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Research Assistant/Lab Manager

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

Two full-time research assistants (lab manager) are sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion ( Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, personality, or substance-use disorders, and at-risk youth). Some projects involve biological sample collection and/or image acquisition with various animals. The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and assessing research participants, implementing all aspects of study protocols, and maintaining positive communication with research participants and collaborators. Data collection involves various modalities: behavioral tasks, imaging (e.g., fMRI, MEG), clinical interviews, and/or biological assays (e.g., urine, saliva). Additional duties include managing participant databases, relevant IRB protocols, and project funds. Research assistants are essential members of the labs and will be responsible for maintaining overall knowledge of all projects. The research assistants will also facilitate day-to-day logistics of the labs. Training will be provided for all aspects of the positions. For motivated individuals, there may be opportunities to be involved with data analysis. This is an excellent position for candidates interested in graduate school in cognitive or clinical psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment.
Required application materials: Cover Letter, CV/Resume, and a list of references. Two letters of recommendation will be required prior to an interview Expected start date is late spring/early summer 2022.

Required Qualifications

BA/BS in psychology, neuroscience, biology, or related field or MA/MS candidates with clinical (clinical psychology, psychiatry) training will be considered
Two years of research experience
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated ability and desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple concurrent duties
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

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