the labs are highly interdisciplinary and combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging and in vivo electrochemistry to investigate brain function in healthy and psychiatric populations. Current projects include both cross-sectional and interventional studies with a focus on major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance-use disorders and at-risk youth. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and detail-oriented person who enjoys interacting with others, being a key part of a diverse and active scientific environment, working with individuals with varied mental health difficulties, and managing multiple project duties. The successful candidate/s is/are expected to engage with culturally diverse populations in higher education, integrate evidence-based and inclusive pedagogical technologies is beneficial but not required. This position will provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience in clinical psychology, neuroeconomics, and cognitive/social/decision neuroscience as preparation for graduate school or medical school.

Required application materials: Cover letter including statement of interest, CV/Resume, transcript, list of references. Two letters of recommendation will be required prior to final consideration.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the position is filled. Expected start date is as soon as possible, and preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a one-year commitment. The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

All materials may be sent to Carey Caldwell at

Required Qualifications

Prior research experience in psychology, neuroscience or a related field is preferred, but not required.

Preferred Qualifications

• B.S. in Neuroscience, Biology, Chemistry, public health or a related field with an emphasis on laboratory experience, or equivalent education, training and experience.
• Working experience in an academic/research setting.

Review Date

Until filled

Additional Information

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

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Shelton at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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