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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: Research / Scientific

Job Description

A part-time Research Assistant is being sought to support multiple NIH-funded projects in the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu (Chiu Lab | Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC) and Dr. Brooks Casas (Casas Lab | Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC) 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 decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, personality, or 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 working on multiple projects. 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.

Position Duties and Responsibilities: Research Assistants are an essential part of the scientific team and play a vital role in participant recruitment & assessment, study implementation & coordination, data processing and data management. Data collection involves various modalities: behavioral tasks, imaging (e.g., fMRI), clinical interviews, and/or biological assays (e.g., urine, saliva). Training and supervision are provided for all aspects of the job. Minimum of 15 hours a week.

All materials may be sent to the lab manager Carey Caldwell at

Required Qualifications

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

• Demonstrated organizational skills or experience with data management.
• Desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple duties.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, organizational skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications

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

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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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