Research Assistant

Brown University

Job Description:

The research assistant (RA) will assist in conducting projects that involve studying patterns of alcohol and cannabis use and related behaviors (e.g., driving under the influence) among adult heavy alcohol and cannabis users. The studies involve the collection of data in the natural environment using smartphone applications, Geospatial Monitoring devices, and wearable alcohol biosensors. Work activities involve managing recruitment; conducting in-person and zoom-based research sessions and qualitative interviews with study participants; participant tracking and retention; programming remote data collection measures; managing online surveys and datafiles; traveling within ~25 miles of Providence (or RA’s home) to deliver study materials to participants or conduct brief assessments at participants homes or neutral off-site locations; and managing participant payments. The RA is expected to collaborate with project staff to maintain variable directories and other project documentation, conduct library research as needed, and assemble materials for IRB modifications and progress reports. The RA will be required to have their own form of transportation and will be compensated for the mileage.

Job Qualifications

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Education and Experience

  • Required: BA or BS in psychology, public health or related field with 1-2 years experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Required: Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Coursework in research design and experience with research is preferred
  • Experience in programming online surveys (e.g., Qualtrics software) is preferred
  • Experience managing databases is preferred
  • Coursework in addiction, substance use and/or psychopharmacology is preferred

Job Competencies

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  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently is required
  • Ability to function as a research team member and leader
  • Must be available to work onsite at Brown University
  • Access to a personal vehicle and willingness to drive within 25 mile radius is required (note: reimbursement for mileage is provided).
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize effort to meet project goals
  • Openness to and interest in learning new skills
  • Two-year commitment is required, and long-term commitment preferred
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 6/30/2028 which may be extended based upon available funding.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies

Grade 8

Worker Type:

Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

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Position Work Location:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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