Research Assistant

Brown University

Job Description:

The Research Assistant will work on NIDA-funded research focused on cannabis use following trauma exposure among young adults during the days and weeks immediately following trauma exposure. Responsibilities may include preparation and maintenance of study record, completion of baseline and follow-up study procedures, completion of training (and setup) with participants on the use of the ecological devices, scheduling of follow-up assessments, driving to participant homes to pick up research devices, conducting closely supervised clinical interviews, and implementation of laboratory procedures that include the use of psychophysiological and substance use screens. This position will need to be able to learn REDCap and enter data as well as learn how to implement procedures for setup of the ecological devices. The Research Assistant may be responsible for basic statistical analyses of data and in preparation of data for presentations. Lastly, this position will work closely with other study staff and the principle investigator(s) with regards to study management, preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) documentation, reporting to NIDA/NIH, and other administrative tasks.

This research study is being conducted in collaboration with the RI Resilience Lab at Brown University with Drs. Leslie Brick and Nicole Nugent (Primary Investigators). RI Resilience Lab implements innovative and impactful research with real world implications for individuals and families coping with trauma and adversity. The lab is committed to a culture of collaboration and respect across diverse training and individual backgrounds; faculty are committed to promoting career and professional development for lab members (e.g., providing advice for graduate and medical school applications, supporting independent research projects).

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of one year from hire, which may be extended based upon available funding.

Job Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Pre-Med, or related field.
  • Required: 1-2 years of research experience conducting interviews, data collection, or data management.
  • Or, equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Preferred: Experience with psychophysiological laboratory equipment and/or ecological momentary assessment; experience with IRB and NIH data-sharing; experience with clinical interviews.

Job Competencies

  • Must possess strong organizational and research skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and attention to detail,
  • Ability to function as a research team member with a diverse team and possess effective problem-solving skills.
  • Strong ability to multi-task and prioritize work flow.
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.
  • Willingness to develop skills with technology and capacity for resourcefulness in troubleshooting technological devices.
  • Must be available for evening and weekend research sessions.
  • Must provide own transportation between patient’s home and research sites.


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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Grade 8

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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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