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Research Coordinator

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Psychology
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Administrative / Clerical, 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 ( Projects in the lab combine developmental psychopathology and decision neuroscience to investigate brain function, emotion and cognition processes, decision making, and health behaviors.

Our current longitudinal study examines risk and protective factors related to decision making and psychopathology among young adults. We use a variety of methods including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, behavioral tasks, interviews, and questionnaires. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment (with possibility for renewal beyond two years).

Primary data collection responsibilities will include: recruiting young adults and family members; scheduling visits; obtaining behavioral assessments and fMRI scanning; and oversight of data collection. 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. Training for all aspects of the position, including MRI certification, will be provided. Flexible scheduling is required (e.g., evenings, weekends, and some holidays will be required).

Required application materials: Cover letter including statement of interest, CV/Resume, contact information for two references (no need to submit letters).

Expected start date is June 2023. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and on a rolling basis and will end when the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Pre-submission inquiries with CV may be emailed to: Jungmeen Kim-Spoon (

Required Qualifications

One year research experience, including participant recruitment and data collection;

Demonstrated organizational, time-management, interpersonal, and communication skills; and attention to detail;

Have transportation available to travel between two data collection sites: Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke (44 miles away)

Preferred Qualifications

• BA/BS in psychology, neuroscience, or related fields
• Experience in the administration of psychological (e.g., behavioral tasks, structured interviews) and/or fMRI assessments
• Basic understanding of data management or analysis with corresponding data (e.g., SPSS, Excel, etc.).

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Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

June 5, 2023

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.

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